2 MOVE Members Now Free After More Than 40 Years in Jail

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Debbie Sims Africa, Janet Holloway Africa, and Janine Phillips Africa before their parole hearing in May 2018 (Facebook).

Two members of MOVE, a group of Black Power and environmental campaigners, were released on May 25 after spending more than 40 years in a Pennsylvania jail following a police siege that killed a Philadelphia officer.

Janine Phillips Africa and Janet Holloway Africa were released from SCI Cambridge Springs a year after their petitions for parole were denied. The women’s legal team filed federal petitions challenging the denial in 2018 after two fellow MOVE members were released that year, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The Abolitionist Law Center and People’s Law Office, which represented the women, said in a statement that the two were with family and friends following their release. People’s Law Office attorney Brad Thomson told The Philadelphia Inquirer that the women were staying in the Philadelphia area…

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  • jenlaverdure245

    I learned about the MOVE story when I got involved in the Free Mumia campaign and was shocked by the bombing campaign by the Philadelphia police against MOVE. I am so happy that Janine and Janet have finally been released!

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