14 May 2001--We made history in Philadelphia this weekend with the spirited
and highly successful Free Mumia/Justice for MOVE Encampment outside City
Hall. We pitched tents, and set up our encampment for 48 hours after
forcing the city to back down in their attempt to deny our permit requests.
Hundreds participated in the Hip Hop concert on Friday night; many stayed
overnight at our tent city; and well over a thousand joined the march on
Participants came from as far away as New Mexico, Indiana, Boston, St.
Louis, Baltimore, D.C. and New York, and as near by as Center City
Philadelphia. The highly multinational encampment brought together many
youthful activists, as well as older seasoned activists. There was a large
LGBT contingent with Rainbow Flags. There was a tremendous spirit of
cooperation, as everyone pitched in to set up, serve food, secure our space
from occasional provocateurs, and do continuous outreach about Mumia's case.
Both Friday and Saturday nights, encampment participants held "honk for
Mumia" at the corner of Market & 15th St., receiving a tremendous response.
Saturday's honk continued from around 9pm until around 5am on Sunday
morning. Many times the sound of the honking was deafening!! On Sunday
morning, we held a street meeting as hundreds of thousands of "Race for the
Cure" marchers went by our encampment. While we heard the usual anti-Mumia
remarks one might expect from this largely suburban crowd, we also overheard
many marchers engaged in discussing what they'd recently heard about the
The week-end wound up with the Clark Park rally to commemorate the 16th
anniversary of the City's bombing of the MOVE house on Osage avenue and
their murder of eleven men, women and children.