[Pnews] Eddie Africa of the #MOVE9 is home after four decades of incarceration

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Fri Jun 21 19:33:43 EDT 2019

Eddie Africa Is Home

  Eddie Africa of the #MOVE9 is home after four decades of incarceration

June 21,2019

*For Immediate Release *

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) The Abolitionist Law Center 
<https://abolitionistlawcenter.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b7743030d2038aa756db08f5d&id=024111f526&e=8271292659> and 
the People’s Law Office 
are proud to announce that Eddie Africa, of the MOVE 9, has been 
released from state custody after more than forty years of 
incarceration. Earlier this morning, Eddie Africa was released from SCI 
Phoenix after being transferred from SCI Mahanoy, where he spent the 
majority of his incarceration. He has been fighting for parole for the 
last ten years.

The MOVE 9 are 9 individuals who were incarcerated following an August 
8, 1978 police siege of the MOVE Organization home in West Philadelphia. 
The MOVE 9 were all sentenced to 30-100 years after the death of an 
officer during the raid.

    “Eddie's release is a victory for him, his family and the movement
    that has been fighting for his freedom. This is the newest chapter
    in the decades-long struggle to free all the MOVE 9, which is a
    struggle that continues with the fight to free Delbert and Chuck
    Africa, who are both up for parole this year.” ~ Brad Thompson

Eddie is the fifth member of the MOVE 9 to be released on parole, all 
represented by lawyers from Abolitionist Law Center and People’s Law 
Office. Like Debbie 
<https://abolitionistlawcenter.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b7743030d2038aa756db08f5d&id=3e0bd82aa3&e=8271292659> , Janet, 
<https://abolitionistlawcenter.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b7743030d2038aa756db08f5d&id=52bfdcad3c&e=8271292659> and 
<https://abolitionistlawcenter.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b7743030d2038aa756db08f5d&id=3ddfadfceb&e=8271292659> Africa, 
who were recently released, Eddie is now able to experience holding his 
loved ones outside of prison walls for the first time in decades. Eddie 
was a father when he was arrested and has four adult children and 
several grandchildren who he has been able to maintain strong 
relationships with. Today is the first day his grandchildren will be 
able to hug him outside of a prison wall. The release of the Move 
members, after more than forty years, is the culmination of the MOVE 
public support, legal action, and policy changes.

Two other members of the MOVE 9 remain incarcerated (Chuck and Delbert 
Africa), while two others (Merle Africa and Phil Africa) died in 
custody. Abolitionist Law Center and People’s Law Office represent 
Delbert and Chuck in the struggle for their freedom. To support the 
fight, you may donate to the MOVE9 Legal Fund. 

Press Contact:

Brad Thomson bradjaythomson[at]gmail.com 
<mailto:bradjaythomson at gmail.com> 773-297-9689

Bret Grote, bretgrote at abolitionistlawcenter.org

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