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            size="3">AUGUST 8<sup>th</sup></font><font size="3"> --TODAY</font></font></u></b>
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                                face="Times New Roman">[Speech writ.
                                7/19/17] ©’17 Mumia Abu-Jamal</font></font></u></b>
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                          id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1502221396799_5552"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman">Early morning.</font></span></div>
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                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"
                          id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1502221396799_6624"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman">A time of rest, quiet and
                              repose.</font></span></div>
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                          id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1502221396799_5553"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman">On August 8<sup>th</sup>, 1978,
                              only the early birds in search of worms
                              were stirring.</font></span></div>
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                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman"> </font></span></div>
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                          id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1502221396799_5555"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman">Also, cops assembled, heavily
                              armed.</font></span></div>
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                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"
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                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman"> </font></span></div>
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                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"
                          id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1502221396799_7269"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"
                            id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1502221396799_7268"><font
                              id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1502221396799_7267"
                              face="Times New Roman">They attacked the
                              MOVE House in Powelton Village, West
                              Philadelphia, dozens, then hundreds and
                              perhaps thousands of shots poured into the
                              home. How could we know the number? For
                              before night fell, the building would be
                              shattered, razed into the dark, wet earth.</font></span></div>
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                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"
                          id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1502221396799_7270"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman"> </font></span></div>
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                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"
                          id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1502221396799_7273"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"
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                              id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1502221396799_7271"
                              face="Times New Roman">Water cannons
                              pumped hundreds of gallons into the house,
                              a deliberate attempt to flush MOVE people
                              from their own communal home.</font></span></div>
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                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"
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                              id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1502221396799_7274"
                              face="Times New Roman">When they emerged,
                              to escape drowning and bullets shot into
                              the dark basement, men, women and children
                              arose from the murky waters to find
                              themselves facing dozens of cops,
                              fiendishly pointing rifles and pistols at
                              them.</font></span></div>
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                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman">Instinctively, they raised
                              their arms to show that they weren’t
                              armed, to avoid being shot by the maddened
                              coterie of cops.</font></span></div>
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                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman"> </font></span></div>
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                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"
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                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"
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                              face="Times New Roman">Delbert Africa
                              pulled himself out of a basement window,
                              his arms raised above, his back and chest
                              bare, only to be rifle-butted, slammed
                              with a police helmet, and when he fell,
                              pummeled, kicked repeatedly in his face
                              and head. When he appeared in court for
                              arraignment some hours later, his left eye
                              looked more like a golf ball than an
                              eyeball. Saliva ran down his chin,
                              reflecting his broken jaw.</font></span></div>
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                          id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1502221396799_7281"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman"> </font></span></div>
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                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman">Almost all of the men were
                              beaten, and what of the women?</font></span></div>
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                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman"> </font></span></div>
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                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman">They were driven to the banks
                              of the Delaware River, where they heard
                              cops arguing amongst themselves. </font></span></div>
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                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman">One cop said, “Let’s rape them
                              and throw them into the water!”</font></span></div>
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                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman"> </font></span></div>
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                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman">They were rerouted, and driven
                              to the nearby House of Correction, a
                              county prison, to await trial.</font></span></div>
                        <div class="yiv2351759719MsoNormal"
                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman">What happened to them on August
                              8<sup>th</sup>, the hellistic rain of
                              police gunfire, beatings, rape threats and
                              incarceration, was nothing compared to
                              what they faced in Philadelphia
                              courtrooms, where they were denied their
                              every right, including their alleged right
                              to self-representation, beaten again when
                              they refused to attend their own legal
                              lynchings, and then, the lynchpin -
                              convictions, and common sentences before
                              Judge Edwin Malmed, of 30 to 100 years,
                              for 3<sup>rd</sup> degree murder?!??!</font></span></div>
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                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman"> </font></span></div>
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                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman">Malmed, during a phone call
                              from me to the Frank Ford Show on WWDB-FM
                              (where the judge was a guest) answered the
                              question of who killed the cop, by saying,
                              “I haven’t the faintest idea.”</font></span></div>
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                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman">9 people. Nine men and women.
                              Nine MOVE members -- and 30 to 100 years!</font></span></div>
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                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman"> </font></span></div>
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                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman">Today, Aug. 8th of 2017, marks
                              39 years in prison for MOVE members, of
                              which 7 survive. </font></span></div>
                        <div class="yiv2351759719MsoNormal"
                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman">Merle and Phil Africa have
                              returned to the Source, under what can
                              only be called suspicious circumstances.</font></span></div>
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                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman">Another fact: none of the
                              imprisoned MOVE sisters had weapons
                              charges.</font></span></div>
                        <div class="yiv2351759719MsoNormal"
                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman"> </font></span></div>
                        <div class="yiv2351759719MsoNormal"
                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman">Eddie Africa was never
                              convicted of any degree of murder! Hi
                              charges? Attempted assault.</font></span></div>
                        <div class="yiv2351759719MsoNormal"
                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman">I kid you not.</font></span></div>
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                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman">MOVE members are in prison
                              today because they were MOVE members.
                              Period.</font></span></div>
                        <div class="yiv2351759719MsoNormal"
                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman"> </font></span></div>
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                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman">They are guilty of nothing --
                              except resistance to a racist, brutal,
                              corrupt system.</font></span></div>
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                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman">The same System that gave rise
                              to mass incarceration on a scale that the
                              world has never seen before.</font></span></div>
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                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman"> </font></span></div>
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                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman">Their sentence is an
                              abomination.</font></span></div>
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                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
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                          style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"><span
                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman">Free Delbert, Eddie, Mike,
                              Chuck, Janine, Janet and Debbie Africa!!</font></span></div>
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                            style="FONT-SIZE:11pt;"><font face="Times
                              New Roman">--© ‘17maj</font></span></div>
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