[Pnews] Support Malik, aka Keith Washington

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Mon Jan 11 21:12:25 EST 2021


https://incarceratedworkers.org/phone-zaps/bring-malik-home-call-bop-director-michael-d-carvajal-geo-group-facility-director-maria
Bring
Malik Home! A call to BOP Director Michael D. Carvajal/ Geo Group Facility
Director Maria Richard
8-11 minutes
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** UPDATE: Rather than Home Confinement, the Taylor Center is choosing
repression and threats of Return to Custody as an outbreak spreads. See
below for a copy of a document provided to Malik from facility leadership.
Malik's phone has been confiscated and the facility is on lockdown. They
are threatening Malik with Return to Custody for his exposure of the
outbreak and mishandling of the COVID-19 outbreak by staff.

*The GEO Group is doing everything possible to thwart efforts of
rehabilitation, safety, and re-entry into society for our dear Comrade
Malik. He recently highlighted that“Instead of promoting the successful
transition into the community, GEO Group seeks to destroy and sabotage
those bonds and focuses on sending people back to prison or to the grave
with COVID-19.” *

Comrade Malik has recently been promoted from Assistant Editor to Chief
Editor at the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper and since he
is covering the news in District 10, which includes the neighborhood of
Bayview Hunters Point. Mary Ratcliff of the SF Bay View is asking that
Malik be granted permission to stay within an eight-block radius of the
office and to be granted home confinement at his Fiancè Nube Brown's
apartment for his safety and so that he may work effectively and in a
healing environment. Malik and his Fiancè Nube, the Managing Editor of the
SF Bay View, need to be close to Mary and Willie Ratcliff who are in their
80s and at a high risk of experiencing complications if they contract
COVID-19.  Due to the ongoing health conditions that Marie and Willie
Ratcliff already have, Malik must be nearby to assist with any medical
emergencies that may come up. Malik and Nube uplift the community through
Mutual Aid and food distribution at Mother Brown's and are tireless freedom
fighters.

*The recent denial of Malik's request to be released to Home Confinement is
an obvious act of retaliation for the speech he gave at the No More Cages
Rally. This act of retaliation is placing Malik at risk and causing
unnecessary risk to the elder owners of the San Francisco Bay View National
Black Newspaper. Michael Carvajal, the BOP director made a statement to the
Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security U.S.
House of Representatives on December 2, 2020, and highlighted the
importance of his implementation of Home Confinement to protect
incarcerated citizens and the greater community. *

Step 1: Email Geo Group Facility Director Maria Richard with the following
Script:

*Maria Richard's email address: mnrichard at geogroup.com
<mnrichard at geogroup.com>*

SCRIPT:

"Hello,

I have been reliably informed that after Keith Washington, who is housed at
the Taylor Street Centre, informed the press of a Covid outbreak at the
center, GEO Group staff confiscated his phone. I have been further informed
that he has been denied permission to leave the Centre for work today,
although other residents housed at the Centre have been granted this
permission. I demand that you cease all retaliation against Mr. Washington
immediately. If you continue with this course of action, I will do
everything in my power to bring this situation to the attention of the
media and my elected representatives."

Home Confinement is the only way to ensure the safety and rehabilitation of
Keith and all residents of the Taylor Center. Community members nationwide
consider the denial of Keith's Home Confinement request as an act of
retaliation for his speech at the No More Cages Rally. Furthermore, Keith
has been outspoken about the COVID-19 outbreak at the Taylor Center and he
is being retaliated against for alerting the community of how unsafe this
congregate setting is.

Keith is a lifeline at the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper
and his contribution spans well beyond his position as the editor. It is
crucial that he remain near his place of work so that he may respond to any
emergencies that octogenarian owners Mary and Willie Ratcliff may have.
Mary has cancer and Willie is suffering from Dementia and they are within a
high-risk class for complications if they contract COVID-19. Keith's place
is with his Fiance Nube Brown in their apartment, which is minutes away
from their shared workplace at the SF Bay View. When they are not working
on the newspaper, they are heavily involved in serving the unsheltered and
low-income community through mutual aid and food distribution at Mother
Brown's.in San Francisco's Bayview- Hunter's Point.

Your inaction is being observed by the national community of human rights
advocates from a number of organizations who are watching to see how you
act in the coming days. Locking Malik down and silencing his first
amendment protections by confiscating his phone and not allowing him to
leave is a blatant disregard for his safety that the ACA and the Federal
BOP Director Michael Carvajal will be made aware of immediately. This is a
form of harm to the community that Malik selflessly serves every single
day. Please do the right thing.

Step 2: Email Monica Hook with the following Script.

Email Address: mhook at geocareinc.com

Phone number of the Taylor Street Center: (415) 346-9789

"Hello,

I have been reliably informed that after Keith Washington, who is housed at
the Taylor Street Centre, informed the press of a Covid outbreak at the
center, GEO Group staff confiscated his phone. I have been further informed
that he has been denied permission to leave the Centre for work today,
although other residents housed at the Centre have been granted this
permission. I demand that you cease all retaliation against Mr. Washington
immediately. If you continue with this course of action, I will do
everything in my power to bring this situation to the attention of the
media and my elected representatives."

Step 3: Email the BOP Director Michael Carvajal and use the script below :

Michael Carvajal, BOP Director- mcarvajal at bop.gov

Phone:(202) 307-3198

SCRIPT:

Hi, My name is_________and I live in _________(your state, city) and I
demand that the GEO group run Taylor Center release as many people on Home
Confinement as possible to both curb the spread of COVID-19 and aid in
their rehabilitation. Keith 'Malik' Washington (USMS# 34481-037) and all of
those housed at the Geo Group run Taylor Center face unfit living
conditions and a COVID-19 outbreak. The Taylor Street Center is located in
the Tenderloin which is notoriously known for its drug activity. As of
October, 7th 2020, Keith celebrated the milestone of 13 years of sobriety.
  His request to be placed on home confinement and to transfer to the
Northern District of California was denied recently.  Home Confinement is
the only way to ensure the safety and rehabilitation of Keith and all
residents of the Taylor Center. Community members nationwide consider the
denial of Keith's Home Confinement request as an act of retaliation for his
speech at the No More Cages Rally. Keith is a lifeline at the San Francisco
Bay View National Black Newspaper and his contribution spans well beyond
his position as the editor. It is crucial that he remain near his place of
work so that he may respond to any emergencies that octogenarian owners
Mary and Willie Ratcliff may have. Mary has cancer and Willie is suffering
from Dementia and they are within a high-risk class for complications if
they contract COVID-19. Keith's place is with his Fiance Nube Brown in
their apartment, which is minutes away from their shared workplace at the
SF Bay View. When they are not working on the newspaper, they are heavily
involved in serving the unsheltered and low-income community through mutual
aid and food distribution at Mother Brown's.in San Francisco's Bayview-
Hunter's Point.

In a statement to the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and
Homeland Security U.S. House of Representatives on December 2, 2020, you
touted reducing recidivism and battling the COVID-19 by stating  “I am
pleased to report that since March 26, 2020, BOP has transferred 18,112
inmates to Home Confinement, and there are an additional 175 who are
scheduled to transfer to Home Confinement in the coming weeks. These
assessments remain ongoing and will continue for the duration of the
pandemic.” We would like to see action in this direction at the Taylor
Center. Action is detrimental when human lives are at risk.

Step 3: Fill out this survey prepared by Malik's Fiance Nube:

https://www.change.org/p/michael-carvajal-director-of-bop-help-me-get-my...
<https://www.change.org/p/michael-carvajal-director-of-bop-help-me-get-my-loved-one-released-to-home-confinement?redirect=false>
THANK YOU!!!

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