Very early in the morning of Jan. 18, three carloads of supporters made the two-hour trip from Philadelphia to SCI Dallas, near Wilkes Barre, Pa., to bring MOVE 9 member Delbert Africa home from prison. They waited from 8:15 until 9:30, when Delbert was finally released — after 41 years in prison for a crime that none of the MOVE 9 had committed.
On his arrival in West Philadelphia, he was warmly welcomed by other MOVE 9 members, MOVE organizers and community activists, including members of Workers World Party, Food Not Bombs-Solidarity, Mobilization4Mumia, REAL Justice and others. One more MOVE 9 member still remains in prison: Chuck Africa.
When the afternoon gathering came to a close, participants chanted: “Free Chuck Africa! Free Mumia Abu-Jamal! Free Imam Jamil Al-Amin! Free ’em all!” All are political prisoners still in jail.
A press conference is scheduled for Jan. 21, at Philadelphia’s Kingsessing Library, 1201 South 51st St. at 2 p.m.