from On a Move
Recently information about the clear bias and the illegal parole denials of the Move 9 at the hands of the PA Parole Board has been publicized. These parole denials have been guided by the watchful eye of The Fraternal Order Of Police and also Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. We want to bring to people’s attention the inner workings of the PA Parole Board and expose the fact that there are two former cops presiding over the parole hearings of MOVE Political Prisoners. Randy Feathers and Lloyd White are both retired police officers who were hand picked to sit on the Parole Board by the current Governor of PA. So, as you can see, this a clear issue of bias. The case of The MOVE 9 is centered around the murder of a cop. MOVE people were arrested, framed, and convicted for the murder of a cop. This is indeed a conflict of interest to have two former cops sitting over a parole hearing for such a case.
People should be outraged with who is sitting on The Pennsylvania Parole Board and how their past affiliation is helping to influence the parole denials of MOVE. We are encouraging people to continue calling the PA Parole Board on Mondays at (717) 772-4343 and continue to demand the release of The Move 9. Also question them why former cops Randy Feathers and Lloyd White are on the Board. This is a clear conflict of interest in these parole hearings that needs to be questioned.
People have seen publicly how the police will organize against parole for our political prisoners before. You can look no further than the examples in New York City with the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association and their public campaign against parole for New York State Political Prisoners Jail Muntaqim, Herman Bell, and Robert Seth Hayes. You can look at Law Enforcement Officials in California and how they have organized against parole for Ruchell Cinque Magee. These public campaigns organized by Law Enforcement Officials help to dictate the parole denials made by the parole board in these cases. All in plain sight for the public to see how the police can influence the decision in these hearings.
This clearly shows the connection between Law Enforcement Officials past and present and how they are working against parole (and against the standards for parole) for The Move 9 and other Political Prisoners. This isn’t just an issue about The Move 9 and Political Prisoners. This issue is happening across the board in this country with people’s families being held hostage by these parole boards.
-Ramona Africa The MOVE Organization
For more info: Onamovellja@gmail.com or Rebelchild170@aol.com
MOVE is an eco-revolutionary group for black liberation and in defense of all life. There are currently eight MOVE activists in prison each serving 100 years after been framed for the murder of a cop while their house was being raided in 1978. The 9th defendant, Merle Africa, died in prison in 1998.
Charles Sims “Chuck” Africa
AM4975, SCI Retreat, 660 State Route 11, Hunlock Creek, PA 18621, USA
Birthday: April 7, 1956
Debbie Sims Africa (OO6307), Janet Holloway Africa (OO6308), and Janine Philips Africa (OO6309):
SCI Cambridge Springs, 451 Fullerton Ave, Cambridge Springs, PA 16403-1238, USA
Birthdays: August 4, 1956, April 13, 1951, and April 25, 1956
Michael Davis “Mike” Africa
AM4973, SCI Graterford, PO Box 244, Graterford, PA 19426-0244, USA
Birthday: October 6, 1951
Edward Goodman “Eddie” Africa
AM4974, SCI Mahanoy, 301 Morea Road, Frackville, PA 17932, USA
Birthday: October 21, 1949
William Philips “Phil” Africa (AM4984) and Delbert Orr Africa (AM4985):
SCI Dallas, Follies Road, Drawer K, Dallas, PA 18612, USA
Birthdays: May 12, 1956 and April 2
Mumia Abu Jamal
AM8335, SCI Mahanoy, 301 Morea Road, Frackville, PA 17932, USA
In 1981, Mumia, former Black Panther and vocal supporter of MOVE, was framed for the murder of a cop. He was originally sentenced to death, but is currently held in solitary confinement.
Birthday: April 24, 1954