N.p., n.d. [ca 1985]: International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal. Rare, locally-distributed poster, presumably issued during the protests immediately following the 1985 bombing of MOVE's headquarters by the Philadelphia Police Department in 1985. In the moments immediately preceding the siege, Philadelphia's police commissioner Gregore Sambor had famously shouted the words: "Attention MOVE - This Is America!" through his bullhorn. In the ensuing melée, which featured ten thousand rounds of gunfire and two CIA-designed incendiary devices dropped from a helicopter, two city blocks of an African-American neighborhood were destroyed and eleven MOVE members were killed, including five children. Sandor was later fired; however the victims remained dead. No police were ever prosecuted for their role in the massacre.
The poster, clearly quickly produced, features a montage of portraits of the MOVE 9 – nine defendants who were given life sentences for conspiracy in 1978 -- flanked at upper left by Mumia Abu-Jamal, under whose auspices the poster appears to have been produced. At the time, Jamal was on death row for the 1981 murder of a Philadelphia police officer. A striking piece of functional street-art, and a reminder of one of the gravest miscarriages of justice in the post-Vietnam era. Offset poster, 22-1/2" x 17" (ca 57cm x 44cm). Printed in black on yellow-toned newsprint. Original folds (probably as issued); light wear at corners; Near Fine. Graphic signed "Dialectic Africa."