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Reblogged from idontmakemonkeys
The Move Organization is a Black Liberation group from Philadelphia started by John Africa in 1972. According to the group, the word MOVE is not an acronym. It means exactly what it says: MOVE, work, generate, be active. Their philosophy is everything that’s alive moves and If it didn’t, it would be stagnant, dead. Movement is their principle of Life. Self Defense is also one of their principles of life and On May 13, 1985 they definitely showed that. The confrontation began when police came to their house over 100 strong with guns aimed and demanded the MOVE members come outside. Still angry from the 1978 confrontation with police, which resulted in 9 MOVE members being sentenced to 30 to 100 years in prison, they refused. The police then began throwing tear gas and opening fire at the house. The MOVE house had been built as a bunker and they began shooting back. After hours of shooting, the Police called for a helicopter and dropped a BOMB on the house. Yup, you read right. The cops dropped a bomb in the middle of a neighborhood in Philly. It’s Crazy how far America will go to subdue Black people. After the bomb dropped, 65 homes were destroyed and 11 people including 5 small children were killed. As the survivors of the MOVE house began to surrender, police continued to open fire at them with automatic weapons. One of the MOVE children actually ran into a burning house to avoid being shot by police. She would later be found burned to death. There is a great documentary that was released that illustrates the constant police brutality they faced and the bombing.Today 29 years later, the MOVE 9, like many other black political prisoners, continue to sit in Prison and each year they are denied the right to parole. In a system that has always been so hell bent against us, one must wonder, When Will We Overcome?“Revolution starts with the individual. It starts with a person making a personal commitment to do what’s right. You can’t turn someone into a revolutionary by making them chant slogans or wave guns. To understand revolution, you must be sound. Revolution is not imposed upon another, it is kindled within them. A person can talk about revolution, but if they are still worshiping money, or putting drugs into their body, they obviously haven’t committed themselves to doing what’s right. Revolution is not a philosophy, it is an activity.” MOVEPost by @KingKwajo
I can’t believe I never heard about this
This happened about 7 blocks from where I grew up in West Philly, it’s not an exaggeration. The entire block and blocks around were leveled or destroyed, other blocks caught fire from brush or trees. The blast was strong enough that my mother and father could feel it all the way on Hirst and Market.
IT WAS A standoff years in the making at 6221 Osage Avenue — the headquarters of a group called MOVE. The neighbors were fed up. The cops had warrants. And the members of the extremist back-to-nature organization had barricaded themselves inside. Their demand? Justice for nine MOVE members incarcerated — wrongly, some say — for the 1978 murder of Officer James Ramp. On May 13, 1985, shots rang out. Bystanders — including a young Michael Nutter — took cover. And then, as the sun began to set, a police helicopter flew in and released a bag filled with explosives onto the headquarters, making ours the only American city ever to drop a bomb on its own citizens. At the end of the day, 61 houses blazed, and 11 people — five of them children — died, the nightmarish images forever burned into Philadelphia’s consciousness. Next month marks the 25th anniversary of that day. Here, the people who lived through it tell the extraordinary story of the MOVE bombing.
There are two sides to every story. I am not defending or justifying either side. Obviously, there is no justification for the level of force used. No more than there was for Waco, or for the 401 children taken in raid of Texas polygamist compound.
But, unlike the last incident mentioned, there was a history of conflict on both sides of the Philadelphia incident. The conflict was not nearly as one sided as some want to make it sound.
Again, THAT DOES NOT IN ANY WAY JUSTIFY THE LEVEL OF FORCE USED BY THE CITY.
Full context is everything in these events. That’s all I’m trying to say.
Atheists and Secularists Quoting The Bible as a means to further their personal agenda is a little like Feminists committing mysandry on priests to promote “equality.” or blacks beating the shit out of white people in the name of anti-racism.
It demonstrates an utter lack of concern for your supposed pet cause “equality” and proves that what you really want is the thing you fear from the opposite side… to oppress others for being who they are.
And you can’t even admit that to yourselves.
Reblogged from the-corn-dimension
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Performed by Americus Brass Band as it would have been performed during the Civil War, without any modern stylistic elements or flourish.