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The 1985 Move Incident

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The MOVE house today

Cobbs Creek resident Gerald Renfrow stands in front of 6221 Osage Avenue. Courtesy of Philly.com.

In June 2010, Temple University student journal Philadelphia Neighborhoods reported that Ramona Africa was living quietly in West Philadelphia with the remaining members of MOVE. Since her release in 1992, she has continued to advocate for the acquittal of the nine group members imprisoned after the 1978 Powelton Village raid (referred to by supporters as the MOVE 9) and Mumia Abu-Jamal, the famous activist and longtime MOVE sympathizer on death row. Ramona remains an in-demand speaker; as recently as February 2010 she participated in a conference on public interest and environmental law at the University of Oregon law school. Though Sambor resigned as police commissioner in November 1985, Goode finished his term as mayor and was reelected in 1988. After leaving office four years later, Goode became a minister and youth advocate and still lives in Philadelphia. Though the city rebuilt homes destroyed in the bombing in a little over a year, the reconstruction was so substandard that most were condemned within a few years, and in 2000 Mayor John Street offered each household $150,000 to relocate. By 2005 the city of Philadelphia had spent a total of $42 million on settlements.

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