[sixties-l] From Mumia: Free Jamil Al-Amin (fwd)

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     From Mumia: Free Jamil Al-Amin
    Via Workers World News Service
    Reprinted from the Oct. 4, 2001
    issue of Workers World newspaper


    By Mumia Abu-Jamal

    The struggle for the freedom and liberty of Atlanta Muslim
    leader Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin must take place now,
    before the cold fingers of the state can close around his neck.

    Imam Jamil has already received what can only be called a
    biased and prejudicial press, which has sought to depict him
    as a dangerous, violent radical. In every substantive news
    report there has been coverage of his brief membership in
    the Black Panther Party, but there has been little reportage
    of his other associations, and much less of his life as a
    Muslim Imam, who worked as an anti-drug activist and for the
    betterment of the entire community.

    Imam Jamil's political life didn't begin with the Black
    Panther Party. Indeed, accounts written by leading Panthers,
    like Huey P. Newton or Elaine Brown, relate that Jamil,
    Kwame Ture (the late Stokely Carmichael) and James Forman
    were "drafted" into the BPP, a "drafting" that was sabotaged
    by the FBI, and which lasted but a few months.

    Imam Jamil spent most of his political life as a field
    director and activist of the Student Non-Violent
    Coordinating Committee (SNCC), before his later religious

    But if you are the media, which is more "juicy," a six-month-
    long dalliance with the Black Panthers, or a six-year period
    with SNCC? Which is more representative of his radical
    youth? Which is the longest? Which is the most prejudicial?

    Imam Jamil, in addition to being a spiritual leader, was a
    businessman, who owned a local store. This is hardly the
    profile projected by the national press.

    After his arrest a year ago in connection with the shootings
    of two Atlanta sheriff's deputies, initial police reports
    strongly suggested the Imam is innocent of the charges. The
    surviving deputy told police investigators that his
    assailant was shot--Al-Amin, upon his apprehension, was not

    Another police witness reported that the suspect had grey
    eyes--Al-Amin's eyes are a dark brown.

    At the time of this writing, the jury is being selected in a
    murder trial. This is especially troubling in light of the
    recent World Trade Center plane-bombings, as it has
    unleashed a national flurry of hatred against many in the
    Islamic community. When fear and hatred enter the mind,
    logic rarely lingers.

    That said, Al-Amin's freedom lies in people who express
    their support now, instead of later. Fairness does not lie
    in reversing an unjust conviction; rather it lies in
    preventing one in the first place.

    Imam Jamil has lived a good and rich life in service to his
    spiritual and ethnic community. He richly deserves the
    fullest support in all efforts leading to his freedom, so
    that he may return to the community.

    Free Imam Jamil!

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