Last of MOVE 9 to be released from prison, Africa succumbed to cancer
Charles Sims Africa, a member of the Philadelphia organization MOVE, died Monday at the age of 61. Chuck Africa, he was the last remaining MOVE member to be released from prison following a 1978 shooting with police.
Africa has died of cancer, says The Philadelphia investigator.
MOVE is an anarcho-primitivist social group in Philadelphia that advocates the doctrine of natural life. In 1978 several members, including Africa, were arrested after an armed shootout with Philadelphia police that resulted in the death of an officer James rampe.
Africa was jailed for 41 years before being paroled in February 2020.
“Chuck had an unprecedented heart and fighting spirit” Brad thomson, the lawyer for Africa at the time of this parole, tweeted. “He loved animals, boxing and literature, which we often talked about. RIP Chuck. You will be deeply missed.
“I have never seen or met someone so determined and determined to be a fighter. And he has fought every step of the way… since he returned home last February ”, Africa’s sister Debbie Africa said during a tribute podcast to his late brother.
Debbie Africa was also among those jailed in 1978 during the police siege against the MOVE town hall. She was the first to be paroled in 2018, as reported The Guardian.
Mike Africa Jr. tweeted a message saying her uncle Chuck Africa had been battling cancer for four years.
“I have a lot of uncles but none like Chuck. Thank you to everyone who loved and supported it. RIP Chuck, ”he said in the post.
Chuck Africa was just 18 when he was convicted of murder along with Debbie Africa and seven other MOVE members, according to Workers.org. All were sentenced to 30 to 100 years for Ramp’s death, and all maintained their innocence.
Africa was paroled from SCI Fayette of Pennsylvania on February 7, 2020 at the age of 59. He had already been diagnosed with cancer at the time of his release.
Due to her repeated refusal to admit guilt and renounce her beliefs, Africa has been denied parole from imprisonment. A few weeks before his release, Delbert Africa was released on parole, as reported by Investigator. Delbert Africa passed away in June 2020.
In addition to the 1978 shooting, MOVE was the target of another police-linked attack in 1985. After their neighbors in the Cobbs Creek section of west Philadelphia complained about the intrusive noise of megaphones, Growing confrontations with the group and garbage on their property, police have served deportation warrants on MOVE, according to ABC News.
A stalemate ensued after the members refused to respond to police orders to leave the house. After Philadelphia Police dropped a bomb on the MOVE house from a helicopter, the ensuing fire not only destroyed the town of MOVE, but resulted in the total destruction of 61 adjacent properties in the neighborhood. The explosion killed 11 people, including five children.
In May 2020, 11 Philadelphia City Council members apologized for the incident, 35 years later. The statement read: “We apologize for the decisions that led to this tragic event and announce our intention to present a formal resolution to this effect later this year. We call on the city of Philadelphia to declare May 13 an annual day of reflection, observation, and re-commitment to the principle that all people are created equal and have inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
While Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said at the time that his administration had focused on completing the reconstruction of the now largely abandoned block and neighborhood, he said there were no plans to issue a formal apology from his office.
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