police brutality / racism

Endorsement of May 13th MOVE Bombing 30th Year Commemoration


below we are reproducing a statement by Socialist Organizer endorsing the upcoming May 13th MOVE Bombing 30th Year Commemoration. 1985_move_bombing Endorsement of May 13th MOVE Bombing 30th Year Commemoration Socialist Organizer would like to offer our endorsement of the May 13th MOVE Bombing 30th Year Commemoration to be held in Philadelphia. We urge the labor movement, antiwar forces and fighters against police brutality to support and participate in this important anniversary. On May 13, 1985, Philadelphia police attacked the home of the MOVE organization on Osage Avenue. Cops fired more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition and fire trucks sprayed the house with 450,000 gallons of water.  Later that day, a police helicopter dropped a bomb on the roof of the house and a fire broke out.  Police Commissioner Gregore J. Sambor and Fire Commissioner William C. Richmond decided to let the fire burn, destroying 61 homes and leaving over 250 people homeless.  Six adult members of MOVE and 5 children were murdered in the fire. Not one of the cops or city officials who perpetrated this crime served a day in jail. 

Philly cops drop a bomb on the MOVE house May 13 1985

Philly cops drop a bomb on the MOVE house May 13 1985

The capitalists’ courts offer no justice or dignity to the oppressed. We live in a time of militarized police, mass incarceration and universal surveillance. Imperialism wages endless wars overseas, while the ruling class engages in a one-sided class war against workers and the oppressed at home.  This year, we remember bloody Sunday during the voting rights struggle in Selma. We remember Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Brandon Tate-Brown, Frank McQueen, Antonio Zambrano-Montes and the countless other victims of police brutality and murder.  We say:  Free the remaining members of the MOVE 9 and Mumia Abu-Jamal!  Free all political prisoners!  End mass incarceration!  Jail the killer cops! The fight for justice for the victims of the police bombing of MOVE continues! from the National Committee of Socialist Organizer freethemove9

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