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