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Large protest getting underway in Philadelphia, PA currently, at the site of the recently removed statue of former white supremacist Police Commisioner and Mayor Frank Rizzo
After some indigenous African ceremony, protesters held a 9-minute moment of silence to honor #GeorgeFloyd and others killed by police
Protest to free political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal is getting underway. Contingent of Philly Police is guarding some hate preachers who have showed up to disrupt this event. The Free Mumia event has been a yearly July 4 protest at Rizzo statue site by Philly City Hall
Mike Africa, Jr. from the MOVE organization is currently addressing the crowd. Easily 1,000 or more people here in the street between Philadelphia’s city hall and Municipal Services Building
“Across this entire planet, people are rising up by the millions” - Mike Africa, Jr.
Speaker at rally outside Philly city hall says the white supremacist history of American policing necessitates police abolition, says it’s a moral duty to work to free political prisoners
Speaker from Philadelphia Student Union talks about policing, racism and neglect that Black youth face in Philly’s public schools
After the crowd marched around Philly city hall, longtime Black political prisoner and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal addressed the gathering via phone: “I love you all...we will meet in the whirlwind”
Mumia’s grandson Jamal has been addressing the crowd outside Philly city hall:
Speaker from @REALjusticePHL calls out @PhillyMayor Kenney and @PPDCommish Outlaw for “disingenuous” apologies after extensive @PhillyPolice violence against demonstrators in recent weeks
Pam Africa of MOVE speaks about the history of Mumia Abu Jamal’s case.

MOVE has been protesting by the (recently removed) Rizzo statue for Mumia’s freedom every July 4th since 1984.
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