MOVE house remembered

move_0523The 28th anniversary of the racist bombing of the MOVE family house in Philadelphia, which killed 11 men, women and children, was observed May 11 with an event that asked participants to consider the question: “Where were you when you learned about the May 13, 1985, bombing of MOVE?” Around 150 people, including members of the MOVE family, filled the Stein Auditorium at Drexel University for the afternoon program chaired by Ramona Africa, the sole adult survivor of the fire caused by the state dropping a bomb from a helicopter on the West Philadelphia row house, burning it and 62 other houses to the ground. Speakers included Immortal Technique, Amiri and Amina Baraka, Professor Burton Caine, Fred Hampton Jr., the Welfare Poets and more. Taped messages from political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and MOVE 9 members Janine Africa and Delbert Africa were aired.