Black People Politics : A Conversation With Pam Africa and Ramona Africa

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    Ona Move!: A Conversation With Pam Africa and Ramona Africa

    As an activist in Philadelphia, I have been mentored by Pam and Ramona Africa of the MOVE family. They are two women whose love of truth supersedes their acceptance of the status quo. Over the years, I have heard them speak about their lives as members of MOVE. The MOVE family is a radical black liberation group started by John Africa in 1972.

    MOVE remains dedicated to protesting against police brutality, professing the values of raw foods, animal rights, and sustainable urban agriculture. In short, MOVE was invested in a “green” lifestyle long before it was trendy. Ramona Africa is the sole adult survivor of the 1985 bombing of the MOVE family home. Pam Africa is the leader of the international social movement demanding the release of award-winning journalist and U.S. political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.


    Here is a sample of the conversation with Jamila K. Wilson:

    JW: Tell me why you decided to become a member of the MOVE family?

    PA: It was the 1977 MOVE confrontation. May 20th, I remember it so vividly; it was a Friday. I did not like MOVE, and I used every opportunity to let them know. I remember seeing Eddie Africa on the platform with what appeared to be a rifle in his hands. Being the nosey person I am, I went down to get a closer look and stood there watching. Sure enough they were walking back and forth on the platform with weapons. I saw a cop car driving past and thought, “these cops are going to arrest these mutherfuckers in a minute,” and I was going to have a front row seat to see and tell all my friends what I saw. But they didn’t.

    Then MOVE got on their bullhorn telling stories about what had been happening to their family, and why they were taking a stance against the police. They were saying that the police were coming to kill them. When MOVE started talking, neighbors were coming out standing in solidarity with them. I am watching all of this, listening to MOVE dispel all the lies the media was saying about them. This government and the press have a tendency to make you see what they want you to see, regardless of you looking at the truth; you believe the lie. I’m a clear example of this. For years, I would look at the truth and believe the lie. Here it is the confrontation between MOVE and the city, and you have the truth and the lie before you. It wasn’t until I heard those words of revolution and saw those examples that I ran and broke through the barricades and stood in between MOVE and the police.

    When it came time for the people to take a stand, people did not have guns – they knew how crazy [Frank] Rizzo’s cops were – it did not matter. The people chose to defend the truth. That’s why the cops did not kill MOVE on May 20, 1977. That was a strategy John Africa had that won a lot of people, including myself, support for MOVE.

    MOVE took me as I was. I was always fiery. John Africa saw those traits in me and molded it into what you now see, Pam Africa, Minister of Confrontation.

    Full article and interview here