Thursday, December 31, 2015

Sign the petition urging the Attorney General to free the Move 9

In recent years, numerous instances of racial profiling, civil rights violations and use of excessive police force have been investigated. The case of the Move 9 is widely acknowledged as a racially charged incident. Despite substantial evidence of their innocence and the lengthy time served, they remain incarcerated. For this reason, many are calling on the U.S. Attorney General to open a rigorous investigation into this case, and advocating for their release on parole.

Read the full text and sign the petition, where you can also share it on Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Delbert Africa Denied Parole

Earlier this Week we found out that our Brother Delbert Africa was denied parole by The Pa Parole Board and was given a two year hit . One of the reasons they cited for Delbert being  denied in their own words he is a risk to the safety of the community . This is unacceptable anyone who has ever met Delbert or has come in contact with him can tell you that Delbert Africa is nowhere near a threat to the safety of the community even The Superintendent Of SCI Dallas who along with Delbert's Counselor recommended Delbert For Parole so The Parole Board has to come with something better than this . People in the community who The Parole Board are saying are at risk all wrote letters of support for Delbert's Parole.

In Fact Their is a risk to the safety of people in the community but it's not Delbert Africa or the rest of The Move 9.  It's The Police known murderers of our children . The police that murdered Move Men, Women, And Move Children on May 13th 1985 walk the streets with immunity. The police who murdered Brandon Tate Brown in Philadelphia are still walking the streets with their identities protected. Akai Gurley,  Eric Garner, and so many others safety has been put at risk by these foul murderers who walk the street and continue to be a risk to the community as a whole's safety . It's obvious a person who has kept down gang  and racial violence in prison is far from a threat to the community at large .

It's obvious that officials want our family to die in prison you can look no further than the examples of Merle and Phil Africa dying in Prison . We cannot allow another person to die in these dungeons . We are urging people to please take the time to sign this petition that we have aimed at The United States Justice Dept you can go to the website at https://www.causes.com/campaigns/92454-free-the-move-9. We are demanding now that the justice dept look into the unjust imprisonment of The Move 9 as a whole. Our goal is to reach 25,000 signatures as a whole so we have some serious work to do as a whole and your help is needed now more than ever.

Ona Move 

The Justice And Accountability Campaign 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Keep the Calls Going for Delbert Africa

Ona Move 

Sometime on Monday, June 8th 2015 in the late morning our Brother Delbert Africa was given his parole hearing before The PA Parole Board. Delbert was scheduled to go before the board this month but did not have a set date. Usually the inmate is given advanced notice of their hearing at least a week or two before or in some cases the night before, but not in the case of Delbert Africa. With no time to prepare, Delbert on Monday morning June 8th was informed to report to the interview room for his parole hearing.

Pennsylvania Parole officials are under a severe amount of pressure over the issue of parole for Delbert and other Move Members just as early as last week people from all over the world flooded the phone lines of The PA Parole Board demanding parole for Delbert at his upcoming hearing cause of this officials secretly had Delbert's hearing to deviously keep this out of the eyes of the public and deviously under the orders of the Fraternal Order of Police and Philadelphia Officials deny parole for Delbert Africa.

Delbert called yesterday to give me the details of the hearing where he stated that he met with two parole officers named Hollins and Leander the basics were discussed where they even commended Delbert on not having any disciplinary infractions in his folder and commended him on his home plan. However the issue of the crime was still brought up and Delbert like the rest of The Move 9 continues to maintain his innocence and will not take responsibility for something that he and the rest of The Move 9 did not do.

At This point Delbert is now 71 years old and needs to be home with his family and the parole board knows this a decision has not been made yet on Delbert's Parole so let's continue to flood the phone lines of The PA Parole Board at (717) 772-4343 and demand Parole for Delbert Orr Africa AM-4985. They are going to tell people to write letters to divert their calls but we want people to keep calling because their phone lines were established for people to call to voice their concerns on parole so let's keep the pressure on.

Ona Move,

The Justice and Accountability Campaign 

For more info people can go to:

Facebook/Justice For The Move 9 
Move9parole.blogspot.com

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Parole Support Letters Needed For Delbert Africa

Ona Move 

First we would just like to take the time to thank all the People who have taken the time to make calls to the PA Parole Board this week in support of our Brother Delbert Africa.

The Parole Board is feeling a tremendous amount of pressure over the issue of parole for Delbert and The Move 9 overall. Due to the amount of pressure over the calls, they are now trying to divert people's attention towards letters so that the calls will stop. We urge people to keep making calls and don't stop if the PA Parole Board has such an issue with us calling then they should grant parole for Move Political Prisoners bottom line.

In the meantime, we are encouraging people to write letters on Delbert's behalf in support of Parole for him. People can write to:

Chairman John Tuttle 
PA Board of Probation and Parole
1101 South Front St., Suite 5300
Harrisburg, PA 17104

The deadline for letters is Friday, June 12th 2015. So let's get as many letters there as possible in support for Parole for Delbert (Orr) Africa AM-4985, and if you can't write a letter continue to make your calls at (717) 772-4343 and let's keep the pressure on!

For More info people can go to:

Move9Parole.blogspot.com
Facebook/Justice for The Move 9 

Ona move 

The Justice and Accountability Campaign

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Delbert Africa Solidarity Week

Some time during the month of June 2015, Our Brother Delbert Africa will be making an appearance before the PA Parole Board. This will be Delbert's first appearance since being denied in June of 2013. Delbert, like other Move Members, was denied Parole by the board based upon these reasons as states in his Parole Denial Sheet:

'Your minimization/denial of the nature and circumstances of the offenses committed.

Your refusal to accept responsibility for the offenses committed.'

Our Brother Delbert and the rest of our Family in prison are innocent. They need not accept responsibility and show remorse for something they did not do, and this system and it's officials know our family is innocent. At this point, our family has nothing to explain to the Parole Board. The Parole Board is in a position now where they have explaining to do.

Why is it that Leslie Grey, a former Police Officer who has VERY STRONG TIES to Law Enforcement communities in Pennsylvania, is allowed to make a decision and vote on Delbert being granted Parole?  This is a blatant conflict of interest this is the same woman who in December of 2014 voted on giving our Brother Michael Africa a five year parole hit.

Parole Board Members Michael Green and Jeffrey Imboden are appointees of Edward Rendell. Rendell being the former Governor of Pennsylvania, The former Mayor of Philadelphia, and the Former District Attorney of Philadelphia whose office prosecuted the Move 9 in 1980 for the murder of Police Officer James Ramp.

Yet another clear conflict of interest that the Parole Board will not acknowledge yet they want Move People to accept guilt for something they did not do. Your help is needed now. We have to keep the pressure on the Parole Board for the release of Delbert.

From June 1st - 5th, we are asking people to flood the phone lines of the PA Parole Board for Delbert Africa Solidarity Week. People can call the Parole Board (717) 772-4343.

Call and inquire into why:

(1) Leslie Grey, a former Police Officer who is new to the parole board and obviously has a clear bias against The Move Organization, allowed to vote over whether Delbert receives parole or not.

(2) Michael Green and Jeffrey Imboden who were both appointed to The Parole Board by the same man who prosecuted Move in 1980, Edward Rendell. 

Delbert has the recommendation of the prison for parole and also has a home plan and employment set up for him upon his release from prison so this is now in our hands. So, again, this entire week let's keep the pressure on the Parole Board. Again you can reach the Parole Board at (717) 772-4343 and demand Parole for Delbert (Orr) Africa AM-4985.

Ona Move 

The Justice and Accountability  Campaign 

For More Info People can go to:

Move9Parole.blogspot.com
Facebook/Justice for the move 9 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Russell Maroon Shoatz on the 30th Anniversary of the Move Bombing

Ona Move

Long before it became apparent to most of us, following the teachings of JOHN AFRICA, the Move Organization aggressively tried to warn that unless a total change was undertaken, human kind would destroy themselves. Why? Because we had divorced ourselves from Mother Nature, from living in harmony with MOTHER NATURE.

We had become addicted to believing that we were so smart and clever, that our technology could solve any problem. In 2015, we know better. Now Mother Nature is taking her revenge through an ever-growing series of weather-related catastrophic events that render all of our technology of little use, and most of our scientists believe it is only going to get worse.

Humankind has been committing crimes against Nature, and the Move Organization, instead of being applauded for it's efforts to end this madness, have instead labeled the criminals, then killed and imprisoned for trying to right this wrong.

So we must all now seek to rectify this travesty by remembering their dead and their ongoing suffering, and demanding that all of the imprisoned Move Members be freed!

Ona Move

Russell Shoatz

Political Prisoner

Maroon

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Mumia on The 30th Anniversary Of The Move Bombing

5/13/15
This essay was recorded on 4/26/2015 and was released on 5/13/2015 on the 30th anniversary of the MOVE bombing.


MAY 13TH AT 30
[col. writ. 4/26/15] © ’15 Mumia Abu-Jamal

Why should we care what happened on May 13th, 1985?

I mean, seriously, that was 30 years ago, a long time ago, way back when, know what I mean?

Most people won’t say that – but they think it.

I’ll tell you why – because what happened then is a harbinger of what’s happening now – all across America.

I don’t mean bombing people (not yet, that is).

I mean the visceral hatreds, and violent contempt once held for MOVE is now visited upon average people - not just for radicals and revolutionaries – like MOVE.

In May, 1985, officials justified the vicious attacks on MOVE children by saying they, too, were “combatants”. In Ferguson, Missouri, as police and National Guard confronted ‘citizens’ with weapons of warfare guess how cops described them in their own files?  “Enemies”.

‘Enemy combatants’, anyone?

Then look at 12- year old Tamir Rice, of Cleveland. A boy, treated as if he were a man.

Boys. Men. Girls. Women. It doesn’t matter.

When many people stood in silence, or worse, in bitter acquiescence to the bombing, shooting and carnage of May 13, 1985 upon MOVE, they opened the door to the ugliness of today’s police terrorism from coast –to- coast.

There is a direct line from then to now.

May 13, 1985 led to the eerie Robocop present.

If it had been justly and widely condemned then, there would be no now; no Ferguson, no South Carolina, no Los Angeles – no Baltimore.

The barbaric police bombing of May 13, 1985 and the whitewash of the murders of 11 MOVE men, women and children opened a door that still has not been closed.

We are today still living with those consequences.

-©’15maj


Shaka Zulu On The 30th Anniversary Of The Move Bombing

A Message for MOVE (4:12) by Shaka Zulu

3/21/15

Friday, May 22, 2015

Jaan Laaman On The 30th Anniversary Of The Move Bombing

5/10/15
 
 
Thoughts on Killer Cops and the May 13th, 1985, Move Massacre
 
     Almost every day the news hits us with another case of a man, a youth, sometimes even a woman, shot, choked, or beaten to death by cops.  Almost always the victims are people of color and usually the killer cop is white.  We are hearing a lot more about these cases, and that is probably because the brutality and killings are captured on video.  It is a lot harder for the government and mainstream corporate media to ignore these cases when the images are presented and see on various social media platforms.
     The sad and hard reality is that cops have been injuring and killing people, especially people of color for years and years.  Many of us might remember the names of some decades old victims: Clifford Glover, Eleanor Bumpers, Rodney King, Sean  Bell, so many other.
     We are coming up on the 30th anniversary of probably the most horrid modern day police killing of 11 people, including 5 children.  On May 13, 1985, the Philadelphia police surrounded and besieged the home of the Move Family in a Black neighborhood in Philadelphia.  Move was and is a community and revolutionary organization that advocate for issues like natural and healthy nutrition, animal rights, opposition to government repression and corruption, including a long time exposure of and resistance to abuses and killings by the Philadelphia police department.
     On that May 13 morning, 30 years ago, the cops surrounded the home.  First they fired tear gas, and soon they began shooting bullets into the house.  Over 10,000 rounds were fired into that house.  Neighbors and live TV media were watching this police siege and assault.  After some hours the police launched an outrageous and horrible escalation of their assault.  A police helicopter swooped down over the house and dropped a bomb on the roof.  The bomb exploded sending pieces of the roof and house flying.  The bomb also set off a fierce fire, which soon spread downward across the whole house.  The fire also spread to the houses on both sides of the Move home.  Although fire trucks were on hand, the cops refused to allow firemen to fight the fire.  Ultimately the entire square block of 61 houses burnt to the ground.  Dozens of families, over 200 people, had their homes and all their possessions completely destroyed.
     As the flames were engulfing the Move home, a back door opened and some women and young children tried to run out.  Police opened fire on these women and children, driving most of them back inside.  Ramona Africa, clutching one young boy, Birdie Africa, ran through the bullets and made it out alive.  These were the only two survivors of this police massacre.
     Eleven Move family members dead.  A bomb, made by the FBI and given to the Philadelphia police department, is dropped on the roof of a family home.  The bomb explodes and begins a fire.  The fire department is not allowed to put the fire out, and one entire square block of houses is burnt to the ground.
     From this entire series of deadly and horrible events, how many people, would you suppose, were held accountable, faced criminal charges or went to prison?  One person, Move member Ramona Africa, who ran through police bullets and saved young Birdie Africa, was the only person who was charged and she went to prison for 9 years.  No police, government officials, fire department personnel, the cop who dropped the bomb or the helicopter pilot, were held accountable or charged with any crime.  11 people dead, 61 houses burnt  and not one cop or government official was held accountable for anything.
     Police killings in Philadelphia and across the U.S. have continued.  But the public's knowledge about such killings and people's outrage and resistance has also continued, and in this past year has grown into a national movement against killer cops and government repression.
     This Movement today is a proper memorial to the Move members and children who died 30 years ago.  We can never forget those who died and we must put an end to cops randomly killing, men, women and children.
     This is Jaan Laaman, your political prisoner voice -- until next time, remember, Freedom Is A Constant Struggle!"

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Rev. Pinkney on The 30th Anniversary of the Move Bombing

Rev. Pinkney on MOVE Bombing 30th Anniversary (3:01)

5/11/15

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Kerry Shakabooona Marshall on The 30th anniversary of The Move Bombing

The Day the Philly Police Bombed MOVE (2:26) by Kerry Shakaboona Marshall

4/9/15