Russell Maroon Shoatz released from solitary confinement – first time in general population in more than 22 years

Freedom Movement for Maroon makes manifest the undeniable power of collectives acting in concert for ethics driven initiatives

Prison Books Collective

maroon From Abolitionist Law Center

February 20, 2014: Pittsburgh PA —  Russell Maroon Shoatz was released from solitary confinement into the general prison population at State Correctional Institution (SCI) Graterford this morning, ending more than 22 consecutive years in solitary confinement. The news was confirmed by Maroon during a legal call with an attorney from the Abolitionist Law Center.

Maroon’s son, Russell Shoatz III, said, “We are very excited that this day has finally come. My father being released from solitary confinement is proof of the power of people organizing against injustice, and the importance of building strong coalitions. I especially want to thank all of those who have supported the collective struggle to end my father’s solitary confinement, including my siblings and members of the Shoatz family, the Human Rights Coalition, Abolitionist Law Center, Scientific Soul Sessions, the entire legal team, UN Special Rapporteur Juan Mendez, the 5 Nobel Peace…

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Maroon Unchained: A People’s Victory!

Freedom Movement for Maroon makes manifest the undeniable power of collectives acting in concert for ethics driven initiatives

Free Marius Mason

After spending 22 years in solitary confinement, political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz has now been moved to general population.  What a huge victory!  Thank you to all of Marie’s supporters who joined in solidarity with this struggle by making phone calls, signing petitions, mailing in letters, and attending events.  This is a huge victory for prisoner support and prison abolition movements.

MAROON UNCHAINED: A People’s Victory!

Russell Maroon Shoatz

For immediate release:

February 21, 2014

The international movement to free political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz from solitary confinement has achieved an historic victory: on Thursday, February 20, 2014, Maroon stepped into general population for the first time in 22 years.  There is no doubt; this is a PEOPLE’S VICTORY!

The coordinated efforts of Scientific Soul Sessions (SSS) and the Campaign to Free Russell Maroon Shoatz – particularly those organized groups in NYC, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia – showed the true power of the people…

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