On Wednesday, March 19, 2009,
police attacked members of the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM) in the gallery of the City Council during the City Council session where Mayor Nutter was announcing his 2010 budget. International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement members were holding signs protesting Mayor Nutter’s budget, which cuts essential services for the African population while spending more than one billion dollars a year for police and prisons attacking the black community. Subsequent to the police attack, InPDUM international organizer Diop Olugbala, (aka Wali Rahman), and member Shabaka Mnombatha, (aka Franklin Moses), were brutally arrested and are being charged with aggravated assault on police!
As the meeting started, some of the many InPDUM supporters present were holding up signs saying "Unite Philadelphia through Economic and Social Justice", "Jail Killer Police", "Stop the War on the Black Community", and other demands upholding the rights of the impoverished black community.
The meeting began with a resolution to recognize the unbeaten Frankford Chargers youth football team. The Chargers were wearing black armbands in memory of their teammate, 14 year-old Sharif Lee Jones, who was murdered by Philadelphia police on August 24th 2008.
As the team left the chambers, civil affairs police gathered behind the InPDUM organizers and demanded they immediately sit down and stop protesting. A Civil Affairs officer put Diop Olugbala into a choke-hold. When Diop and the entire audience protested this attack, the police threw Diop and Shabaka down and arrested them.
As a result of the violent attack by the police, at least two elderly people were thrown to the ground by the police, and another member of InPDUM, an elderly African woman, was taken to the hospital with a broken hip.
The International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement calls for an end to police violence and killings, and demands justice through a program for real change:
- Jail the police who murder or abuse African people
- Justice for families harmed or killed by police
- Reparations for the African community – $1.1 billion in genuine economic development
- Community controlled police review board with subpoena power.
Justice for Diop Olugbala and Shabaka Mnombatha!Economic Development, Not Police Containment and Prisons for the African Community!
InPDUM is calling on people to contact the offices below with the following Demands:
- Stop the frame up and drop all charges.
Offices to be contacted:
Mayor Nutter’s Office 215-686-3000.