2 Forums: San Diego and Los Angeles
San Diego — Welcome freedom fighter Pam Africa and recently released MOVE women, Janine Africa and Janet Africa, to Southern California. They are going to visit San Diego and Los Angeles.
Join us for this rare opportunity to hear firsthand from Janine Africa and Janet Africa, two members of the MOVE 9, incarcerated for over 40 years. Also, hear from Pam Africa, longtime leader of the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal.
The MOVE 9 members were jailed after a siege by police in 1978. In a second attack in 1985, police air-dropped two bombs on their Philadelphia headquarters, killing six adults and five children, and burning down an entire city residential block. Two MOVE members died in prison, two were released in 2018, and three were released in 2019 after forty years. Two more remain imprisoned.
Famed political prisoner, former Black Panther and journalist, Mumia Abu-Jamal, has made the case of the MOVE 9 his mission, even as his own life was in peril while on death row. Mumia’s death sentence was overturned and he was moved from death row, but the racists running the prison-industrial complex have since tried to murder him through medical neglect. It is through determined struggle carried out by the activists in International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, with Pam Africa in the forefront, that gains have been made in the cases of the MOVE 9 and Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Pam, Janine and Janet will be featured speakers at a “Free Political Prisoners” forum in San Diego on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Malcolm X Library and Performing Arts Center, and in Los Angeles on Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Harriet Tubman Center for Social Justice.
The MOVE members will share with the community their experiences before, during and after release, and the continuing fight to free the two remaining MOVE 9 members: Delbert Africa and Chuck Africa.
Pam Africa will give an update on Mumia Abu-Jamal and the ongoing struggle to free all political prisoners.
In San Diego, Zola Fish, from the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, will give an update on the campaign to Free Leonard Peltier.
In Los Angeles, dancer Jessica Monea will perform West African Dance.
Both forums will emphasize the importance and necessity of supporting existing and former political prisoners like Janine Africa and Janet Africa. They have traveled all the way from Philadelphia on their first visit to the West Coast.
Let us show these sisters some love by helping them to recover some of their expenses and to ease some of the hardships as they adjust to life and struggle out on the streets along with us.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.