This week we are writing to revolutionary prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz. He has been ill lately and we wanted to lift his spirits. Shoatz is a founding member of the Black Unity Council, a former member of the Black Panther Party and a soldier in the Black Liberation Army.
In 1970, along with 5 others, Maroon was accused of attacking a police station, which resulted in a cop being killed. This attack was said to have been carried out in response to the rampant police brutality in the Black community. For 18 months Maroon functioned underground as a soldier in the Black Liberation Army. In 1972 he was captured. Twice he escaped—once in 1977 and again in 1980, but both times he was recaptured and today he is held in Pennsylvania where he is serving multiple life sentences.
If you can’t make it, please take the time to write a letter to Maroon:
Smart Communications/PA DOC
Russell Maroon Shoatz #AF3855
Post Office Box 33028
St Petersburg, Florida 33733
Wednesday, May 22nd