Russell Maroon Shoatz is a dedicated community activist, former member of the Black Panther Party and soldier in the Black Liberation Army. He is serving multiple life sentences as a US-held prisoner of war and has spent almost 30 years in solitary confinement.
We are choosing to celebrate his 70th birthday with an event aimed at highlighting the intersectionality of all forms of oppression, and towards building coalitions between different groups in Pittsburgh fighting varied but connected injustices.
With Onyx Award-winning actress and nationally recognized performance poet Vanessa German will share the stage with koto master Yumi Kurosawa. New York City-based spiritchild of Zulu Nation will also perform, along with baritone saxophonist and composer Benjamin Barson. In addition, Joyce Wagner form Iraq veterans against the war, Bret Grote of the Abolitionist Law Center, Shandre Delaney of the Human Rights Coalition, and Nazura Asaseyeduru of the National Black United Front will all lend commentary to the event.
For more information on the Pittsburgh Campaign to Free Russell Maroon Shoatz, check us out on Facebook
BLACK AUGUST B’EARTHDAY CELEBRATION
HONORING RUSSELL MAROON SHOATZ’S 70TH BIRTHDAY
Saturday, August 24, 2013 | 7PM to 9PM
The National Black Theatre
2031 5th Avenue | Harlem, NY
The August 23rd and 24th events are co-sponsored by Scientific Soul Sessions, a multi- generational group united by the drive to pre-figure a new society free of imperialism, colonization, racism, heteropatriarchy, and capitalist exploitation. An explicitly revolutionary political/cultural organization, Scientific Soul stands against all forms of social inequality, and stands for the dignity and self-determination of oppressed peoples. The leadership for this movement will first and foremost be women and oppressed nationalities, and is based on both excellence and experimentation. For more information visit: www.scientificsoulsessions.com and @ScientificSoul