Remembering MOVES’ Phil Africa

 
PHILADELPHIA–Sunday, January 10th, marked one year since Phil Africa passed away under suspicious circumstances at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas, PA.
 
Phil affected people around the world. Throughout 37 years of unjust imprisonment, Phil’s energy and direction never wavered.
 
Phil spent his life fighting to protect all life. He was constantly writing––often dozens of letters a day––encouraging solidarity and strength, and warmly advising hundreds of people.
 
He worked hard to learn to paint and created countless paintings which he sent to supporters for free to draw attention to issues, get raffled off for the struggle, and bring people together.
 
Phil took his commitment and work as a revolutionary very seriously, but was often smiling, laughing and offering encouragement.
 
When the news of his passing circled the globe, thousands of people were saddened, upset and angry that such a just person would be put through such injustice.
 
It is important for all of you who have been influenced by Phil to recognize that the privilege of knowing him, being inspired and given energy by him, comes with the responsibility of picking up and honoring the work that he spent his life engaged in.
 
It is important to recognize what a strong example Phil is, but it is even more important to emulate and align yourself with that example.
 
Despite the harshest conditions, Phil always found the energy to keep working hard and with good attitude.
 
As the anniversary of Phil’s passing approaches, don't just talk about Phil, but pick up the work and fulfill it.
 
Mark the date of January 10th by harnessing Phil’s inspiring and unrelenting energy to step up the work to free the MOVE 9 and all political prisoners, fight against police brutality, and this whole rotten system!
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