Leonard Peltier - North America

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Leonard is an American Indian Movement activist
and citizen of the Anishinabe and Lakota Nations.
His AIM involvement brought him to the Pine Ridge
Indian Reservation in South Dakota in the mid
1970's. On Pine Ridge he participated in the
planning of community activities, religious
ceremonies, programs for self-sufficiency, and
improved living conditions. He also helped to
organize security for the traditional people. On the
Indian land near Oglala, South Dakota, a small
village on the Pine Ridge Reservation, where there
was a camp of American Indian Movement activists.
Here a shoot-out occurred in which both agents and
an Indian man were killed. All the Indians involved in
the shoot-out escaped into the hills. In 1977 Leonard
was captured by the RCMP in Alberta and extradited
to the US. He was framed for the death of the two
FBI agents in a corrupt trial and is serving a double
life sentence

Leonard Peltier #89637-132
USP Lewisburg US Penitentiary
P.O. Box 1000
Lewisburg, PA 17837

Mumia Abu Jamal - North America

In 1981 Mumia, former Black Panther and vocal
supporter of MOVE, was framed for the murder of
a cop. He was originally sentenced to death but
is currently awaiting re-sentencing following a
court hearing in 2001.

Mumia Abu Jamal #AM-8335
SCI Greene
175 Progress Dr.
Waynesburg, PA 15370

Michael Davis Africa - North America

I am MOVE’s Minister of Confrontation. I was born
and raised in West Philly, youngest of eight
children, raised in an environment of poverty, gang
war, and all the other afflictions of ghetto life. I
started drinking at an early age to hang out with the
crowd and eventually ventured over to drugs. I
joined the Marines at age 16 to try to stem that
spiral, but it definitely made things worse. I wasn’t
socially conscious about many issues and didn’t
really care to be. My whole life basically centered
around locatin the next happening party.

I was introduced to some MOVE members by my
wife’s family, MOVE members had come to aid them
during a neighborhood dispute. I later saw some of
those same MOVE people demonstrating against
the 16th Police District, a notoriously racist gang
known for terrorizing the community where I grew
up. The same 16th District that had members of the
Black Panthers stip buck naked in front of their HQ,
including pregnant women in the early 1970′s. Most
people I knew hated them, we just feared them
more, so while I wasn’t immediately attracted to
MOVE, I was immediately amazed by their courage.
I had never seen people confront the cops the way
MOVE did – directly, forcefully and never taking a
step back.

In 1974 I attended a demonstration where MOVE
was protesting the jailing of 2 or their younger
members, ages 13 and 15. A judge had them thrown
in jail for speaking out against them. The police
arrested us all, literally, as we got off the bus, and
jailed us on a whole slew of charges. It really scared

the hell our of me, but it also let me see more
clearly what MOVE was saying about the

From that moment on, I listened more carefully
to the Teachings of JOHN AFRICA. I became
more attracted to the strength it took to
confront the system as MOVE did. And as I
read more of the Guidelines written by JOHN
AFRICA I did become motivated for the first
time in my life by something other then
diversions, drugs, and parties. The more I
engaged in MOVE activity, the less I engaged
in that other stuff. In the first couple years
being around MOVE I went from being a
young chain smoking, pill popping alcoholic,
completely apathetic to the problems of
virtually everybody, to doing none of those
things and being motivated to become a
strong revolutionary soldier because of the
example I say being demonstrated by JOHN

And that example has only gotten clearer and
stronger since I’ve stayed.
Long Live MOVE, and down with this rotten
ass system!

SCI Graterford
P.O. Box 244
Graterford, PA 19426-0244

Russell Maroon Shoats - North America

Russell Maroon Shoats is a dedicated community
activist, founding member of the Black Unity
Council, former member of the Black Panther Party
and soldier in the Black Liberation Army. He is
serving multiple life sentences for an attack on a
police station which resulted in an officer being
Russell was born August 1943 in Philadelphia. He
was one of 12 children. At the age of 15 he became
involved in a gang and was in and out of reform
shools and youth institutions until the age of 18.
As a young man he married twice and became the
father of seven children. In the mid 1960s Russell
started becoming active in the New Afrikan
liberation movement. He founded the Black Unity
Council, which merged with the Philadelphia
Chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1969.
Tensions were high in Philadelphia in the summer
of 1970 because Philadelphia Police Chief Frank
Rizzo had ordered a crackdown on militant groups
in the run-up to the national convention of the Black
Panther Party in Philadelphia on September 5, 1970.


Tensions intensified when police killed a
black youth in Philadelphia. A retaliatory
attack was carried out on a police station,
killing officer Frank Von Coln and injuring one
The shooting of Von Coln prompted a 2 a.m.
raid on the Black Panther headquarters in
North Philadelphia. After the raid police
officials allowed news photographers to take
humiliating photos of the Black Panthers
being strip searched on the street.
Russell and four others (who became known
as the “Philly Five”) were immediately
charged with the attack. They went
underground and continued to struggle for
New Afrikan self-determination as part of the
Black Liberation Army.

175 Proggress Dr.
Waynesburg, PA 15370

William Phillips Africa - North America

My name is Phil Africa, I’m from Philadelphia and
one of 13 children born to Frank and Maude
Phillips. I’m a high school graduate and capable in
a number of trades. Altho I’ve been involved in
street life since a early age I was never arrested
for anything until adult life, not that I was into
anything other than growing up poor, in a big
family in materialistic, racist 50-60′s America.

As most kids I ran the streets, partied, and played
sports in my early teens.

At the age of 16 I was into drinkin, smokin
cigarettes, weed, and had my first real contact with
the racism of the Philadelphia police. I came to the
defense of my older brother who had been
stopped coming out of a check cashing place by
cops. He was jacked up by them and they said
“What is a young nigga doin with that kinda
money,” when I stepped forward from the crowd of
scared adults, who’d come to “watch” victimize
another young Blackman. I attempted to explain
how my brother had just cashed his check from
workin at the PGA Hospital. Instead of the cops
listening to what I had to say, I was snatched up by
the neck by this big white boot cop (I was 14 or 15
at the time), told to “face the wall nigga,” at which
point the cop proceeded to kick me once in the
balls so hard I couldn’t breathe or scream out in


pain! I was simply told to “get my Black ass
home before I got what my brother was gone
get” and as I laid on the pavement they put my
brother in their car and drove off.

By this time I reached high school I was drinkin,
smokin, sellin drugs, workin and a complete
victim to the addictions of the streets this
system use to enslave folk to it’s destructive

In my last year of high school I began to feel a
need to make some changes in my life. With
the Vietnam War goin on, the Civil Rights
Struggle, the Black Power Movements poppin
up I began to look in more areas for some
direction in my life, some solution to the
problems I had cause I realized my life was full
of complexes, insecurities, depression, hates,
and questions. I knew I was on a self-
destructive course where at one point I felt I’d
never live to see 16, 18, 21 years of age! It’s
how I and those around me were living at the

I looked to religions, the streets, drugs,
education, the different Black movements, at
the time, but found none able to offer the inner
peace I sought, give me security of direction or
give me answers to my questions.


In the early 1970′s I moved to a Powelton Village
apartment around the corner from the MOVE
Headquarters. I had no idea who or what “MOVE”
was, who the man “JOHN AFRICA” was, however
right away I saw a difference in these people
called “MOVE,” a confidence, health, warmth,
strength, security vibrated from them! They
worked as a family everything they did and the
information they spoke when talked to, “The
Teachin” they called “MOVE Law,” the clarity of it,
the absolute power of it reflected the source of it

The attraction, the pull on me to MOVE is as
profound now as it was almost 30 years ago, in
fact it is even more so now!

As one of the MOVE 9 I’ve been unjustly
imprisoned since August 8, 1978. I’ve been thru
both of the Camp Hill riots in ’83 and ’89 and have
spent half of those 19 years in the hole-solitary


At the present time our P.C.R.A. appeals were
denied and we are preparing to appeal to the
Federal Courts. We do not expect “justice”
from this system as JOHN AFRICA explain,
this system ain’t got justice to give cause this
system ain’t just, ain’t right!

JOHN AFRICA expose how this system can
be made to do what’s needed when it is
pressured to. Pressure-massive pressure is
what the people must put on this system to
save Mumia, end the death penalty, Free the
MOVE 9 and all P.P.s and P.O.W.s-and most
importantly, work with MOVE to bring about
the end of this rotten reform world system!

Long Live JOHN AFRICA! On the MOVE!

1000 Follies Road
Dallas, PA 18612