I began this blog in May 2009 following the death of Marcia Powell at Perryville State Prison in Goodyear, Arizona. It is not intended to prescribe the path that leads to freedom from the prison industrial complex.

Rather, these are just my observations in arguably the most racist, fascist, militaristic state in the nation at a critical time in history for a number of intersecting liberation movements. From Indigenous resistance to genocidal practices, to the fight over laws like SB1070 and the ban on Ethnic Studies, Arizona is at the center of many battles for human rights, and thus the struggle for prison abolition as well - for none are free until all are. I retired the blog in APRIL 2013.

Visit me now at Arizona Prison Watch or Survivors of Prison Violence-AZ

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Parole The Move 9

Remember the MOVE Family?

We've had more than thirty years to forget - unless you count the day the Philly PD dropped a bomb on their house. That was May 13, 1985. No one paid much attention to it then, either.

Most people probably don't know who I'm talking about, I guess.

Not long ago I saw MOVE; the 2004 documentary narrated by Howard Zinn.

They were revolutionaries.

They still are.

We have to raise our voices to set these people free.

If you don't take my word for it, then watch the film, scan the net, check out Mumia, try YouTube hit Wikipedia, do what you need to do to be "well-informed" (there are plenty of anti-Move sites too) - but do it soon. Here's the alert I received from the Jericho Movement about the Move 9 today:

"Call the PA Parole Board all day tomorrow, Wednesday. Ask for names and write down the content and response of your call. If you’re on Facebook blog about your call on the wall of the Free the MOVE 9 cause. Help us keep a record of these calls so we can better strategize on behalf of the MOVE 9!"
Don’t forget to write your letters to the parole board in conjunction with this action!

(717) 787-5699

Chairwoman Katherine McVey
Charles Fox
Michael L. Green
Jeffry R. Imboden
Matthew T. Mangino
Benjamin A.
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

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
SCI Graterford, Box 244, Graterford PA 19426

Debbie Sims Africa #006307
451 Fullerton Ave
, Cambridge Springs, PA 16403-1238

Delbert Orr Africa #AM4985
Dallas Drawer K, Dallas, PA 18612

Edward Goodman Africa #AM4974
301 Morea Road, Frackville, PA 17932

Janet Holloway Africa #006308
451 Fullerton Ave
, Cambridge Springs, PA 16403-1238

Janine Phillips Africa #006309
451 Fullerton Ave
, Cambridge Springs, PA 16403-1238

Michael Davis Africa #AM4973
SCI Graterford,
Box 244, Graterford, PA 19426-0244

William Phillips Africa #AM4984
SCI Dallas Drawer K, Dallas, PA 18612


Merle Africa died while incacerated in Indiana.

Finally, this wasn't part of their ask but I think it's okay to say: Historically the parole board has stipulated that the MOVE family dissociate from one another and have no contact with eachother on the outside.
They are being told they must disown their family.

MOVE has argued unsuccessfully - but I think rightfully - that such a requirement is a violation of the freedoms of religion, speech, and association. I believe this prevented their parole before.

It seems to violate something even more fundamental than constitutional liberties to keep people in chains until they betray loved ones, forsake their religion, or otherwise completely submit to the will of the state. That's a violation of human rights.

MOVE and supporters have been family to eachother over years and across countless prison walls; their love must be deep and renewing to sustain the brutalities of incarceration. Their faith - their adherance to their beliefs - must be more sound than most, that they would spend another year in prison before they renounce them.

The MOVE 9 (now 8) are no threat to neighbors or the state.

What kind of twisted society really wants to punish these politics, anyway? Love, radical ideas, and sustainable living are so hard to come by anymore: we might as well be locking up all the writers and artists too (oh, wait - we are. See all those links on the left....).

Just something to keep in mind when you make that call or write that letter for MOVE 9 members tomorrow. Thanks for whatever you can do for MOVE

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