Press Release (ePRNews.com) - SAN FRANCISCO - Mar 11, 2021 - Posted Courtesy of Wright Enterprises San Francisco~Dallas Community Spotlight~~~
Subject: Wed. 9:30am Zoom into the Malik Washington hearing
SAN FRANCISCO BAY VIEW EDITOR LAWSUIT TO BE HEARD TODAY
WEDNESDAY, 3/10 AT 9:30
JOIN THE HEARING OF HIS COMPLAINT BY ZOOM: https://www.cand.uscourts.gov/judges/tigar-jon-s-jst/
BACKGROUND: SF Bay View Editor Malik Washington continues to face persecution (https://48hills.org/2021/01/covid-outbreak-and-media-crackdown-at-private-halfway-house-in-tenderloin/) by the $2.27B for-profit prison multinational, Geo Group, which runs the re-entry facility at 111 Taylor St. (https://wearedefender.com/111-taylor) and many other similar facilities, private jails, and ICE Detention Centers (https://laist.com/2019/12/27/california-new-private-for-profit-immigration-detention-center-contracts.php) across California. Malik was severely retaliated against for releasing a public memo documenting the preventable coronavirus outbreak at his halfway house. In response, the facility extended his sentence at 111 Taylor, stole his phone, and put a gag order on him on what is the most egregious attack on journalism and Malik’s constitutional right to freedom of speech. Malik sued them for violating his rights and now they are threatening to send him back to jail.
Keith “Malik” Washington is the editor of the San Francisco Bay View, a national Black newspaper known for its coverage of prison issues as well as provocative political analysis and activism. The newspaper has been serving the Bay Area for 45 years.
On Jan. 9, 2021, Washington spoke to a reporter and worked on a press release about a COVID-19 outbreak at the halfway house where he is currently incarcerated. Known as the Taylor Street Center, it is located in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. The Taylor Street Center is operated by the GEO Group.
In retaliation for publicizing the outbreak, the GEO Group punished Mr. Washington, placing restrictions on his ability to communicate with the press and public, confiscating his cell phone, and delaying his release from the Taylor Street Center.
***JOIN THE HEARING OF HIS COMPLAINT BY ZOOM:https://www.cand.uscourts.gov/judges/tigar-jon-s-jst/***
In response, Mr. Washington and the San Francisco Bay View filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, alleging retaliation for the exercise of First Amendment rights. Following a press conference announcing the lawsuit, a GEO Group employee contacted the SF Bay View, asking about several previous public appearances by Mr. Washington – information which was subsequently used to impose disciplinary sanctions on Mr. Washington. The plans were made immediately following the press conference announcing the lawsuit.
Washington has retained the services of attorney Richard Tan, who commented: As a journalist and editor of the SF Bay View, Mr. Washington has a right to speak and publish about public health issues and other topics relevant to the community. A developing COVID-19 outbreak in the heart of San Francisco is a serious public health concern. It is outrageous that GEO Group would attempt to punish Mr. Washington for exercising his constitutional right of access to the courts, and we will be seeking immediate injunctive relief to prevent this retaliation against him.
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