Social Media Campaign to Gov. Cuomo Demands Clemency for Jalil

 

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.

 

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!

 

Jalil has 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 was in the SHU from December 6, 2017 until March 21, 2017 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.

 

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.

 

From Jalil:

 

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.

Jalil would like support and is asking that we get the word out by focusing on a Twitter Storm on Wednesday, May 24th to Governor Cuomo.

 

TWITTER STORM FOR JALIL MUNTAQIM
WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2017

 

In addition to appealing this latest parole denial, Jalil has also submitted a request to Governor Cuomo for commutation of sentence to time served.

 

Tweet the following message to Governor Cuomo:
@NYGovCuomo

 

I add my voice to demand: Commutation of sentence for Anthony Jalil Bottom #77A4283 NOW! #clemency4jalil

 

Ask your friends, family, co-workers, church members, classmates or union members, to support this campaign! United our voices can make freedom happen!

 

If you don’t tweet, call the governor at: 1-518-474-8390
or write the governor at:

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