Launch of an international campaign in New York on 5 May 2012

Free prisoner and movement leader

Russell Maroon Shoatz!

This Saturday, May 5 is the launch of an international campaign to free prisoner and movement leader Russell Maroon Shoatz, organized by his daughter Theresa Shoatz. Theresa is a tireless fighter in support for her father and fellow prisoners.

In New York


Launch of the international campaign to Free Russell Maroon Shoatz! An evening of music, spoken, word and discussion on Maroon’s life, featuring Theresa Shoatz, Maroon’s daughter and Philadelphia-based prison justice activist; Fred Ho, internationally renowned saxophone player and composer; Arturo O'Farrill, legendary Cuban-American pianist; and Magdalena Gomez, poet and veteran of the Nuyurican Poets Movement.

Date: May 5th, 2012, 6-8pm
Location: St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 521 W 126th Street,New York, NY 10027

This event is FREE and open to the public!!

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From Philadelphia: Get on the Bus for Russell Maroon Shoatz!


We encourage you to come to the kickoff event in New York City -- there is a round-trip bus leaving from Philadelphia at 2:30pm, see details and how to RSVP below. Please let us know if you are coming and would like to meet up with us.


When: Saturday, May 5, 2012
Departure Time: 2:30 pm
Location: 1113 N 63rd St, Philadelphia, PA, 19151; Next door to Rite Aid pharmacy
Cost: $15 Round Trip; to be paid before boarding the bus

This is a bus arranged for folks leaving from Philadelphia, PA to New York City, NY.
Please RSVP by "buying" a free Eventbrite ticket so that we have a head count and there are seats for people who sign up.


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Launch in London UK

Our sisters and brothers in London are launching the campaign to Free Maroon in the UK on Saturday as well, showing a recent video from our Left Forum workshop "Anti-Capitalism Behind Bars - The Movement of Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners". You can watch clips from this video on
Russell Maroon Shoatz was a member of the Black Panther Party and a founding member of the Black Unity Council.


A brilliant movement leader, he is serving multiple life sentences for the 1970 murder of a police officer in Philadelphia. Now 70 years old, Maroon has spent 30 out of 40 years in solitary confinement (the last 20 continuously) -- held in his cell for 23-24 hours every day, deprived of social interaction & environmental stimulation, conditions acknowledged as torture. Maroon’s writings include: The Real Resistance to Slavery in North America and The Dragon and the Hydra: a study of organizational methods.


Sat 5 May 6pm Crossroads Women`s Centre 25 Wolsey Mews NW5

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