The occult history of America concerns a space where Black, Red, and white together produce the culture of resistance-and the permanent uprising against hegemonic power and alienation. This space could be called the hideout of the Maroons, those few who have made the revolutionary exodus from the world of slavery to the ‘inaccessible’ wilderness of an alternate universe. If the Great Dismal Swamp is no longer a refuge, nevertheless the message of the Maroons lives on, and Russell Maroon Shoatz is today its untamed voice. Free Maroon the Implacable!
Hakim Bey, author of TAZ: The Temporary Autonomous Zone
Russell Maroon Shoatz has been transferred from SCI Greene to SCI Mahanoy, unannounced to his family, legal counsel, and Maroon himself until the he was chained shipped, and delivered like chattel in the dark of night like.
If my prison source is correct, Black liberation fighter, imprisoned intellectual, historian and now book author, Russell “Maroon” Shoatz, has been transferred from the dungeons of SCI Greene — and he is in “the hole” of SCI Mahanoy in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Maroon, who has the dubious distinction of being perhaps the longest held-in-the-hole prisoner in Pennsylvania — nearly 36 years! — is now 69 years old.
Except for a brief interlude in 1986, Maroon has spent a lifetime in state prison holes: in Huntingdon, in Western, in Greene — and now, in Mahanoy.
Russell Maroon Shoatzfirst trek began in 1977 — that’s right — 1977!
Today, 36 years later, he’s still in the hole, after an exemplary period of over a decade without misconducts.
As fate would have it, his transfer is marked by the serendipitous release of his new and first book, “Maroon the Implacable: The Collected Writings of Russell Maroon Shoatz,” by PM Press of Oakland, Calif.
Maroon’s writings have appeared for years in small, little known anarchist booklets and pamphlets. This book makes much of that excellent work accessible to a wider audience.
When I left death row, I had several delicious days to listen to him — for he did most of the talking — and marvel at the brilliance and quickness of his mind. He talked politics, current events and trends to come in the nation and the world.
Now, you can share in some of that fine thinking by reading “Maroon the Implacable.” This book will surely spark the movement to get him out of the hole and hopefully, open the doorway of his dungeon to freedom.
- Former Black Panther political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz (moorbey.wordpress.com)
- Coming Soon! The Collected Writings of Maroon!! (aboriginalpress.wordpress.com)
- An Ongoing Cost To Be Free (Part 11) (utmaroonformation.wordpress.com)
On Friday, March 29, family members and the legal team of Russell Maroon Shoatz were informed by staff at State Correctional Institution (SCI) Greene , Pennsylvania , that he had been transferred to SCI Mahanoy. The Superintendent’s Assistant at SCI Mahanoy confirmed that Maroon had arrived there on Thursday, March 28. He was immediately placed in solitary confinement, the torturous condition he has endured for over 22 consecutive years (and over thirty years in total since his 1983 incarceration).
Despite the fact that Maroon has not had a serious rule violation in over 20 years, he had been held in solitary confinement continuously during his eighteen years at SCI Greene.
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary John Wetzel refused to comment on this “permanent” transfer, or provide any additional information when his office was contacted on Friday.
During the past year, a movement has been developing in support of Maroon. Prominent legal and human rights organizations have come out in support of Maroon, thousands of people have signed petitions, made phone calls, and written letters demanding his immediate release, his case has begun to receive substantial national and international press, and a collection of his writings has just been published – with a national book tour just under way. A major Campaign to Free Russell Maroon Shoatz has been launched, and a legal team has been assembled with plans for potential litigation this spring to challenge the unconstitutional and immoral torture which Maroon continues to be subjected to.
Maroon the Implacable: the Collected Writings of Russell Maroon Shoatz
National Book Tour 2013
April 15 – 17, 2013 * Austin, Tejaztlan
ALL OUT FOR MAROON!!
Monday April 15, 2013
3121 East 12th St., Austin, Tejaztlan 78702
A BENEFIT to FREE Black Political Prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz
from 30 years of Solitary Confinement
daughter of Russell Maroon Shoatz (Philadelphia, PA)
Quincy Saul co-editor of Maroon the Implacable (NYC) plus Robert “King” Wilkerson (Angola 3)
Freed Political Prisoner
Rocio Villalobos (Texas United for Families: TUFF)
Part of a 30-day pressure campaign (April 8 – May 10, 2013) calling for an intense call-in & write-in to the Pennsylvania Dept. of Corrections to release Maroon into general population.
Sponsored by: Scientific Soul Sessions, Inside Books Project, Sending Solidarity, Treasure City Collective, Texas United For Families, Resistencia Bookstore, Palestine Solidarity Committee
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