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Former Black Panther Russell Maroon Shoatz (AF-3855) has been held in torturous conditions of solitary confinement in Pennsylvania prisons for the past thirty years. He has not had a serious rule violation for more than two decades. Maroon’s role as an educator, human rights defender, writer, and critical intellectual of liberation movements is widely renowned.
April 8—May 9: Flood the office of PA Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary John Wetzel with phone calls, letters, and faxes.
PA DOC Secretary John Wetzel 1920 Technology Parkway Mechanicsburg, PA, 17050
Phone number: 717-728-4109 Fax number: 717-728-4109
For more information visit:
My letter to Wetzel:
1920 Technology Parkway
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
Dear Mr. Wetzel:
I am writing out of concern for Mr. Russell Shoatz, inmate #AF-3855 recently transferred to SCI Mahanoy. I’ve been reading about the controversial nature of solitary confinement in the news and it came to my attention that this older man has been in solitary confinement here in the United States for thirty years!
My reaction is that surely this is a violation of Mr. Shoatz’ human rights that must be remedied immediately. I would certainly hope that this has not persisted because of his political affiliations, as that would make this even worse. I do understand that he has an escape in his past— but surely that can’t justify sensory deprivation into his old age.
I will be hoping every day for news that Russell Shoatz has been transferred into general population. Thank you for the action you will take. Please be in touch as time permits.
UPDATE: RELEASED BACK TO HALFWAY HOUSE– SEE UPDATE TO NYC ABC LINK BELOW.
Daniel McGowan used to be a political prisoner who did most of his bid in communications management units because of his political speech. He was in halfway house, halfway in prison, halfway in outside life and putting his halfway outside life together and enjoying halfway freedom. Just after publishing an article on Huffington Post (Court Documents Prove I Was Sent to Communications Management Units (CMU) for my Political Speech), when we thought we were almost done with this ordeal, Daniel was yanked back into federal prison today, April 4, 2013— which only proves his fucking point.
Under the united states, whether you are all the way in prison, halfway in prison, supervised by prisoncrats, or even like me and privileged enough to be in minimum custody out here in the world, you are under a system that warehouses people for social control and for political repression and it seeks to maintain its power. Until this system is overturned, it will always devise special units and inane rules to fuck with the lives of those who dare to speak out. Do not let them struggle alone.
Write Daniel. Support political prisoners.
“It’s hard enough to transition from life in prison to a “normal” life back home in New York. It’s especially traumatic to then be ripped from that, and put back behind bars. Please consider writing him a letter:” (Will Potter)
Now is the time.
“Tell them my clemency papers are There in Wash DC. We must send letters to Obama Fast”
In a previous post I recommended that people send letters to the TTW PO Box and that I would go through and send. I think it’s too late for that now and I haven’t received them. Will check again soon but — scratch that. Please send letters directly to Parole Attorney and Obama and send a copy to me at Through the Walls.
Email me or message me letters (throughwalls [at] rise up [dot] net) or send yourself. If you are outside of u.s.-occupied north america definitely email or message me.
UPDATE: Letters should be sent to two addresses: Office of the Pardon Attorney and Office of the President.
1) Correspondence to the Department of Justice, Office of the Pardon Attorney, may be sent to:
Office of the Pardon Attorney
1425 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530
- “Please note: An attachment to an e-mail will be considered only if it has been requested by the Office of the Pardon Attorney. Attachments should be in PDF format and not exceed file size limits. Unsolicited e-mail attachments will not be opened.”
- Also, the Pardon Attorney is Ronald L. Rodgers so address letters to him if you’d like.
2) Obama . . .
President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
See my previous post on this subject for a sample executive clemency letter on behalf of Oso Blanco.
Send electronically to me or send physically and/or electronically to Pardon Attorney AND Obama.
I’m sending mine off tomorrow so get at me soon!
Oso Blanco will appreciate your vigilance!
You saw it, you liked it, you shared it, you tweeted it, you reblogged it,
But have you actually written and sent off your character reference letter for political prisoner Oso Blanco yet???
It’s time. I just wrote mine.
Families staying together through political imprisonment is no joke.
Let’s do this.