MOVE Organization Rejects City of Philadelphia’s Apology for 1985 Bombing, Demands Revolutionary Justice for Victims of Police Murder

December 7, 2020

Flames shoot skyward at the MOVE compound in West Philadelphia on May 13, 1985. Image: Associated Press

On December 7, 2020, the MOVE Organization formally rejected the City of Philadelphia’s apology for the actions of the Philadelphia Police Department on May 13, 1985. In this halfhearted attempt at an apology, the City mentions the well-being of the “first responders” that committed the bombing and fanned the fires in the first place. It also refuses to mention the continued plight of Mumia Abu-Jamal or countless others who have suffered as a result of the imperialist thugs that are paid to patrol the city in slavecatcher fashion. This is common behavior for capitalist-imperialist governments that have abused the people and caused material damage, even taking lives. The resolution closes with the establishment of a phony “Day of Observation, Reflection and Recommitment” every May 13th. We republish the rightful and correct rejection of this sham and farce by the MOVE Organization in the interests of rejecting the posturing of bourgeois governments and highlighting the continued struggle of the MOVE Organization and Mumia Abu-Jamal for revolutionary justice which can only come through revolutionary organization and unity of all who can be united.

ONA MOVE Everybody!

This is a statement from the MOVE family to let y’all know that the MOVE family ain’t interested in no apology from any officials in Philadelphia for the 1985 bombing of our family, causing the murder of 11 of our MOVE family members (5 of our children and 6 of our adult sisters and brothers). If City Officials are sincere about rectifying the debacle of 1985, they would release our brother, Mumia Abu Jamal immediately! They can’t give us back our 11 family members they murdered in 1985, but they can give us back our brother, Mumia Abu Jamal, who has been in prison 39 years for a crime he didn’t commit and everybody knows this, including the mouthpiece for the FOP, Maureen Faulkner. MOVE is saying that if Philadelphia officials think offering an apology is the answer, they should be offering apologies to the families of Walter Wallace, Winston Hood, William Green and the families of the countless other victims of police brutality and murder in the city of so call “Brotherly Love”.

We’re saying an apology without action is meaningless! RELEASE MUMIA ABU JAMAL! LONG LIVE JOHN AFRICA!

The MOVE Family