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.

Jan. 12, 2017 Interview with Claude Marks of Freedom Archives on Jalil's Current Situation!

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.

Social Media Campaign to Gov. Cuomo Demanding Clemency for Jalil

 

Dear Friends and Supporters:


For certain I will be here until March 21, 2017, since Albany DOCCS affirmed the disciplinary conviction and excessive sanctions. DOCCS SHU Commissioner D. Venettozzi did this? while Prisoners' Legal Service of Buffalo, who were to file a Supplemental Brief on the appeal, never received the records of the Tier II disciplinary hearing. PLS also never received the audio or video recordings, in violation of my due process rights on appeal.

 

Essentially, DOCCS is adamant about violating prisoners' first amendment rights of speech and being able to express our beliefs. The disciplinary proceedings and appeal process further confirm what was reported in the NY Times articles of Dec. 4 and 5, 2016. Hence, was my being placed in SHU on Dec. 6 a coincidence?

 

These DOCCS discriminatory practices must be exposed and challenged by all freedom loving people!

 

In the Spirit of Nelson Mandela

Jalil A. Muntaqim
Feb. 19, 2017

Dear Friends and Supporters:

 

Thank you all for extending your concern for my well being and supporting our continuing social media blast to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in demanding he grants my application to commute this sentence to time served.

 

While we are happy for Judith Clark, we must realize there is something inherently disturbing. When we compare our records of accomplishments in prison and the extent of community support, Gov. Cuomo’s decision presents questions about racial injustices in the decision-making processes in New York State.

 

The New York Times December 4 and 5, 2016 exposé of NYS DOCCS and Board of Parole’s overt racist practices left little to the imagination about what can be aptly described as apartheid. Gov. Cuomo proclaimed on December 6, 2016 that he would order a top-down investigation into discriminatory and biased practices in both the prison and parole system. However, his recent clemency decision indicates he is unable to lead by example.

 

The Scourge of Racial Bias in New York State's Prisons

 

For Blacks Facing Parole in New York State, Signs of a Broken System

 

Governor Cuomo Orders Investigation of Racial Bias in N.Y. State Prisons

 

Again, I am elated Judith Clark was granted clemency. I knew Judy long before she became a prisoner. In fact, the last time I saw here was on a visit in Attica in the late 1970’s. Yet, understandably, the issue is one of Black political prisoners suffering the government’s relentless vindictive posture of retaliation for our failure to succumb to white supremacy. Sundiata Acoli, Veronza Bowers, Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Herman Bell, Seth Hayes, to name a few, languish in prison because of the racial policy of the government. Therefore, my observation of Gov. Cuomo’s clemency decision is based on historical and pragmatic analysis that must be pointed out as we proceed in the fight for freedom.

 

In this regard, I’ve asked we increase the social media blast directed to Gov. Cuomo’s office to two days a month for the next six months. Each second and fourth Wednesday of the month, we should call, text, email, tweet and use whatever social media method to ensure he gets the message of our dissatisfaction with his failure to grant my application to commute this sentence to time served.

 

Beyond that, I would like to open a second front to achieve our goals. Specifically, I am asking all New York City and State activists to identify a member of the Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus, and inquire why they have not challenged Gov. Cuomo on his lackluster approach in tackling the pervasive racially discriminatory practices in the New York State prison and parole system. These elected officials should not get a pass, and our activist community needs to establish a direct-action determination in making these representatives know that in 2017 they will be made to step up in response to our struggle for substantial institutional changes in the overall criminal (in)justice system in New York State. They each should be told to demand Gov. Cuomo grant my application in “good faith” if he is serious about ending racial and biased practices in the prison and parole system — To lead by example!

 

It is incumbent on the activist community to step up the work … the New York Times exposure has provided the irrefutable foundation to make these demands on these elected officials. We only need to have the unrelenting audacity to demand the kind of government practices we believe should govern.

 

Thank you for your support. I will continue to teach and speak truth to power from behind the walls, but my freedom, like the rest of Black political prisoners, depends on the “Power of the People” to rise up and fight for freedom.

 

In the Spirit of Nelson Mandela
in Apartheid NYS Prison System

 

Amandla! Amandla! Amandla!

 

Jalil A. Muntaqim
Southport, January 11, 2017

 

Remember: We Are Our Own Liberators!

 

To read more on the current situation, click here!
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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
!