BIG BROTHER: Making Sense Of The MOVE Bombing – By Gene Demby (Flashback)

The first WACO. In 1985, when the US government collaborated with the Philadelphia police to bomb an entire city block, I finally recognized for the first time that the most powerful government in the world is controlled by career criminals.


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– Talk to some of the folks who lived through the bombing of 62nd and Osage Avenue in West Philadelphia 30 years ago, and you’ll notice that they refer to the event by its full date. May 13, 1985.

That’s how Gerald Renfrow refers to it when we talk about the inferno. His house is about 30 yards from the compound on which the bomb was dropped — practically ground zero. He’d been living there since long before the bombing, and now he’s the block captain, trying to hold on to the home where he grew up and raised his own family.

That’s how Perry Moody refers to it, too. His house is on the north side of Pine Street. On that day three decades ago, he had been evacuated from the block but watched as the houses on the other side of the street were…

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19 thoughts on “BIG BROTHER: Making Sense Of The MOVE Bombing – By Gene Demby (Flashback)

  1. At Waco I turned on TV and saw 76 persons murdered in front of my eyes, Ruby ridge about 100 miles from my home I remember well. I don’t recall Philadelphia but it looks much the same if you challenge police authority your destroyed


    • MOVE didn’t really challenge the government. They were a self-sufficient religious commune (originally called The Christian Movement for Life) just like the people at Waco. They grew their own food, which their neighbors claimed attracted cockroaches and vermin.


  2. Thanks for this article. I had no idea that this event ever happened as I live outside the United States, but it’s a sign of how the state treats you when you cross the lines they set for ordinary folk who are supposed to toe their line.


  3. Before MOVE was the murder of Fred Hampton in his bed, two weeks after I interviewed him in Chicago. After that was the slaughter in Attica and mowing down of others live on TV. And maybe it all started with the murder of the college students protesting the Viet Nam war. In my lifetime I’ve seen the violence of this “land of the free” become common TV fodder. And we must remember that an innocent man is still in jail, a result of this onslaught on a group of black people who had the nerve to try to live differently.


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