Dec. 9 marked the 33rd anniversary of the near-fatal shooting and brutal beating and incarceration of Black Panther activist Mumia Abu-Jamal at the hands of Philadelphia police. A couple hundred of his supporters converged at Calvary Church at 48th and Baltimore last Tuesday. They also attended the “Youth on the Move: Black Lives Matter From Ferguson to Philadelphia” event at Unitarian Church. Both events covered the next stages of their “campaign to bring Mumia home.”

“Everything was tied together—what’s going on now, what was going on with MOVE and Mumia over the years. It’s like the dots were being connected,” stated Ramona Africa, minister of communication for the MOVE Organization. “Officials would really love for people to just see things as isolated incidents when it’s not that way at all. It’s all part of the bigger picture of those running this system.”

Abu-Jamal’s supporters have expressed concern over the political muscle being wielded by Philadelphia’s Fraternal Order of Police and their efforts to quiet the revolutionary writer and have him maintain residence in Pennsylvania’s concentration camps.

“This year we focused on the victim’s bill they’re using to silence Mumia,” stated Sister Pam Africa, minister of confrontation for the MOVE Organization.

“Now more than ever, we must speak up against the FOP’s attempt to silence Mumia (and all other Pennsylvania prisoners to boot!),” the press release for the event reads. “The FOP has been emboldened by their recent ability to orchestrate Congress’ rejection of Obama’s highly qualified candidate to head the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. The FOP linked this candidate, Debo Adegbile, to Mumia in order to defeat his candidacy, as his strong voting rights record made him anathema to those fighting to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of potentially Democratic Party voters.”

In the time of Ferguson, Mo., police militarization and continued and escalating police violence and terrorism against Black Americans, the community at large is taking precautionary measures against what many consider to be a fascist and racist police state in this country.

Africa concluded by saying, “A lot of people now are speaking about the power being in the people, and that is a monumental step forward, when we stop begging this system to get their foot off our necks, and we start looking for us to take the reigns and for us, the masses, to organize ourselves and make it clear that we’re not just going to stand by and allow things to go on as usual.”

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