Free Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin!

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 [formerly known as H. Rap Brown] 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 working as an anti-drug activist, and for the betterment of the entire community….

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 conversion.

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?…

Arrested a year ago in connection with the shootings of two Atlanta sheriff’s deputies, initial police reports strongly suggest 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 wounded.

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

At the time of this writing, the jury is being selected in a murder trial. [Editor’s Note: The trial has been delayed until early next year.]

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.

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. -MAJ