UPDATE 1/26- RASHID IS OKAY!
Rashid was visited by one of his lawyers on Friday, January 26th. He is okay and his conditions have improved. There are no specific details yet but he is okay. Your calls were crucial in ensuring that the Florida DOC knows their abuses will not go unnoticed and they WILL be held accountable.
Thank you so much!
-The Fight Toxic Prisons Crew
The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons has received this urgent update on Rashid’s condition and request for action, please help and spread the word! Emergency letter from Rashid directly below update.
URGENT CALL ALERT
Kevin “Rashid” Johnson #158039
Kevin “Rashid” Johnson wrote an article about the Florida prison strike, which was published online on January 9, 2018. The following day warden Barry Reddish retaliated against Kevin’s use of his First Amendment rights, ordering that he be given a disciplinary infraction for “inciting a riot”. Further, on January 19th Johnson was thrown in a cold cell, with a broken toilet, no heating, and with a window that will not fully close, allowing cold wind to blow into the cell. The cell has the same temperature as the outside, where temperatures have been repeatedly at or below freezing. We have not heard anything from Kevin since January 19th . Warden Barry Reddish must be held accountable for illegal retaliation and, now, the torture of Kevin “Rashid” Johnson.
We demand that Johnson is moved to a safe and clean cell, with normal indoor temperatures and with a toilet that works. We demand that Johnson be allowed to call his attorneys immediately. We demand that warden Reddish and all other Florida Department of Corrections officials stop retaliating against Kevin for his reporting on conditions in their prisons.
Warden Barry Reddish
Florida State Prison
Raiford, FL 32083
-Move Johnson (#158039) to a properly climate controlled cell with working toilet
-Immediately allow Mr. Johnson to make phone calls to his attorneys
-Stop retaliating against him for reporting on conditions within your prisons
Please report back on the response to your call
Send reports back to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emergency Letter from Rashid:
Dear Mr. McDaniel:
Need your and folks’ immediate mobilization. Am being literally tortured in retaliation for article on prison strike and conditions, by the warden. No heat. Cell like outside, temp in 30s. Toilet doesn’t work. Window to outside doesn’t close and cold air blowing in cell. Copy everyone with this letter! Just put into this cell. It’s daytime and so cold can barely write. This is obvious set up. […] This is genuine emergency!
-Received on January 25th, 2018.
The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prison’s prior update on Rashid’s condition 1/24:
Kevin “Rashid” Johnson is being tortured at the Florida State Prison according to an “emergency note” Rashid’s lawyers received from him yesterday dated 1/19.
It is suspected the torture began sometime between 1/12 and 1/19 since there was no mention of it in his 1/12 communication.
No other details are available at this time but we will post updates here once we have them.
This comes immediately after news that Rashid faces an “inciting a riot” charge for merely reporting on #OperationPUSH. You can read Rashid’s original reporting on Operation PUSH and the conditions in Florida prisons on IWOC’s site here.
Rashid is the Minister of Defense of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party (Prison Chapter) and a prolific organizer, author, and artist.
You can write to Rashid here: