Sunday, March 2, 2008

VIDEO: Mike Africa Jr. interview about the MOVE 9 Parole Hearings

VIDEO: Mike Africa Jr. interview about the MOVE 9 Parole Hearings

by Hans Bennett

Watch video here.

Along with excerpts of archival footage from the Cohort Media documentary titled "MOVE", this video features a new interview with MOVE member Mike Africa Jr.

Born in prison, he is the son of MOVE prisoners Mike Sr. and Debbie Africa, who are both eligible for parole in 2008, after 30 years in prison, along with the six other remaining MOVE prisoners. This video is the first in a series of videos to be released in the weeks leading up to the Parole Hearings in April.

Recently I have written an article on The MOVE 9 and interviewed journalist Linn Washington Jr. about covering MOVE since the 1970s. Also, Ramona Africa recently was interviewed by Uprising Radio. And of course, there is the documentary about MOVE, narrated by Howard Zinn, viewable online at Brightcove or You Tube. MOVE's website is

This April parole hearing is SO important. Letters and calls to the Parole Board now can really help.

The eight remaining prisoners are Janine, Debbie, Janet, Delbert, Mike, Phil, Eddie, and Chuck Africa.

It is probably a good idea for folks to send letters to each of the nine Board members. The chairperson was appointed by Ed "1985 Bomber" Rendell so don't count on her getting your message to the whole Board. Their individual names are on this web page:|

Letters can all be sent to this address:

[name of Board member], Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, 1101 South Front Street, Suite #5100, Harrisburg, PA 17104-2517, tel: (717) 787-5699

Please send copies of the letters to Phil Africa at:

William Phillips Africa #AM-4984, SCI-Dallas, 1000 Follies Rd., Dallas, PA 18612

Stay tuned for more information and coverage in the coming months!

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