Punk Politics #45

The movement to free Mumia Abu Jamal has been losing steam at a time when it really shouldn’t be. I think the issue here is that not enough people know about this important figure in black liberation or his battle with the monolithic Pennsylvania penal system. Below will be links on this info. Please spread this like a pandemic. I’m working on finding out what we can further do to help so that info will be posted asap. Knowledge is the first action and one we can all do. Also there will be web links for further exploration. Time to get Ona MOVE and let the power know we ain’t done.

– C Fish

https://twitter.com/MumiaAbuJamal?s=09

Punk Politics Special Report

The MOVE 9 are free at last! What an amazing moment for Black History month 2020. 7 have been released while 2 sadly died behind bars. There will be a link in this post to my previous write up about MOVE to give background on this group and their struggles. To quote a great friend of mine “onward and upward!” This is a victory. First MOVE 9, next Mumia Abu Jamal. We can win! #onamove

https://punxinsolidarity.com/2018/04/03/on-a-move/

-C Fish

Punk Politics #40 On a MOVE! 35 Years Later

The gnarliest anarcho group you’ve never heard of. Fast facts to simplify this.

MOVE was an anarcho-primitivist organization. In Philadelphia, PA

MOVE was not black separatist as it had white members though its membership was primarily black.

Philadelphia police had brutalized several MOVE members over the years resulting in multiple miscarriages and the death of one child from a baton strike to the head.

In 1978 Philadelphia police had a standoff with MOVE at the MOVE house. This resulted in the death of one police officer from gunfire within the police line.

When MOVE members surrendered the police singled out Delbert Africa and brutally beat him for no reason.

9 MOVE members were given sentences ranging from 25 to 100 years for capital charges. Members have been denied parole as hearings came up.

In 1985 on Osage avenue (a black neighborhood) Philadelphia police had another standoff with MOVE members led by John Africa.

The police were armed with automatic rifles, uzis, 50 calibers and anti tank guns.

The police then dropped a bomb on the MOVE house and opted to let the fire burn as a “tactile weapon”.

MOVE members attempted to escape the burning house until police opened fire forcing them back into the house.

All 11 people in the house died. 6 of them were children. Evidence of gunshot wounds was found in the body of John Africa.

The Philadelphia municipality let the fire burn through the night resulting in the loss of 60 homes.

Ramona Africa who did escape was sentenced to 7 years in prison for a conspiracy charge (what conspiracy?)

These tactics are terrorism. The MOVE 7( 2 have died in prison) are political prisoners.

The 60 families left homeless are victims of terrorism.

The surviving members of the #MOVE9 have been freed as of earlier this year.

As of May 13th it has been 35 years since the MOVE house was bombed and thepolice literally set fire to any feigned interest they had in black lives

Go to website for further information. http://onamove.com/

#onamove #freethemove9 #johnafrica #blacklivesmatter

Below are links for documentaries on all of this.

#neverforget #onamove #move9 #johnafrica