[Ppnews] Defeat the Media War on MOVE

Political Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Tue May 10 14:34:22 EDT 2011


Sis Marpessa Kupendua, MOVE Supporter

MOVE is the most committed family of 
revolutionaries I have ever known because they 
uphold that all forms of life be free of 
repression and all forms of terrorism. They are 
also the victims of one of the most vicious and 
diabolical media campaigns ever waged against an organization.

The malicious portrayals of MOVE by the 
Philadelphia media as subhuman and violent are 
insidious and very well documented. Kitty 
Caparella, among many others, wrote despicable 
lies about MOVE on a daily basis from 1977 
through the August 8, 1978 police siege on their 
home and continued sporadically through the May 
13, 1985 bombing. MOVE was repeatedly 
mischaracterized as a 'cult" that was 
'brainwashed' into behaving in a programmed 
manner, insane and devoid of logic. The virus of 
hate within these pre-packaged talking points 
sped zinging across the wires to be repeated as a 
mantra in every media outlet. These messages 
proclaimed that it was MOVE who were responsible 
for the attacks upon their own selves by police 
who invaded their own property! Clever wordplay 
changed the ‘bombing of MOVE’ to ‘the MOVE 
Bombing’ and continues to be referred to as such to this day.

This is the power of the press, which distorts 
reality to suit its own hellacious purposes, even 
unto the murders of innocent babies. As the 
flames raged on May 13, 1985, there was BREAKING 
NEWS – breathless reports that there were male 
MOVE members seen fleeing the burning house and 
escaping down the alley, so you betta watch out! 
A dangerous MOVE (boogie)man might just get ya! 
Many dreadlocked Black men in Philly and 
surrounding areas were either laying low or 
chopping off their hair while the panicked public 
had visions of these burning, running men that 
the media had dropped into through their heads. 
It will never be known how many Black men 
suffered as the murderous lynch mob rained down 
terror on MOVE that terrible ‘Mother’s’ day.

News reports focused less on the murder victims 
and more on the neighbors who had lost their 
homes. Human interest stories abounded, such as 
the neighbor who lost his jazz record collection 
and all those good-hearted Philadelphians who 
donated records to him. Glossy pamphlets appeared 
on the Septa train featuring an elderly couple 
from the neighborhood selling fire insurance 
because "You just never know what might happen!” (for real!).

The sci-fi invasion of the brain-snatchers caused 
far too many to unwittingly ingest and repeat 
this shitstem's sick media propaganda without blinking.

It's outrageous that this city had no problem 
sacrificing 61 homes in its zeal to murder MOVE 
people, but we all know that material possessions 
are not more valuable than people's lives, right! 
Since we also know that that it's truly HEINOUS 
that 11 men, women and children were murdered on 
that day, we have to conclude that they are not 
equal! Far too often the media blurs the 
conversation to simply state, "the MOVE bombing 
and destruction of 61 homes." Who was responsible 
for the bombing? Where is the mention of the 
stolen lives? Who, then, are the true brainwash victims?

Although the cellphone video evidence in the 
police murder of 22 years young Oscar Grant was 
able to at least garner an unprecedented trial 
for one of the killer cops who murdered him in 
San Francisco on New Years Day, 2009, the violent 
siege on MOVE in 1978 as well as the massacre of 
MOVE people in 1985 were both captured on news 
cameras and shown worldwide with no arrests of 
ANY of the perpetrators. MOVE people are also 
still being denied the right to bring their 
people home from the bowels of this shitstem 
after 32 LONG YEARS of wrongful incarceration!

We can and must double, triple and quadruple the 
creation of our own independent media, many of us 
have the gifts and talents to do so right from 
our home computers, blogs, cameras, etc., to 
build videos, organize events, speak-outs, 
demonstrations, and we better take advantage of 
this technology while we still have it! Did you 
know that at one point when the movement to Free 
Mumia Abu-Jamal was at its height in the mid 
90's, Mumia was refused a simple pencil and 
paper? This man in a cell within a cell on death 
row, clinking and clanking with shackles and 
chains, became a frightening prospect when armed 
with a writing utensil! If he can do it in there, 
we can do more, we MUST and WILL do more!

Produce and deliver information to your 
communities and talk with people on a regular 
basis to give them a different conversation than 
that which they’re used to hearing. We've got to 
be on it as hard and as consistently as 
mainstream media and put out correct information 
to rebut their every attack. Those who are 
already doing independent media through 
newspapers, radio shows and other means depend on 
us to subscribe to and advertise in their 
newspapers and we must support their fundraisers 
for all forms of RESISTANCE media, they need us 
and we need them! We must also support our 
truth-telling journalists when they come under 
attack as without them we are left at the mercy 
of mainstream media. And we already know what that’s like, right? Ask MOVE.

Let the lessons of MOVE not be lost upon us, they 
are excellent teachers and have always stressed 
the importance of putting out information as a 
regular and consistent activity.

When there is information that must get out, 
people must know where to get it, and it must be 
there for them. As the MOVE organization says, 
THE POWER OF TRUTH IS FINAL! The ONLY way to defeat a lie is through the truth!

And if we don't fight
if we don't resist
if we don't organize and unify and
get the power to control our own lives
Then we will wear
the exaggerated look of captivity
the stylized look of submission
the bizarre look of suicide
the dehumanized look of fear
and the decomposed look of repression
forever and ever and ever
And there it is

(From "There it Is" by Jayne Cortez)

Never forget 1985! Now is the time to free the MOVE 9!
Friday May 13, Join the MOVE organization to 
watch “MOVE: A Confrontation” to understand the 
unjust incarceration of the MOVE 9 and how the 
battle for their release leads to the bombing of MOVE in 1985.
L-13 Gladfelter Hall, Temple University
1115 W. Berks Street, Philadelphia 6-9 pm

Saturday May 14, join us for a rally Broad & Chestnut sts, Philadelphia 12-3 pm

Freedom Archives
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

415 863-9977

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