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Khalfani was barred from using Jpay for 90 days!

Photo of Khalfani holding his memorial for his son Dion,19-5-17
Khalfani holding his memorial for his son Dion, 19-5-17

Khalfani has been barred from using Jpay for 90 days, because he sent a picture of his son Dion using Jpay kiosk to one of us. We do not know why this was so terrible that he got banned from using Jpay! We have to write to Khalfani with handwritten letters now.
Please write him by hand at:

Bro. Khalfani Malik Khaldun,
Leonard McQuay #874304
Wabash Valley C.F.
P.O. Box 1111,
Carlisle, IN 47838

Khalfani needs us now! Thank you!!

A message to Indiana’s Black Lives Matter chapters and allied organizations calling for an organized united front

Despite my body being held inside these plantations of the Indiana Department of Corruption for the past 30yrs, my spirit, soul, heart and mind…have been free.

I have sacrificed my life, my time, and my energy to ensure other convicts are treated with care and humanity.

No matter what retaliation was launched against me, I have fed, clothed, saved and educated multiple prisoners who had no outside support, never asking for or wanting anything in return because this is the life I have chosen as a revolutionary.

I have held on, stood strong, fought to maintain my own sanity and morality. Stood tall and struggled to resist being dehumanized, while forced to watch all my family die or be killed in these colonial street’s of america. My own only son King Dion Toney was murdered in 2014. Wow! Can any of you imagine what that did to me?

I am reaching out to you seeking your support. If there is any one deserving of it, it is me. Because I have earned that. Twenty years held in solitary confinement has left me fighting severe depression. Your immediate aid and support could help free me. Does this Black revolutionary life matter? My hope is weakening, My spirit is losing its energy. I am growing pessimistic by the hour.

Will you build a united front to strengthen the Family and Friends Campaign to Free Brother Khalfani Malik Khaldun? These years and time have been eating away at my flesh like a feasting cannibal. How can I know thousands of people or have hundreds of friends on FB, yet go hungry and be unable to buy a bar of soap to wash my body with. Haven’t seen a letter in months. Where is the love?

The struggle continues…

by Brother Khalfani Malik Khaldun AKA Leonard Mcquay #874304
Write to Bro. Khalfani (rules: use Jpay.com or handwritten letter!) at:
Leonard McQuay #874304
Indiana Department of Corrections
Wabash Valley Correctional Facility
PO Box 1111
Carlisle, IN, 47838-1111

Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand: We need your help in demanding Khalfani’s contact visits returned!

A thank you message for your solidarity, and a request for help, by political prisoner Khalfani Malik Khaldun

Recently i sought your help to get immediate attention and help for an African prisoner from Niger, Africa, his name is Manan Basheer. Thanks to you, he has been seen by health care specialists and is now being treated kindly. The assistent superintendent visited the unit and notified us that multiple calls has been made on his behalf. They are on notice, thank yall very much. I need you to support an effort for me.

Back in Jan. 2017 the prison officials filed a charge against me claiming i refused to submit to a drug screening. However i did provide a sample for the test kit. When i did, the officer, a sgt. Bourland, stated it was an inadequate sample. I was advised that a second test would be orderd the next day. Instead of running the second test, he filed a conduct report against [me], case no. WVD17-01-0013. I requested evidence that supports my innocence, which is my due process right.

[Due to this unjust conduct report, Khalfani has lost his contact visits!]

These are the following things that i request:

1. A picture of the urine sample to prove that i gave one. They refused to provide it.

2. I request a statement from officer EWERS who was the eyewitness of the urine sample being provided which they refused to provide.

3. The sgt Bourland did not follow proper procedure for conducting the urinanalysis test pursuant to policy 01-02-107.

I demand that this case be reopened and that my contact visits be restored.

My name: LEONARD MCQUAY, 874304. I am at: Wabash Valley C.F.

Please call or email the following on Khalfani’s behalf to get his due process in this case of the urine sample test, and his contact visits restored asap:

Commissioner of IDOC at tel nr: 317-232-5711 via Executive Assistant: Margaux Auxier, tel.: (317) 232-5711

Commissioner: Robert E. Carter Jr.

Mailing Address:

302 W. Washington Street, Room E-334
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Email: via Executive Assistant: Margaux Auxier, tel.: (317) 232-5711,
mauxier@idoc.in.gov

[His own possible email could be: rcarter@idoc.in.gov]

This is the warden of the facility:

Superintendent Richard Brown
6908 S. Old U.S. Highway 41
P.O. Box 500
Carlisle, IN 47838
Phone Number: (812) 398-5050
[Email not known but it may be: Rbrown@idoc.in.gov]

Public Information Officer: Rich Larsen, rlarsen@idoc.in.gov
Tel.: (812) 398-5050 ext. 4110

Members of the WVCF Advisory Board (see: chrome-extension://gbkeegbaiigmenfmjfclcdgdpimamgkj/views/app.html ):

Mrs Lee Ann Crooks, President: lcrooks@ivytech.edu

Mr Jerry Cravens, vice-President: Jerry.Cravens@oldnational.com

Collectively We Represent The Weapon Of Change To Destroy The New Jim Crow Prison Industrial Complex. Power To The People.

Love you all,

Leonard McQuay 874304, “Khalfani Malik Khaldun”

July 10, 2017

You can contact me with any questions via Jpay.com, or write a handwritten letter (new rules of the idoc as per 4/1/17!) to:

Leonard McQuay #874304
Wabash Valley C.F.
P.O. Box 1111,
Carlisle, IN 47838

 

Stranger in a strange land

A stranger in a strange land around people who can not begin to know the hurt & pain that i have endured for 30 years of my incarceration. I would like for you to share this poem that was on my son’s obituary. This is how i feel today. I feel as if i dont want to spend another day in prison, thats what depression has done to me. Please let me know what you think about the poem here it is:

I’m Free

Photo of Khalfani holding his memorial for his son Dion,19-5-17
Khalfani holding his memorial for his son Dion, 19-5-17


Dont grieve for me for now i’m free.
I’m following the God laid for me.
I took his hand when i heard him call.
I turned my back & left it all.

I could not stay another day.
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I’ve found that peace at close of day.

If my parting has left a void.
Then fill it remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss.
Ah yes, these things i too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My lifes been full, I’ve savored much.
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief.
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me.
God wanted me now, he set me free.

Joining Hands for Just-Us: International Resistance Confronts Repression

 

A Solidarity message by Bro Khalfani Malik Khaldun to the hunger strikers / resisters inside:

Khalfani holding up his illustration of solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners everywhere
Khalfani holding up his illustration of solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners everywhere

May 23, 2017

All Power To The People,

Repression is an expression of fascism at the hands of our kkkapitalist oppressors, who have been given charge of our care inside these prison plantations. But, instead of ensuring that we are given our civil and human rights according to the United States Constitution and other federal mandates, these prisoncrats are denying us our rights, and subjecting us to conditions tantamount to cruel and unusual punishment. We have no choice but to oppose this treatment by any means necessarry. “Repression breeds revolutionary resistence.”

The mindset of these oppressors is based on the greed of money at the expense of degradation to the human being, human soul, & human spirit. Our lives and the hurt it causes our families, mean nothing to these prisoncrats. Giving in or giving up isn’t an option, so our choice is to stand, even when standing comes with a equal return of great repression. We must resist or die trying. We will rather live on our feet then die on our knees. This press release comes after word came to me on the resistance occuring inside these plantations around the world. So, its only right that i declare my solidarity and encourage our comrads engaged in this collective effort to confront & oppose terrible living condition in prison. On this day i join my hands and shoulders for Just-Us for and with:

1. The supportive message from prisoners in the Phillipines

2. The Pelican Bay Souljahs resisting

3. The immigrant resistance at the northwest detention center (WA)

4. Muslem Prisoners/comrads Guantanamo Bay

5. Allah-U-Akbar to freedom fighter 1,500 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons stand against violations of the fourth Geneva convention. All praise be to Allah

6. Female comrads of (CCWP) California Coalition for Women Prisoners.

7. Our solidarity with the resistance in Athens Greece, Australia, Canada, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Serbia, United Kingdom, Mexico.

Comrades, in the spirit of George Jackson and Tookie Williams and our other contemporaries. We are not made by history, we create it. We are the only ones capable of eradicating this plague of massive incarceration. So instead of just laying down with conditions progressively getting worse, as revolutionaries we’ve decided to resist. This requires the revolutionary organization of the people. So here i am. I am we.

Thanks to comrade Annabelle for the release of this message- Join her in building a solid organization for Amend the 13th (Amendthe13th.org), and support the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March-movement

The Universal Urban Guerrilla

Challenge and Controverse

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of confort and convenience, but where he stands at times of great challenge and controversy.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Revolutionary Greetings, Comrades of this National & International Struggle,

Picture of Bro Khalfani Malik Khaldun

Bro Khalfani in April of 2017

My name is Bro. Khalfani Malik Khaldun (Leonard McQuay 874304). I have been confined inside the Indiana Department of Corruption since 1987, 30 years. I am 48 years old, embrace the national identity as a New Afrikan Man. Between the years 1994 thru 2004 I was liberated to political consciousness, transforming myself and my actions to be a reflection of Comrade George L. Jackson, Che Guevara, Malcolm X, Tookie Williams, Nat Turner, and so many Revolutionary Influences. Charged with the death of a state prison officer who was stabbed December 13, 1994. Charged, and later found guilty to a 60 year sentence in 2001, my prisoncrat captors kept me in Solitary Confinement for 20 straight years from 1994-2014.

On November 21, 2014, i was finally released to General Population at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. Since my arrival, the prisoncrats have worked overtime to re-segregate me. The Commissioner of the Indiana Dept. of Corruption ordered me placed in Solitary Confinement on August 19, 2016, in association with the days of the National Prison Protest. They confiscated over 500 calls for protest letters sent to Prison Comrades through the facility. They held me under investigation for 28 days. They placed outside comrades on Gate Closure, so they cannot come visit me anymore.

Do you want to aid my struggle or join my Freedom Campaign, you can write me and check out my crowdfunding campaign by support: https://fundly.com/campaign-to-free-brother-khalfani.

Comrade Annabelle sent me flyers on their organization Amend The 13th: Abolish Legal Slavery in Amerika Movement  by founder Heshima Denham. I support them fully in their efforts to confront white supremacy in the U.S. Constitution. We must stand by her and this Movement, count me in. She also informed me about the collective efforts of Millions 4 Prisoners March scheduled to kick off on August 19th, 2017 in Washington, DC and locally. This is extemely encouraging and has the (Grade A) potential to build off the back of the last massive hunger strike in California and abroad, and also, the recent September Prison Slave Labor Resistance. So again this serves as my Salutation and Solidarity with this planned event.

I just completed The Khalfani Malik Khaldun Anti-Gang Youth Educational Initiative. I am calling on testimonials from Conscious Prison Revolutionaries: 2 pages front and back for my Saving Ourselves message to the youth booklet connected to this initiative packet. All positive words welcomed.
Power to the People. Free the Land. Amend the 13th Amendment.

In Stiff Resistance,

Bro. Khalfani Malik Khaldun

Leonard McQuay #874304
W.V.C.F.
P.O. Box 1111
Carlisle, IN 47838

Email (by outside support): Khalfani69@yahoo.com

Listen to Khalfani’s speeches: Prisonradio.org:

Donate towards Bro Khalfani’s fundraiser: https://fundly.com/campaign-to-free-brother-khalfani

April 2017

Stand With Me in Solidarity

March 10, 2017
Dear Comrades,

After being segregated again for the fourth time since my release to general population on Nov. 21, 2014, from a stretch of 20 years doing 23-1, news came today of a small victory.

My two disciplinary appeals were ruled on. The first level appeal of Providing Inadequate Urine Sample was denied. I’m preparing the second level appeal to be sent to the IDOC headquarters in Indianapolis, IN.

We won this one! The B-215 Unauthorized Possession of Property (TV Remote Control) got modified down to a C-353 Unauthorized Possession of Personal Property. This change caused my new release from segregation to be April 4, 2017 instead of July 1, 2017.

If we can cause the final reviewing authority to thoroughly scrutinize the appeal by writing him to advise him to correct this injustice, maybe he will do so. My contact visits were taken away because of the guilty urine test. So I am pleading with you to write to:

Robert D. Buggher (Final Review),
Legal Services Director,
Indiana Dept. of Correction,
E334 Indianian Government Center-South,
302 West Washington St.,
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Please state the following:

“Leonard McQuay, 874304:
1) Case No. 17-01-0013 was not conducted in compliance with the policy and procedures 01-02-107 Urinanalysis Program. The test cup was faulty and did not temp. That is not Leonard McQuay’s fault. He did not test for drugs either.

2) He was denied evidence meant for preparing his case for his hearing, and was denied the requested picture of the sample. Plus there was a statement from Ofc. Ewers, a key witness during the test.

3) Appeal should be granted on these bases alone. An alternative to it would modify the charge B-203 Refusing to Test. Yet as the conduct report clearly states, he provided a Urine Sample. We feel it could be modified to a C-347 Refusing to Obey an Order. Doing this would allow him to regain contact visits with his family.”

Thank you for your continued support. Peace and Blessings to you all.

In Solidarity,

Bro. Khalfani Malik Khaldun
Leonard McQuay, #874304
PO Box 1111
Carlise, IN 47838

Freedom of Speech and Association Message

By Khalfani Malik Khaldun

Indiana prisoners have a right to political beliefs. This means that prison officials may not you simply because they disagree with our political beliefs. To justify any restriction on our right to express our beliefs, prison officials need to satisfy the turner test. Providing that any restriction has to be based on legitimate governmental interest.

In recent weeks Indiana officials have been extremely alert after receiving and restricting over 300 mailings coming into Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. Which made clear reference to the national day of protest scheduled for September 9th, 2016. Mailed by a politically active comrade who was following the mission of agitate, educate, and organize. He was scheduled to visit me for a second time, but he is now a target. Prisoncrats have restricted him from visiting, or having any electronic communication via the JPay Kiosk system with prisoners in Indiana.

Had he not called for work-stoppages or disturbances be carried out here at Wabash Valley he may have not become a target. While prisoncrats stated his call did not incite any violence, any security issues raise red flags all the way to the Governor’s office.

The prisoncrats had me placed in solitary confinement on August 19th, 2016. Claiming it was requested by Commissioner Bruce Lemmon. My being segregated was simply a political move to ensure the commissioner retires this year or early next year without me influencing any major disturbances which could stain his retirement.

The prisoncrats placed special emphasis on me watching who I associate with as if it was to encourage me to abandon my activism and struggle. They think I am going to abandon my association with comrades from Indiana Incarcerated Worker Organizing Committee. I love and support who love and support me.

We are currently exhausting the prison grievance process in order to file a class action 1983 civil suite. Prison investigators are confiscating (all) of our “Bayview” San Francisco Bayview newspaper claiming safety and security as its justification. A firm in Fort Wayne, Indiana has taken our case. We will expose these blatant violations in restricting our revolutionary books and publications.

On August 25, 2016 they advised me that the plan was to release me back out into general population once the national day of protest was over. They said that they couldn’t take any chances having me agitate the masses. As long as nothing major occurred, I would be released. But if it goes up in population I would probably be kept in segregation for a while. Not because I committed any rule violations, just being a political prisoner places me in the line of fire. Having influence is a crime in these prisoncrats’ eyes.

I honor the sacrifice of our comrades in support of activism, and creating awareness around Sept. 9th events. That was then, and this is now. Creating new forms to educate the masses is paramount to our success.
For years, prisoncrates have tried to isolate me from my supporters, family, and my female companions. By secretly telling them that I was a gang leader, a murderer of a prison officer, and a drug dealer, etc.

The Commissioner Bruce Lemmon who was superintendent of Wabash Valley Correctional Facility March 6, 2009 issued a memorandum to Executive Director of Adult Operations. That in his opinion I may be the most dangerous offender incarcerated in the Indiana Department of Corrections (See memorandum attached). We are political prisoners responsible for ourselves and our fellow prisoners. Obligated to expose injustice and abuses when and where it rears its ugly head.

Indiana is making a comeback. You can show your support by assisting us in building a strong “Free Indiana Movement” and the Indiana IWOC who support prisoners receiving legitimate worker wages not slave wages. Please be very clear, I am not promoting violence or racial disharmony of any kind. The primary reason I was ever locked-up was a fear that I was trying to agitate a rebellion of some sort.

We here in the Free Indiana Movement as prisoners are still entitled to all constitutional rights unless their/ our liberties have been curtailed by procedures that satisfy all the requirements of due process. Free speech and freedom of the press/ association within the meaning of the 1st Amendment, are in my opinion among the preeminent privileges and immunities of all citizens. Free or in prison.

On September 12, 2016 at 1:30 P.M. while sitting waiting to speak to my councilor in solitary confinement, he arrived with news of my release. He advised me that the superintendent ordered me released immediately. I’m currently back out in the general population awaiting a more permanent housing assignment. When I assumed the role as an active advocate fighting to change the conditions of oppression we face I also had to accept the reality that I would be singled out or put in solitary confinement units to suppress my activism. Having the history of resistance, and my demand to be treated like a civilized human being. Will have me in the line of fire as long as I am inside the Indiana Department of Corrections. So I can’t express how much your continued support to the Friends and Family Campaign to Free Bro. Khalfani Malik Khaldun really is.

You can join us in the fight by contacting my campaign coordinator at the address below. Power to the people. The Free Indiana Movement continues to expose and oppose political injustice.

In solidarity,

Bro. Khalfani Malik Khaldun
(Leonard McQuay #874304)
P.O. Box 1111
Carlisle, IN 47838

Campaign to Free Bro. Khalfani Malik Khaldun
P.O. Boc 2321
Terre Haute, IN 47802

Political prisoner Khalfani Malik Khaldun puts the Indiana prison system on trial

Photo of Khalfani Malik Khaldun in 2011
Khalfani Malik Khaldun in 2011

Published in the SF Bayview, December 29, 2012

Since Dec. 13, 1994, Indiana political prisoner Khalfani Malik Khaldun (aka Leonard McQuay) has been held in control units, i.e. administrative segregation or isolation. It began when police and prison investigators manufactured a murder charge against him after a guard was stabbed and killed. Brother Khalfani is a Muslim and New Afrikan revolutionary educator who professes a strong sense of radical politics and culture.

Interview by the Campaign to Free Khalfani Malik Khaldun

Campaign: How long have you been in Indiana’s prison plantation?

Khalfani Malik Khaldun: I entered the Indiana Department of Corrections in 1987, when I was a senior in high school.

Campaign: How old are you?

KMK: I was born Nov. 30, 1969. That makes me 43 years old.

Campaign: Explain to us what your life is like on the inside?

KMK: The best way to describe it is I am in prison sanctioned to indefinite solitary confinement engaged in multiple fights. One fight to regain my freedom, one fight to maintain my physical health, one fight to be released into the general population, and the last fight is to maintain my sanity – an all-day job.

Campaign: How has your activism made you a target for harassment or repression?

KMK: Being identified as a prison leader, political agitator, activist or revolutionary, we get automatically singled out as threats to others and threats to the safety and security of the prison plantations. Having been restricted from general population for so long, my influence has been reduced to small units. The idea behind all this is to destroy our ties and relationships with comrades and new youth coming in.

Campaign: Share your position on the political nature of your murder charge involving that prison guard, Phillip Curry.

KMK: On Dec. 13, 1994, the night this guard was killed at the Indiana State Prison, he was killed on the tier above where I lived. D-cell-house was where the prisoncrats housed the worst of the worst – their term, not mine. I was at that time agitating, educating and organizing the radical elements who would listen.

So when this happened, having been a thorn in the prisoncrats’ side already, they made me the responsible party that night; they were mad and wanted someone to pay. In 2001, they made me pay by finding me guilty and giving me a fresh 60-year hit.

One of the jurors who found me guilty, Juror No. 12, came forward after my trial; she regretted her actions and went to the judge. Instead of calling for a new trial and reversal of the charge, the judge told her to go home; the judge has since retired. They manufactured evidence to obtain their conviction against me.

I am in prison sanctioned to indefinite solitary confinement engaged in multiple fights. One fight to regain my freedom, one fight to maintain my physical health, one fight to be released into the general population, and the last fight is to maintain my sanity – an all-day job.

Campaign: Explain the corruption that exists inside Indiana’s criminal justice system.

KMK: Like any system of corrupt politicians and abuses of power, whoever can afford to pay a greedy lawyer to represent them here may stay out of prison. These lawyers have judges and prosecutors who will give one a pass as long as they receive a nice payoff.

Poor people get sent to prison to fulfill the schemes of the prisoncrats and political regime here; more bodies mean more money. As they say, power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Indiana legislators have slashed prison funding for educating prisoners and providing meaningful rehabilitative programs, so that money would be solely for building new prisons. So they are perpetuating a system that leads to more recidivism. Not having a viable re-entry program for prisoners prior to their release ensures a return to prison: capitalism at its best and the human exploitation of prisoners.

Campaign: Why are they continuing to house you in solitary confinement after nearly two decades?

KMK: The executive body of the Indiana Department of Corrections launched its political war against me in 1994, the night they lost one of their own. Being the only person accused, then later charged and convicted for this murder, to them Khalfani Malik Khaldun is Indiana’s public enemy number one; so they have condemned me to a prison existence in solitary confinement.

This goes beyond my sentence of 60 years. The courts did not say serve out this term in administrative segregation. The Indiana Department of Corrections wants payback, so in retaliation they want me suffering to the point of psychological incapacitation. They want me an old grey-hair grey-beard and no longer imposing a potential threat.

I am currently “conduct clear” for eight years, and I have completed the following programs: Substance Abuse; Stress Management; Anger Management; Commitment to Change; Prison-Life Skills; Parenting; Cage Your Rage; Rage, Recidivism and Recovery; Prison-Life Skills No. 2; Houses of Healing; Bridging the Gap; and Inside-Outside Dads.

I have been eligible for release to general population for years now. Their justification for not releasing me is they say I killed their officer, and nobody is comfortable with signing off on my release from solitary confinement.

Campaign: Why is it so important to build a networking support base on the outside of prison?

KMK: For the revolutionary, political prisoner, jailhouse lawyer, prison activist, outside resources and support is crucial. The prisoncrats isolate us to control our movements and neutralize our influence on other convicts.

Having a network of loyal people who have your best interests in mind helps to keep the public informed. These supporters can be family members, friends or anyone doing prisoner support work. They can help us expose whatever ill treatment we go through. When the prisoncrats know you have people who genuinely love and care about you, they’re less likely to openly mess you around.

Campaign: Explain how the Indiana Department of Corrections utilizes control units and why?

KMK: In the early 1980s, Indiana experienced several prison riots as a result of racism and brutality by guards on militant aspiring revolutionaries and lumpen proletariat prisoners, forcing prisoners to take a stand to defend themselves. Indiana prisoncrats learned some lessons from these insurrections – and one lesson was that there was a threat to the Indiana Department of Corrections posed by politically-unified convicts.

Indiana prisoncrats lobbied for funds to build two solitary confinement units here in response to the rebellion of militancy from convicts willing to sacrifice for change. In 1991, the Indiana Supermax was built, a control unit meant to be a tool of social control of the state’s most violent prisoners. In 1993, the prisoncrats built the Secured Housing Unit (SHU), a unit styled after the SHU at Pelican Bay State Prison.

Both units were meant to cut the prisoners off from normal prison relations, while helping to keep the prisoners in the general population sort of in check. No one wants to spend unlimited years in Administrative Segregation, or solitary confinement.

The fear of being held in these units creates snitches who will tell prisoncrats whatever to stay in population. You may read about these units by going to the Human Rights Watch report, “Cold Storage: Super-Maximum Security Confinement in Indiana.”  Amnesty International just released a 68-page report called “The Edge of Endurance,” exposing solitary confinement in California.

Campaign: How important is it to stay in touch with your loved ones?

KMK: Doing time is like having cannibals eat away at your flesh day by day. Family love and their help to assist us in maintaining are paramount. I am a conscious, self-educated New Afrikan (Black) man who loves myself and those who love me. That connection helps to keep me determined, motivated and hopeful in times of sadness and loss of loved ones.

Since 1997, I have lost my mother, two brothers, an uncle and two cousins. I am fighting for my life, unable to cry, mourn or be a comfort to my family. Since 1994, my loved ones have been harassed, intimidated, threatened and discouraged by prisoncrats to not visit or write me at times. I have not had a contact visit since 2000. We continue to persevere through it all – because it is necessary.

Campaign: How do you work to maintain your health both mentally and physically?

KMK: For years I have maintained a consistent physical exercise routine and a healthy study habit of reading quality books and magazines. I don’t eat pork, and that’s been since 1987. I stopped eating red meat for 15 years; I recently started back eating it. Exercise and study has kept me active and healthy for many years.

One realistic fact that I want to share is no one leaves these experiences the same as they were when they came in. I am scarred by anxiety, depression, paranoia and hypertension as a result of being in long term isolation so many years.

I have made a conscious effort to humble myself and be less reactionary in emotional situations. This way these prisoncrats won’t have any ammunition to use to justify keeping me in solitary confinement. As long as I am living, I’m going to keep on fighting.

Campaign: How long did they keep you on the SCU – Special Confinement Unit?

KMK: Prisoncrats sent me to the SCU unit way in January 2003, and I spent 10 years in that windowless torture chamber. For the most part, that is one of Indiana’s most racist prisons, and the staff are 98 percent all-white with this philosophy of Southern racism.

That was the worst 10 years of my 26 years in prison. Altogether now I have 18 years straight in units of solitary confinement. They have tried to break my will to be defiant and destroy my mental faculties. Allah has guided me out of each storm. Allah-u-Akbar.

Campaign: What do you think prompted the prisoncrats to finally transfer you out on April 18, 2012?

KMK: A variety of reasons, but one in particular is my constant pursuits in civil court. On April 4, 2012, I filed with the court a motion for an immediate permanent injunctive relief judgment and a memorandum of law requesting the court to order the Indiana Department of Corrections to release me to general population. These prisoncrats moved me 14 days later to Pendleton Correctional Facility.

This in my opinion was done to get me out of their custody so I wouldn’t be a problem any longer. I had been challenging my department-wide solitary confinement status for years. The classification supervisor and superintendent also refused to release me in 2010, when I had completed a program serving as re-entry back to population. That ACT Program is an incentive for release. They released my entire class but not me.

Campaign: What are the conditions like at Pendleton Correctional Facility?

KMK: The transfer on April 18, 2012, out of the SCU to Pendleton did not land me in general population. Right now the general population is run like a concentration camp with fences and cameras everywhere; the whole prison is “controlled movement.”

The prisoncrats placed me on DWAS, Department-Wide Administrative Segregation. Inside G-cell-house, where all the potential threats and alleged troublemakers are housed, D-block is where all disciplinary segregation prisoners are housed. Also, C-block, where I am held, houses prisoners on Facility Administrative Segregation and prisoners on DWAS, Department-Wide Administrative Segregation, the status I am on.

DWAS are all single-man cells, with recreation one hour a day and 23 hours locked in a cell. We get recreation on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays, showering only on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. The only interaction we get is during recreation outside when we’re in the dog-run individual cages.

Campaign: Since your arrival at Pendleton, have any officials discussed with you your possible release from that status?

KMK: The prisoncrats are seriously playing games. Superintendent Keith Butts, who recently retired, sent me a letter claiming he would set up a plan to consider my release from DWAS status, but it was all a smokescreen to get me to ease up on my demands to be treated like the rest of these prisoners who are being released. They are picking and choosing and playing prison politics with our lives.

The current regime in the commissioner’s office at the Indiana Department of Corrections are not willing to give me a chance to prove them wrong. That is, if they released me and I transitioned without incident, they will not be able to say “That’s the bad guy” no more. There is no legitimate justification for my still being held captive in these units.

Campaign: How can people outside that are interested in helping you join the campaign to help free you? How can you benefit from their support?

KMK: Having been in prison since 1987, I have had the misfortune to lose family, friends; and my ties to relationships I’ve had with my female companions I have had to rebuild, which hasn’t been easy, then establish an extended family.

Right now, I need someone who is computer-savvy who can network with organizations to encourage them to take on my case. I need a website on Facebook that solely covers my entire case, and we need a law firm that assists political prisoners that is activist-conscious. We also need someone qualified and good with fundraising.

My success with Indiana lawyers haven’t been great. They seem to be afraid to go up against the Indiana Department of Corrections and the lawyers from the Indiana Attorney General’s Office. We must find a lawyer out of state who can practice in the state of Indiana.

Those wanting to join this campaign to assist me in my freedom, please write me directly and we’ll go from there; honestly, we need all the willing working bodies we can get on this campaign.

Right now, I need someone who is computer-savvy who can network with organizations to encourage them to take on my case. I need a website on Facebook that solely covers my entire case, and we need a law firm that assists political prisoners that is activist-conscious. We also need someone qualified and good with fundraising.

Campaign: How is your civil and criminal fight coming along in the politics of the Indiana Court System?

KMK: On Jan. 11, 2013, I have a hearing on my civil law suit challenging my continued confinement by the Indiana Department of Corrections. I filed several motions pro se that will be covering primarily my request for the court to order my release to general population.

My criminal murder case is currently at a standstill, and my initial post-conviction appeal was denied, because the Public Defender’s Office gave me an attorney who felt I was guilty and I should do my time. He messed my case up.

I am preparing a successive post-conviction relief petition. My rights are being violated civilly and criminally, and I will never relent nor lose my self-determination to fight.

Campaign: Any final words you want to share with the public and the revolutionary community?

KMK: I can honestly say that Indiana as far as prisoners abandoning their criminal mentalities and transforming to political consciousness goes, our “think tanks,” we’re very aggressive in producing politically-active prisoners, but we seem to have lost our momentum somewhere.

Prisoners are still studying and having individual dialogues, and I think prisoners, in an attempt to avoid being captured and held for 10-20 years in solitary confinement, are becoming less vocal and active. My having been held for the past 18 years is their prime example of where they don’t want to be.

To me, life is not easy, never has been, and to struggle means to reject being the victim. One who struggles is a rejuvenated fighter life-long. We are organized, prepared and multi-talented. To struggle is to understand complexity and to pick one’s own battles. There cannot be fruitful progress without a real struggle. I am not broken by my adversity, but I am experiencing psychological fatigue. A luta continua.

Send our brother some love and light: Khalfani Malik Khaldun (Leonard McQuay), 874304