The day will begin at:
11 am: Assemble and Rally at 62nd and Osage Avenue
12 Noon: Press conference, followed by a march, bike and car caravan to 38th and Market Street (3801 Market Street).
2 – 4 pm: Arrive at 38th and Market Street, where food vendors will be waiting and bathrooms available.
4 – 9 pm: Cultural program at the First District Plaza at 3801 Market Street (some vendors)
The 13th of May marks 30 years from a day that will burn forever in the annals of Hell. For on that day in 1985 the state, and in particular the City of Philadelphia with helpers from the FBI, dropped a bomb on the home of the MOVE family. The resulting firestorm incinerated five children and six adults in that house—11 human beings in all—and burned down 65 more houses in the neighborhood around it.
We urge everyone to come out on that day to express our continuing outrage at the genocidal strategy represented by that event.
While we cannot bring back those who were lost, we can take this opportunity to demand the release of the MOVE 9, now unjustly jailed for 37 years as a result of another police assault on MOVE a few years earlier. In that 1978 attack, the Philadelphia police and the FBI shot up the MOVE home and a police officer, James J. Ramp. By all indications Ramp was killed from ‘friendly fire’; that is, from the side of the street where the police were positioned. Nevertheless, the state arrested, tried and convicted nine MOVE members in a farce of a trial. Even the judge admitted afterward that he had no idea who killed the cop. And although the MOVE 9 have exemplary records and are eligible for parole, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania refuses to let them go.
Two of those MOVE members have now died suddenly under suspicious circumstances: Merle Africa on 13 March 1998, and Phil Africa on 10 January 2015 of this year. Does the state have a plan to kill them all?
Angela Davis (video message), Alton Maddox, Ward Churchill, Cornel West, Chuck D, Chairman Fred Hampton, Jr., Alice Walker (video message), Glen Ford, Amina Baraka, Rebel Diaz, Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble, IMPACT Repertory Theater, Members of “Lessons of the MOVE Tragedy,” recorded statements from various political prisoners, and call-ins from Delbert and Janine Africa as well as Mumia Abu-Jamal.