Write to Jalil:
Anthony J. Bottom #77A4283
Attica C.F.
P.O. Box 149
Attica, NY 14011-0149

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.


Finally, NYC Jericho received Jalil's October 7, 2016 report on the Disciplinary Hearing via another correspondent of Jalil's in Buffalo.


The Silencing of a Political Prisoner


On September 23, 2016, I was placed in keeplock status for reasons unknown. On September 24, 2016, I was issued a Tier III misbehavior report that has been posted. It generally charged I was engaging in unauthorized organization for suggesting that a Critical Resistance correspondent contact and support the IamWe Prison Advocacy Network initiative to organize the Millions for Prisoners March on Washington for August 2017. The disciplinary hearing commenced on September 26, 2016, and during the course of the hearing I learned I had been under investigation and mail watch. To this date no one has informed me what prompted the investigation or exactly what was being investigated. What has been learned is that my correspondence is being censored; some mail is not being sent out of the facility, some has been sent out opened after I had sealed them, and I have not received mail from correspondents. Attica correspondence department is violating specific regulations and procedures in Directive #4422, which explains what is to happen when the Superintendent decides to order a mail watch, etc. As of this writing, I do not know what mail I am actually receiving or what letters are being sent out of the facility.


The disciplinary hearing was completed on October 7, 2016. After a vigorous argument on the merits of the disciplinary report, the charges were dismissed on a technicality. Since the disciplinary hearing did not commence within 7 days after being placed in keeplock status, there was a violation of Chapter V § 251.5. However, it was learned that I had been under investigation and there had been an ongoing mail watch. It was argued that violated Rule 105.14, which states:


“An inmate shall not engage in or encourage others to engage in unauthorized organizational activities or meetings or possess printed or handwritten material related to any unauthorized organization where such material advocates either expressly or by clear implication, violence based on race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, creed, law enforcement status or violence or acts of disobedience against department employees or that could facilitate organizational activity within the institution by an unauthorized organization.”


The Rule also states: “For purposes of this rule, an unauthorized organization is any organization which has not been approved by the Deputy Commissioner for Program Services.”


While I readily agree with the substance of this rule, the problem is the vague condition in the identifying of an unauthorized organization. This is especially complicated when no list exists that identifies approved or unapproved authorized organizations. During the disciplinary hearing, I was told that any organization that is not registered in New York State or approved by DOCCS is unauthorized, and prisoners are prohibited from communicating or corresponding with them. Since the disciplinary charge was resolved on a technicality, the substance of the charge was not addressed. Therefore, I sent a letter to DOCCS Commissioner Anthony Annucci. A similar letter was sent to Attica Superintendent Dale Artus.


Since this issue does not affect only me, it is imperative that legal representatives and prison activists recognize this problem severely limits prisoners’ First Amendment rights of free speech. This issue must be addressed and resolved to preserve a fundamental constitutional guarantee and prohibit the silencing of prisoners’ speech, including political speech.


I want to thank all those who wrote and called in support of my efforts to defeat these charges. It is my hope the unintentional consequences of the efforts to curtail my correspondence result in increased support of IamWe Prisoner Advocacy Network’s exercise of their constitutional right to assemble in opposition to mass incarceration.


Remember: We Are Our Own Liberators!

Jalil A. Muntaqim
October 7, 2016
Apartheid Attica


The following from Jalil was written before the Tier III violation was resolved and received on October 11, 2016.


It is important that we did receive the "Misbehavior Report" although we did not receive the previous letter, the poetry or the blog Jalil refers to in this letter.


September 30, 2016


… All here is as can be expected under the prevailing circumstances. As of this writing I am still under keeplock status; they have yet to start the disciplinary hearing. I expect it to begin within the next day or two. I really do not know why there is a delay. In either case, you should have received my previous letter typing out the charges lodged against me, and requesting it be posted with my explanation and request for friends and supporters to respond to this flagrant First Amendment free speech violation.


Therefore, I am enclosing a copy of the actual misbehavior report for you to scan and post, as it is important for folk to see, read and understand how I’m being harassed. In the existing circumstances, I do not know how many of my letters are actually being sent from the prison, or whether I am receiving all of my mail. I do know that I am not receiving as many letters in the last couple of months as I had been earlier this summer. So, I imagine they continue to mess with my mail, trying to stifle my correspondence and working relationships with the community. Needless to say, that is a major contradiction of DOCCS policy in terms of encouraging inmates’ ties to the community in preparation for parole, and acclimating back into the community.


I guess if you’re a political prisoner they oppose any community relationships, especially if you’re an opponent of mass incarceration and the continuing of penal servitude and slavery. Oh Well!


Okay, I will be brief in this scribe. I hope you received the poems, the blog of Kaepernick’s Protest, and the most recent pertaining to the ongoing harassment.


Okay, I will make this brief, just wanted to get this in the mail. Please be careful in your travels and stay safe.


Revolutionary love & unity


From Jean on Oct. 8, 2016


Got a text message that Jalil beat his ticket. Good news. If not he would have gone to the shu, solitary, for three months. AND it would have been on his record for parole

Also, I just got a call from Jalil as I was posting this. He wants to thank everyone who made phone calls and wrote to Commissioner Annucci regarding his situation.

Jalil will be sending out an update, which we will post as soon as we receive it. Jalil has been told he cannot correspond with any organizations outside of New York State, which is a definite violation of his First Amendment rights, especially as he corresponds with people from all over the world.

Jalil's 65th Birthday is coming up on October 18th.

Write to Jalil:

Anthony J. Bottom #77A4283
Attica Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 149
Attica, NY 14011-0149

Jalil asked that we all call:
Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci, New York State Department of Corrections 518-457-8134

And write to:

Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci
Office of the Commissioner
Bldg. 2, State Campus, Albany, NY 12226-2050


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


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