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VIDEO: Ramona Africa remembers the MOVE 9 trial

Hans Bennett | 16.03.2008 21:49 | Animal Liberation | Repression | Birmingham

In this new interview (03/08), Ramona Africa talks about observing the MOVE 9 trial, before she actually became a member of MOVE. The video also features archival footage from the documentary "MOVE," made by Cohort Media, and narrated by Howard Zinn. The intro spotlights the public beating of Delbert Africa, while the conclusion features the illegal destruction of MOVE's house and the fraudulent "conspiracy" charge used to convict the MOVE 9.

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This is part of a new video series about the upcoming parole hearings for the eight remaining MOVE prisoners, which are scheduled for early April. The central pieces in the video series feature interviews with MOVE members Ramona Africa (the sole adult survivor of the May 13, 1985 police bombing of MOVE headquarters) and Mike Africa Jr. (the son of MOVE 9 prisoners Debbie and Mike Sr.) where they talk about the upcoming parole hearings. The third video in the series featured Mike and Ramona talking about Mumia Abu-Jamal and his relationship to MOVE.

Almost 30 years after the Aug. 8, 1978 confrontation in Philadelphia, the eight remaining "MOVE 9" prisoners are now eligible for parole (see Philadelphia Inquirer and Metro articles). In early April, they will be interviewed by the Parole Board. With the hearings just weeks away, MOVE is asking for support by contacting the Parole Board and signing the online petition (already signed by Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky).

In a recent interview, veteran Philadelphia journalist Linn Washington Jr. cites his sources in the police department who told him that Officer James Ramp was actually shot by police gunfire, and not MOVE. Hear the short audio clips: Was Officer Ramp Killed By Police Gunfire?; The Illegal Destruction of MOVE's House; Manipulation of Evidence and Media Bias; Ed Rendell and Prison Guard Violence Against MOVE; Unfair Parole Stipulations; and May 13, 1985.

RELATED: Ona Move Newsletter II Ramona Africa in Harrisburg II MOVE documentary II MOVE 9 Parole Blog II MOVE's website II MOVE 2007 UK Speaking Tour

Hans Bennett