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US supermax prison jails all high-profile Muslims: Expert

US supermax prison jails all high-profile Muslims: Expert
 
Sat Aug 16, 2014 4:2PM
Interview with Karima Al-Amin Video of this interview by PressTV
 
 

Press TV has conducted an interview with Karima Al-Amin, wife and lawyer of Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, from Atlanta, to discuss his imprisonment at the supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.

What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: For viewers who may not be familiar with your husband’s situation, can you just start and fill us in on his case and exactly what happened and why he’s in prison?

Al-Amin: It’s very difficult to start at this point without mentioning a little bit about his background. In 1967 he was elected the chairperson of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was elected May, 1967.

By August 1967, the program...was instituted and initiated by the FBI, which was a program to assassinate, to neutralize the whole of what was considered the Black Power movement, or the human rights movement fighting against oppression.

As a result of that, he was jailed for making speeches, jailed for violating traveling to make speeches. That is his background. That was during the Civil Rights movement.

While he was incarcerated in 1971, he took his shahada and became Muslim. When he came out, he immediately started a Muslim community in Atlanta, Georgia. We were one masjid at that time and now we are more than 60 in the metropolitan Atlanta area.

Black Hole

In 2005, over 81,000 inmates were held in restricted housing. Solitary confinement is the practice of keeping prisoners in individual cells for most, if not all, hours of the day. Learn about the history of this practice, as well as its cost and the affect it has on the prisoners.

During the Zell Miller administration, the Governor sought and the Georgia Assembly appropriated funds to build three five-hundred cell facilities at existing prisons designed exclusively for solitary confinement. The Georgia-38 and many others are being held in solitary confinement by the Georgia Department of Corrections. Officers of the Georgia Green Party have received correspondence from inmates in solitary who report that some held there have been in solitary confinement for as long as nineteen years.

Multiple hunger strikes have recently been staged by inmates held in solitary across the country, including by inmates held under such conditions at the Georgia Diagnostic Center in Jackson Georgia, home to Georgia's Death Row.

Follow the link to view an info-graphic which will provide background on this important issue.

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Georgia Green Party Names Venue for its 19th Annual Convention

Map to the Omenala Griot African MuseumThis week, the officers of the Georgia Green Party announced the venue for the 19th Annual Convention of the Party, to be held at the Omenala Griot African Museum; at 337 Dargan Place SW, in Atlanta Georgia.

"We are excited by our recent victory in the Eleventh Circuit," said Bruce Dixon, CoChair with Denice Traina of the Georgia Green Party. The Federal Appeals Court dismissed the summary judgement and a remanded the case to the District Court for an evidentiary trial. "We have high hopes that that by 2016, Greens in Georgia will see their Party's nominee printed on the ballot for the first time in history. And this convention will be an important part of preparing the way for that."

Business will begin at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 24th and conclude at 5:00 pm that same day. All events will take place at the Omenala Griot Museum.

The agenda includes the election to two year staggered terms of members of the Party's state committee and its Delegation on National Green Party Affairs (which represents the Georgia Party to the Green National Committee). The Convention may also consider endorsements of candidates seeking non-partisan election and proposed amendments to the Platform of the Georgia Green Party.

 

  

RIP -- Chokwe Lumumba 1948 - 2014


Mayor, Jackson Mississippi
Minister of Justice for the Republic of New Africa
Co-Founder, National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America

and a righteous warrior for justice
 

Jasiri X performs Checkpoint

Community Discussion with Authors: Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity

Three events for Black History Month in Georgia co-sponsored by the Green Party:


"Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity

community discussion and book talk with the authors Lenni Brenner and Matthew Quest.

 Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity
 *Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity * is a collection of selected essays investigating the historical response of African American freedom movements to the colonial settler state of Israel and its role in American imperialism in the Middle East. Through nuanced discussions of racism, capitalism, imperialism, and state power, these writings help to clarify one of the most controversial legacies of Black liberation in the United States.

All events are FREE and OPEN to the public.

Monday, February 17th 7pm New Visions Church 4232 Old Cypress Rd Brunswick, GA 31520

Wednesday, February 19th 7pm Headquarters Library (Augusta-Richmond Library) 823 Telfair Street First Floor Room B Augusta, GA 30901

Friday, February 21st 7pm Little Five Points Community Center 1083 Austin Avenue, NE Atlanta, Ga 30307

 

Lenni Brenner is a Jewish American journalist, historian, and Left political activist. He has been an anti-racist and anti-war activist since the early 1950s. He is the author of several books and over 100 articles, published in a wide variety of newspapers and journals. He is a member of the Connecticut Green Party.

Matthew Quest was co-editor of *Palestine Solidarity Review *from 2002-2005. He has taught American History, World History, Caribbean History and Africana Studies most recently at Georgia State University. He is a member of the state committee of the Georgia Green Pary.

 

The Green Party response to the 2014 State of the Union Address

Party officials today confirmed that Bruce Dixon has accepted an invitation to participate with Dr. Jill Stein, 2012 Green Party nominee for Presdient of the United States, in Tuesday night's Green Party response to the Obama Administration's annual State of the Union address. "Bruce Dixon has never failed to provide insightful perspective on the institutions governing our lives, and the contradictions inherent in the popular discourse which surround them," said Denice Traina, a physical therapist from Augusta Georgia who serves as the CoChair of the Georgia Green Party. Mr. Dixon, grandfather and resident of Kennesaw Georgia serves as Ms. Traina's state Party CoChair and as Managing Editor for the online weekly BlackAgendaReport.com. "We're excited that he was asked and are eager to hear what he brings to this important national conversation."

David Cobb "Move to Amend" Barnstorming Event in Atlanta to Promote Constitutional Amendment to Redefine Corporate Personhood - Monday, December 9

The ill-considered Supreme Court decision in Citizens United vs. FEC granted personhood to corporations, allowing them to spend huge sums of cash to influence elections and further weaken democracy. Formed in September 2009, Move to Amend is a coalition of hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of individuals committed to social and economic justice, ending corporate rule, and building a vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people, not corporate interests. Support Move to Amend and the campaign to pass the "We The People Amendment" to the U.S.

Moyers: Fighting the Good Fight

Dr. Jill Stein, 2012 Green Party nominee for President of the United States joins Dr. Margaret Flowers, a boardmember with Healthcare-Now and former Congressional Fellow for Physicians for a National Health Program who now serves as the Secretary of Health for the Green Shadow Cabinet appointed by Dr. Stein in the immediate aftermath of last year's election.

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