Stop Ongoing Harassment of Jalil Muntaqim

We received a call Friday morning from Jalil Muntaqim to advise us that his cell had been raided on Thursday, January 5th. (Attica, NY) When Jalil asked why his cell was being searched, he was told it was because “something happened in California.”

The COs confiscated pictures of the memorials for BPP members Cetewayo (Michael Tabor) and Bro. Mark Smith “Smitty” of New Jersey. Jalil received a Tier 3 ticket for possession of these photos. Of course, these photos had been sent to him by mail and had been approved in the prison mailroom.

Jalil is not in the hole. We have been told this walking ticket means they can use it against him at any time for any reason.

Jalil’s cell has been turned over five times in the last two months.

Jalil is asking people to call the Warden and Commissioner Brian Fischer to demand:

1. An end to this campaign of constant harassment

2. The return of his pictures

When you call, be sure to use Jalil’s DIN number (#77A4283) and refer to him as Anthony “Jalil” Bottom, currently at Attica.

Brian Fischer (518) 457-8126

Warden: (585) 591-2000

We would like to know what responses people receive. Please send an email to nycjericho[at]gmail[dot]com or mxcc519[at]verizon[dot]net to let us know.

Thank you for your help.

Jericho Co-Chairs Jihad & Paulette

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2 responses to “Stop Ongoing Harassment of Jalil Muntaqim

  1. Update from Jalil Muntaqim

    We just received a letter from Jalil on January 9th. The letter was written on January 6, 2012, the day after the latest incident.

    “Yesterday, at approximately 10 am, three officers came to my cell and searched it. In the process they reviewed my photo album and confiscated 14 photos sent to me by mail from NYC. They said that because the photos had the BPP banner, this constituted “gang materials.” … It should be noted that if the photos were “illegal” when they reached the Correspondence Dept., they should have been sent to the Media Review Committee pursuant to Directive #4422-G, as it pertains to contraband items. Obviously, the photos were not considered contraband when received by the Correspondence Dept.

    Please have people call Commissioner Brian Fischer to demand that this continued harassment be stopped immediately, and that I be transferred to Wende Correctional Facility.

    Despite every effort to stay below the radar, Attica authorities continue to harass me, frisk me when going to the yard or search this cell. In my 40 years of imprisonment, I have never been charged with possessing a weapon or drugs. So, such harassment must be subject to my political beliefs and past affiliations.

    Please extend my very best regards to the righteous at heart with you.

    Revolutionary love and unity,

    Jalil”

    If you have already called Superintendent Mark L. Bradt and Commissioner Fischer, we thank you.

    If you have not yet made your calls, please include the following demands:

    To Superintendent Bradt (585) 591-2000:

    1. An end to this campaign of constant harassment

    2. The return of Jalil’s pictures

    To Commissioner Brian Fischer (518) 457-8126:

    1. An end to this campaign of constant harassment

    2. That Jalil be transferred to Wende Correctional Facility

    When you call, be sure to use Jalil’s DIN number (#77A4283) and refer to him as Anthony “Jalil” Bottom, currently at Attica.

    We would like to know what responses people receive. Please send an email to nycjericho [at] gmail.com or mxcc519 [at] verizon.net to let us know.

  2. From http://www.jerichony.org/jalil2012.html . . .

    Update on Jalil Muntaqim

    Three of us went to Attica on Saturday, January 14, 2012 to visit Jalil. We had an excellent visit and have a brief update from Jalil.

    First of all, he thanks everyone who took the time to make the calls to Superindent Bradt and Commissioner Brian Fischer.

    The most important thing he wants people to know is that on Friday, January 13th, at 1 p.m. all Muslims were searched while on the way to Juma. The COs took Korans and threw them on the ground during the search in a blatant attempt to provoke a confrontation, but “nobody jumped.”

    Also, Jalil’s Tier 3 hearing for “unauthorized organization” was held on January 13th in the morning. Jalil requested that Sergeant Cochran of Gang Intel be a witness, as he was the officer who processed Jalil’s possessions when he arrived at Attica, but the Sergeant declined.

    Jalil showed Officer Krumph, the hearing officer, the programs from the Cetewayo, Shasha and Karim Memorials, all of which have BPP/BLA logos and asked why these items had not also been confiscated if they are considered to be “gang material.”

    Jalil also requested Counselor Schiffer as a witness. Jalil reiterated that, if these items had been approved by the mailroom, there was no reason for them to subsequently be considered “contraband.”

    Officer Krumph proceeded to call the correspondence dept., and the officers there informed him that, since correspondence had approved the mail, there was no reason why the photos should have been confiscated in the first place.

    The hearing has now been postponed until sometime this week, as Officer Krumph is to interview Sergeant Cochran and Counselor Schiffer.

    As always, Jalil sends revolutionary greetings to the righteous at heart.

    If you have already called Superintendent Mark L. Bradt and Commissioner Fischer, we thank you.

    If you have not yet made your calls, please include the following demands:

    To Superintendent Bradt (585) 591-2000
    Write to Supertinendt Bradt:
    Attica Correctional Facility
    P.O. Box 149
    Attica, NY 14011-0149

    1. An end to this campaign of constant harassment

    2. The return of Jalil’s pictures

    To Commissioner Brian Fischer (518) 457-8126
    Write to Commissioner Fischer:
    NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
    Building 2
    1220 Washington Ave
    Albany, New York 12226-2050

    1. An end to this campaign of constant harassment

    2. That Jalil be transferred to Wende Correctional Facility

    When you call, be sure to use Jalil’s DIN number (#77A4283) and refer to him as Anthony “Jalil” Bottom, currently at Attica.

    We would like to know what responses people receive. Please send an email to nycjericho@gmail.com or mxcc519@verizon.net to let us know.

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