Talib Williams, known as Talib the Student, was sentenced to 50 years in prison after shooting a man who had tried to take his life just months before. Talib’s motive was fear, not vengeance, but the circumstances in the case didn’t concern the American justice system. A jury was settled upon, after every black person had been excused, and those alleged peers decided that the skateboarding 17-year old with nothing but a petty tagging charge should spend the rest of his life in prison.Since receiving a virtual death sentence, Talib has striven to rise above prison politics and better his life. He has authored three books while incarcerated, started a non-profit organization, became a respected imam in the prison’s Muslim community, facilitating a healthy spiritual development for practitioners of his faith, and facilitated a toxic masculinity workshop for inmates, which was the subject of a CNN documentary on Soledad State Prison called “The Feminist on Cellblock Y.”
In Soledad Prison, there is a strong undercurrent of racism and racial profiling from Warden Craig Koenig.A violent 3 a.m. raid on 200 incarcerated Black people at Soledad State Prison on July 20 was documented by Talib’s wife Tasha Williams, whose article in the San Francisco Bay View alerted the world to the violence enacted by guards who zip tied prisoners, dressed in fatigues, wearing helmets, equipped with night vision and black masks. An all white Inter-agency security squad of officers interrogated zip tied people stating “Black lives don’t matter.” and abused people while aiming to classify as an STG , the Black Guerilla Family. They were interrogated about what happened to George Floyd and the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement.
This abuse was spread far and wide and the pigs are obviously targetting Talib and his wife because they spread the message of non-violence and their journalism is a powerful force in exposing the systemic racism and human rights violations that are inherent in CDCR.Tasha and Talib are trying to start a family and Tasha is nearing the age where pregnancy is not adviseable for health reasons, which is why we are demanding family visit restoration immediately!
Talib’s next parole hearing is in the summer of 2020 and the prison administration is making every effort to harm Talib’s chances for freedom. He has a wealth of knowledge to contribute to society on the outside doing liberation work and the talents of Talib and his wife Tasha are boundless .
WE WILL KICK OFF THE PHONE ZAP ON ANTI-POLICE BRUTALITY DAY ON OCTOBER 22nd, 2020, IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE AIRING OF AN INTERVIEW WITH TALIB’S WIFE ON KPOO 89.5 fm PRISON FOCUS RADIO ON THURSDAY, 10/22/2020 AT 11 AM PST!!!
Phone/Email Zap Script:
“I, _____, demand that the intimidation tactics being used against Talib (Marcelle) Williams #V69247 end now, or Soledad officials will face the consequences of their racist targeting of the well-known religious leader at soledad. Tasha and Talib are trying to start a family and Tasha is nearing the age where pregnancy is not aviseable for health reasons, which is why family visit restoration is crucial. Furthermore, I demand that visits be reinstated for Talib and that family visits be restored for all incarcerated people in California immediately. Warden Craig Koenig should resign immediately for grave mishandling of the prison, and governor Newsom needs to take action now against this institution with a history of racist actions against black people!
Who to Contact :
Office of the Ombudsman at Soledad: (916) 445-1773
Soledad Prison Main Phone Number: (831) 678-3951
Nancy Skinner, Chairwoman of the California Senate Public Safety Committee : (510) 286-1333
CDCR Secretary Kathleen Allison: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Governor Gavin Newsome: Phone: (916) 445-2841, Email : htpps://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/
Learn More about Talib:
More about Talib: https://talibthestudent.com/