by JR Valrey, The People’s Minister of Information
Imam Jamil Al-Amin formerly known as H.Rap Brown was one of the most dynamic Black revolutionary organizers coming out of the 60’s-70’s, in this country, after doing work with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Black Panther Party, and the Black Liberation Army; so dynamic that he was named personally in the Cointelpro Papers. While spending a stint as a political prisoner, he converted to Islam. After being released on that case, he began to build his own Islamic community on the West End of Atlanta. In the year 2000, Imam Jamil Al-Amin was framed for shooting a police officer. Although the alleged evidence does not line up in the case, and another man admitted to the crimes, Imam Jamil Al-Amin has remained captive, in the prison concentration camps for over 2 decades, as a prisoner of war.
Kairi Al-Amin is the lead consul on his father’s case. I sat with him to discuss the very important aspects of the Imam’s political imprisonment.
JR Valrey: For the people that are new to the Movement, why is it important to the US government to keep your father Imam Jamil Al Amin off of the streets?
Kairi Al-Amin: As-Salaamu Alaikum (Peace and blessings be unto you), I appreciate the opportunity to speak about my father to your audience, thank you. It is important for the US government to keep my father Imam Jamil Al-Amin formerly H. Rap Brown off the streets because of the influence that he has on people, and his ability to effect change and stir organized, focus movement in our people. Everywhere Imam Jamil (Rap) goes, he is felt and that kind of man scares an oppressor, and that is what we face when dealing with the American government.
JR Valrey: Can you talk a little bit about the evidence that does not add up in the Imam’s case?
Kairi Al-Amin: What’s funny is none of the evidence fits. It never has. And that’s probably because they are ignoring the fact that another man has been confessing to these crimes for 20 plus years.
There was no physical evidence linking the Imam to these crimes, the guns were never connected to Imam Jamil in, anyway, except that they were found in Alabama, by a team including FBI agent Ron Campbell.
Agent Ron Campbell is important, here, because he has a history of planting weapons at crime scenes, and perjured himself when questioned, about his whereabouts as it pertains to the guns in this case. Not to mince words, he placed these guns. The ballistics examiner in our case has since been fired for faulty ballistics testing.
The description of the shooter did not match the Imam, but does match the man who confessed. Even down to the fact that, the officers stated that they shot the man who shot them, and the man who confessed was shot that night. There’s so much more, but how much more do we need?
JR Valrey: Can you talk a little bit about the H. Rap Brown laws? What do they say? Why were they enacted?
Kairi Al-Amin: The Rap Brown Law or the Anti Riot Act, as it is also known, was enacted to be able to prosecute my father for traveling and speaking. He had to be silenced, and so they created a law that made it legal for them to silence him, and take away his constitutional right to freedom of speech. How ironic that this is the same thing they are doing to him now, by not allowing the Imam to do interviews with media or academics, as he serves time for crimes another man committed and admitted to.
JR Valrey: Can you talk about the significance of your father being the last man alive named in the CointelPro papers?
Kairi Al-Amin: I think it’s a blessing. Only God did that, because it wasn’t for not trying. He’s been shot numerous times by police. He’s been refused medical attention, he’s currently being refused medical attention. He’s been buried in prison on a false conviction. I think it points to his resilience, and he’s the only active and living evidence of these crimes committed against our people, but it’s been horrible, and again it’s not for lack of effort on their part.
JR Valrey: How has the Imam been coping during COVID? Has an early release been considered because of his age and health?
Kairi Al-Amin: Alhamdulillah (All praise is due to God) he’s hanging in there, but he is definitely not healthy. He’s been allowed to go blind by the institution, in Tucson Arizona. All he needs to correct it is cataract surgery, a 15 minute procedure, but they have denied him of that for two plus years (pre covid). He has cancer, but it seems to be stable, he has the thickest medical file I’ve seen in my life but he still sounds strong, so again, God is most merciful because only he could make it possible for this fight to still be continuing, and that’s why I think we can win it.
JR Valrey: What is the status of the appeals in his case currently?
Kairi Al-Amin: The case is currently being reviewed by the conviction integrity unit, in Fulton County Atlanta, GA. This unit has the ability to overturn the conviction, and that’s what we are hoping they will do not out of sympathy, but rather because it is the right thing to do. We also have a traditional appeal but the focus is on the decision that the integrity unit is going to make at this time.
JR Valrey: What’s been on the Imam’s mind lately, when you talk with him?
Kairi Al-Amin: Our conversations these days are primarily fatherly advice to a son he may or may not get the opportunity to see again, on the other side of the wall. We laugh, he teaches, we plan and just try to spend time.
JR Valrey: How could people get more info on Imam Jamil Al-Amin’s case?
Kairi Al-Amin: We have two websites setup for those who would like more information and/or to get involved. www.whathappened2rap.com is where you can find all the information on the case, as well as, video confessions from the man who committed the crimes the Imam is serving time for. You can also find the Free Rap Still Innocent line of merch here.
www.freeimamjamil.com is our link tree that has a list of action items for people to get involved. We update the campaign from time to time, usually with a new target for our letter writing campaigns, so please check from time to time.
Thank you again for this opportunity. We appreciate you. And I spoke with my father while I was finishing this up, and he asked that I give everyone the greeting for him, and let you know he appreciates all of the efforts people are putting forward in the fight for his freedom, Alhamdulillah.