Law and Disorder Radio Program on Release of Russell Maroon Shoatz from Solitary Confinement

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


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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Update: Russell Maroon Shoatz Transferred to SCI Mahanoy



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.

Listen to Mumia Abu-Jamal’s commentary concerning the portending implications of the PA DOC‘s surreptitious behavior:

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.

The renowned poet/activist, Amiri Baraka, called the book “a very funky instruction manual on how to make revolution in imperialist America.

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.


Download Mumia’s Prison Radio Podcast hereRussell Maroon Shoatz Transferred (2:31)