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
from the outside.
is Jalil's letter detailing what occurred:
December 14, 2016
you 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.
all 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
1. Speak 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
This was 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.
Also, 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.
The Tier 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.
I’ve 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.
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.
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.
this 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
Revolutionary Love and Unity,
had a visit from his brother Dave and sister Stephanie
in April. He and they say it was a wonderful visit. Dave sent us
of the visit to post.
Jalil's response to 2016 parole denial here.
the entire parole hearing transcript here.
the parole board's decision here.
are enraged to report that Jalil received notice on June 28, 2016, that
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
will definitely be an Article 78 appeal of this denial. We will
need everyone's help in preparing for the appeal and will definitely
a strong campaign.
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
Parole (LWOP) on our Political Prisoners. THIS IS NOT LAW AND NOT
WHAT THEY WERE SENTENCED TO. They must be held accountable for their
will keep everyone posted on upcoming steps and actions to take. In the
please take the time to write to Jalil and him know he is
in our hearts and on our minds.
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
has asked people to write Governor Cuomo and urge him to grant executive
Here is the info:
Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
of New York State
State Capitol Building
York State DOCCS-
Executive Clemency Bureau
Harriman State Campus – Building 2
videos of Jalil's brother Dave speaking about Jalil here.
read Jalil's response to his 2014 parole denial, click here.
read about Jalil's ongoing FOIL lawsuit,
sure to read the wonderful letter from Jalil's Mom Billie: A
Mother's Cry in
support of her son's release.
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.
Check out the videos from an interview
in 1988 by Paper Tiger TV, especially Part 3, which includes
a response to Badge of the Assassin with Safiyah Bukhari,
Brian Glick and the New York 3.
to a snippet of the "Redemption" CD
being compiled by Oakland Jericho