Maroon by vagabond ©

An Ongoing Cost To Be Free (Part 7)

Maroon by vagabond ©
Maroon by vagabond ©

Russell Maroon Shoatz is a US held Black Unity Council and Black Liberation Army political prisoner. He has been in prison for over 40 years. This short film is part six of a weekly web series of Russell Shoatz III the son of Russell Maroon Shoatz, telling the story of his father.

In this episode Russell Shoatz talks about the kidnapping of his baby sister by his mother’s best friend. Shortly after Russell Maroon Shoatz is captured and incarcerated his mother decides to take the family including her newborn daughter to Virginia to get away from the media scrutiny and stress surrounding her husbands case. Her girlfriend goes with her to Virginia to “help” with the four children but kidnaps Russell’s sister at the first opportunity. Russell grows up thinking he’s the youngest until decades later he meets his long-lost sister. All the while that this is happening Russell Maroon Shoatz is in prison forced to endure the kidnapping of his child and the inability to do anything about it…

Russell Maroon Shoatz has written extensively while in prison, these writings have been distributed around the world. These writings have been collected in a new book Maroon The Implacable and published by PM Press. To order the book go to There is an ongoing campaign to try to free Russell to get more information or to join the campaign follow @RussellMShoatz or like Russell Maroon Shoatz on Facebook and check out some of Russell’s writings on his blog And stay tuned for the next installment in this compelling story next week.



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