Next Year August 8th 2018 will officially mark 40 years that The Move 9 have been unjustly jailed in Pennsylvania prisons . The fact that innocent men and women have been wrongly jailed for this long is stomach turning in itself not only would 2018 be symbolic of 40 years of unjust imprisonment but it will also mark in itself that MOVE Member’s will be 10 years past their parole eligibility and not a one of The Move 9 has been paroled yet . In 2008 The Move 9 became parole eligible after completing their minimum of 30 years of a 30 to 100 year sentence .
This would appear as something new but this disturbing practice is nothing new as it relates to parole eligibility with political prisoners . In 1998 New York State Political Prisoner Robert Seth Hayes became parole eligible after completing 25 years of a 25 to life minimum sentence . In 2017 Seth is still in prison 19 years past his parole eligibility and the same disturbing pattern applies to both Herman Bell (Parole Eligible 2003) and Jalil Muntaqim (Parole Eligible 2002) both past their state minimums and still denied before their respective state parole boards just like The Move 9 .
In June of 2017 Delbert Africa went before The Pa Parole Board and was denied parole yet again and was deemed a risk to the safety of the community . This has been the main point that the parole board has been holding onto to use as key argument to deny our family parole as we have taken away the argument of admitting guilt or showing remorse the parole board along with this system officials know MOVE is innocent . We have dedicated our work to exposing the illegal practices of The Pa Parole Board and their strong ties to The Fraternal Order Of Police and the plot to keep The Move 9 in prison .
The Move 9 have been deemed a risk to the safety of the community yet Randy Feathers a known pedophile and former member of the pa parole board walks the community . Mark D.Koch a former high ranking member of The Fraternal Order Of Police sits comfortably on the parole board risking the safety of innocent MOVE members by keeping them in prison . As a former police officer how many members of the community did Mark Koch Beat , Maim, and Murder ? Mark Koch with other law enforcement officials have raised the greatest risk to the safety of the community across the country just ask Michael Brown , Johnny Gamage, Eleanor Bumpers , Anthony Baez , Corryn Gaines , Tamir Rice Etc .
Michael Africa went before the parole board in September of 2017 and to this date we still have no word on a decision if Michael will be paroled or not the last time we had to wait for 5 months before a decision was rendered . These are the psychological games that the board plays as Debbie Africa had to wait a month for her decision in 2016 three weeks after Janet and Janine Africa were already denied paroled . This is nothing more than a tactic to try and break The Move 9 and DISCOURAGE people working in the interest of justice and what’s right but we are not going to be diverted with this .
Some where in between November 2017 thru February 2018 Eddie Africa will be going before the parole board and in May 2018 Janet , Janine , and Debbie Africa will be going before the board again so we have serious work to continue doing . There will be more info to follow in the next couple of days with our course of action but in the meantime people are asked to sign and share our petition aimed at The United States Justice Department .
People can sign the petition at https://www.causes.com/campaigns/92454-free-the-move-9.
The Justice And Accountability Campaign
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