Recently paroled MOVE9 political prisoners


Fifth Estate # 406, Spring, 2020

photo shows 3 people seated on a stage, a sign reading End Prison Slavery is in the foreground.Recently paroled MOVE9 political prisoners Debbie and Michael Africa, and their son Michael Africa Jr., delivering the keynote talk at the 2019 Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP) Convergence in Gainesville, Fla, in June.

After surviving a police siege on their Philadelphia home and forty years in prison on frame-up charges, Mike and Debbie were released from prison in 2018. They were imprisoned along with seven other members of MOVE, a revolutionary environmental Black liberation organization, in 1978.

FTP conducts grassroots organizing, advocacy and direct action to challenge the prison system. Their 2020 convergence is announced on their web site

Michael Africa, Jr. was born in his mother’s prison cell. He is touring Europe this spring and summer with singer/songwriter David Rovics.

—photo: Jordan Mazurek