Please join us on Monday, April 8 at 5pm in Vanderbilt’s Furman Hall (room 109) for the Nashville launch of Maroon the Implacable: The Collected Works of Russell Maroon Shoatz.
Russell Maroon Shoatz is an activist and scholar who draws on the history of fugitive slave communities to address contemporary issues of poverty, violence, racism, sexism, environmental destruction, and the prison industrial complex. He is also a prisoner at Pennsylvania supermax prison, where he has been held in solitary confinement for 21 consecutive years. In this book, Maroon shows how the decentralized structure of fugitive slave communities could work as a model for grass-roots political organizing today, including the Occupy movement.
Maroon’s daughter, Theresa Shoatz, and his editor, Quincy Saul, will participate in a roundtable discussion of Maroon’s work and the international campaign for his release from solitary confinement. They will be joined by local activists Anne Alukonis of OUR Vanderbilt, as well as representatives from Workers’ Dignity and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Together, we will explore the possibilities for “maroon” activism from the prison industrial complex to the farms, kitchens, and classrooms of Tennessee.
Books will be available for purchase, and refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.
For more information about this event, please email Lisa Guenther at firstname.lastname@example.org.