June 13, 2020
The ultimate act of police terror in Philadelphia was the bombing of MOVE on Osage Ave on May 13th, 1985.
At the site of the MOVE bombing, an action was organized to remember the MOVE victims and protest the brutally racist and militarized Philadelphia police force while also standing in solidarity with George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the countless other Black people murdered by the state in recent years and in centuries prior.
On May 13, 1985, Philadelphia police dropped a military-grade bomb on members of the MOVE organization living at 6221 Osage Ave. Eleven Black men, women and children were murdered after police ordered firefighters to “let the fire burn” & shot MOVE members back into the home as they tried to escape. The violent attack came after over a decade of police violence & repression of MOVE activists, including the MOVE 9 who were political prisoners for 40 years. A Black neighborhood was destroyed in the process.
This action began at the site of this horrific act of Philadelphia police terrorism at Osage Avenue and Cobbs Creek Parkway.
Citizens moved through West Philadelphia to Malcom X Park.
- The MOVE Organization
- BLM Philly
- Philly for REAL Justice
- Human Rights Coalition Philadelphia
- Abolitionists Law Center Philadelphia
- Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
- Ubuntu Philadelphia