Russell Maroon Shoatz Action Alert and Update (May 1, 2013)


The title of this post comes from a recent action alert by the Human Rights Coalition. The alert is part of a 30-Day campaign calling for supporters to advocate for the release of former Black Panther and political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz from solitary confinement.

With one week to go of the 30-Day campaign to get former Black Panther political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz out of solitary confinement, we have heard a lot of talk about Maroon’s planned release into general population.

With no time frame given, no clear process set forth, and no rationale as to why the 22-year torture of this community leader who is about to turn 70 years old should continue even one more day, Maroon’s supporters must make this last week count! We can do that by making the “count” of all the letters, faxes, and phone calls go up every single day till May 8, 2013. On that morning, if Maroon is not in general population his legal team will file litigation on his behalf in federal court.

While we are optimistic about the strengths of his legal case, we are well aware that justice in the courts is a political act – so today’s calls make the chances of successful litigation tomorrow even greater.

The Campaign can already claim a victory: Maroon’s case and his work has received more attention over the past month that at any time during his incarceration. His new book of essays, Maroon the Implacable, has had book launches in two dozen cities, with major events in New York and Los Angeles still to come. In addition the campaign has been the subject of a major news feature, with progressive journalist Hans Bennett interviewing Campaign co-chairs Matt Meyer and Theresa Shoatz.

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In this final week of the 30-Day call-in campaign, don’t waste a minute… CALL! WRITE! FAX!

PA DOC Secretary John Wetzel
1920 Technology Parkway
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
Phone: 717-728-4109
Fax: 717-728-4178

Free Russell Maroon Shoatz! On Twitter: @RussellMShoatz (hashtag #FreeMaroon)


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