We received this today via an email the SF Bay View kindly shared with us:
Statement sent out by Benjamin Haile of the Portland Law Collective, with Rashid's approval:
"I talked with Kevin Rashid Johnson today [Feb 22nd?] for over 90 minutes. He seemed to be clear headed and to have a good perspective on his situation.
He said that he would appreciate support in regaining access to his personal property and mail. Officials have placed him on a security designation that precludes access to these things. So he is unable to contact anyone or publish anything.
He thinks that is retaliation for articles he published that are critical of the Oregon Department of Corrections. The pretext that the officials are using to put him on this status is an incident on January 28, 2012. He was recently cleared of any misconduct in that incident after a disciplinary hearing.
Furthermore, deprivation of property and mail is not reasonably related to the alleged incident.
He thinks the best people to contact would be Doug Yancey, the security threat manager for the Dept. of Corrections, and C. Schultz, the security threat manager at Snake River. They are the ones who made this decision. I don’t have direct contact information for these people.
A starting point for Mr. Yancey would be the Office of the Inspector General in Salem at 503-945-9043. A starting point for reaching Mr. Schultz would be the main line at Snake River, 503-945-9090. [...]
"He was very glad to hear that so many people are looking out for him."