BY JANET AFRICA, MOVE 9 political prisoner The purpose of MOVE is to instill direction, enforce commitment and revolt again

st the inactivity of this system. The government, all governments that have take n the governing power inherent in all people and placed it in the hands of the e xploitative few. We are deeply serious, loyal and totally committed, the vanguar d of revolutionaries, sworn to right the wrongs of oppression, and fight the inj ustice of external government. This system of government has twisted people’s minds, conditioned people’s thoughts and behaviour patterns through systematic training, in order to keep people ensl aved to the system for exploitative purposes. External governments have been mer chandising people’s power of purpose, policing the way of people’s freedom, exploiti ng the governing power of life ever since the exploitative embezzlement of polit ics was invented. The way of this system was wrong at its inception, it is wrong today and will be wrong tomorrow unless people commit their selves to make thin gs right. We are freedom fighters, committed to fight the oppressor who is wagin g an all out war against any resistance by the oppressed. This government has locked MOVE in prison for 26 years knowing we are innocent, they took our sister Merle’s life here at Cambridge Springs Prison after she had d one 20 years in prison, they bombed and murdered our family and they are still t rying to annihilate the MOVE organization because we will not stop fighting this system. What this system is doing to MOVE ain’t no different than what they have done to freedom fighters throughout history. This ain’t just a MOVE issue this is an issue of the oppressed against the oppressor. Everybody in this fight, in support of this fight should learn to never let the oppressor, the enemy, convince them that resistors, freedom fighters, the oppres sed are criminal and belong in prison. Whenever people fight against the oppress or, the oppressor has historically used the same tactics; beaten them into submi ssion and if that didn’t work, exterminate those courageous enough to fight and th ose who escape being murdered are labelled criminal and put in jail until they a re too old to fight anymore, or jailed for the rest of their lives. This is wher e people who don’t know any better get confused. They think the charges that are p ut on freedom fighters are valid and that the government is justified for lockin g us up but in our case, 9 MOVE members were locked up and convicted for the dea th of one cop who was shot by one bullet and sentenced us 30 to 100 years each, 900 years all total for a crime we didn’t’ commit. MOVE was in our basement 8/8 1978 , when the cops came to our home trying to kill us, and in their frenzy, they sh ot and killed their own cop. The first reports that came out was that cop Ramp was shot in the back of the he ad and the bullet traveled downward making it physically impossible for move to have done it because being in the basement placed MOVE literally at the cop’s feet . Despite all their lies and inconsistencies throughout our year long trial, we were sent to prison and have been here for 26 years. In 1985 when this governmen t viciously attacked our family, set fire and dropped a bomb made out of C-4 tha t was given to the Phila police dept. by the feds. they murdered innocent move p eople, children, as they were trying to escape the burning inferno, the cops sho t them back into a burning hell. 11 of our family members were murdered but not one of the officials who gave the order, not the cops that dropped the bomb, not the cops that shot our family back into the house, was held accountable for our families deaths, not one of them spend 1 day in prison for what they did. Where is the justice, the balance in this situation? There is none, this governm ent can rape, murder, terrorize, plunder their way around the glove, but as long as they can justify it with that fraudulent institution called legality, they g et away with murder. They used that legality to put us in prison when we are inn

ocent and used the same legality to kill our family. People got to realize and u nderstand, just because it’s legal don’t make it right. Slavery was legal but it was n’t right; exterminating jews in gas ovens was legal but it wasn’t right; throwing C hristians to lions was legal but it wasn’t right. People will say we broke the law so we belong in jail but they can’t see that the system that made laws is wrong. This does bring about conflict and disagreement with people, a calculated techni que by the government to cause separation within the people. The South Africans didn’t listen to the oppressive government of South Africa when they labelled the freedom fighters in that country as criminals, the Black slaves in this country didn’t believe the slave master when they said Nat Turner was criminal; Americans didn’t listen to the British government when they s aid the American revolutionaries were criminals for going against the King of En gland. It’s no way the people should be taking the word of the oppressor over somebody wh o is being oppressed just like them. It’s like a Jewish person taking Hitler’s word over another Jewish person during the holocaust. Like a Christian trusting the R omans over another Christian while being thrown to the lions by Romans,; or like trying to convince oppressed people that Leonard Peltier belongs in prison, tha t he is a criminal, a murderer, when the people saying this are directly involve d in stealing his whole country and slaughtered his people into virtual extincti on, this very day they got his people, the Indians, the natural inhabitants of t his land enslaved on reservations. The oppressor will do anything to hold on to their position of oppression. This is why MOVE is in prison, for confronting and exposing the lies, corruption , and filth of this system, not because we are criminal or guilty. To quote our founder, JOHN AFRICA: “…When an innocent person is sent to prison like guilty, the principle of innocence is under attack and the innocence of all innocent is assaulted. An innocent exam ple is a free example, those who are silent about the condition of the innocent is silent about the position of freedom. When innocence is jailed it ain’t just Jo hn Brown that is jailed, freedom is jailed because freedom does not stop with Jo hn Brown, no more than innocence stops with John Brown’s Mother…” LONG LIVE JOHN AFRICA! Janet Hollaway Africa (006308) 451 Fullerton Avenue Cambridge Springs, PA 16403-1238 USA

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