On May 13, 1985, Philadelphia police dropped explosives containing C-4 on the roof of a house where members of the black liberation & social justice organization MOVE lived. Right before, police attacked the house with 10,000 rounds of ammunition in 90 minutes, knowing that children were inside. The house burned for 45 minutes before hoses were turned on.
Eleven people, including founder John Africa, five adults & five children were killed. The incident also destroyed 65 homes in the area, leaving 250 homeless. Witnesses reported police officers shooting at those trying to escape from the fire that ensued.
MOVE continues to advocate for prisoners’ rights & for the release of Mumia Abu-Jamal & nine MOVE members who were found guilty of the murder of a police officer in 1978.
“The May Day demonstration is a fighting review of the revolutionary forces of the proletariat; the Bolshevik party its vanguard. Here in our close column on this day, the fighting mood was like a show of our strength that summarizes all of our hard work.
“Our column was attended by the EIF, the AKM and the Komsomol, and some activists of the Communist Party. Leading our May Day was a friend of the column from the CFS.
“The eyes of the others were on our column, happily and loudly chanting slogans: ‘May 1st —International Workers’ Day! Hurray!’, ‘Long live the friendship of the peoples of the USSR,’ Under the banner of Lenin and Stalin — WIN!’
“Young people actively picked up and chanted the words of the revolutionary songs. Then unanimously we called upon the workers, ‘Stop asking for a handout from the bourgeoisie! Prepare an all-Russian strike!’
“At the end of the demonstration a meeting took place.At the rally, we were active in campaigning and advocacy.There were a lot of young people.More and more, their minds turn to the side of the Soviet era and more and more join the ranks of the fighters against the power of capital, for the victory of the socialist revolution.”
Photos and report: All Union Communist Party-Bolsheviks