Yes, I know… you thought the Occupy Movement was gone. Not so! While the squalid hovels in Zuccotti Park may be gone, the action has moved up the Hudson River to New York State’s hub in Albany. And rather than focusing on Wall Street fat cats or the 99%, they’re going to get their message across in support of another beleaguered captive of an unfair society.. Jalil Muntaqim.
For the second time in two weeks, the Occupy Albany movement has announced an event in which they will voice support and heap praise upon a man serving time for murder. The group somehow manages to completely gloss over their crimes by referring to the men as ‘political prisoners’. They clearly see some sort of parallel between themselves, their perceived struggle against government, and the political platforms of such men.
If a priest murders somebody, they are a murderer, not a religious prisoner. If a doctor murders somebody, they are a murderer, not a medicinal prisoner. And now, Jalil Muntaqim was not convicted for his political beliefs, he was convicted of murder.
For those not familiar with Jalil’s heroic struggles with the man, the graphic below should provide an instructive reminder.
Here’s the Cliff Notes version:
Jalil’s case involves an arrest on May 21, 1971, when he and two others were arrested for the killings of two New York City police officers. In 1974, Muntaqim (also known as Anthony Bottom) was convicted on two counts of first degree murder and received a prison sentence of 25 years to life. More recently, he also pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit voluntary manslaughter in connection with the 1971 slaying of a San Francisco police officer.
Stay classy. If you want to associate yourself with somebody who is out to “stick it to the man” on Wall Street, I suppose you cant’ do much better than this. So, for a quick exit question, are there any Democratic members of Congress who want to come pitch their tent with Occupy Albany?