Freedom Now! For Imam Jamil Al-Amin

I see nothing wrong with the unreconstructed goals I embraced in the 1960s. I pray to see the day when the descendants of slaves in America are truly free, justified and equal. I salute those who’ve gone before, paving a way for others to follow. I salute those who fell in our struggle, from David Walker and Denmark Vessey, to George Jackson. I embrace their struggle as my own, without qualification.

As the calls go out in this country over the criminal injustice-system mistreatment of the Jena 6, Troy Davis, Genarlow Wilson, and Mumia Abu Jamal, I raise my voice in solidarity. I say all that to say, I enthusiastically embrace the declaration of innocence by Imam Jamil Al Amin, a wrongly persecuted man, and I plead for justice, a fair trial, a new trial for this innocent man.

With all that said, the sad reality is that Imam Al Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown, former leader of the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee, is at this very moment on 23 ½ hour lockdown in the Super-Max, maximum security underground prison in remote Colorado, where the “Una-bomber,” and all of this country’s most notorious convicts are locked up.

Another militant Black Muslim, former Civil Rights leader in jail. Why is that not surprising? Convicted of killing a police officer, almost as if the scenario had been scripted somewhere or another.

The fiery civil rights leader was singled out individually, by name, as a threat by FBI Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) agents. Spiro Agnew, who was then governor of Maryland said: “Throw Brown in the jail and throw away the key.” So why am I not surprised that he’s been hounded into an unjust political conviction?

The facts in the case also strongly support Imam Al-Amin’s claims of innocence.

There was testimony during the trial that within minutes of the shootout March 16, 2000, in which Deputy Sheriff Ricky Kinchen died, a caller to Atlanta’s 911 Emergency Telephone line reported seeing a bleeding man a few blocks from the scene of the confrontation, begging motorists for a ride. That fact is important because both Deputy Kinchen, and his partner Aldranon English claimed to have wounded their assailant.

There was also testimony of a trail of fresh blood leading from the scene to an abandoned house, which was not investigated by the police, according to Sister Al-Amin, and “the Imam’s fingerprints were not found on any firearm associated with the crime,” she wrote in The Weekly Mirror. When Imam Al-Amin was arrested three days after the shooting in White Hall, Alabama, after a massive manhunt, authorities were shocked that he had no injuries.

Imam Al Amin was convicted long before the judge gaveled the court into session, in order to punish someone with whom Atlanta authorities have had a long-running feud.

Prosecutors managed to stack the jury, excluding Muslims, Black women who might be old enough to recall COINTELPRO involvement in civil rights and campus rights activities.

On top of all that, someone else has confessed to committing the crime, yet Imam Al Amin sits cooling his heels on Super-Max lock-down. “I was sent back to Vegas. I had to beg the FBI to investigate and I was told that I was not the one that they wanted. I was told that I should be honored that I had gotten away with killing a police,” said Otis Jackson, also known as Farrakhan Bey in a confession letter.

Law enforcement officials know they’ve got the wrong people, but as long as they can do it in the darkness, or as long as there’s no mass protest, then they can just say, “Hey. We got another leader off the streets. So what if he didn’t do it. We’ve been after him since the ‘60s, COINTELPRO.” What’s needed is more public awareness of the fact that he’s an innocent man. He’s a political prisoner, who is serving time for a crime that he did not do.

“If he’s guilty, he’s guilty of fighting for the rights of African Americans and, fighting for the rights of Muslims. And trying to make America the democracy that it claims to be. Yeah, he’s guilty of that,” said Hodari Abdul-Ali, Executive Director of the Imam Jamil Action Network..

Another Black Muslim, former Civil Rights leader is in jail for killing a cop. Why is that not surprising? Until the lies and deceit by these government agencies is exposed, evil will appear fair-seeming, and innocent men like Imam Jamil Al Amin, and Mumia Abu Jamal, and many, many others will appear to look guilty.

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