Nine - Histoire de la communauté Move

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- Osage Avenue -

MOVE operates on the principle that hard work pays off in good health.

Long hours of legal and political work did not prevent members from keeping up their normal day to day activities which included a special dedication to relieving the suffering of animals. MOVE put out hundreds of pounds of food for birds, dogs, squirrels, and fish on a daily basis. 

 

During the early 1980's several MOVE members and many children lived in a row house at 6221 Osage Avenue on the western edge of the city. Baskets of fresh fruit and vegetables were put outside to encourage passing children and adults to eat strong food rather than junk food. MOVE also built stoves and supplied firewood to people without heat, checked on the elderly living alone and built dog houses for pet owners who kept their dogs outside in the winter. In warmer months one of MOVE's fundraising activities was a thriving watermelon business. The fruits were transported on large – hand-made by John Africa – wooden carts that provided a hearty workout as members pulled them through the streets. MOVE let customers sample each watermelon before buying and always replaced any that were unsatisfactory.

 

Long hours of hard work kept MOVE always on the move, and maintained the strong family bond the organization revered. Yet one of the most troubling ordeals during the years on Osage Avenue was the task of comforting and reassuring the children of imprisoned members, when the pain of separation from their parents left them grief-stricken and crying.

 

  • ©Let the fire burn
  • ©Let the fire burn
  • ©Let the fire burn
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Osage Avenue

In 1983, Move decided to break their silence and fixed a loudspeaker on their house in order to explain to the people and to the residents how dishonest and discriminatory the City’s machinations were.

Knowing that the city was determined to silence them, The Move started to fortify their house (on Osage Avenue)

 

 

MAY 13, 1985

"Video / 15 min / NB" ©Let's the fire burn

 

MOVE'S AIM IS NOT TO MAKE ENEMIES BUT MOVE'S AIM IS EQUALLY NOT TO COMPROMISE LIFE BECAUSE WE ARE COMPELLED TO PROTECT LIFE, DOGS CATS RATS FISH DIRT GRASS TREES BIRDS BEETLES WORMS ARE ALL LIFE.

Feeding life, protecting life, keeping the streets, the empty lots, the parks free of sharp objects that will hurt animals and people is as much an obligation to John Africa's revolution as fighting these politicians.

Writing

According to the book "20 years on the Move"

Translation : Claude GUILLAUMAUD for "Just Justice"

Legends Photos : Béatrice KOULAKSSIS and Nadège ARNAULT

 

Production

David JOYEUX (development)

and Jonathan LERE (webdesign)

Drowings of Move 9 : Tinted Justice Collective

 

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Thanks to Ramona Africa and the Move family