THE MALCOLM X COMMEMORATION COMMITTEE
“We have a common oppressor, a common exploiter, and a common discriminator…Once we all realize that we have a common enemy,
then we unite, on the basis of what we have in common…"
Malcolm X—Message to the Grass Roots
May 10th, 2016
Board of Probation and Parole
Attn: Inmate Inquiry
Re:Parole Bids for Debbie Africa (006307),
Janet Holloway Africa (006308) and Janine Africa (006309)
The Malcolm X Commemoration Committee, an International NY based Human Rights Project, wishes to join the chorus of humanitarian voices from around the world imploring the release of the MOVE women, Janet Holloway Africa (006308), Janine Africa (006309) and Debbie Africa (006307), on parole at the prescribed time.
We believe that these women, who have been model prisoners and who have each served 38 years, should be released for humanitarian reasons and in the interests of justice.
It is clear that these women could not have killed Officer Rapp on that fateful day in 1978. His death was tragedy that appears to have more a consequence of an accident, or of what would now be called ‘friendly fire.’ To have these women and the other MOVE prisoners to continue to languish in prison is to clearly and wrongheadedly bind us all to the polarizing biased environment that triggered that incident and others like it both before and after that fateful day. We say that the time for healing, tolerance and reconciliation is now.
For these reasons, and in the interests of justice, we implore you to grant them their release upon parole now…
Zayid Muhammad, MXCC press officer
Cc: Dequi Kioni Sadiki, chair