Russell “Maroon” Shoats -(75)
Captured 10/ 1972 (29Years) 9/ 1977 Liberated himself Captured 10/ 1977-
3/ 1980 Liberated he was captured 3 days later.
Sentence: life without the possibility of parole.
Was held in solitary confinement for 22 consecutive years.
TIME SERVED: 46 YEARS
ESTIMATED COST: 644,000
SCI GREENE DRIVE
175 PROGRESS DRIVE
WAYNESBURG, PA 15370
WHO IS Russell “Maroon” Shoats?
New Afrikan Prisoner of War, I was born in Philadelphia, PA, in August of 1943, one of 12 children in the household of Gladys and Russell Shoats. I am a New Afrikan Political Prisoner of War, who at this moment is serving a prison sentence at Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, and state institution. I was originally locked up in January of 1972, and have since spent over 25 years in 15 different state, county, and federal prisons, jails and maximum security prison/mental institution. Over 20 of these years were spent in the "holes' of these various facilities locked down for 23 or more hours daily, I became increasingly politically aware and active in the New Afrikan Liberation Movement. Was founding member of the Black Unity Council, a Philadelphia group that eventually merged with the Philadelphia Chapter of The Black Panther Party in 1969. In August of 1970, at the height of the nationwide repression of the new African Liberation Movement, I became a fugitive after a Philadelphia policeman was killed and another was wounded in a retaliatory attack on a Philadelphia police station. In response to the heightened repression of the New African Liberation Movement in general, and the unjustified killing of a New African youth by the repressive police in the local community, from August 1970 until January 1972, the date of my capture and arrest; I was active on the armed front of the New African Liberation Army. All of my actions and activities during this period were in direct response to, and in direct support of the movement's activities. I was tried and convicted for the attack on the police station and sentenced to multi-life in prison. In September 1977, I and three other New African Prisoners of War liberated ourselves from state prison at Huntington, PA. Two of these brothers were recaptured and a third was killed during the escape. However, I remained at large for a month, in the teeth of a massive "slave-style" hunt by local, state, and federal forces, who had also recruited large numbers of local white populace to help in their search. From my capture in October 1977, until November 1989, I was kept in various "holes' in numerous state, county, and federal prisons, and maximum-security prison/mental institutions. During this period I as locked down daily at the Pennsylvania state prisons at Huntingdon, Pittsburg, Camp Hill, Dallas, Rockview, and Grateford, as well as the Allegheny, Wayne, Washington, Lackawanna, Montgomery, and Philadelphia county prisons and the U.S penitentiaries at N Lewisburg, PA and Leavenworth, Kansas. For eighteen months Maroon was active underground as a soldier in the Black Liberation Army until his arrest in 1972. This "FREEDOM FIGHTER" escaped from prison twice, and in 1977 he remained at large for twenty-seven days before being re-captured. On March 2, 1980 he liberated himself once more, but was captured three days later. Maroon has been in prison, serving multiple life sentences, since that time. In may 2013, Russell filed a lawsuit to end condition in his 7 by 12 foot cell, always illuminated by light for 23-24 hours per day. February 2014, Russell was returned to general population ending more than 22 consecutive years os solitary confinement.
TO WRITE RUSSELL;
Russell "Maroon" Shoatz
1000 Follies Rd.
Dallas, PA 18612
NAABPP OVER 800 YEARS IN CAPTIVITY
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for a crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Chattel Slavery is still prevalent today...
Comrades, Friends, and Family
We’ve started a letter writing to Black Panther Party Political Prisoners, which you can be part of. Our intentions are to promote inspiration among the Progressive Population and give hope to the Black Panther Party Political Prisoners. We are asking you to obtain two postage stamps to communicate with your selected Political Prisoner and as proof to send a copy or top section of letter to the Campaign Committee with your return address. You may speak on any subject, but no photos or art of any kind (most incarceration rules).
When you complete your correspondence to your selected Black Panther Party Prisoner (list enclosed) put in envelope and make a copy for second envelope and mail to : Black Panther Party Commemoration Committee
PO Box 1999
Linden, NJ 07036
All communications will be confidential and once Pin is mailed off letters will be destroyed.
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