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, […]

The Real Walking Dead

  by Russell Maroon Shoatz If you have not accepted that we are experiencing a mass extinction, like the one that wiped out the dinosaurs, then count yourself amongst The Real Walking Dead. Admittedly, this is a subject that is so mind-boggling, even those who are courageous enough to face the fact that there is an […]

Remembering Hugo “Yogi” Pinell

Why Hugo “Yogi” Pinell Will Be Remembered By Russell Maroon Shoatz Copyright 2015 © Pampata Hero Unbroken Giant Outstanding Young-at-heart Openhearted Genuine Inspired Powerful Implacable New man Egalitarian Long-standing Loving Exceptionally Well Done!

Philly: This Saturday 💥 Birthday Celebration for Maroon💥

 Philadelphia August 22 from 12 – 4pm Celebration of LIFE Gladys I. Shoatz, Russell Maroon Shoatz, Rufus Harley Saturday August 22, 2015 Noon to 4pm Sayre Recreation Center 5856 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19139 Vendors Welcome! Food Music and information on Mass Incarceration, Political Prisoners & Expungement programs. African Martial Arts Called “Taming the Great […]