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HIP-HOP FOR CONSCIOUSNESS: The Imam Jamil Al-Amin Benefit Concert

by Hip-Hop for Consciousness Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2001 at 3:00 PM

Mos Def, Jurassic 5, Dialated Peoples, Planet Asia, and others to be announced are scheduled to perform at The Jamil Al-Amin (formerly known as H. Rap Brown) Benefit Concert on May 12, 2001 in Los Angeles @The Center in Watts. Proceeds from the concert will go towards Imam Jamil's Justice Fund and support for his family in this time of need. COME OUT AND SUPPORT THIS CAUSE IN THE NAME OF JUSTICE!

Imam Jamil Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown-chairman of the Student Nonviolent/National Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the Civil Rights Movement, is currently awaiting trial at the Fulton County prison in Atlanta for allegedly murdering a police officer. Imam Jamil is a religious/political leader whose involvement with the Civil Rights Movement made him a marked man by the FBI's infamous COINTELPRO (Counterintelligence Program) and landed him in jail for five years, where he accepted Islam. After his release he continued to devote his life to changing the condition of disadvantaged communities through grassroots community building. The struggle that Imam Jamil faces is no different than the many other unjust attacks on those who strive to make progressive change. Please join us in solidarity in the fight for truth and justice.

Anyone who is in anyway concerned or involved with Mumia Abu-Jamal's case MUST become involved with this one. It's people like Imam Jamil who Mumia Abu-Jamal was inspired by.

BRIEF HISTORY RECAP:

Imam Jamil's present circumstances can easily be understood as being part of an effort to undermine his lifelong commitment to realizing comprehensive social justice in America, and all that it implies. The threat he presents to the status quo is best demonstrated by his being the object of close scrutiny by the FBI and mentioned by name as being a prime target of the Bureau's Counterintelligence Program (COINTELPRO).

COINTELPRO was a secret FBI program created to disrupt and eliminate "radical" political opposition inside the United States. It was extremely active during arguably this country's most turbulent period, the 1960's (Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam War, etc). Imam Jamil played an essential role in bringing about the successful implementation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Civil Rights agenda. William Jackson, one of Dr. King's Northern organizers, was quoted as saying that the "radical" politics of H. Rap Brown and the Black Panthers were "just about the best things that ever happened to the Civil Rights Movement". Using the same reference, Ward Churchill wrote:

"Without the spectre, real or perceived, of a violent black revolution at large in America during a time of war (i.e. Vietnam), King's nonviolent strategy was basically impotent in concrete terms".**

**NOTE: Something Dr. King acknowledged himself before he was killed.

Quote from Ortega y Gassett:

"Man has always had recourse to violence; sometimes the recourse was a mere crime and does not interest us here. But at other times violence was the means resorted to by him who had previously exhausted all others in defense of the rights of justice which he thought he possessed. It may be regrettable that human nature tends on occasion to this form of violence but it is undeniable that it implies the greatest tribute to reason and justice. For this form of violence is reason exasperated."

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