Eddie Africa Parole Campaign
On Monday October 5, 2015 Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf appointed Michael L. Green as the permanent Chairman of the Pennsylvania Parole Board. But Michael L. Green was appointed to the Parole Board ten years ago by former Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell. Edward Rendell was the District Attorney of Philadelphia during the trial of the Move 9 and viciously prosecuted the innocent Move 9.
This is a clear conflict of interest and blatant attempt to ensure the innocent MOVE 9 never get parole. Michael Green has had his hand in the persecution of Move members since the 1970’s and PA Gov. Tom Wolf has just given him final say over their parole fate!
Keep flooding the PA Parole Board with calls at (717) 772-4343 and demand Michael Green be off the Parole Board and a fair and unbiased parole decision be made for Edward (Goodman) Africa Am-4974 and the rest of our family.
In October 2015 our Brother Eddie Africa is set to make another appearance before the Pennsylvania State Parole Board. Your letters of support is urgently needed. All of the information is below as follows:
We are asking for your support at this critical stage to secure the freedom Eddie deserves. Feel free to use parts of the sample letter below. Please write in your own words and with your own experiences of/with Eddie.
NOTE: Please send all letters of support to Orie Ross, P.O. Box 575, Times Square Station, New York, NY 10108-0575 so they can be reviewed and sent to the Board. The deadline for letters will be Wednesday Friday, October 9, 2015.
Board of Probation and Parole
Attn: Inmate Inquiry
1001 South Front Street, Suite 5300
Harrisburg, PA 17104
September 3, 2015
Regarding October 2015 Parole Hearing for: Edward Goodman #AM-4974
Dear Honorable Members of the Parole Board:
As a concerned citizen interested in helping Mr. Goodman successfully transition into life outside prison, I am writing to ask that you please grant him parole. He has served now 37 years of a 30-100 year sentence, even though the average sentence for his charges is 10-15 years. He is still in prison years after his minimum sentence despite having no major disciplinary problems in the last three decades. The notice provided to Mr. Goodman for his last parole denial lists the reasons for the denial as: “Your minimization/denial of the nature and circumstances of the offense(s) committed,” “Your refusal to accept responsibility for the offense(s) committed” and “The negative recommendation made by the prosecuting attorney.”
I understand the severe nature of the crime of which Mr. Goodman was convicted, however, I am concerned that Mr. Goodman maintaining his innocence is seen as an attempt to minimize or deny the nature and circumstances of the offense(s) or refuse to take responsibility, even while there is evidence that corroborates that the shot was fired from
a location where it is well known he was nowhere near. This phenomenon is referred to as “the innocent prisoner’s dilemma” implying that it is unfair and unethical to require someone who may have been wrongly convicted to provide false admission of guilt or remorse. Please take this dilemma into consideration.
I also understand that Mr. Goodman has not been recommended for parole by the institution where he is held despite having a clear disciplinary record for many years. In fact, the only time he received a disciplinary infraction in the last fifteen years was for not cutting his hair. He has completed all of the institutional programs he was asked to complete and has volunteered for others. Please take into consideration his good conduct as well as him having housing and employment secured upon his release. These factors, along with strong family and community support, make it very unlikely that Mr. Goodman will recidivate and I firmly believe that he is an excellent candidate for parole. I will personally help him acclimate in any way I can upon his release.
Mr. Goodman has now spent most of his life in prison, and the recidivism rate for people released at his age is very low. Please grant parole and allow him to be a part of, and contribute to, society as free citizen, a loving father and grandfather.
[Name and signature]
September 8, 2015 By onamove
In October 2015 our Brother Eddie Africa is set to make another appearance before the Pennsylvania State Parole Board. Your letters of support is urgently needed. All of the information is below as follows: We are asking for your support at this critical stage to secure the freedom Eddie deserves. Feel free to use parts […]
September 1, 2015 By onamove
In June 2015 Our Brother Delbert Africa appeared before The Pennsylvania Parole Board. This was Delbert’s first appearance since being denied in June of 2013. Delbert like other MOVE members were denied Parole by the board based upon the reason: Delbert Africa is a threat to the community of Philadelphia. The Parole Board never consulted […]
May 13, 2015 By onamove
Linn Washington Jr. May 13, 2015 , The Root Today many Philadelphia residents, particularly those under 30 years old, are unaware of that history-staining 1985 police attack on members of MOVE, an anti-establishment group founded in 1972. Authorities deemed MOVE a radical organization. The 11 people incinerated were MOVE members, including the organization’s founder, John […]
March 8, 2015 By onamove
We now have great merchandise for sale. This is what we have: MOVE “30 Years” Commemorative T-shirt$15 $3 shipping Sizes (unisex/men) Small Medium Large X-Large XX-Large Free the MOVE 9! button $1 Let The Fire Burn DVD $10 apiece $2 shipping “MOVE Documentary” & “MOVE Confrontation in 1978” movie $10 for both $2 shipping “30th […]
September 10, 2015 By onamove
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May 22, 2014 By onamove
The new documentary film, Let the Fire Burn, has catalyzed long-needed discussions about the May 13, 1985 bombing of the MOVE family by Philadelphia-Pennsylvania-U.S. authorities. It again highlights the tragedy of why are the innocent, parole-eligible MOVE 9 still imprisoned? Watch the discussion generated at the recent Philadelphia showing on Sat. May 10, 2014.