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#COVID-19 update from Malik: Free our elders!

April 8, 2020. Statement by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington, from USP Pollock [1] in times of the coronavirus.

Submitted to Enough 14. Written by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington, Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee.

Revolutionary Greetings Comrades!  Today is Tuesday, April 7th, 2020.  This morning the entire prison population here at USP Pollock was screened for Covid-19 and issued protective Masks!  The Registered Nurse who was part of the screening team was named Pennison.  I asked Mr. Pennison Two Important questions:

#1.) Are there any Confirmed Cases of Covid-19 on the entire Federal Correctional Complex here at Pollock?
       He answered:  “No”

#2.)  Have there been any Suspected Cases of Covid-19 on the Complex??  
        His answer was:  “Yes, but they have been ruled out.”  end of quote

Be advised that this morning a prisoner on my Housing Unit claimed to have Covid-19 symptoms!  He has been placed in quarantine.   Please Pray for the Best!

The Fcc-complex at Pollock includes a Satelite Camp, a Medium Facility and a U.S. Penitentiary where I am currently Housed.
Thus far I attribute USP Pollock’s Corona Virus Free status to the thorough Screening and Agressive Protective Measures implemented by the Complex Warden here at Pollock, his name is Chris McConnell.
I spoke with Warden McConnell on April 2nd, 2020 and was able to conduct an informal interview here on my housing unit B-2 here at USP Pollock.
The informal interview was directly related to the Bureau of Prisons response to the Covid-19 Pandemic.  I will share the questions and Warden McConnell’s responses to my questions.

Question:  I asked Warden McConnell would he have his Medical Staff conduct screening of prisoners at USP Pollock Again for Covid-19??
Answer:  Warden McConnell said that screening was being planned for all prisoners at USP Pollock.
Note: As I reported at the beginning of this report–on April 7th. 2020 All Prisoners here at USP Pollock have been screened for Covid-19 and issued a Protective Mask to wear.
All B.O.P. employees are screened for Covid-19 symptomes everyday before entering the FCC-Complex at Pollock.  These measures along with increased cleaning and sanitizing by the prison population have proven to be effective–thus far.

It is my suggestion that the Protocols initiated by Warden McConnell be followed and exercised throughout the B.O.P.

Question:  I asked Warden McConnell would he consider having B.O.P. Correctional Officers stay on Prison Complex Property rather than leaving daily to return to their homes during Louisiana’s Statewide Lockdown??
Answer:  Warden McConnell said that the B.O.P. has made provisions for this very real possibility–should the conditions deteriorate and those actions be necessary for the safety and health of all B.O.P. employees and prisoners.

Question: Lastly, I asked Warden McConnell that since I am a older prisoner who is nearing release, would the B.O.P. consider me for early release to Home Confinement in San Francisco.
Answer: Warden Mcconnell stated that the B.O.P. is not looking to release any High Security prisoners in the United States.  He further explained that the B.O.P. is only considering prisoners who are Low Security and Low risk.

I found Warden McConnell to be straight forward and candid during this informal interview.  He said he was familiar with the Journalism and Activism of the infamous “Comrade Malik”.
Sisters and brothers, in lightof the information provided to us by complex warden Chris McConnell I Must take this opportunity to issue a National Call for Action!!!  Now!!!
I want all of you to consider the lives of our long suffering elderly and infirm Freeom Fighters and Servants of the People who have languished in these Federal and State Prisons for Decades!!
Many of our respected elders are still housed at High Security Facilities despite excellent behavior and clear disciplinary records.  They are extremely vulnerable to contracting the Coronal virus!!
WE MUST DEMAND —the U.S. Congress as well as the U.S. Attorney General William Barr create some Flexibility and include Language in the Law (The CARES ACT) that will allow the immediate release of our elder and infirm comrades!!!
These elderly and vulnerable prisoners don’t have to die from Covid -19 while in Federal or State custody!
THEY MUST BE FREED NOW!!!    Help Me do this!!
Remember!  May 7th is Approaching Fast!!
                                                  FREE OUR ELDERS!!!
Sundiata Acoli,  Leonard Peltier, Imam Jamil Al-Amin,  Dr. Mutulu Shakur,  Veronzo Bowers,  Larry Hoover, and Jeffrey Fort aka King Malik!
These are just a few of the Elders in Federal Prison whom I am requesting your help with Freeing.  There are numerous prisoners trapped in State Prisons across the Nation who deserve our support!!
Jalil Muntaqim,  and David Gilbert both in New York!
Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, Ruchell ‘Cinque’ Magee, Bobby Dixon, Chip Fitzgerald, Michael Zaharibu Dorrough, and James Baridi Williamson—-ALL OF THEM IN CALIFORNIA!! Kenny ‘Zulu’ Whitmore in Louisiana!!
and last but certainly not least our shining Princes—MUMIA ABU JAMAL AND RUSSELL “MAROON’ SHOATZ BOTH IN PENNSYLVANIA!!
SISTERS AND BROTHERS!!  We Must fight hard for the Freedom, Health, and the Lives of our Incarcerated Elders Now!!  On May 7th we must Add this Demand to our North Carolina Grievance Campaign BUT WE CAN’T WAIT TO ACT!!!  THE TIME FOR ACTION IS NOW NOT TOMORROW!!!

As the Future Editor of the San Francisco Bay View–National Black Newspaper, this is the type of Advocacy you can expect from our News Paper and Me!!  I am only following the instructions of Dr. Willie Ratcliff our Publisher who has told me to do the following and I quote him:  “FREE THE PRISONERS, HOUSE THE HOMELESS!!  STOP THE WARS! SAVE THE PLANET!  and LOVE THE CHILDREN!!”   I can’t do this by myself!!  ANARCHISTS OF THE WORLD THIS IS OUR TIME TO RISE!!
Dare to Struggle, Dare to win, All Power to the People!!!!!!!   I LOVE Y’ALL!!

Keith “Malik” Washington is Assistant Editor of the San Francisco Bay View–National Black Newspaper. Malik is studying and preparing to serve as editor after his release which may come sooner than we Thought! Malik is co-founder and chief spokesperson for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, a Proud Member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee(IWOC) and an Activist in the Fight Toxic Prisons Campaign. Visit Malik’s Website at

Send Malik some much needed Love and Light: Keith “Malik” Washington #34481-037, USP Pollock, P.O. Box 2099, Pollock, LA 71467


[1] The United States Penitentiary, Pollock (USP Pollock) is a high-security United States federal prison for male inmates in Louisiana.

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