jericho banner

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Keep informed!
Sign up for our elist

Name:

Email:

Subscribe:


Write to the prisoners!

Download political prisoner posters!

Where We Live Radio Thursday Nights at 9 p.m.!

Video: America's Political Prisoners!

Video: The Story of Kamau Sadiki, Assata Shakur and the Black Liberation Army!

Audio: Mumia Abu-Jamal: Back to the Bad Old Days!

Video: Freedom Archives Film from 1971-72 with George Jackson and others!

Video: Former Young Lord Carlito Rovira on Black and Puerto Rican Solidarity!

Check Out Upcoming Events!

Book Tour by Former Political Prisoner Albert Woodfox!

NYC, Thurs., May 23: Black Identity Extremism, aka Cointelpro 2.0!

Articles and News on or by our Political Prisoners!

Black Women Political Prisoners of the Police State!

Pictures of Dec. 23, 2018 visit to PP Joy Powell with Pam Hanna & Ksisay Sadiki!

Farewell thoughts to my friend Lynne Stewart!
By Jaan K. Laaman

Video about RAPP with shots of poster on Herman and other political prisoners

THANK YOU SISTERS!
By Jaan K. Laaman

VISITING PP HERMAN BELL IN THE AGE OF TRUMP By Susie Day

REFLECTIONS ON WHITE SUPREMACY
By Jaan K. Laaman

THE CRIMINALIZATION OF THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY AND REWRITING OF HISTORY
By Robert J. Boyle

Ongoing Campaigns!

Ten Things YOU Can Do
for the Freedom of Political Prisoners!


Locate someone in the Federal Bureau of Prisons & send money

Support environmental political prisoners!

In the Spirit of Nelson Mandela Campaign
to Bring Back the International Jurists!

More on the International Jurists Campaign!

Read the National Jericho Newsletter!

Jericho's 20th Anniversary!

Political Prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz Is In The Hospital

NYC Jericho received a call from Theresa Shoatz, Maroon's daughter, on Friday, May 3, 2019 with the following report:

Russell “Maroon” Shoatz was seen today in the prison infirmary. He was lucid and able to speak, but complained of nausea and abdominal pain. Maroon was unable to keep any liquids or food down.

He was seen by the doctor and the decision was made to send him to a hospital for diagnostic testing. The head nurse at SCI Dallas has been very cooperative, and has kept the family informed regarding his condition.

Maroon is unable to make calls, receive emails or have any visits. The family is also working with Maroon’s legal counsel.

The family is asking that you keep his spirits up once he returns to SCI Dallas by sending get well letters to the address listed below.

Smart Communications/PADOC
SCI Dallas
Russell Shoats AF3855
PO Box 33028
St. Petersburg FL. 33733

Campaign for Commutation of Sentence for Jalil A. Muntaqim,
Black Panther Party Political Prisoner

As many of you know, Jalil has been to the parole board ten times since 2002, when he first become parole eligible.

Jalil has been denied each time for a variety of reasons, all of which are 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 that the NYS Board of Parole had a “secret deal” with the 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 exposé entitled “The Scourge of Racial Bias in New York States Prisons” that informed: “The racism can be felt from the moment a black inmate enters 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, and 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.

Jalil exceeds all requirements for release. His release on parole has been supported by activists, academics and community leaders from across the country and around the world, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the family of one of the victims. The political nature of his conviction has prevented parole commissioners from giving fair and impartial consideration to his release, despite the overwhelming community support.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

During his 47+ years of his imprisonment, Jalil has accomplished the following: Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, Certificate of Architectural Drafting, Certificate of Computer Literacy.

He has established many programs, such as the first Men’s Group for therapeutic training in the NY State prison system, an African/Black Studies program, a computer literacy class, a Sociology class and a poetry class. He has received two commendations for preventing prison riots. He has raised money for the children’s fund, was office manager of the computer lab and a teacher’s aide for GED classes.

Jalil is also the recipient of several certificates for rehabilitation programming, and is a published author, poet, educator and blogger.

As a human rights advocate, he had the first U.S. prisoners national petition heard and recorded by a Special Committee at the United Nations on U.S. prisons and the existence of U.S. political prisoners. He has litigated several civil rights complaints on behalf of prisoners. In 2000, Essence magazine featured an article on father-daughter relationships. The article, entitled “Daddy Says,” quoted Jalil stressing the importance of maintaining these relations even during incarceration.

We request that people do the following for Jalil throughout the month of May:

On May 1, 2019, May Day, we are requesting that Friends and Supporters call, tweet, email and write NYS Governor 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 this May Initiative be widely posted on social media platforms, encouraging freedom loving people around the world to join in this initiative.

Since this will be ongoing throughout the month of May, we propose that people tweet and/or email Governor Cuomo every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and call and write the Governor every Tuesday and Thursday.

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.

Write the Governor:

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of the State of New York
Executive Chamber
State Capital Building
Albany, New York 12224

Call the Governor: 1-518-474-8390

Tweet the Governor: @NYGovCuomo

Email the Governor: https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form

We are trying to keep a tally of tweets, emails and letters to Governor Cuomo, so please email nycjericho@gmail.com and let us know if you have received any response.

For more information concerning Jalil’s case, check https://thejerichomovement.com/

Click here to download a pamphlet to distribute to
your family, friends, neighbors, faith group, etc.

Click below for news articles and actions on this campaign. 

Grant Release to Black Panther, Say Activists, Lawyers, Academics 

'48 years is enough': activists and celebrities call for release of ex-Black Panther


NYC Jericho Movement, P.O. Box 670927, Bronx, NY 10467