Social Media Campaign to Gov. Cuomo Demands Clemency for Jalil
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
we need to further expose the racist nature of the disciplinary process
and correctional guards/administrators persistent efforts to prohibit my
Jalil would like support and is asking that we get the word out by focusing
on a Twitter Storm on Wednesday, Feb. 8th to Governor Cuomo.
STORM FOR JALIL MUNTAQIM
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 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:
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!
don’t tweet, call
the governor at: 1-518-474-8390
or write the governor at:
Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
of New York State
State Capitol Building
York State DOCCS
Executive Clemency Bureau
Harriman State Campus – Building 2