Dear Friends and Supporters:
Many of you know that Jalil has been fighting for his release since 2002, when he first became parole eligible. He has been to the parole board 10 times, and was denied each time for a variety of reasons, all of which tantamount to the nature of the crime -something that will never change.
After the last parole hearing and denial, pursuant to NYS Constitutional Article IV, Section 4, Jalil filed an Application to Commute the Sentence to Time Served with NYS Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Governor Cuomo has the authority to grant the Application and order Jalil’s immediate release from NYS DOCCS custody.
Since the Application’s submission it has been revealed NYS Board of Parole had a “secret deal” with NYC Police Benevolent Association (PBA) permitting them to submit opposition letters directly to the Board of Parole from their website. These opposition letters negatively influenced the decision-making process ensuring Jalil would not receive a fair and impartial parole hearing. During Jalil‘s 2014 parole hearing, he was told that “current and former members of law enforcement” were parole commissioners, many of whom decided to deny his release.
On December 4th & 5th, 2016, The New York Times published an extensive expose titled “The Scourge of Racial Bias in New York States Prisons” that informed: “The racism can be felt from the moment black inmates enter New York’s upstate prisons.” This implacable racism has been institutionalized in the entire parole system, permitting subjective biases of parole commissioners to influence parole decisions.
Since the submission of the Application to Commute the Sentence to Time Served, Governor Cuomo has received many letters and communications urging him to grant Jalil‘s Application. However, due to the revelation of political collusion between the Board of Parole and the PBA, the PBA/media backlash and scrutiny of the Parole Board’s release of Jalil‘s co-defendant, it has become necessary to launch this May Day Initiative in support of Jalil’s Application.
In May and following months, we are requesting Friends and Supporters for the entire month of May [and further] to call, tweet, email and text NYS Govenor Andrew M. Cuomo’s office and appeal to him to grant Jalil’s Application to Commute the Sentence to Time Served.
We also request that May Day Initiative be widely posted on social media platforms, encouraging freedom loving people around the world to join in this May Day Initiative.
For more information concerning Jalil‘s case see below, also check his website: www.freejalil.com.
Freedom is a Constant Struggle –
Jalil Muntaqim’s Support Group
Communications to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s office must refer to Jalil as:
ANTHONY JALIL BOTTOM, 77A4283,
Sullivan Correctional Facility,
P.O. Box 116, Fallsburg,
New York 12733-0116.
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of the State of New York
Executive Chamber State Capital Building
Albany, New York 12224
The Jericho Movement published this on April 30.
Here is the flyer you can download, print and share (also digitally):
Please sign this letter, which was signed by many prominent people: