Black nationalist revolutionary leader Russell “Maroon” Shoatz. After 49 years in prison and now suffering from stage four cancer, Russell “Maroon” Shoatz is now resting with his family, trying to salvage his ebbing strength.
Maroon, a member of the Black Unity Council and affiliate of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army, spent over 30 years in the hole for daring to try to organize other prisoners.
He recently won release from the hole after a United Nations expert on violations of international law, Juan Mendez, determined that prolonged periods of imprisonment in the hole constituted torture.
Mendez submitted such a report in Maroon’s civil action. Maroon has taught generations of men about black and street history. His release came after his lawyers filed a petition for compassionate release.
From imprisoned nation, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.
These commentaries are recorded by Prison Radio.