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VIDEO: Mike Africa Jr. talks about the May 13, 1985 bombing of MOVE
by Hans Bennett Saturday, Mar. 22, 2008 at 9:00 AM

Along with the new Mike Africa Jr. interview, this video features archival footage from May 13, 1985, including an excerpt of a police video of the fire taken from across the street, where a cop is actually heard joking that: “They won’t call the police commissioner a motherfu**er anymore,” followed by enthusiastic police laughter.

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VIDEO: Mike Africa Jr. talks about the May 13, 1985 bombing of MOVE

--“They won’t call the Police Commissioner a motherfu**er anymore”?

by Hans Bennett

MOVE 9 Parole Blog

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Along with the new Mike Africa Jr. interview, this video features archival footage from May 13, 1985, including an excerpt of a police video of the fire taken from across the street, where a cop is actually heard joking that: “They won’t call the police commissioner a motherfu**er anymore,” followed by enthusiastic police laughter.

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.

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

ALSO, CHECK OUT OUR MUMIA VIDEOS:

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, in a ruling unrelated to the pending US Third Circuit Court decision, The PA Supreme Court rejected Mumia Abu-Jamal’s appeal of a 2005 ruling, which had rejected his PCRA petition on grounds that it was not “timely” (see AP and Philadelphia Inquirer reports). Pam Africa, Robert R. Bryan, Dave Lindorff, Michael Schiffmann, and Linn Washington Jr. responded on Tuesday, saying the ruling was unjust.

This ruling now cuts off one more avenue of appeal for Abu-Jamal, which makes the pending federal ruling even more crucial. While planning "day after" demonstrations following the federal ruling that is expected any time, lead organizer Pam Africa criticized the corporate media and urged supporters to fight media bias by helping to publicize the new photo evidence and internet videos presenting the evidence.

Our recent slideshow presentation of the Polakoff photos is now available on You Tube and Google Video.

The "Murdered by Mumia?" press conference has just been made into a short video: "This government, using corporate media, is laying the groundwork for a murder." (VIEW PARTS ONE AND TWO)

This is also available UNEDITED in two parts on Google Video (1/2, 2/2) and in 11 parts on You Tube: Hans Bennett, David A. Love, Dave Lindorff (1/2, 2/2), Linn Washington, Jr. (1/2, 2/2), Pam Africa (1/2, 2/2), and questions about The Polakoff Photos (1/2, 2/2), Media Bias, and The May 17 Oral Arguments.

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