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.
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.
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
featuring: Theresa Shoatz
daughter of Russell Maroon Shoatz (Philadelphia, PA)
and Quincy Saul co-editor of Maroon the Implacable (NYC) plus Robert “King” Wilkerson (Angola 3)
Freed Political Prisoner
and Rocio Villalobos (Texas United for Families: TUFF)
Maroon the Implacable: The Collected Writings of Russell Maroon Shoatz
By: Russell Maroon Shoatz
Edited by Fred Ho and Quincy Saul
Foreword by Chuck D
Afterword by Matt Meyer and Nozizwe
Russell Maroon Shoatz is a political prisoner who has been held unjustly for
over thirty years, including two decades in solitary confinement.
He was active as a leader in the Black Liberation Movement in
Philadelphia, both above and underground. His successful escapes
from maximum-security prisons earned him the title “Maroon.” This
is the first published collection of his accumulated written works, and
also includes new essays written expressly for this volume.
Despite the torture and deprivation that has been everyday life for
Maroon over the last several decades, he has remained at the cutting
edge of history through his writings. His work is innovative and revolutionary on multiple levels:
• His self-critical and fresh retelling of the Black liberation
struggle in the U.S. includes many practical and theoretical insights;
• His analysis of the prison system, particularly in relation
to capitalism, imperialism, and the drug war, takes us far
beyond the recently-popular analysis of the Prison Industrial
Complex, contained in books such as The New Jim Crow;
• His historical research and writings on Maroon communities
throughout the Americas, drawing many insights from these
societies in the fields of political and military revolutionary
strategy are unprecedented; and finally
• His sharp and profound understanding of the current historical moment, with clear proposals for how to move
forward embracing new political concepts and practices
(including but not limited to eco-socialism, matriarchy and
eco-feminism, food security, prefiguration and the Occupy
Wall Street movement) provide cutting-edge challenges for
today’s movements for social change.
“You have fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and people’s”“struggles to go through, not only to change the conditions but in order to change yourselves and make yourselves fit for political rule.”
“KARL MARX addressing THE IWMA – the body that would later become”
“the First International.”
“Marx’s words hit close to home. I’ve been involved in such movements for forty years, a product -origionally- of the Black Liberation Movement of the 1960’s, and subsequently being held as a political prisoner in the U.S. since 1972. And over that period I’ve participated in a number of mass and party formations. And it never fails to amaze me how much energy and time is dedicated towards establishing various groups claims to being the so-called VANGUARD of some struggle for justice, when in the end most of these exercises turn out to be sterile, when they don’t deqenerate into fratricidal conflicts.”
“Furthermore, I’d hazard it to say, that the entire history of Marxist leninist social change has known few other methods. Leading me to further say that a sober analysis of that history points to a struggle for supremacy – not only over the bourgeois ruling class, but also against the working class and all other oppressed people; Against any and all formations either of the latter pull together that escape their control. Thus their mantra of doing everything to SEIZE POWER for the working class and oppresses is a FARCE.” Continue reading →