Maroon by vagabond ©

An Ongoing Cost To Be Free (Part 9)

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 nine of a weekly web series of Russell Shoatz III the son of Russell Maroon Shoatz, telling the story of his father.

In last weeks episode Russell Shoatz III spoke about finding his lost sister who was kidnapped by his mother’s best friend shortly after his father Russell Maroon Shoatz was imprisoned. In this episode Russell Shoatz talks about the impact that it had on both his mother and his father. Russell  also talks about how his father dealt with his long-lost daughter from prison with an uncommon strength, compassion and love that is nothing less than heroic. What’s also heroic is Russell Maroon Shoatz ability to deal with the decisions he’s made throughout his life and the seemingly constant fallout that continues to haunt him in ways he could have never imagined when he first decide to become a soldier for freedom.

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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