Political Prisoner: Free Russell Maroon Shoatz
Below is a Statement from Maroon:
Russell “Maroon” Shoats
175 Progress Drive
Waynesburg, PA 15370-8090
“My name is Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoats and I am a New Afrikan Political Prisoner of War, who at this moment is serving a prison sentence at the Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, state institution. … In response to the heightened repression of the New Afrikan liberation movement in general, and the unjustified killing of New Afrikan youth by the repressive police in the [Philadelphia] community, from August 1970 until January 1972, the date of my capture and arrest, I was active on the armed front of the New Afrikan Liberation Army.” –from “I am Maroon!”
To My Palestinian Comrades
From Russell “Maroon” Shoats, a New Afrikan/Black Political Prisoner, to the Palestinian Political Prisoners.
Having joined the ongoing struggle for self-determination for Afrikans born in the United States in 1967, i was then and still am now inspired by the valiant people of Palestine.
Since then i’ve clearly come to learn that both of our struggles are connected by our people’s equal desires to be free.
So when you suffer, we suffer; when you make progress, we make progress; and when you win your freedom, we will also celebrate! Because in our hearts we too are Palestinians!
Ever forward to victory!
September 7, 2006