Revolutionary Daily Thought

When a whole people undergo … separation from their historical past, they invariably become easy prey to those who want to use them, because not having any historical record to fall back on, they have nothing to compare things to.” – Russell ‘Maroon Shoatz

Black August and the Unmasking of the US Police State

By: Jared A. Ball A demonstrator confronts police near Camden Yards during a protest against the death in police custody of Freddie Gray in Baltimore in this April 25, 2015. | Photo: Reuters Black August, paradoxically, shines a light on the contradictions of a country that never was, yet must always be. “The reason you […]

Politikal Prisoner Birthday Poster For August 2016 Iz Now Available

Hello Friends and Comrades, Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for August.(11″x17″ PDF, 2MB) Print it out and plaster your community, both in commemoration of these freedom fighters and to advertise locally for a political prisoner letter writing night. Get together with some friends in your town to send birthday cards to these fighters […]

Maroon Suez DOC and Winz! Settlement Reached

Pittsburgh PA —A settlement has been reached in the case of Shoatz v. Wetzel, which challenged the 22-year solitary confinement of Abolitionist Law Center client and political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz. This brings an end to litigation begun in 2013. In February 2014, following an international campaign on behalf of Shoatz, he was released from solitary confinement. […]

“Maroon Haz Wingz” Interview with Ashanti Alston

Please check out the first installment of an interview with Ashanti Alston, former Black Panther, soldier of the Black Liberation Army, and political prisoner of a decade and a half. Allston speaks about the impact Maroon had on him while he was incarcerated, embracing his own resistance to authority within the Panthers,  and organizing for […]

Former Black Panther granted trial to contest 22 yearz in solitary confinement

Renée Feltz   After more than four decades behind bars, a former Black Panther has won a major breakthrough in challenging his long-term solitary confinement. The development comes after another former Black Panther, Albert Woodfox, was freed last month after he was held for a record 43 years in isolation at Louisiana’s state penitentiary. Woodfox’s […]

A victory for Maroon!

by Abolitionist Law Center On Friday, Feb. 12, United States District Magistrate for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Cynthia Reed Eddy, issued a decision denying both parties’ motions for summary judgment and ordering a trial in the case of Shoatz v. Wetzel, which challenges the 22-year solitary confinement of Abolitionist Law Center client and political […]

A Victory for Maroon!

  On Friday, February 12, United States District Magistrate for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Cynthia Reed Eddy, issued a decision denying both parties’ motions for summary judgment and ordering a trial in the case of Shoatz v. Wetzel, which challenges the 22 year solitary confinement of Abolitionist Law Center client and political prisoner Russell […]

How a Former Black Panther Could Change the Rules of Solitary Confinement

By Victoria Law http://www.thenation.com/article/how-a-former-black-panther-could-change-the-rules-of-solitary-confinement/ By his 70th birthday in 2013, Russell Maroon Shoatz had spent nearly 30 years in extreme solitary confinement. A prisoner in Pennsylvania’s Restricted Housing Unit (RHU), Shoatz spent 23 hours each day confined to a 7-by-12-foot cell. He ate all his meals alone inside that cell. He slept under lights that […]

Free Em All: 50 Yearz Later, Black Pantherz Are Still Fighting for Freedom

by asha bandele …At its best the river of our struggle has moved consistently toward the ocean of humankind’s most courageous hopes for freedom and integrity, forever seeking what Black people in South Carolina said they sought in 1865: The right to develop our whole being. Vincent Harding It’s early on the Monday morning, post-snowmaggedon 2016, […]