Support Parole for Eddie Africa

From the Move Organization:

eddie-africa-color-260x400pxIn October 2015 our Brother Eddie Africa is set to make another appearance before the Pennsylvania State Parole Board. Your letters of support is urgently needed. All of the information is below as follows:

We are asking for your support at this critical stage to secure the freedom Eddie deserves.  Feel free to use parts of the sample letter below. Please write in your own words and with your own experiences of/with Eddie.

NOTE: Please send all letters of support to Orie Ross, P.O. Box 575, Times Square Station, New York, NY 10108-0575 so they can be reviewed and sent to the Board. The deadline for letters will be Wednesday September 30, 2015.

Sample Letter:

Board of Probation and Parole
Attn: Inmate Inquiry
1001 South Front Street, Suite 5300
Harrisburg, PA 17104

September  3, 2015

Regarding October 2015 Parole Hearing for: Edward Goodman #AM-4974

Dear Honorable Members of the Parole Board:

As a concerned citizen interested in helping Mr. Goodman successfully transition into life outside prison, I am writing to ask that you please grant him parole. He has served now 37 years of a 30-100 year sentence, even though the average sentence for his charges is 10-15 years. He is still in prison years after his minimum sentence despite having no major disciplinary problems in the last three decades. The notice provided to Mr. Goodman for his last parole denial lists the reasons for the denial as: “Your minimization/denial of the nature and circumstances of the offense(s) committed,” “Your refusal to accept responsibility for the offense(s) committed” and “The negative recommendation made by the prosecuting attorney.”

I understand the severe nature of the crime of which Mr. Goodman was convicted, however, I am concerned that Mr. Goodman maintaining his innocence is seen as an attempt to minimize or deny the nature and circumstances of the offense(s) or refuse to take responsibility, even while there is evidence that corroborates that the shot was fired from
a location where it is well known he was nowhere near. This phenomenon is referred to as “the innocent prisoner’s dilemma” implying that it is unfair and unethical to require someone who may have been wrongly convicted to provide false admission of guilt or remorse. Please take this dilemma into consideration.

I also understand that Mr. Goodman has not been recommended for parole by the institution where he is held despite having a clear disciplinary record for many years. In fact, the only time he received a disciplinary infraction in the last fifteen years was for not cutting his hair. He has completed all of the institutional programs he was asked to complete and has volunteered for others. Please take into consideration his good conduct as well as him having housing and employment secured upon his release. These factors, along with strong family and community support, make it very unlikely that Mr. Goodman will recidivate and I firmly believe that he is an excellent candidate for parole. I will personally help him acclimate in any way I can upon his release.

Mr. Goodman has now spent most of his life in prison, and the recidivism rate for people released at his age is very low. Please grant parole and allow him to be a part of, and contribute to, society as free citizen, a loving father and grandfather.

Sincerely,

[Name and signature]

 

Demand The Justice Dept Do The Right Thing Be In Philly August 1st

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This August 8th 2015 will mark 37 years now that our innocent family members have been unjustly imprisoned by Philadelphia and Pennsylvania officials for a crime that not only these officials but the world knows they did not commit. In 1998 and 2015 two of our family members Merle Africa and Phil Africa both died under very mysterious circumstances in Pennsylvania prisons after being unjustly jailed for so long. Merle spent 20 years of her life unjustly jailed and left to die in prison. Phil spent 36 years unjustly jailed and left to die by Pennsylvania officials in prison Enough Is Enough.

For 37 years now the Philadelphia District Attorney past Lynne Abraham and present Seth Williams have worked in conjunction with the Fraternal Order of Police and now the Pennsylvania Parole Board to ensure that our family remain in prison for the rest of their lives. Innocent people remain in prison who in the words of the Pennsylvania Parole Board are a risk to the safety of the community yet the biggest threat to the safety of our community, the Police, are walking the streets murdering our children with immunity. You can look no further than the example of Sandra Bland in the south.

The Move Family and our supporters are calling for people to be in Philadelphia Saturday August 1st for our community town hall meeting to demand the Justice Dept take action and investigate the case and wrongful imprisonment of the Move 9. There will be several topics discussed at the town hall meeting, topics such as:

The destruction of the house

The beating of Delbert Africa

The trial of the Move 9

The illegal practices of the Pa Parole Board

All of this and more discussing why the Justice Dept needs to take action.

We will also be joined by Temple Journalism Professor Linn Washington and activist attorney Michael Coard. Join us Saturday August 1st from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at the African American Museum located on 701 Arch Street Downtown Philadelphia.

For more info people can go to:
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Onamovellja@gmail.com

Delbert Africa Denied Parole

From Move 9 Parole:

Earlier this week we found out that our Brother Delbert Africa was denied parole by the PA Parole Board and was given a two year hit. One of the reasons they cited for Delbert being denied in their own words he is a risk to the safety of the community. This is unacceptable anyone who has ever met Delbert or has come in contact with him can tell you that Delbert Africa is nowhere near a threat to the safety of the community even the Superintendent of SCI Dallas who along with Delbert’s Counselor recommended Delbert for parole so the Parole Board has to come with something better than this. People in the community who the Parole Board are saying are at risk all wrote letters of support for Delbert’s Parole.

In fact their is a risk to the safety of people in the community but it’s not Delbert Africa or the rest of the Move 9. It’s the police known murderers of our children. The police that murdered Move men, women, and Move Children on May 13th 1985 walk the streets with immunity. The police who murdered Brandon Tate Brown in Philadelphia are still walking the streets with their identities protected. Akai Gurley,  Eric Garner, and so many others safety has been put at risk by these foul murderers who walk the street and continue to be a risk to the community as a whole’s safety. It’s obvious a person who has kept down gang  and racial violence in prison is far from a threat to the community at large.

It’s obvious that officials want our family to die in prison you can look no further than the examples of Merle and Phil Africa dying in prison. We cannot allow another person to die in these dungeons. We are urging people to please take the time to sign this petition that we have aimed at the United States Justice Dept you can go to the website at https://www.causes.com/campaigns/92454-free-the-move-9. We are demanding now that the justice dept look into the unjust imprisonment of The Move 9 as a whole. Our goal is to reach 25,000 signatures as a whole so we have some serious work to do as a whole and your help is needed now more than ever.

Ona Move

The Justice And Accountability Campaign

Michael Africa Sr Denied Parole For A 7th Time

Ona Move

We just received word this morning that our brother Michael Davis Africa was denied parole for a record seventh time. What is more outrageous is the fact that Michael was given a five year hit by The Pa Parole Board. Since 2008 Move Members have been consistently denied parole for being nothing more than committed Move Members. At Different hearings over the years different members were given one year hits, two year hits,the longest hit being three years for Janet Africa until today when Michael Sr was given a five year hit by The Pa Parole Board.

The Parole Board cited these reasons for Michael’s denial

(1) Failure to show motivation for parole

(2) Risk to the safety of the community

(3) Negative recommendation made by the Prosecuting Attorney

(4) Failure to show remorse

(5) Failure to take responsibility for the crime committed

The Parole has stated that Michael is a risk to the community at large yet the request of the community to have Michael paroled was ignored by The Parole Board. Michael like other committed Move Members will not take responsibility for a crime he and other Move Members are innocent of. The District Attorney of Philadelphia Seth Williams again was only eleven years old when The Move 9 was arrested on August 8th 1978 and is doing this under the orders of The Fraternal Order Of Police.

Today’s denial of Parole for Michael and the five year hit is a result of the massive protest that you see going on this very day in regards to police brutality and the murder of our children. 36 years ago The Move Organization was speaking out and demonstrating against this same exact thing that is going on today and for this The Move 9 were unjustly jailed. The Parole Board is working in conjunction with The police and this System and it’s officials to keep Michael and other committed Move Members in prison. The issue of police brutality and murder is over all of America ‘s door steps today.

This system and it’s officials are working to keep innocent people in prison. People who have fought against this injustice are now being punished with five year parole denials because this system and it’s officials are being exposed on a worldwide level and our freedom fighters in prison are being made to suffer out of retaliation for doing nothing more than speaking the truth for so many years. This isn’t about Justice because if this system was about Justice then The guilty cops that killed Eric Garner would be in jail. The guilty cop that killed Akai Gurley would be in jail. The guilty cops that killed Move People on May 13th 1985 would be in jail not the people that demonstrated against this same thing 36 years ago. This Fight Is Far From Over There Will Be More Info To Soon Follow.

Ona Move
Orie, Mona, Illy , Margie, Ann, And Patrice

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