Jalil in the SHU
for Teaching Afro-American History
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.
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.
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.
is Jalil's letter detailing what occurred:
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.…
Love and Unity,
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 III disciplinary hearing. PLS also never received the audio
or video recordings, in violation of my due process rights on appeal.
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?
DOCCS discriminatory practices must be exposed and challenged by all freedom
the Spirit of Nelson Mandela
Feb. 19, 2017
Friends and Supporters:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Spirit of Nelson Mandela
in Apartheid NYS Prison System
Southport, January 11, 2017
We Are Our Own Liberators!