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MOVE 9 denied parole (2008)! System exposed again and MOVE is still strong! April 22, 2008, MOVE women that survived the August 8, 1978 police attempt to kill off MOVE were denied parole by the Pennsylvania Department of Probation and Parole (Shortly after Mike, Eddie, Phil, and Del Africa were also denied, Chuck Africa was denied in the fall of 2008.) The Inquirer quote parole board spokesperson Leo Dunn as saying that parole had been denied on the grounds that the MOVE prisoners has "minimized or denied the 'nature and circumstance' of the offense, 'refused to accept responsibility' and lacked remorse. He said the fourth reason for the rejections was the 'negative recommendation' by the prosecutor." The parole board used several of the stipulations that MOVE spokesperson Ramona Africa had predicted that they would try and use to deny parole, including that they "refused to accept responsibility" and lacked remorse.... The unfairness and arguable illegality of this is so obvious, because how can you expect someone to "admit guilt" when they have always said they are innocent? Where does the remorse come from if someone is actually innocent? The "nature and circumstance" stipulation is a blatant re-sentence, since the serious nature of the charges were considered by the judge at the time when he ruled that MOVE should be eligible for parole after 30 years. How can this fairly be used to deny parole? THE MOVE 9 GO BEFORE THE PAROLE BOARD THIS 2009 SPRING! TAKE ACTION! What can you do: Contact the parole board: http://move9parole.blogspot.com/2008/03/call-sign-petition-and-write-letter-for.html
Sign the petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/move9parole/
Write a letter to the editor (comprehensive list of Philadelphia media contacts and sample letter available at http://www.move9parole.blogspot.com)
Call into radio shows, facilitate speaking engagements (contact firstname.lastname@example.org),hold film showings, fundraisers, benefits, create a campaign linking with all other Political Prisoners eligible for parole: Herman Bell, Robert "Seth" Hayes, Romaine "Chip" Fitzgerald, Sundiata Acoli, Veronza Bowers, Sekou Kambui, Hugo Pinell, and Jalil Muntaqim. They, like the MOVE 9 are ELIGIBLE for parole and being continually denied! If we bring these people home we will have that many more committed revolutionaries to work for the release of those who are not eligible for parole! From: Parole Time for MOVE 9! [col. writ. 3/8/08] (c) '08 Mumia Abu-Jamal Although known as the MOVE 9, there really are eight survivors of the August 8th, 1978 police assault on MOVE's West Philadelphia home and headquarters. They are: Phil Africa, Janine Africa, Mike Africa, Debbie Africa, Janet Africa, Eddie Africa, Chuck Africa and Delbert Africa. The late Merle Africa died at the women's prison in Muncy, PA (near Williamsport, PA) under quite mysterious circumstances.
All 9 MOVE men and women were convicted in one of the longest (and most contentious) trials in city history, on dubious charges of 3rd degree murder of a city cop engaged in the raid on their home, and related charges. Even if all the charges were true (and they most certainly are not), the sentenced 30 to 100 years can only be termed grossly excessive. At the time of trial, 3rd degree carried a sentence of 7 1/2 to 15 years -- so essentially the MOVE people got more than double, and indeed, quadrupal the maximum of what that statute provided. Indeed, the women got the same sentences as the men, even though none of them faced weapons charges!
There's little real doubt that they're in prison today because they're MOVE members..." Within the next month or so the MOVE 9 will once again go before the PA parole board. Even though there is no reason why they should not be paroled, we all know that they won't be paroled without serious pressure from the people. The MOVE 9 are innocent and should never have been imprisoned at all, yet they have been in prison for 31 years this year. Enough is enough! We're calling on all fair-minded people, all those who not only believe in righteousness but will also take a stand for it. Don't allow this rotten government to keep innocent people in prison any longer. Contact the PA parole board and demand the release of the MOVE 9. Contact your state and US representatives to deman an end to this abominable injustice. Flood the parole board with calls and letters. Remember, they can only get away with this injustice if we allow them to. Never underestimate the power of the people! -- Ramona Africa Join us at 11th & Market St in Philly from 12-3 pm Saturday May 16th, 2009 Protest the ongoing unjust imprisonment of the MOVE 9! www.onamove.com email@example.com 215-387-1147 We are implementing a weekly call campaign every Wednesday to the parole board chairman and board members demanding parole for MOVE political prisoners. A lot of work and support is needed at this crucial time. We need this info to be put on: websites, MySpace pages, Facebook pages, and general e-lists to help spread the word. Let's tie up the phone lines in support of the MOVE 9! Since the prison system insists on having DIN numbers, make sure to have them on hand when you call or write. Charles Simms Africa #AM4975, Debbie Simms Africa #006307, Delbert Orr Africa #AM4985, Edward Goodman Africa #AM4974, Janet Halloway Africa #006308, Janine Phillips Africa #006309, Michael Davis Africa #AM4973, William Phillips Africa #AM4984 People can call the lists of Parole Board members here at (717) 785-5699, most importantly Chairwoman Catherine McVey, Charles Fox, Michael L. Green, Jeffrey R. Imboden, Mathew T. Mangino, Benjamin A.Martinez, Gerald N. Massaro, Judy Viglione, Lloyd A. White [name of Board member] Board of Probation and Parole Attn: Inmate Inquiry 1101 South Front Street, Suite 5300 Harrisburg, PA 17104 (717) 787-5699 Make sure to have a paper and pen handy when you call, so you can write down who you spoke with and what their response was. This info can be sent to the MOVE Organization: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you write to the Board, send a copy of your letter to the email above or:
The MOVE Organization P.O. Box 19709 Philadelphia, PA 19143 If you are a Facebook member blog about who you speak to and the response on the Cause page for Free the MOVE 9 (and join the cause!). This way we can keep track of the lies these people tell and coordinate our response. Network on other sites, such as MySpace, as well.