[Pnews] The RIBPP & PSO’s Statement on Comrade Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson

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The
RIBPP & PSO’s Statement on Comrade Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson
August 7, 2021
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<https://sfbayview.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Lucasville-Rebellion-convict-unity-painted-on-wall.jpg>The
Lucasville Rebellion of 1993, the longest prison “riot” in history, lasting
11 days, has made the name Lucasville a fearsome threat to prisoners
everywhere. For daring to rise up in what they called “convict unity,” many
are still in prison after 28 years and five were arbitrarily blamed for the
loss of life and sent to death row with no evidence that they had committed
capital crimes.

All Power to the People!

Kevin “Rashid” Johnson is a political theorist, artist and advocate for
prisoners’ rights who has spent almost his entire adult life incarcerated
in various U.S. prisons. A founder of the Revolutionary Intercommunal Black
Panther Party (and, before that, of the New Afrikan Black Panther
Party-Prison Chapter) and of the Panther Solidarity Organization (PSO),
Rashid’s writings and litigation have made him the target of continual and
ongoing repression from prison authorities.

Rashid, as he is known to friends and supporters, was recently transferred
to Ohio from the Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC). This is just the
latest in a series of transfers between multiple correctional facilities
and state jurisdictions, all made possible by the Interstate Compact
Transfer Agreement. As such, although originally a prisoner of the Virginia
Department of Corrections (VADOC), Rashid has been sent to Oregon, Texas,
Florida and Indiana prior to his current captivity in Ohio.
This photo of a smiling Rashid was taken just before he was abruptly moved
from Indiana to Ohio. It is our first glimpse of the real Rashid since we
first “met” him in 2011, when he drew the logo that symbolized the mass
California Hunger Strikes of 2011-2013. His logo persuaded 30,000 prisoners
to join the strikes. The only portraits of Rashid we were allowed to see
were those he drew himself.

This most recent transfer was initiated in an attempt to obstruct
litigation Rashid is currently pressing against IDOC for its use of
solitary confinement and treatment of prisoners while in solitary
confinement. Rashid was told by IDOC officials a week prior to his transfer
that if he persisted and did not drop the cases, he would be transferred to
someplace where he “would not like the conditions.”

This retaliatory transfer has made it impossible for Rashid to access legal
property and materials needed to meet court deadlines, answer motions and
respond to the court. Prior to this transfer, Rashid warned IDOC that he
would be seeking citations of contempt in regard to IDOC’s attempt at
entering false evidence and concealing other evidentiary material in one of
Rashid’s pending cases. (IDOC has been sanctioned previously for submitting
false evidence and concealing evidence in Indiana’s Southern District U.S.
Federal Court and settled for over $100,000; see Littler v. Martinez.)

*An example of the depravity and cruelty of the U.S. prison system and of
many of those who work within it, prisons frequently move incarcerated
people out of public view, torturing, disappearing and killing them without
any visibility or accountability for their actions.*

Rashid is being denied access to the phone, legal property and to
commissary, where he would be able to purchase stationery to continue his
litigation against the IDOC. It is clear and apparent at this point that
the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) is colluding
with IDOC in their attempt to deny Rashid his right to pursue these cases.

Rashid is currently being held at the notorious Southern Ohio Correctional
Facility (SOCF) in Lucasville, where, in April of 1993, nine prisoners were
killed in an 11-day standoff with prison staff. The legacy of racist,
fascist brutality continues to thrive at SOCF. Mr. Johnson has been moved
to the area of the prison where various white supremacist gangs are most
concentrated.
Read this seminal account of the Lucasville Rebellion, written by Staughton
Lynd, lion of the Left, an attorney with his wife Alice for the defendants.
He also wrote a powerful play about the rebellion.

It was there on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, that according to Rashid, Sgt. Joshua
McAllister threatened him with the following statements:

“I’m an old school dirty cop. I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager.
We know how to set it up and make it look justified. You must not know
about us. We are worse than the Klan … We have a unit where we execute
inmates. We starve ‘em. We hang ‘em.”

That a prison official would be so bold in 2021, just one year after the
Rebellion of Summer 2020, as to issue such threats to a Black prisoner,
given the current climate around race relations and law enforcement, will
not be tolerated. This needs to be understood.

*The capitalist imperialist oppressors continue to try to silence Rashid
through intimidation, torture, beatings, threats and outright attempted
murder.*

This is an example of the depravity and cruelty of the U.S. prison system
and of many of those who work within it. Prisons frequently move
incarcerated people out of public view, torturing, disappearing and killing
them without any visibility or accountability for their actions.

Rashid is a long-time political leader, writer, artist, activist and
organizer. He is being targeted because of his political beliefs, his many
published pieces documenting prison abuse and torture, and efforts at
organizing for better conditions. Rashid, completely self-taught in the
fields of law and political theory and practice, has become well known both
nationally and internationally as someone who is always willing to put
himself on the line on behalf of his fellow incarcerated comrades and
marginalized and oppressed people everywhere. It is for this reason that
the ODRC, IDOC, and VADOC, in conjunction with other state/federal
agencies, continue to try to silence Rashid through intimidation, torture,
beatings, threats and outright attempted murder.

WE WILL NOT STAND FOR IT! AND WE PETITION EVERYONE WHO SEES THIS STATEMENT
TO JOIN WITH US IN SOLIDARITY AND DEFENSE OF THIS COURAGEOUS FREEDOM
FIGHTER!

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED*, DEMAND THE FOLLOWING:

AN END TO THE 30-DAY RESTRICTION FROM COMMUNICATING VIA PHONE OR EMAIL.

AN END TO THE 30-DAY RESTRICTION FROM COMMISSARY THAT PREVENTS RASHID FROM
ORDERING STATIONERY WITH WHICH TO WRITE.

THE IMMEDIATE RETURN OF ALL OF HIS PROPERTY, INCLUDING THE $400 THAT WAS ON
HIS TRUST ACCOUNT AT WABASH VALLEY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY AND HIS LEGAL
PROPERTY, WHICH WILL ENABLE HIM TO CONTINUE WITH HIS CASES AGAINST THE
INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS. IF HIS PROPERTY HAS ALREADY BEEN SENT,
WE WANT TO KNOW ON WHAT DATE IT WAS SHIPPED AND WHAT FACILITY RECEIVED IT.

WE DEMAND THAT SGT. JOSHUA MCALLISTER FACE IMMEDIATE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE
DISGUSTINGLY RACIST THREATS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO HIS REMOVAL FROM
HIS POST AT SOCF!

LASTLY, WE DEMAND AN IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION AND INQUIRY INTO THE SUPPOSED
J-1 UNIT AND ALL PARTIES INVOLVED.

 DARE TO STRUGGLE, DARE TO WIN!

 ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!
*Notes and citations*

Littler v. Martinez

   1. https://casetext.com/case/littler-v-martinez-2
   <https://rashidmod.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=5c42fe285d7a0c129a88a9caf&id=58bf28ea36&e=c12301abb6>
   2. https://rashidmod.com/?p=2887
   <https://rashidmod.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=5c42fe285d7a0c129a88a9caf&id=abf16d29f4&e=c12301abb6>
“Torment
   in Indiana prisons: The abuse, the lawsuit, the death of Phillip Littler,”
   published Nov. 23, 2020

*Organizations endorsing this statement: Revolutionary Intercommunal Black
Panther Party (RIBPP), Panther Solidarity Organization (PSO)-Newark,
PSO-Ridgewood, PSO-Boston, PSO-Richmond, PSO-Kansas City, Third World
Peoples’ Alliance (TWPA), Kersplebedeb Publishing, Newark Water Coalition,
Ridgewood for Black Liberation, Tennessee Valley Mutual Aid, For the People
(FTP)-STL, FTP-Chicago, FTP-Bloomington, FTP-Cleveland, FTP-Wichita,
FTP-OK, Oklahoma People’s Party, Autonomous Brown Berets of Oklahoma, Young
EcoSocialists-New Jersey, Party For Communism and Revolution, Serve The
People (STP)-Akron, IDOC Watch, Roanoke Jail Solidarity, Princeton Mutual
Aid, San Francisco Bay View
*What we can do to help*

Let’s keep the pressure up! The weekend is still a great time to leave
voice messages and send emails, and we’ll continue through the coming week
until the demands are met! The following script can be modified so long as
we are not adding or taking away from the basic demands.
*Phone & email zap script for Comrade Rashid – do this every day beginning
Aug. 6, 2021*

“Hi, I am calling to voice concern over the situation with Kevin ‘Rashid’
Johnson. It has come to my attention that Sgt. Joshua McAllister has made
multiple racist threats , leveled multiple charges without due process on
Mr. Johnson that have resulted in phone and commissary restrictions, and
has told Mr. Johnson, very specifically, that he will NOT be getting ANY of
his property back.

“We understand that contrary to the form letter type responses that you all
are sending out via email to our inquiries, Rashid did NOT sign for any
property on July 29, 2021. In fact, the few hygiene items, paper and pencil
that he was given at the CRC were taken from him upon his arrival at SOCF.

“Mr. Johnson is currently a litigant in two cases that are being heard in
Indiana’s Southern District United States Federal Court against the Indiana
Department of Corrections (IDOC). Obstruction of his ability to respond to
that court including concealment and/or destruction of his legal property,
work product or any evidentiary material is a serious matter and could be
considered a federal offense. It is now apparent to us that the Ohio
Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) is aiding the IDOC in
the effort to suppress Mr. Johnson and keep him from responding.

“This will not go away. We will NOT stop calling or emailing until Mr.
Johnson has his property back in his possession and we have heard from him
directly that this matter is resolved. Thank you for your time.”

Phone or email the following officials:

1) Annete Chambers-Smith, Director, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and
Corrections

   - Phone 614-752-1153
   - Email her executive assistant Melissa Adkins at
   melissa.adkins at odrc.state.oh.us

2) Ronald Erdos, Warden, Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (Lucasville):
Phone 740-259-5544

3) Ohio Correctional Institution Inspection Committee website contact form:
https://www.ciic.state.oh.us/contact/contact-form

4) James Parks, Interstate Compact Administrator: 804-887-7991,
james.parks at vadoc.virginia.gov

For further inquiries on how to assist in this cause, please contact
Comrade Shupavu Wa Kirima at general.secretary at ribpp.org.
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