JALIL’S EXTRADITION STATEMENT
March 23, 2007
Dear Comrades, Friends and Supporters:
As many of you have learned, the
[Incorporated] State of CALIFORNIA initiated the persecution of former
members of the Black Panther Party and those who were accused as being
members of the Black Liberation Army. This persecution is subject to
an August 29, 1971, incident when alleged members of the BLA are
reported to have retaliated for the August 21, 1971, assassination
of Black Panther Field Marshal George L. Jackson.
On March 22, 2007,
I was seized by prison officials and taken to the Cayuga County Court
in AUBURN, for the conducting of an extradition hearing. I had to
defend a writ of habeas corpus petition challenging the Governor’s
Warrant granting the CALIFORNIA Governor’s request for me
to be brought to that State for trial. Throughout the course of the hearing,
I was handcuffed and shackled, making an argument with documented
proof that the Governor’s Warrant was defective on its face, and therefore
should be held invalid.
Jalil's supporters with Atty. Cheryl Kates at the extradition
However, the judge, despite reviewing documented proof that the warrant
was based on false and misleading information, decided the warrant
was valid and signed it. Therefore, I am presently waiting for the
S.F. authorities to come and bring me to CALIFORNIA, to make an appearance
at the scheduled April 27, 2007 hearing in S.F.
Despite it all, after 35 years of imprisonment,
I remain strong and will resist every step of the way the efforts
of Homeland Security and the Patriot Act initiatives to stifle dissent.
I am confident that, with strong support from progressive peoples
across the country and overseas, the S.F. 8 will be successful, and the
State will suffer defeat. We will have a true People’s Victory.
It will be a victory
against fear and State terrorism; it will be a defeat against State torture
tactics, threats and coercion. This case will teach today’s activists
what to expect from the State in its efforts to prevent dissent and protest
of government repression. It will forward a broader understanding of
what happened in the Movement of the 60’s & 70’s, and
how Cointelpro disrupted and destroyed the most viable Black political
party that emerged out of the civil rights Movements. Ultimately, this
case will tell of a militant youth movement and how the government sought
to destroy it, and today seeks to retaliate because those youths did
in fact rebel against oppression and repression not only in their communities,
and in an international determination in support of all oppressed peoples’ fighting against colonialism and imperialism at that time.
So, to organize and fight back against this nefarious
persecution of the S.F. 8, I. urge all to organize and sponsor educational
programs in your community and invite Jericho representatives and the Committee
in Defense of Human Rights to speak about the Case of the S.F.
8 and other U.S. political prisoners. Furthermore, I ask that progressive
folks seek to organize a Jericho chapter on college campuses and in your
communities. I urge that letter writing/phone/fax campaigns be initiated
directed to Congressman John Conyers, demanding that he conduct the reopening
of Cointelpro Hearings. There are many Cointelpro victims languishing in
prison, and while the Senate Church Committee in fact decided the FBI’s
Cointelpro activities was unconstitutional, the Senate Church Committee
never established remedies for Cointelpro victims.
They are trying
to rewrite history and deny the legacy of the BPP/BLA, and essentially
with a board paint brush label all those involved in those struggles
as “terrorists,” “criminals,” and “wanton
killers.” They will never say those youths were revolutionaries,
freedom fighters and progressive organizers. They will never say they
sought to relieve the community of all forms of State sponsored terrorism
that is too often found in Black and Hispanic communities today. They
will never talk about the over 30 Panthers that were killed by police
across the country and no one being prosecuted for these murders. They
will never admit to the unconstitutional practices of the FBI Cointelopro
The task for all of us is to raise consciousness
about U.S. political prisoners, and build a durable and determine Jericho
Amnesty Movement to ensure all of our victory against State tyranny and
WE ARE OUR OWN LIBERATORS!