Change maker Amani Sawari taking Amend the 13th Petition to the United Nations!

Written by on 07/12/2019

A view of the Secretariat Building, with Members States’ flags flying in the foreground, at United Nations headquarters in New York.

We must
support our sister!

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington, Chief Spokesperson for the End
Prison Slavery in Texas Movement

cannot afford to waver in our political participation, because we have the most
to lose.”
– Symone D. Sanders, political strategist and
CNN commentator

Peace and Blessings, Sisters and Brothers!

Independence Day is a good time for New
Afrikan and Latinx people to do a thorough inventory of our status and
treatment within the confines of the United States of Amerika. While many
free-world folks eat barbeque and sip something cold, a broad swath of the New
Afrikan and Latinx population will be locked inside cages throughout Amerika!

This is a harsh and bitter reality that
illuminates the fact that freedom, justice and equality still have not been
achieved for many who have become victimized by Amerika’s “manifest destiny.”

Many of us claim to be leaders in the New
Abolition Movement. This is a movement which seeks to end prison slavery and
amend the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in order to strike the exception
clause, also referred to as the slavery clause, which is underlined here: “Neither
slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof
the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United
States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

If you claim to be a leader, influencer or
change maker, then you must take on the work. Today I am here to proclaim that
2019 Rodenberry Fellow Amani Sawari has risen to the challenge!

For years I have toiled incessantly in regard
to addressing and shedding light on specific injustices and abuse I’ve
witnessed and been subjected to here in the slave state of Texas. While I’ve
been doing my “thang,” Sister Amani has been doing hers – and in a magnificent
manner, I must add!

Do you want to know why 2020 presidential
candidates in Amerika have been talking about granting prisoners the right to vote?
It is because Amani Sawari is using her Roddenberry Fellowship to spearhead a national
campaign to re-enfranchise thousands of prisoners housed in Amerikan jails and

Re-enfranchisement is a crucial part of this
protracted Abolition Movement. Re-empowering the disenfranchised with their
Right2Vote provides us with a “voice” and an opportunity to take part in a democracy
which has failed us for decades.

In the 20th century, Malcolm X’s teaching in “The
Ballot or the Bullet” seems prophetic, especially right now. We can’t continue
to ignore the multitudes of human beings trapped inside these cages who have
been systematically disenfranchised. This problem most assuredly will come back
to haunt us one way or the other.

One of our main points of focus in this
Abolition Movement is to actively and assertively seek to strike the exception
clause (slavery clause) which is contained within the body of the 13th
Amendment and which has promoted, condoned and sanctioned “legalized slavery”
for over a century and a half.

Pennsylvania prisoner and freedom fighter Richard
A. Smith has crafted a letter directed to members of the United Nations. This
letter requests that the United Nations call for the “slavery clause” of the
13th Amendment to be amended in order to finally abolish slavery and
involuntary servitude in Amerika once and for all!

We the leaders, influencers and change makers of
this Abolition Movement are requesting that our sisters and brothers in the rap
music industry as well as conscious professional athletes and entertainers in Amerika
with free-wor1d citizens who are staying woke sign on to this letter that we
intend to deliver to United Nations Secretary Antonio Guterres.

The General Assembly Session opens in
September 2019, so please do not procrastinate. Act today!

“Re-empowering the disenfranchised with their Right2Vote provides us with a ‘voice’ and an opportunity to take part in a democracy which has failed us for decades.”

In order to check out the letter that we intend to send and to sign on your support and endorsement, please visit

If you would like to learn more, please by all
means contact our Sister in Struggle Amani Sawari via email at or hit her up on twitter
at @sawarimi.

In closing, I send out a call for action and
support to Jay-Z and Meek Mill of Reform Alliance. I call upon the Big Homey,
H-Town’s Finest, Rap Mogul J. Prince, as well as the entire #MobTies Movement.
I am sending out a special request for support to J. Cole, Colin Kaepernick,
Cardi-B, Solange Knowles and Beyonce! We need y’all support!

Do your research, this movement and this
struggle is real. I leave as I came in the spirit of peace. Help us to end
prison slavery in Amerika!

Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, All Power to
the People!

Keith “Malik”
Washington is a co-founder and chief spokesperson for the End Prison Slavery in
Texas Movement, he is a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing
Committee and the deputy chairman of the New African Black Panther Party
(Prison Chapter).

has been instrumental in calling for the abolition of legalized slavery in
Amerika and is very active in the Fight Toxic Prisons Campaign. You can view
his work at or you can also read his articles at which he regularly writes for the San
Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper. Send him an e-mail at or write him directly at Keith H.
Washington, 1487958, McConnell Unit, 3001 S. Emily Dr., Beeville, Texas 78102.

Sawari navigated into the world of journalism and research writing after
graduating from the University of Washington with a double major in media and
communications and law, economics and public policy. Her time at UW allowed
Amani to develop her writing skills, and her passion for social equity and
human rights led her to pursue photography and journalism. In college she
assisted new students from around the world with their transition into the
university. She also mentored and arranged programs for students living in
on-campus housing. These experiences allowed Amani to develop an appreciation
for working with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

she is a newsletter writer and editor for two publications. She writes an
internal newsletter for a real-estate agency in Seattle, and the other is a
community publication called “No Shackles” for a prisoner advocacy
organization. In addition to newsletter writing, she also manages her own
website,, where she publishes articles and essays to
inspire the black community, particularly in the United States.

A fun
fact about Amani: She started her own business when she was 18 years old. To
this day she manages a hair studio in the Seattle area. As a result of this
work, she’s been able to connect with hundreds of women from around the
country, sharing her expertise and love for natural hair. See more at

PHOTO: Secretariat Building at UN headquarters
by Rick Bajornas, UN Photo

CAPTION: The Secretariat Building at UN
headquarters in New York City – Photo: Rick Bajornas, UN

Source: San Francisco Bay View

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