[Pnews] MOVE political prisoner, Phil Africa, Passes Away
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Mon Jan 12 10:56:11 EST 2015
On Saturday, January 10th 2015 Phil Africa, revolutionary, John
Africa’s First Minister of Defense, and beloved brother, husband and
father, passed away under suspicious circumstances at the State
Correctional Institution at Dallas, PA. On Sunday, January 4th Phil
Africa wasn’t feeling well and went to the prison infirmary. Though he
wasn’t feeling well, other inmates saw Phil Africa walking, stretching
and doing jumping jacks. Hearing that Phil was in the infirmary MOVE
members drove up to visit him and were denied a visit by the prison.
While they were visiting with Delbert Africa, Phil was secretly
transported to Wilkes Barre General Hospital where he was held in total
isolation, incommunicado for five days.
Prison officials at SCI-Dallas wouldn’t communicate about Phil’s
condition. They told MOVE that Phil was at Wilkes Barre General hospital
but the hospital denied he was there and this back and forth lie went
on for days almost the entire time Phil was being held. The hospital and
the prison behaved very suspiciously denying Phil the ability to call
family members or his wife of 44 years, Janine Africa, stating that she
was not a blood relative. The hospital and prison received hundreds of
phone calls in support of Phil from around the world. When they finally
submitted to pressure and allowed Phil to call Janine on Thursday,
January 8th he was heavily drugged, incoherent and couldn’t even hold
the phone to talk to her.
On Friday, January 9th Phil was sent back to the prison infirmary and
placed in hospice care upon arrival. On Saturday, January 10th Ramona
and Carlos Africa were granted permission to visit Phil in the prison
infirmary. When they reached him he was incoherent and couldn’t talk or
move his head to look at them. An hour after they left Delbert called
with the news that Phil passed away.
Inmates in the infirmary and others in the prison were shocked when they
heard the news. They had witnessed his vigorous health for decades in
the prisons, had just seen him stretching and doing jumping jacks six
days earlier. This rapid decline all occurred while he was being
literally held incommunicado from his MOVE family at Wilkes Barre
General Hospital or Dallas prison or wherever these conspirators were
holding him with murderous intent.
The fact that Phil was isolated for the six days before he passed, The
prison even refused to acknowledge that he was in the hospital is beyond
This is another example of how the system hates MOVE and will do
anything to stop MOVE. You can look at the example of August 8th, 1978
when the MOVE 9 were illegally imprisoned, and May 13th, 1985 when the
government dropped a bomb and intentionally murdered 11 MOVE members to
see this point clearly. When Merle Africa died in prison on March 13th,
1998 the conditions were very similar. She had been one way in the
prison, but within hours of being forced to go to an outside hospital
she was dead.
Phil made a deep impression on people all around the world. He was
constantly writing, often dozens of letters a day, encouraging
solidarity and strength, and warmly advising hundreds of people. Phil
worked hard to learn to paint and created countless paintings which he
sent to supporters for free to draw attention to issues, get raffled off
for the struggle, and bring people together. Phil took his commitment
and work as a revolutionary very seriously, but was often smiling,
laughing, and giving people hugs and encouragement. He was a warm father
figure to many in the prison where he taught inmates how to box, to
think, and how to get stronger. Despite having two of his children
murdered by the system and being separated by prison, Phil was a father
figure to many. He was separated from his wife Janine for over 36 of the
44 years they were married, but he worked hard to stay connected with
her even though they were so callously isolated by the system.
It’s this system’s intention for MOVE people to die in prison. The MOVE
9 never should have been imprisoned at all, and according to their
sentence they should have been paroled over six years ago. The death of
Merle and Phil Africa rests directly at the feet of this government!
Phil will never be forgotten and this is not the end he is dearly missed
but his strong example should inspire everyone to fight harder for the
freedom of the MOVE 9 and all political prisoners .This latest
government treachery will be the fuel needed to motivate people to step
up the pace for this revolution .
LONG LIVE PHIL AFRICA!
LONG LIVE MERLE AFRICA!
FREE THE MOVE 9!
LONG LIVE JOHN AFRICA!
For More Info Or How You Can Help
Ona <mailto:OnaMoveLLJA at gmail.com>MoveLLJA at gmail.com
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