INTERVIEW WITH KENNETH – BY CHARLES MAMOU

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Interview with Kenneth Foster Jr, aka Haramia KiNassor, a Texas Death Row, political prisoner who has a execution/murder date for August 30th 2007. He is a political activist and organiser, a poet, and a man on a mission to defy the odds that has been rendered against him. His opposition to the injustice that has plagued him starts off like this ……………..

Imagine you are a driver of a car with three others (friends) inside. While driving in a residential area, a female is noticed at the end of the driveway waving towards them, so they stop. A conversation ensues where the female gets sassy and suggest that if persons in the car are so interested that they should take a photo so that it last longer. Done with the conversation the driver prepares to pull off, but unexpectedly one of the passengers exits the vehicle with no preconceived plans the driver simply thins he’s getting out to proposition the girl, so naturally his attention drifts elsewhere until your friend re-enters the car again. But then, un beknowest to you another party enters the outside conversation, and then … a noise familiar in sound, but a noise that was unfamiliar with the surrounding circumstances; the type of noise that subdues all rationality. Jumping to attention “Was that what I thought I heard”? It couldn’t be, while your friends is trotting back to the car re-enters and says nothing. Almost robotically your instincts to drive off kicks in like a bat out of Hell. Needing no rhyme for the reason. At the end of a barrage of questions the friend just stares in a catatonic state giving no responses. Everything is still a blur……..

Now imagine being stopped by the police, arrested and indicted for a murder that you had no beforehand knowledge of its evolution. A murder that has no blood on your hands, A murder that the D.A said you didn’t commit, but feels that such a reality is non quid pro quo under Texas law. A law that transforms justice into an act of vengence. A law govern in the principle that its okay to prey on the legal weak, and if they can disfigure the U.S. constitution to fit the Texas lynch laws and illegally murder you…….. well it’s the dirty south and the majority still sees vengence and unbiased hate as a way of life. You are going to be murdered, not because you are guilty – rather the fact that you just isn’t “their kind”.

Someone once asked me whats wrong with the death penalty? I quickly said “everything! Just look at Kenneths case.” Many cases is flawed with injustice and deceit but society don’t see the errors because they choose not to see them. So without further adieu I introduce to you all a INNOCENT MAN.

CHUCKY

How are you doing my brother ? before we begin why don’t you make a formal introduction to the readers out there. Explain t them who your are and where you are presently located?

HARAMIA

Revolutionary greetings to you brother, Im as well as can be under the circumstances, Head up, feet down, and driving towards my Goals of life- Freedom and Justice! Well my name is Kenneth Foster Jr but my comrades call me Haramia KiNassor, I am 30 years young and am languishing in the genocidal capital of AmeriKa Texas Death Row.

CHUCKY

How is your Family/ Do you have any kids or any special loved ones in your Life?

HARAMIA

My family is maintaining in strength, I come from a strong bloodline, so even amongst the struggle were still blessed. I do have one Child-a beautiful and phenomenal daughter, named Nydesha Foster. She is eleven and ready to change the world. She is my heart and the better half of myself. I am quite fortunate to have many loved ones (family and friends) in my life, sme are local some are over seas, but all remain an intimate part of my being on a daily basis.

CHUCKY

I can almost feel the radiance from your joy when you wrote of your daughter Nydesha, when was the last time you saw her, How often do you get to visit with her?

HARAMIA

I appreciate that, Im really the moon to her sun meaning, I reflect her light, its not the other way around. I visit my daughter every summer. She and her mother moved back to California in 1997. So Nydesha comes to Texas during her school summer vacation. So Nydesha comes to be here from June Until September. I saw her last summer and its been that way constantly since 1999. The divinity in our relationship is revealed through our bonds through these walls. I now realise that this love was sealed long before we ever walked this earth.

CHUCKY

Now you have an execution/murder date for August 30th 2007 now you told me that you “give the date back to the system” would you please clarify for me and the readers what you meant by that?

HARAMIA

This is an intricate topic. Each of us persons have a different path and reality. I do not believe that my path and reality is as others here-not just due to my legal case, but my spiritual case as well. I also embrace the concept that we manifest things into existence by our energy and faith. So regarding this date that these infidels have set over my head. I am not giving it life in my circumference. There is a very potent saying that goes ” He who gives you the diameter of your knowledge, prescribes the circumference of your ability” Point being Im not going to let this pollution permeate my mind nor soul, Therefore this is what I did – I took those execution papers that were sent to me in the mail and I marked a spiritual spell on them, I crossed out the execution date on the paper and put – I WILL OVERCOME THIS! I then mailed that trash out of my cell. It wont have existence in here, Only love, life and liberation will! I gave them that back and they got a WHOLE LOT more to come with it.

CHUCKY

I notice you spoke solid on your spirituality without any direct link to religion. You even spoke of spells too (smile) So if I may ask do you believe in one God over all? Do you actually believe Jesus is the sinner’s saviour ?

HARAMIA

Most definitely I believe in a Higher Power. Once thing about me regarding the topic of God is Im extremely humble, I dare not pass my words off as if “that’s what it is” concerning this topic. I think that’s the sign of a fool. I believe in the truth at our energy as beings over Will and our divine creation. I think we evolve in and out of forms sometimes higher, sometimes lessor-but I believe we’re all inner connected, that’s why we say Universe-one-verse. In all actually I did talk about religion but your Mamouism thought process caused you to not see that. What I didn’t talk about was factions/denominations. You see the base of religions is this (from the latin) re-to go back to, ligare to connect (like a ligament) or bind. So the word religion is an esoteric term meaning to re-connect with your source or creator. Therefore religion is the bridge to spirituality. Everybody reconnects in a different type of way. The way a person connects in China is different from one in South America, But we’re all fingers on one hand. The problem we see today is ones have gotten stuck on the bridge. Stuck on the rosaries, crosses, beads, symbols etc.. We are lost in the symbols and rituals, whereas these things were made to remind us of the creator. This has become religion, but its not religion. Religion is the path we walk to spirituality, as in its truest sense. I do pursue religion (but only in this fashion) With me, I utilize many paths because its more than one way to get to Africa, or Jerusalem. One might said East, one might said sail West, its not the path, it’s the trip and the goal. As to Jesus I think it depends on how one uses the word saviour. You have some real fanatics who will say that means he is God, then no I wouldn’t agree. I would say that he was a Saviour. He was A WAY! He was A PATH! He was this for his people. He was sent to be a saviour to the lost tribes of Isreal, but he ended up being a light for the world. I do believe he attained the Christ essence. In India this would be called your Buddha nature, When I pray I pray to THE MOST HIGH and I always say- IN ALL YOUR PROPHETS NAMES, Moses was great. Abraham was great. I want to appreciate everything Our Creator-made and to me that’s what religion is about.

CHUCKY

At the moment you are in a section known as “Death Watch” whats it like to be around a bunch of men who only have a few weeks, days and or hours to live? What is your mind frame at the moment?

HARAMIA

In all honesty, my brother I don’t fell any different than I did in any other cage that ive been in on the row, In my view all 504 cages in this building is death watch. As I see it-ever since that judge slammed that gavel down and said DEATH, Ive Had an execution date and Ive moved in a fashion of that reality. (meaning not wasting a day) What I see on this section- confusion, madness, hopelessness, foolery, Ive seen everywhere else. What is it like- its infuriating. We neglect the power we have in life. We often look here and there for our saviours but those saviours are often right here. US so my mind frame remains as its been for along time now- on overcoming negativity and building all that is righteous.

CHUCKY

According to the U.S. Constitution in which the death penalty was written upon. It clearly states that one must be “responsible” for the killing of another human being. Meaning one Cant shouldn’t be sentenced to death if you never killed anyone. However you didn’t kill anyone, according to the D.A and eye witnesses, so how can you be on death row?

HARAMIA

Im here by a hoodwink statute called the Law of parties which states ” If in the attempt to carry out a conspiracy to commit one Felony (e.g-robbery, kidnapping) another felony is committed by one of the conspirators (i.e murder) all conspirators are guilty of the felony actually committed (meaning the capital murder) though having no intent to commit it (the murder) if the offense was committed in the furtherance of the unlawful purpose and was one that should have been anticipated as a result of the carrying out of the conspiracy. If that’s not a reason, I don’t know what is. You see this statute was not made for cases like mine. It was made for very extreme cases (lets say like Mafia hits) where one didn’t kill but was really involved in the intentional murder. But we are in the good ol boy confederate south where they used to hang people from trees, so we’re dealing with very overzealous and fanatical prosecutors. They stretched and abused this statute. A death sentence should have never been pursued for a case like this. We are trying to show how this statute was abused. How my case does not fit the law of parties standard and also my innocence.

CHUCKY

Mauriceo Brown was your death row co-defendant, and was unfortunate murdered/executed last year, and there was a lot of misunderstandings between y’all that was rumoured to be. Was there a lack of communication between the two of you.?

HARAMIA

The only misunderstanding or lack of was with himself. There was none on my part. My position has been the same since day one of this case. Mauriceo was a very lost person (mentally and spiritually) He wore a façade through life that fooled many people. I don’t think he could help that, and in that thought I don’t think he was really a bad person. I just think he was lost. He locked the strength and courage to do the right thing in this case and that was own up to what he did. He squirmed and scrambled to get out of it and he didn’t care if that was at the cost of other lives. People (his family and so called friends) turn a blind eye to this. I suppose because it was not them. Nevertheless Ive remained with the same defense and on the same path since day one. I will not change, Still- I pray for peace to his soul, peace to his family and peace to the victims family. Too much damage has been done, its been an atrocity all the way around and I pray that it stops. Here.

CHUCKY

Is there anything more you want to add about your case?

HARAMIA

Theres a lot going on with my case right now: reaching out to media, politicians organising etc, if anyone would like to tap in please go to www.freekenneth.com reach out take part, join the group and ride with us in this fight for justice.

CHUCKY

I hear you are very articulate in written and spoken poetry, was you always such a thinker in the world or did such talents come about on Death Row?

HARAMIA

You heard I was articulate? Really? Well I guess Ive got a few scruples about myself. I believe Ive always had some intelligence to myself. I think what it is, is that most of us don’t tap into that intelligence and utilize it in the right way. I was involved in a lot of things in the world, but I was nowhere near the person that I am today, I think there’s an essence to each of us and we react to things in ways different than other people (like certain chemicals react to other chemicals) This situation was like catalyst for me, It propelled me into a new zone mentally and spiritually. So I definitely began to learn new things about myself, enlightenment set in and beauty manifested out. Its been an amazing journey and things are still unfolding.

CHUCKY

Any poetry books out by you?

HARAMIA

Yes I do have a poetry book, I wrote my first Book “Tribulation Eyes” in 2000 and self published it in 2001. Since then the book has been translated into 4 languages. (English, French, German and Italian) “Tribulation Eyes” is a testament of spiritual struggle. My 2nd book “Texas Tears” will probably be available by the time this article is published. “Texas Tears” is a more raw book-it’s a radical book of prose battling the horrors of death row. Itl be an eye opener.

CHUCKY

Okay okay don’t tease us with your books, Tell us how one goes about getting a copy? Is it on-line or in bookstores.

HARAMIA

My book isn’t in any mainstream bookstores, but if one would be interested in purchasing it, they can go to my site www.freekenneth.com and request a copy. Wel be happy to get you one in your choice of the 4 languages in which its available and ship it to you quick, fast and in a hurry, (smile)

CHUCKY

Talk about any of the organisations or other programs that you are involved in?

HARAMIA

Im involved with quite a bit. Id first like to highlight D.R.I.V.E which is a movement that Im co founder/mobilizer of with Reginald Blanton, Rob Will, and Gabriel Gonzales. We are a collective of men who have banned together to expose the neglect of Texas death row prisoners and also the vile nature of the death penalty. We have been involved in non violent protest here at the unit, highlighting both. We have helped spearhead the prices of men not walking to their executions nor participating in them (e.g. eating last meals) The more we do that the more we humanise this and its nothing humane about systematic social genocide. You can learn more about DRIVE at:

www.drivemovement.org

Im also consolidated with a group called the WELFARE POETS whom are a collective of artist and activist from New York who myself, Hasan Shakur (now transited) Tony Ford and Randy Arroye (a former Death Row prisoner-released to life in prison as a juvenile) reached out to in 2004. In struggle and love we built bonds and these brothers have dropped a Hip Hop compilation album against the death penalty called “Cruel and Unusual Punishment” Its phenomenal and unprecedented. I encourage ones to check this out atwww.myspace.com/deathpenaltycd projects like this are needed to tap into the much needed youth out there who are very disenchanted with the political process. Hip Hop is a mobilizing tool for this generation. We are moving forward with projects like this to touch the world. This is just the beginning. Im involved with many other groups and people. Ive got my hands in quite a few things, viewing my website will shed more light on some of these things.

CHUCKY

Glad you enlightened myself, as well as the readers about the concept of DRIVE movement. You know my cells window gives me a front row seat per se to the whole operation of the condemns entrance into the death row van. And what I see is two totally different scenes, from both the inmate and the mas-murderers in grey (Texas prison officials) Those inmates who walk the plank with smiles on their faces, are received by the administration in due diligence, as they dogmatically give each other “high fives” laugh and mock the inmates” you laugh and we will not only laugh with you, but we will also laugh at you ” whereas those that “lay it down” (don’t walk and resist in violent or non violent form) manifest a more gloomy and serious intake from the administration. Sure the high fives still exist but not their smiles nor fruit loop demeanour, which is why I respect more-those who do not take part in their own homicide. Care to add to this statement? I mean for me its not even about me being on death row. I could be in the free world, and I still will not fall for the humane in the tail pipe mental acceptance. If anyone want my blood they will have to take the Hell that comes with it before and after. Ya feel me?

HARAMIA

What you see is really correct, we live in a society bred on killing and usually those on the losing end is people of colour. You must remember that killing people of colour was an accepted and celebrated social norm. It was part of this culture. It was LAW, and this was barely 60 or so years ago. So these mentalities are embedded in them. Only until Laws are passed that deal with such things (like in German, a swastika is against the law) That’s square business They leave no room for racism. Over here thy wont tolerate gangs or drugs, but theyl tolerate hate crimes and racism etc…. You do the math) The point is what we have somewhat humanised our own genocide. By walking with these big ol smiles on our faces like this is just the IN thing and going down there and eating all these “death row” meals” hamburgers, tacos, icecream (none of which will digest) it gives society this impression that “oh it must not be so bad” We’re to blame for that. We have to be serious about this now. I believe that if you think the death penalty is wrong, you have a flyer or website asking for your life to be saved then it is your OBLIGATION to not participate in your own killing. DO NOT validate this process. That’s why its thriving. I do not support violent resistance for death row inmates, because this will only be used to justify our situations HOWEVER if one got violent I could very well understand it, Heres a very important point-If you do take the position that the death penalty is wrong, that we can not progress a humanity with murder responding to murder, then you must stand on that. What I mean is I think that many persons who are here think that due to their situations they are not worthy to be fighting like this, that they are no longer human beings. So, what happens is they let these extremist politicians define them. They surrender their humanity, we cant think like this. Its not just about opposing this government because its hypocritical, but people deserve second chances at life. I don’t mean let killers go, I believe in discipline. Some fools do need to be locked up, but fairly and with treatment. We know that’s not going on in Amerika though, The people allow that. It doesn’t have to be like that. But that’s another story. The point I was making is we cant let others define us and take our humanity. Its either embrace humanity or the holocaust.

CHUCKY

Now ive only been knowing you since 2003 or so. I haven’t know the “old you ” if such a term is quotable. However you seem to be bright, intelligent, positive and productive young man. If destiny releases you, what do you envision yourself doing once free?

HARAMIA

First of all, I don’t believe in the words fate or destiny. These words made by man to grapple with the things he cannot understand. I believe in the following quote “Destiny is no matter of Chance It is a matter of Choice. It is not a thing to be wanted for. It is a thing to be achieved” What we are dealing with is creating our Personal legends) If my liberation is manifested then I will no doubt be deeply involved in the grassroots movements out there. I will stay involved in this movement until we abolish the death penalty. Id like to get involved in some poetry collectives. There’s an urgent call to get involved in gang reform. My life will be a life of service and activism, as its been for a long time now. To me this is the highest thing in life that I can achieve.

CHUCKY

Im gonna put you on the spot here. Il say a name and you tell me what comes to you mind immediately okay? Hasan (Derrick Frazier, murdered by the state of Texas 31st August 2006)

HARAMIA

Comrade in Arms! Bro Hasan was a young brother-pursuing evolution of mind, body and soul. He was still in transitional stages. Like many before him- Tupac, George Jackson-he was cut down before he reached his greatest potentials. Its up to us to make sure the torch he lit doesn’t go out.

CHUCKY

Tasha?

HARIMIA

Goddess! (ear to ear smile) No matter what-through our struggles, goods and bads, that’s my Wife. This is a person with a lot of heart and vision and I’ve been very fortunate to meet her. There’s been a purpose in our communion and we’ve barely begun to tap into it.

CHUCKY

Okay “Walk with me” for a sec (smile) I hear there is a video a music video dedicated to your plight. Care to explain its origin, and intentions to us? How we can see it, view it? Who is in it, or whatever you want us to know about it?

HARAMIA

Well “Walk with me” is a song that Tasha wrote to highlight our relationship, my injustices and our combined struggles with this situation, Tasha is a Hip Hop artist from the Netherlands (her stage name is Jav’lin) The song was produced in 2005 and the video was shot in October 2006. It was just released in February 2007. and can be downloaded for .99c at: www.javlin.nl. The video entails Tasha rapping and each verse is accompanied by correlating scene. What we are hoping is to use this video as an educational and mobilizing tool for my plight. We know how universal music is. We also know how powerful Hip Hop is. Next to religion its probably the only force that is this influential from California to China. If I may say so myself a song and video for a death row prisoner is pretty un-precedented. I think the only death row prisoner to come before me is Former black panther Mumia Jamal. If im not mistaken I believe Rage against the Machine did a song and video for him. Either way im very honoured to have this done for me. Its important to point out that Tasha did not have to do this video. She could have done a video for any of her other songs. Theres a lot of sacrifice on Tashas part. The death penalty is not an easy or popular topic in a country where there is no death penalty. Because of such the youth there are even more disconnected from this type of fight. Its foreign to them. Whereas Tasha is rapping about death row, most rappers over there is talking about partying, sex and gangsta-gangsta. Shes faced a lot of critique behind this, so I give her so much love and respect for the courage she showed to do what was right over what was trend. These are the champions of our life time-the world changers, such a small thing will indeed turn into a great achievement. I ask for persons to support this video-not just for me but for what it represents and that’s Love, Life, Loyalty and Liberation.

CHUCKY

Im a devoted believer that love is more than a four letter word. Its more than a twinkle in ones eye. It’s the bread winner, the comfort, the understanding, the revolving ying yang duet, that compliments the other and etc…. I don’t hold much weight on someone just telling me they love me-because if you love me “show me” in words and above deeds, Fell me? And brother I don’t know Tasha but from all shes doing for you I can go on a limb and say “NO doubt she loves you” and its not even a question for you because I know you love her. How do y’all make it work being separated by razor wire, security,glass and continents?

HARIMIA

I totally feel you, Brother-Love is a force. And love is not made to just be a sentiment, its made to be an action. Thus if one is not demonstrating it then it must not be real. As to Tasha and myself we have very similar natures. There was definitely a force that pulled us together. Our natures are similar we love music, writ poetry, love interacting with people. Therefore we have a foundation to build upon. Prison relationships are beyond hard to maintain. As human we are so used to the physical. We are so attached to the 5 senses. The 5 senses are vehicles-only-not who we are. Who we are is spiritual beings. So we make our relationship work througha spiritual connection which transcends the tangible. At the same time we share such common goals in life that the work we do together is like food for our relation. We keep each other busy and motivated. That is like a glue in our house. These connecting factors keeps our relationship going. And just the type of persons we are-ones that like to be successful-we’re like steel upon steel. We have a lil saying that goes “Our 1+1 equals everything” That means that she and I are Alpha and Omega. Its something that I pray will last for this lifetime and even in the next will search each other out.

CHUCKY

You know you and your “stay” as well as your freedom remains in my daily thoughts and prayers, before we end, is there anything else we may not have discussed, yet feel a need to be said, then go on and extend. In any event I want to thank you for your time.

HARAMIA

I think we’ve done a pretty good part one interview (cause im sure you’l follow up with me) So wel leave the people in suspense for that. I just want to remind people to check out the websites and I urge them to stand with us in the fight for justice, love and liberation.

*Interviewers note. On June 1st 2007, Live on the Kdol Radio station Kenneth and Tasha officially were married, becoming Mr and Mrs Foster. Congratulations guys.*

CHARLES CHUCKY MAMOU,

TX DEATH ROW

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