Maroon The Implacable
As a writer and activist, Russell Maroon Shoatz has worked for all of us to bear witness. This book, written while being imprisoned for more than forty years, with over twenty years in solitary confinement in a Pennsylvania prison, makes it a high document of true freedom for the masses. This is the first collection of his writings and it will be studied and referred to in the years to come by all serious activists.
The artists and activists of Scientific Soul Sessions are tuned into his theory and practice. Shoatz takes notes and takes the lead from the maroons’ fugitive slave-community survivor ways, fighting those cowboy ways of the western days. His boldness is legendary because of is repeated escapes from maximum-security prison, a testament to his determination, discipline, dedication, ferocity to be free.
His work here in words is drawing the connections to the past and unraveling the madness of this present, for the future of many, in a consciousness of prefigurative examples. This is the kind of transformation we all need to make in order to fundamentally change this society.
PEace and resPEct,
~ Chuck D
These writings are explosive, and that’s why you haven’t’ seen them before. They are written in a language anyone can understand, but which many may fear to. They meet you where you’re at, but they won’t leave you there. They point toward an escape from our society, and ultimately toward a revolution against it. They are maroon ideas, maroon histories , and programs for maroon futures.
The life and work of Russell Maroon Shoatz are not widely known and it is no accident. If the power of ideas can be measured by the energy spent suppressing them, this book is dynamite. Shoatz has been incarcerated for more than half of his life; for over twenty years he has been in solitary confinement in one of the most physically and psychologically brutal manifestations of the prison system yet invented, the “control unit.” This prison within a prison, designed specifically to break the resolve of political prisoners, has been successful in confining the man, but has failed to contain his spirit. It has survived the tortures of his captors and surged through their walls into your hands:
“I am Maroon!”
~ Quincy Saul
Maroon the Implacable: The Collected Writings of Russell Maroon Shoatz
by Russell Maroon Shoatz
Edited by Fred Ho and Quincy Saul
Foreward by Chuck D
Afterward by Nozizwe Madlala Routledge and Matt Meyer