Following this poem is a video interview with Jalil by DJ RGB.
by Jalil A. Muntaqim
stop the bombing of nations? From Gaza to Afghanistan, the
American people must take a stand and tell Obama to forge
a better plan to free the land of Zionists and the Taliban. To
stand up against corporate bailouts while prisons are left out
for change like a business without clout as 2.3 million prisoners
remain in chains.
Change became a mantra defined on a political precipice
forged in steep words unprecedented by one who won the
right to be the 44th president. Supported by beliefs sold
in edifices of worship bonding the ideals shuttered in the
hearts of the dispossessed whose hope for tomorrow has
not regressed. Yet, time sours faith in hungry bellies as
the unsheltered endure the storms of lies, alibis and corrupt
government undisguised as the media realized exposing the
truth could result in a coveted Pulitzer Prize.
A future is born with a change of power on this day and in
this hour with an oath of office the Obama-Nation must stand
in allegiance, against torture, Abu Graib, Guantanamo Bay,
rendition and detention just to mention how the U.S. derelictions
became the world’s affliction. Evolving from 8 years of
disconnection, disaffection, humiliation, dissatisfaction with
the Bush administration’s corporate affiliations that led to U.S.
The Democrats believe they can, since Obama told them
“Yes, we can.” Americans hope this is not a sham – as
participatory democracy is more than a four-year election,
since each day the Americans should strive for perfection,
healing the planet as they heal themselves of racism, sexism
and capitalist exploitation, to improve America’s place in
the world of nations.
No drama in the Obama-Nation is the expectation, void of
hesitation folks’ anticipation the 44th will elevate the level of
peace dividends given in Clintonesque deliberation face to face
with world’s representatives, like ebony and ivory side by side
championing U.S. hegemony in perfect harmony. As Gates
secures the gates of the Pentagon to sustain an imperialist
presence from Iraq to the China Sea, who is to believe change
can be conceived with National Security Agency secrets up
The continued embargo of Cuba and Haiti a scandalous exercise
of power, as Latin America excises North America in its revolutionary
shining hour. Iran seeks nuclear advancement as the CIA creeps to
hinder its expansion, an inexplicable situation given the arms race has
moved as far as outer space, continuing to militarily arm Israel and
Taiwan. While North Korea produces nuclear energy, the U.S. attempts to
prohibit proliferation not of its control, using food as a weapon toward
an obviously starving nation not in keeping with its humanitarian goals.
Afrika stumbles into the 21st century with corporate proxy wars, none
keeping score as economic devastation brings multiple horrors. The
killing of babies and raping of girls, arming of children leaving the
land trampled with scars. Afrikans hope the Obama-Nation will plant
seeds of democracy, negating the hypocrisy of years of neglect without
regret, and yet, AFRICOM is a serious misstep. While Asians in Malaysia,
the largest concentration of Islamic moderation, confound U.S. inclination
to confront jihadists of Al-Qaeda’s persuasion in its population.
On the home front, Martin L. King Jr. proclaimed we as a people will get
to the promise land, while Malcolm X said it will be either the Ballot or
Bullet, so could it be hard to understand the 44th like a Manchurian candidate
manipulating the political landscape, permitting the Patriot Act to prohibit
progressive or revolutionary tact, believing true liberation after today has
become a point in fact. By virtue of the ballot, the revolution has been highjacked, the Black bourgeoisie has been notified America is now sanctified
and the promised land gentrified as the Obama-Nation is satisfied. But
Cointelpro victims remain classified in prisons, yet to be rectified with
truth and reconciliation, no way to start anew in the Obama-Nation.
So with a historic inauguration by pomp and circumstances though crying
eyes, a new era to inspire a generation of possibilities beyond rhetoric.
Anxious for the audacity of hope to spring eternal in humanity’s fratricidal
brotherhood with service to the nation negating race or class as society’s
underclass tests pomp and circumstances with stark cold reality of growing
unemployment lines with the economic situation continuing to decline.
My warning to all, while the band plays “Hail to the Chief” with a military
seven gun salute, is not to become hoodwinked or bamboozled, nor forgo
the political determination to end the embargo of Haiti and Cuba, to Free
Puerto Rico and Palestine, for this is not the time to recline in building struggle.
To keep U.S. hands off of Assata, because we gotta free all U.S. political
prisoners in the spirit of knowing We Are Our Own Liberators!
Note from Kiilu Nyasha: This is an on-time poem (written on Jan. 20, Inauguration Day) by Jalil Muntaqim, aka Anthony Bottom, one of the San Francisco 8 who, along with Herman Bell, remains locked up in administrative segregation in the San Francisco County Jail for the ridiculously erroneous charge of murdering a police officer in August of 1971. Jalil and Herman have already served at least 35 years in New York prisons for a frame-up in the case of the New York 3. They are truly political prisoners, among our finest revolutionaries. Free ‘em all!
For more of Jalil’s poems, visit www.freejalil.com. And send our brother some love and light: Jalil Muntaqim (Anthony Bottom), 2311826, 850 Bryant St., San Francisco CA 94103.
Interview with New Afrikan Freedom Fighter Jalil Muntaqim by DJ RGB
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