Jamaat al-Muslimeen International Press Release

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24-hour lock down for Imam Jamil al-Amin: Kept Shackled even in Wash Room
Warden trying to get him to sign papers saying he is "being treated well"
His Islamic books destroyed: 100 plus letters Confiscated

"Shall I inform you (o people), on whom it is that the satans descend? They descend on every lying, wicked person..." (26:221-222)

Imam Jamil Abdullah al-Amin is an Islamic leader of international renown, with support from Black and Islamic communities in cities across America. He has spent his life in activism against racism and oppression perpetrated by the American power structure. Many a time, the U.S. government has tried to 'get him', under some pretext or the other. They could never prove anything against him. Finally they tried him for the murder of a police officer and convicted him on murky "evidence." The verdict was rushed through and the issues creating doubt about the prosecution's case were never resolved. [A person should not be convicted under law if the case is not proven beyond a reasonable doubt.] He was sentenced to life in prison.

Now IN PRISON, the government is trying to crush him and to destroy his personality and his resistance as a human being. Here is the latest situation [with thanks to Imam Khalil Abdul-Rahman of Greensboro, North Carolina]:

1. Since March 2002, Imam Jamil al-Amin has been under 23-hour lock down. The purpose seems to have been to cut him off from other inmates to stop the spread of Islam.
2. After conviction, for more than seven weeks, he was placed under 24-hour lock down, which means that the one hour he used to get to walk around in the yard was taken away.
3. For all this time, this information could not get out because the Imam was denied the use of the phone.
4. Even in lock down he is BEING KEPT SHACKLED, so much so that he has to go to the wash room in shackles.
5. The Imam's Islamic book collection, a little "library" of books gifted to him by his admirers in many cities, has been CONFISCATED and DESTROYED.
6. Even the Imam's mail, more than a hundred letters, has been taken away from him and confiscated.
8. On being asked about the 24-hour lock down, the Warden is reported to have said that Imam Jamil is a "threat to the institution" he is being kept in.
1. Readers within the United States are urged to call the warden and demand (politely) that the Imam be treated in accordance with the rights given to prisoners. These rights include:
i. Availability of religious material.
ii. Right to receive mail.
iii. Right to pray and to receive facilities for prayer individually and with others of the same faith within the prison.
iv. No shackling permitted in the case of a prisoner who is not disorderly or physically dangerous.
v. End to both 23-hour and 24-hour lock down when a prisoner is neither disorderly nor physically dangerous.
[When you call, someone other than the Warden will pick up. If there are difficulties in reaching the warden, leave a clear message for the warden with the person who picks up the phone.]
READERS OVERSEAS are urged to write to the Warden, with a copy to us, calling for the RELEASE of IMAM JAMIL AL-AMIN. He is a political prisoner. He did not kill anyone and has been sentenced because of his life-long activism as a Black dissident and then his lack of flag waving and bootlicking as a an IMAM of NATIONAL and INTERNATIONAL stature.

Write to: The Warden, Georgia State Prison, 100 Georgia Hwy 147, Reidsville, GA 30499-9701

The copy you will send us will be sent to human rights organizations, media and Islamic communities in America. [USE OUR ADDRESS AT THE TOP OF THIS PRESS RELEASE.]
1. A few volunteers are needed to picket in the town of Reidsville, which is between Atlanta and Savannah, calling for humane treatment of the Imam.
2. Volunteers are also needed (and this is much easier) to picket CNN in Atlanta, bringing attention to the mistreatment of the Imam.
[Use this email address for your response: ksidd37398@aol.com]
WHY BOYCOTT COCA COLA (other than its negative health content)?:

(From Imam Badi Ali, Greensboro, North Carolina):
Recently Coca Cola teamed up with the "Friends of Israel" and National Hillel to cosponsor a lecture given by the infamous zionist correspondent Linda Gradstein, of National Public Radio, NPR, at the University of Minnesota.

From 1966 Coca-Cola has been a staunch supporter of Israel. The Government of Israel Economic Mission honored Coca-Cola at the Israel Trade Award Dinner for its continued support of Israel and for refusing to abide by the Arab League boycott of Israel when that boycott was in effect.
During a hearing in Lahore, Pakistan, the Pakistan attorney general claimed that the government does not know where Hafiz Saeed is being held or ANYTHING about his whereabouts!
Hafiz (lierally one who has memorized the Qur'an) Saeed was arrested in December 2001. When the matter went to court after three months, he was released owing to lack of evidence. He was again arrested in May 2002. The government again has no evidence and is trying to delay his release by claiming it DOES NOT KNOW where he is!
Hafiz Saeed is the leader of the Jihad movement which helps the liberation struggle of the Kashmiri people. Its objectives are strictly military. It does not target any civilians.

Please write to: President Pervez Musharref, Islamabad, Pakistan urging him to release Hafiz Saeed. (Use an 80-cent postage stamp on your air mail envelope.)

2002-08-04 Sun 12:27ct