International Campaign to Free Maroon
Russell Maroon Shoatz explains the historical maroon struggle in his 1995 essay, 'I Am Maroon!:'
“Historically, maroon came to be used as a generic term for slaves who became fugitives from their owners in North and South America and the Caribbean Islands… Theirs was a struggle that was no less than heroic! The efforts of these men, women and children cannot be matched in world history. Their struggle was only eclipsed by that of revolutionary Haiti (1791-1804). There, the revolutionary slaves and their maroon allies had a clearer idea of how to consolidate and extend the gains they had won.
The 'fighting maroons' were fugitive slaves of iron will, nurtured in survival tactics; cruel, courageous, resourceful and scornful of danger. Fighting maroons began their struggles from the first years of landing in the Americas. They had established the 'Republic of the Palmares' in northern Brazil as early as 1595. For two hundred or more years, fighting maroons used and perfected guerrilla warfare to defeat the best armies that the European powers could field against them."
On January 22, 2014, Maroon wrote:
"I am here to tell you all that my will is holding strong. I am a political prisoner: imprisoned because I stood up against oppression, and I continue to support all those who stand up against repression everywhere.
My perspective is one thousand years of struggle. My commitment has been – and will always be – the liberation of black people. In that spirit let me say that 2014 is not going to be a year of taking abuse and torture lying down: it is a year in which we either go HARD, or go HOME!
I am calling on you, my supporters, loved ones and friends, to answer that call."
Just as yesterday’s fighting maroons of the Western Hemisphere escaped slavery, resisted colonialism, and created self-reliant communities, we are seeking to free ourselves from the matrix of global capitalism and all of its toxicity such as imperialism, patriarchy, race-based genocide, ecological devastation, and overconsumption.
As we free ourselves, we will not rest until we FREE Maroon.
Join the International Campaign To Free Maroon
Russell Maroon Shoatz's release must become a priority for all human rights activists, peace activists, prodemocracy advocates, environmentalists, anti-imperialists, students, churchgoers, and progressive Parliamentarians across the globe.
Let us not rest until justice is done!
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