Write to Jalil:
Anthony J. Bottom #77A4283
Southport C.F.
236 Bob Masia Drive
P.O. Box 2000
Pine City, NY 14871-2000

If you want to help
Jalil A. Bottom with commissary, send a Postal money order to his address above.

Jalil's response to parole denial at August 2012 de novo hearing!

Jalil's response to parole denial at September 2012 hearing!

Read Jalil's new book of poetry: Escaping the Prism—Fade to Black…!

Reviews of New Edition of We Are Our Own Liberators!

Check out the
video Voices from Auburn, with poetry from prisoners at Auburn CF!


Jalil Speaks

  Jalil VideoSee this video at freedomarchives.org (20 minutes). Video hosted by Innocent In Prison Project International;
thank you, IIPPI.

Jalil Muntaqim has been in the SHU since December 6th for teaching Black History - a course approved by the administration. He's taught Black History for almost 2 months, now teaching about the 1960’s, anti-Vietnam War movement and the Black Panther Party.

 

We believe Jalil was written up because the authorities didn’t like what he was teaching, so he was placed in the SHU with 5 charges.

 

This is part of an ongoing program to censor Jalil, which escalated this year after he beat charges for writing a letter to an outside organization and was denied newspapers from the outside.

 

Following is Jalil's letter detailing what occurred:

 

December 14, 2016

 

Dear Anne:

 

As you probably heard, I’ve been placed in SHU with a penalty of 8 months, suspending 4 months for 6 months, having to do 4 months. The charges were: 105.13 Gangs, 105.11 Unauthorized Addresses, 105.14 Unauthorized Organization, 104.11 Violent Conduct, 104.12 Demonstration.

 

This all stems from a class on Black History that I was approved to give and had been teaching for a couple of months, starting in 1861-62 with the Confiscation Act, and now in the 1960’s dealing with the Black Panther Party. During the course of the lecture I presented the 8 Points of Attention:

 

1. Speak Politely; 2. Pay Fairly for What You Buy; 3. Return Everything You Borrow; 4. Pay for Everything You Damage; 5. Do Not Hit or Swear at People; 6. Do Not Damage the Property or Crops of the Poor Oppressed People/Masses; 7. Do Not Take Liberties with Women; 8. If We Take Captives, Do Not Ill Treat Them.

 

This was presented discussing the ethics of the Panthers and how these Points of Attention engendered good relationships with the people in the community. I should have known they would ignore everything but Point 8.

 

Also, I offered an analogy, comparing and contrasting the BPP with the Bloods, stating they need to get organized, get away from criminal behavior and tribal warfare. If they did they could be a large army for the people. I was asked how to make that possible, and I answered they need to get a universal newspaper together that they could collectively contribute to. They interpret this that I was trying to organize them.

 

The Tier III hearing officer, Mr. Marche, dismissed the charge of 105.11 Unauthorized Addresses and 105.14 Unauthorized Organization, finding me guilty of 105.13 Gangs, 104.11 Violent Conduct, and 104.12 Demonstration.

 

I’ve written to Prisoners Legal Services in Buffalo asking them to consider representing me on appeal. If they agree, I’ll still be sitting here for 60 days waiting for a decision.

 

As you know, I have been suffering intense harassment, first messing with my mail, trying to put me in SHU for writing to I Am We Prison Advocacy Network, then denying me receipt of The Militant newspaper, now succeeding by taking comments out of a 1 and a half hour lecture and cobbling them into a narrative to fit rule violations, removing them from the original context and intent. Given the recent NY Times newspaper articles exposing the racist practices of both disciplinary hearings and parole board decisions, it is apparent the harsh penalty in this case coincides with the findings of the NY Times articles.

 

In this regard, it is important that folk know this seemingly unrelenting harassment is consistent with the NYS Correctional Officers Association’s alliance with the PBA’s opposition to my release on parole. With the growing and mounting campaign to persuade Gov. Cuomo to grant my application to commute the sentence, these entities are mounting a campaign to thwart any possibility for success at the parole board. We must vigorously condemn this disciplinary sanction and demand that it be reversed. But just as importantly, we need to further expose the racist nature of the disciplinary process and correctional guards/administrators persistent efforts to prohibit my release on parole.

 

In this regard, I also ask you to try to contact the writers of the NY Times articles and urge them to investigate this disciplinary sanction. They can get a copy of the video tape of the class and audio tapes from the hearing.…

 

Until next time.

 

Revolutionary Love and Unity,
Jalil

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Jalil had a visit from his brother Dave and sister Stephanie in April. He and they say it was a wonderful visit. Dave sent us some pictures of the visit to post.

 

Read the Excellent 1979 Memorandum of Law Regarding Prison Slavery, the 13th Amendment and Violations of International Law!

 

Read Jalil's response to 2016 parole denial here.

 

Read the entire parole hearing transcript here.

 

Read the parole board's decision here.

 

We are enraged to report that Jalil received notice on June 28, 2016, that he was once again rejected by the Parole Board. This is the ninth time Jalil has been to the Board, and the ninth time he has been denied, despite having an excellent record and meeting all requirements to be released on parole.

 

There will definitely be an Article 78 appeal of this denial. We will need everyone's help in preparing for the appeal and will definitely be waging a strong campaign.

 

We cannot continue to allow the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (PBA) and the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association (COPBA) to impose their will upon the Parole Board. The FOP, PBA and COPBA have made it clear that they are trying to impose Life Without Parole (LWOP) on our Political Prisoners. THIS IS NOT LAW AND NOT WHAT THEY WERE SENTENCED TO. They must be held accountable for their actions!

 

We will keep everyone posted on upcoming steps and actions to take. In the meantime, please take the time to write to Jalil and him know he is in our hearts and on our minds.

 

Jalil has also submitted a request to Gov. Cuomo requesting commutation of sentence to time served, as the parole board is obviously biased. A fair and just parole hearing is impossible for Jalil and our other NY State political prisoners.

 

Jalil has asked people to write Governor Cuomo and urge him to grant executive clemency to Jalil.

 

Here is the info:

 

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor of New York State

NYS State Capitol Building

Albany, NY 12224 https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form

Twitter @NYGovCuomo
#clemency4jalil

 

cc this office:

New York State DOCCS-
Executive Clemency Bureau

The Harriman State Campus Building 2

1220 Washington Ave

Albany, NY 12226-2050 PardonsAndCommutations@doccs.ny.gov

 

Watch videos of Jalil's brother Dave speaking about Jalil here.

 

To read Jalil's response to his 2014 parole denial, click here.

 

To read about Jalil's ongoing FOIL lawsuit, click here.

 

Be sure to read the wonderful letter from Jalil's Mom Billie: A Mother's Cry in support of her son's release.


Check out the videos of Jalil discussing the Case of the New York 3, Cointelpro, Plutocracy and some history leading to the formation of the Jericho Movement, of which Jalil is a co-founder.

 

Also Check out the videos from an interview with Jalil
in 1988 by Paper Tiger TV, especially Part 3, which includes a response to Badge of the Assassin with Safiyah Bukhari, Attorney Brian Glick and the New York 3.

 

Listen to a snippet of the "Redemption" CD
being compiled by Oakland Jericho for Jalil

Click on the image below to read about
the Case of the New York Three
!