To you all, long live John Africa. This is your brother, Mumia Abu-Jamal, joining you the only way I can right now—on the phone.
But I want you to know that all of you, MOVE supporters, MOVE people, all of you MOVE members, you’re in my heart every day because your movement, our movement, has rocked the world from day one to today and continues strong, getting stronger every day.
You know, the system thought on May 13th, 1985 that they would use the weapons of war to destroy MOVE once and for all. Well, they did their worst. They did their most barbaric. They did their most monstrous attack on Mother’s Day, 1985. But guess what?
MOVE is still there. The belief and the teachings of John Africa is still there. And the resistance of MOVE members out there, in here, and in other countries is still there. Ramona Africa has spoken at Harvard, Oxford, and more colleges than perhaps she even remembers.
The message of MOVE is resounding around the world so that the worst weapons that the state could muster, the worst vile things you could imagine, the killing of babies, did not stop the struggle of the MOVE and the teachings of John Africa. That’s a lesson not for this convention but for the world, and I am delighted to bring it to you. So I say: on the MOVE, long live John Africa, and I love you all.
From imprisoned nation, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.
These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.