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Bilal Sunni-Ali
Ambassador to Belize, Central America
eMail – aob@uniaacl.org

Before he could talk he was listening to the elders talk about our people's struggle and the greatness of the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey. Bilal's early years of conscious struggle was with the Bronx Youth Chapter of the NAACP, and in Harlem with the Nubian-Sankori Cultural workshop.

1966 – In his college years he was a member of SIMBA at Bronx Community College, and an organizer of a NY statewide Black Students Organization which linked nation-ally with SNCC and the Black Student Union Movement. Bilal worked as a cultural worker and teacher in black liberation schoools in Harlem and elsewhere.

1968 – Bilal joined the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense.

1969 thru 1972 – While at Soledad State Prison in California, Bilal was both in the leadership of both the African American Culture and History Group, and the Third World Prisoners Coalition, as well as often called upon to be a guest speaker at Nation of Islam functions. Bilal was cellmates with comrade George McClain, (killed in the August 7th, 1971 Marin County Courthouse) rebellion led by Jonathan Jackson, brother of Comrade George Jackson.

1972 – Upon release Bilal resumed working with the BPPSD and also became a government worker with the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika. Bilal began to consolidate his energies and his work on behalf of Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War through working with the National Committee to Defend Political Prisoners, the National Committee to Defend Assata Shakur and Sundiata Acoli, the National Taskforce Cointel Research and Litigation, and the Political Prisoners Committee of the OPO (Oppressed Peoples' Organization) at Lincoln Detox. Bilal served as a counsellor in the world famous anti-drug program.

Shifting location to New Orleans in the late seventies Bilal served as scout leader of the New Afrikan Scouts, and developed theatre production skills involving himself with preserving, protecting and presenting and advancing New Afrikan culture.

October 1981 – Bilal Sunni-Ali, along with his wife Fulani Sunni-Ali were targeted, hunted and arrested on charges of being invovlved in the infamous October 1981 Nyack NY Brink armoured car incident. After being found not guilty by a majority Afrikan jury, Bilal resumed his work on behalf of political prisoners as Amr of the NationPrison and Gang Program... as part of the Jamaat under the leadership of Imam Jamil Al-Amin, the former H. Rap Brown. In March 2000, following the targeting, hunting and arrest of the Imam, Bilal became the coordinator of the International Committee to Support Imam Jamil Al-Amin, (formerly H. Rap Brown). As such, Bilal began to do work with the International Human Rights Association for American Minorities, a collective of attorneys specializing in International and Human Rights Law.

Bilal was appointed to the post of Political Prisoners Commissioner for the Indigenous African-american Reparations Tribunal – an indigenous new afrikan (african-american) legal forum developed and put forward by IHRAAM.

December 2006 – Bilal's wife, Fulani Sunni-Ali, represented the PG-RNA in a delegation to Belize of UNIA-ACL officials to claim land willed to the UNIA/ACL by the late Isaiah Mortar. Bilal and Fulani have since relocated to Belize, Central America to develop a Healing Arts Center as a tangible part of an independent sustainable living community of New Afrikans from north amercia ,and Afrikans from throughout the Afrikan diaspora. Bilal had traced his lineage through his grandparents on his father's side to the Garifuna (nation without borders) in Roatan, Honduras, and the Bluff, Nicaragua.

July 2011 – Bilal Sunni-Ali was appointed to the post of Cultural Abassador to Belize by the Honorable Senghor Baye – President-General of the Government of the UNIA-ACL.

eMail – ambbelize@uniaacl.org