PA Officials to Contact for the MOVE 9

Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole/ 1101 South Front Street, Suite 5300
Harrisburg, PA. 17104/ (General) 717-787-5699/ Inmate Inquiries 717-772-4343

Leo Dunn (Chairman); Leslie Grey Esq. ; Everette Gillison Esq.; Craig R. Mckay; Theodore Johnson ; Edward L. Burke; Mark Koch; Linda Pastroff Rosenberg

Media-Related Inquiries: Sherry Tate Director 717 231-4411 (8-5)/After 5 pm and weekends 717 756-9842/ shtate@pa.gov
Laura Treaster Deputy Director 717 231-4411 (8-4:15) ltreaster@pa.gov


PA. House Judiciary Committee/ Ron Marsico 218 Ryan Office Bldg. P.O. Box 202105 Harrisburg, PA. 17120-2105/ 717 783-2014

Majority Members (Republicans)/ Ron Marsico (Chair); Todd Stephens (Secretary); Sheryl M. Delozier; Mark K. Keller; Mike Vereb; Jim Cox; Barry Jozwiak; Garth Everett; Kate Klunk; Tedd Nesbit; Mike Regan; Paul Schemel; Martina White; Rick Saccone; Marcy Toepel; Tarah Toohil.

Minority Members (Democrats)/ Thomas R. Caltagirone (Minority Chair); Deborah Kula (Democratic Secretary); Tim Briggs; Bryan Barbin; Ryan Bizzarro; Tina Davis; Jason Dawkins; Madeleine Dean; Gerald Mullery; Dom Costa; Brandon P. Neuman;


PA. Senate Judiciary Committee/ Senate Box 203012 Harrisburg, PA. 17120-3012 Room 19 East Wing/ 717 787-6599
Stewart J. Greenleaf (Majority Chairman-Republican); Daylin Leach (Vice Chair-Republican); Daylin Leach (Minority Chair-Democrat).

Majority Members (Republicans)/ Richard L. Alloway II; Jane M. Earll; John R. Gordner; Joseph Scarnati; John Eichelberger; Guy Reschenthaler; Randy Vulakovich; Gene Yaw; John C. Rafferty, Jr.

Minority Members (Democrats)/ Lisa M. Boscola; Lawrence M. Farnese, Jr.; Art Haywood; John Sabatina


U.S. House Judiciary Committee/ 2138 Rayburn House Office Bldg. Washington, DC. 20515/ 202 225-3951

Republican Members/ Bob Godlatte (Chairman-Republican)/ Darrell Issa; Steve Chabot; Jim Sensenbrenner; Sandy Adams; Trey Gowdy; Tom Marino; Jason Chaffetz; Ted Poe; Jim Jordan; Louie Gohmert; Trent Franks; Steve King; J. Randy Forbes; Lamar Smith; Paul Labrador; Blake Farrent Hold; Doug Collins; Ron Desantis; Mimi Walters; Ken Buck; John Ratcliffe; David Trott; Mike Bishop

Democratic Members/ John Conyers; Steve Cohen; Sheila Jackson Lee; Zoe Lofgren; Jerrold Nabler; Ted Deutch; Judy Chu; Pedro Pierluisi; Hank Johnson; Luis Gutierrez; Karen Bass; Cedric Richmond; Suzan Delbene; Hakeem Jeffries; David Cicilline; Scott Peters


U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee/ 224 Dirkson Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC. 20510/ 202224-7703 or 202 224-5225

Democratic Members/ Patrick J. Leahy (Chairman); Dianne Feinstein; Chuck Schumer; Dick Durbin; Sheldon Whitehouse; Amy Klobuchar; Al Franken; Christopher A. Coons; Richard Blumenthal

Republican Members/ Chuck Grassley; Orrin G. Hatch; Jeff Sessions; Lindsey Graham; John Comyn; Michael S. Lee; Tim Tillis; David Purdue; David Vitter; Jeff Flake; Ted Cruz


Seth Williams (Philadelphia District Attorney)
Three South Penn Square
Philadelphia, PA. 19107-3499
215 686-8000

For more info contact MOVE at 215 386-1165 or onamovellja@gmail.com

Call Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf for Parole for Eddie Africa!

In the past months Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf has made many public statements criticizing the Pennsylvania (PA) Parole Board and calling for much needed reform in how the parole process is carried out by the board. It is rare for a newly sworn Governor in any state to call for reform measures in the parole process. Is Governor Wolf just speaking liberal talk? Or is he ready to take true action by correcting the wrongs that keep men and women in prison past their minimum sentences?

There have been many cases in which men and women throughout Pennsylvania have been denied by the parole board 5, 6, 7–as many as ten times–still not able to come home to their families and communities. In 2008 Edward Goodman Africa and seven other men and women known collectively as the Move 9 became parole eligible after serving 30 years of their minimum sentence of 30 to 100 years. Since 2008 to as recent as June 2015, all of the Move 9 have been denied parole under very clear bias at the hands of the PA Parole Board.

Our Brother Eddie’s parole hearing was scheduled for October 2015 but for some reason was pushed to November 2015. We are very concerned due to the fact that Eddie, like the rest of our Move family, has not had a one fair parole hearing since 2008 nor does the parole board intend to give Eddie and the rest of the Move 9 a fair parole hearing.  Since Governor Wolf wants to make calls for reform in the Pennsylvania Parole system we are going to now encourage him to turn his words to into actions for Eddie Africa.

This Monday we are asking people interested in justice to contact Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf via phone call (717) 787-2500 or email: Governor@pa.gov and demand immediate parole for Edward Goodman Africa, #AM4974. When emailing or calling Governor Wolf  these are key points:

  1. Upon Parole Edward Africa has employment and housing secured.
  2. Edward has an excellent prison conduct record in which he has kept down racial and gang violence for the 37 years he has been in prison and has not had a write up in 16 years now.
  3. Parole Board member Leslie Gray, a former law enforcement official with strong ties to current law enforcement, creates a clear conflict of interest sitting over this hearing; it has been shown over past hearings that having past law enforcement officials sitting over these hearings, example Lloyd White and Randy Feathers.
  4. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has given negative reviews for parole for Edward despite having nothing to do with the prosecution of Edward and the Move 9 in 1980 as Seth Williams was only 14 years old when they were prosecuted.

Let’s put the pressure on Governor Wolf this Monday to push his words for reform in seeing that Edward Goodman Africa is finally granted parole seven years after reaching his minimum sentence. Also we are urging people to sign the petition we have aimed at The United States Justice Department In The Case Of The Move 9. People can sign at https://www.causes.com/campaigns/92454-free-the-move-9.

Support Parole for Eddie Africa

In November 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 Parole Board. 

Sample Letter:

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.

Sincerely,

[Name and signature]

Fri. April 10th: Emergency Demo & Meeting for Mumia in NYC!!

stand-with-mumia-200x200pxStop the Execution By Medical Neglect of Mumia Abu-Jamal!

– Rally at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, 163 West 125th St
Fri., April 10, 2015, 5:00PM6:30 PM

– Indoor meeting at 7 PM, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 521 West 126th St, between Old Broadway & Amsterdam Ave, Harlem, NY