Russell Maroon Shoatz Book Tour

April 5: Book release for Maroon the Implaceabe

The Collected Writings of Russell Maroon Shoatz
Edited by Fred Ho and Quincy Saul

With a foreword by Chuck D.

Maroon The Implacable - The collected writings of Russell Maroon Shoatz - National Book Tour 2013 (see below for link to order his book).

For the Philadelphia event we have an extraordinary panel of speakers and musicians).

When: FRIDAY APRIL 5, 2013 7:30PM

Where: Anderson Hall Room 7 Temple University, 1114 W. Polett Walk (nearest crossroad N. 11th St. & W. Berks St) Philadelphia, PA 19122

Russell Maroon Shoatz is a political prisoner who has been held unjustly for over thirty years, including two decades in solitary confinement, which continues till today. He is a dedicated community activist, founding member of the Black Unity Council, former member of the Black Panther Party, and soldier in the Black Liberation Army. He is serving multiple life sentences as a U.S.-held prisoner of war. Before being imprisoned he was active as a leader in the Black Liberation Movement in Philadelphia, both above and underground. His successful escapes from maximum-security prisons earned him the title “Maroon.” This is the first published collection of his accumulated written works, and also includes new essays written expressly for this volume (see below for link to order his book).

Despite the torture and deprivation that has been everyday life for Maroon over the last several decades, he has remained at the cutting edge of history through his writings. His work is innovative and revolutionary on multiple levels:

• His self-critical and fresh retelling of the Black liberation struggle in the U.S. includes many practical and theoretical insights;

• His analysis of the prison system, particularly in relation to capitalism, imperialism, and the drug war, takes us far beyond the recently popular analysis of the Prison Industrial Complex, contained in books such as The New Jim Crow;

• His historical research and writings on communities throughout the Americas, drawing many insights from these societies in the fields of political and military revolutionary strategy are unprecedented;

• His sharp and profound understanding of the current historical moment, with clear proposals for how to move forward embracing new political concepts and practices (including but not limited to eco-socialism, matriarchy and eco-feminism, food security, prefiguration and the Occupy Wall Street movement) provide visionary directions for today’s movements for social change.

Praise:

This book, Maroon the Implacable, is that very funky instruction manual on how to make revolution against Imperialist America.” —Amiri Baraka, Nobel Laureate

“If the Great Dismal Swamp is no longer a refuge, nevertheless the message of the Maroons lives on, and Russell Maroon Shoatz is today its untamed voice. Free Maroon the Implacable!” —Hakim Bey, author of TAZ: The Temporary Autonomous Zone

“At the core of the book is the theme of marronage—the will to escape from conditions of enslavement at any cost. This is what Russell Maroon Shoatz has done, not physically, but in the world of ideas by escaping from the rigid patriarchal framework he inherited and revaluing and promoting the role of women in the history of liberation. This book is a document of this transformation carried out against tremendous odds and told with searing honesty.” —Silvia Federici, author of Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle

“Russell Maroon Shoats’s life reads like fiction composed by Victor Hugo. But this Jean Valjean for our time is the living truth, and his writings are a beacon for a new, revolutionary age. What a treasure has here been uncovered!” —Joel Kovel, author of The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World

“Though he’s been inside for forty of his sixty-nine years on earth, the problems he raises about the justice movement are amazingly up to date. Above all, he thinks organizationally... He is always trying to work out what to do. Where he looks for answers is the only sensible place: not in ideas but in the historical experience of the grassroots.” —Selma James, author of Sex, Race, and Class: The Perspective of Winning

“For twenty-seven years I visited four prisoners, one of whom was Russell Shoatz, who we called Maroon. From him I always got a lesson in politics that fortified me and made me understand just what was happening in our country and what I should be doing about it. He trusted the truth of ‘power to the people,’ and it kept him focused and hopeful. His body was incarcerated but his mind soared. My mentor!” —Frances Goldin, publisher of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Barbara Kingsolver, and Adrienne Rich

Pre order Russell Maroon Shoatz's New book (Maroon the Implacable: The Collected Writings of Russell Maroon Shoatz) on PM Press. Click on this link to pre order the book -> https://secure.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=541

Guest Speakers

Robert H. King - a.k.a. Robert King Wilkerson is the only freed member of the Angola 3. Along with his comrades Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace he was targeted for activism as members of the Black Panther party. After 31 years in Angola prison in Louisiana, 29 spent years in solitary confinement, he was released in February 2001. Since that time he has been described as an author, a candy maker, a former political prisoner and an activist. His life’s focus is to campaign against abuses in the criminal justice system and for the freedom of Herman and Albert, who are now serving their 40th year in solitary confinement. In his own words "I may be free from Angola, but Angola will never be free of me…"

Matt Meyer - a native New York City-based educator, activist, and author, is the War Resisters International Africa Support Network Coordinator, and a United Nations/ECOSOC representative of the International Peace Research Association. His many books include "Let Freedom Ring: Documents from the Movements to Free U.S. Political Prisoners," and the just-published "We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century American (both PM Press)

Pam Africa - has been a MOVE member since 1977. She is Minister of Confrontation for the organization, and also the chairwoman for the International Family and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal. She has been leading the fight to free political prisoner, Jamal for over 30 years. She has been successful with getting Mr. Jamal off of death row along with his lawyers and supporters. She is known all over the globe as a fierce warrior, activist and organizer. Sister Pam does not compromise when it comes to social justice for her people especially her family. She is affectionately known within the movement as “Mama Pam.” Sister Pam has been in the struggle since the 70’s and as a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, she is still going strong.

Dr. Anthony Monteiro - is a Distinguished Lecturer in African-American Studies and Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of Race and Social Thought at Temple University, where he teaches courses on African-American social and political thought. He is well known for his work on W.E.B. Du Bois and the building of political institutions in the Philadelphia black community, especially those in Northern Philadelphia. His many publications include two forthcoming books—one on analytical Marxism and another on the importance of W.E.B. Du Bois’s thought for a philosophy of human science.

Fred Ho - is an American jazz baritone saxophonist, composer, bandleader, playwright, writer, and social activist. He was the recipient of the 2009 Harvard Arts Medal. Also an activist, many of his works fuse the melodies of indigenous and traditional Asian and African music, which as Ho would say is the music of the majority of the world's people. He has also co-edited two books: Legacy to Liberation: Politics and Culture of Revolutionary Asian Pacific America and Sounding Off! Music as Subversion/ Resistance/ Revolution. He has a third book in progress about African Americans and Asians working together in civil rights, which he is co-writing with Purdue University professor of African American studies Bill Mullen. Ho's contributions to the Asian American empowerment movement are varied and many. He is credited with co-founding several Asian American civic groups such as the East Coast Asian Students Union while a student at Harvard, The Asian American Arts Alliance in New York City, The Asian American Resource Center in Boston, and the Asian Improv record label. Of Chinese descent, Ho specializes in the combining sometimes asynchronous tunes and melodies of various musical traditions, creating what many have described as both brilliant and chaotic sounds. He is the first to combine Chinese opera with traditional African American music. He leads the Afro Asian Music Ensemble (founded in 1982) and the Monkey Orchestra (founded in 1980). He has recorded for the Koch Jazz and Soul Note labels. Some of his most recent works include Deadly She-Wolf Assassin at Armageddon, which premiered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in June 2006, Voice of the Dragon I, II, and III. As Ho is a prolific composer, writer, playwright, his list of works grows continually. Some of his first CDs include Monkey 1, Monkey II, The Underground Railroad to My Heart (Soul Note), We Refuse To Be Used And Abused, and Tomorrow is Now!

Jasiri X - Using lyrical skills, controversial subject matter, and phat beats, Jasiri X shows and proves that real Hip-hop is not in the least bit dead. Chuck D of Public Enemy once boldly declared that “Hip-hop was the CNN of the ghetto”, no artist has better embraced and embodied that concept than Jasiri X. Jasiri X is a MC, Activist and Entrepreneur. He recently burst on the National and International Hip-Hop scene with the controversial hit song “FREE THE JENA 6″ which was played on more than 100 radio station across the country and over 500,000 times on the internet, was named “Hip-hop Political Song of the Year”, and won “Single of the Year” at the Pittsburgh Hip-Hop Awards. He followed that up with a searing commentary on the Sean Bell murder titled “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH”. Featuring two videos produced by two of Hip-Hop most decorated veterans X-Clan’s Paradise the Arkitech and NYOIL, “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH” spread like wildfire across the country and lead to Jasiri X’s first performance in New York City and a taped appearance on BET’s Rap City. As President of LYRICS Inc. Jasiri successfully navigates communication with youth and adults showing the pros and cons of this growing phenomenon called Hip-Hop. He recently became the first Hip-Hop artist to receive the August Wilson Center for African American Culture Fellowship. Jasiri released his debut album AMERICAN HISTORY X in December of 2009. Featuring an all-star lineup of international producers AMERICAN HISTORY X made several best of 2009 lists and was named Album of the Year at the Pittsburgh Hip-Hop Awards. A six time Pittsburgh Hip-Hop award winner Jasiri is currently working on Season 4 of his highly successful series “This Week With Jasiri X” and preparing to release his sophomore album “The Ascension” with acclaimed producer Rel!g!ion on Wandering Worx entertainment.

Ben Barson - is a baritone saxophonist, writer, producer, and activist. He has played with diverse cross-section of leading New York City jazz musicians, such as Fred Ho, Arturo O’Farrill, and Frank Lacy, and has performed at the prestigious Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Lincoln Center. Ben does not separate culture from politics and considers cultural work to be essential to the construction of a revolutionary project for the 21st century. His influences are drawn from the world over but he owes a special debt to the music of African American artists. Currently he is working on a revival of the work of activist-musician Calvin Massey, an overlooked 1960s African-American composer who worked with the Black Panther Party as well as John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and a whole generation of leading activists and musicians. He is a member of the revolutionary collective Scientific Soul Sessions, and its sister project, Ecosocialist Horizons.

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Pre order Russell Maroon Shoatz's New book (Maroon the Implacable: The Collected Writings of Russell Maroon Shoatz) on PM Press. Click on this link to pre order the book -> https://secure.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=541

Despite the torture and deprivation that has been everyday life for Maroon over the last several decades, he has remained at the cutting edge of history through his writings. His work is innovative and revolutionary on multiple levels:

• His self-critical and fresh retelling of the Black liberation struggle in the U.S. includes many practical and theoretical insights; 
• His analysis of the prison system, particularly in relation to capitalism, imperialism, and the drug war, takes us far beyond the recently-popular analysis of the Prison Industrial Complex, contained in books such as The New Jim Crow
• His historical research and writings on Maroon communities throughout the Americas, drawing many insights from these societies in the fields of political and military revolutionary strategy are unprecedented; and finally
• His sharp and profound understanding of the current historical moment, with clear proposals for how to move forward embracing new political concepts and practices (including but not limited to eco-socialism, matriarchy and eco-feminism, food security, prefiguration and the Occupy Wall Street movement) provide cutting-edge challenges for today’s movements for social change.

Praise:

This book, Maroon the Implacable, is that very funky instruction manual on how to make revolution against Imperialist America.” 

—Amiri Baraka, Nobel Laureate

“If the Great Dismal Swamp is no longer a refuge, nevertheless the message of the Maroons lives on, and Russell Maroon Shoatz is today its untamed voice. Free Maroon the Implacable!” 
—Hakim Bey, author of TAZ: The Temporary Autonomous Zone

“At the core of the book is the theme of marronage—the will to escape from conditions of enslavement at any cost. This is what Russell Maroon Shoatz has done, not physically, but in the world of ideas by escaping from the rigid patriarchal framework he inherited and revaluing and promoting the role of women in the history of liberation. This book is a document of this transformation carried out against tremendous odds and told with searing honesty.” 
—Silvia Federici, author of Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle

 “Russell Maroon Shoats’s life reads like fiction composed by Victor Hugo. But this Jean Valjean for our time is the living truth, and his writings are a beacon for a new, revolutionary age. What a treasure has here been uncovered!” 
—Joel Kovel, author of The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World

“Though he’s been inside for forty of his sixty-nine years on earth, the problems he raises about the justice movement are amazingly up to date. Above all, he thinks organizationally... He is always trying to work out what to do. Where he looks for answers is the only sensible place: not in ideas but in the historical experience of the grassroots.” 
—Selma James, author of Sex, Race, and Class: The Perspective of Winning

“For twenty-seven years I visited four prisoners, one of whom was Russell Shoatz, who we called Maroon. From him I always got a lesson in politics that fortified me and made me understand just what was happening in our country and what I should be doing about it. He trusted the truth of ‘power to the people,’ and it kept him focused and hopeful. His body was incarcerated but his mind soared. My mentor!” 
—Frances Goldin, publisher of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Barbara Kingsolver, and Adrienne Rich
 

About Russell Maroon Shoatz:

Russell Maroon Shoatz is a dedicated community activist, founding member of the Black Unity Council, former member of the Black Panther Party, and soldier in the Black Liberation Army. He is serving multiple life sentences as a U.S.-held prisoner of war.

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