Friday, May 02, 2014



It now appears that Debbie (Sims) Africa has had her7th parole hearing since 2008 .  It seems the parole hearing was rushed and without warning so as to dissuade and divert supporters.  

As most of you are aware Debbie is a member of MOVE who has sat in prison since August, 8. 1978, following a massive police attack on them at their home in Powelton Village (Philadelphia). This was seven years before the government dropped a bomb on MOVE.  

As reported at Confabulator:

The August 8, 1978 police attack on MOVE followed years of police brutality against MOVE and was a major military operation carried out by the Philadelphia police department under orders of then-mayor, Frank Rizzo, whose reputation for racism and brutality is well known; it followed him up thru the ranks of the police department to the police commissioner’s office to the mayor’s office.

Debbie is one of the MOVE 9 who were arrested on that day.   Ramona Africa explains, 

The government came out to Powelton Village in 1978 not to arrest, but to kill. Having failed to do that, my family was unjustly convicted of a murder that the government knows they didn’t commit, and imprisoned them with 30-100 year sentences. 

It didn't end there, as you know.  From Insubordination Photo-Journalism:

“Attention, MOVE: This Is America!” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Sambor declared through a loudspeaker, minutes before the May 13, 1985 police assault on the revolutionary MOVE organization’s home. This assault killed 5 children and 6 adults, including MOVE founder John Africa. After police shot over 10,000 rounds of bullets into their West Philadelphia home, a State Police helicopter dropped a C-4 bomb, illegally supplied by the FBI, on MOVE’s roof. The bomb started a fire that eventually destroyed 60 homes: the entire block of a middle-class black neighborhood. Carrying the young Birdie Africa, the only other survivor, Ramona Africa dodged gunfire and escaped from the fire with permanent burn scars.

It didn't end there either (nor did it begin in 1978). There is just too much to the story for me to get into here.  I would direct you HERE for more information. 

Many of you may not have been old enough to actually observe what happened back in that May of 1985.  Well, now an amazing film is available on the whole thing.  

In the astonishingly gripping Let the Fire Burn, director Jason Osder has crafted that rarest of cinematic objects: a found-footage film that unfurls with the tension of a great thriller. On May 13, 1985, by order of local Philadelphia authorities, police dropped military-grade explosives onto a MOVE-occupied rowhouse. TV cameras captured the conflagration that quickly escalated–and resulted in the tragic deaths of eleven people (including five children) and the destruction of 61 homes. It was only later discovered that authorities decided to “…let the fire burn.” Using only archival news coverage and interviews, first-time filmmaker Osder has brought to life one of the most tumultuous and largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens in modern American history. See trailer and read more at
Playing now in many states, check out show dates near you!

For Scission Prison Friday I join with many others calling for the release of our sister, Debbie Africa.  Join us.

The following is from Denver Anarchist Black Cross.

Immediate Relase: Call in for Debbie Africa!
Ona Move Everyone!
It has just been brought to our attention that Debbie (Sims) Africa 006307 had her parole Hearing this past Monday or Tuesday . We find this to be very strange because Debbie’s hearing wasn’t set until some time in late May and without an official date as well. Debbie was only given a day’s notice on her parole hearing . Though a verdict on her parole has not been made as of yet we have to move on The Pa Parole Board Now.
The Parole Board gave Debbie an early hearing to divert supporters and sweep what they do under the rug. They are under a tremendous amount of pressure over the issue f The Move 9 and Parole and now they are trying to push their illegal denials of Move people under the radar and out the eyes of The general public. We are not fools and we see exactly what these legalized misfits are up too.
We need people to start flooding the phone lines of The Pa Parole Board and demand parole for Debbie (Sims) Africa 006307. We need The lines flooded for the next three days Including the weekend when they are closed. Leave a message on their voicemail in regards to Debbie getting parole. The Pa Parole Board can be reached at (717) 772-4343
24 hours a day seven days a week whether it’s a live person or a voicemail.
It’s clear that The Pa Parole Board has been monitoring our actions and is trying it’s best to stay a step ahead of us. Our National Solidarity Week for Debbie is still set for May 5th thru May 9th. For people to call The Parole Board in support of
Debbie but due to the situation we are calling now to hold these misfits accountable for what they are trying to do let’s get ona move everyone.
Ona Move

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