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Urgent: Maroon’s Health and Request for Support

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unnamed Update from the Shoatz family:

As we mentioned last month, Maroon recently underwent surgery and had an extended stay in the prison infirmary.

We share with you now Maroon’s latest message on his health:

“As a Political Prisoner and fighter for over 50 years, I’ve now reached a point where those close to me can no longer shoulder the things they’re called on to do without broader community support.

Recently I was operated on, where it was discovered that I’m suffering Stage 4 colorectal cancer.

This is a CALL for donations to help us cover costs of treatment.

If the lying politicians can amass thousands of small donations, it speaks ill of our struggle against injustice if we will not support our own in similar ways!

Spread THIS call and help us!”

Straight Ahead!
Political Prisoner
Russell Maroon Shoats/z

While the news of Maroon’s ill health is of course disheartening to us all, we’re committed to doing everything in our power to ensure he receives comprehensive treatment for this latest diagnosis. Your support is critical to our efforts.

We’re reaching out to our extended community of support with a request for immediate donations towards Maroon’s medical costs. We hope to gain a holistic understanding of the treatments he’s received and make informed decisions about his medical care moving forward.

Donate here. Please give generously in this moment of heightened urgency.

We invite you to write Maroon directly and send him words of encouragement. Maroon’s Earthday is August 23!

Smart Communications
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Russell Shoats AF3855
PO Box 33028
St. Petersburg FL. 33733

As always, we thank you for your commitment, and we’ll keep everyone updated on next steps soon.

In love, strength, and solidarity,
The Shoatz Family and Friends

The picture at the top of Teresa, Maroon and Sharon was taken this past Monday. The photo below was taken in mid July. Maroon has his youngest sister on the right and his oldest sister on the left. Also pictured are Teresa, etta, Sharon and Russ III.

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Extinction Rebellion: Not the Struggle we Need, Pt. 1

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The first of a three-part critique of Extinction Rebellion, focussing on their attitudes towards the police, legal system and prison.

The police are not going to be won over by polite chats, but will continue to be the enemy of the struggle we so desperately need. By working with them, Extinction Rebellion show themselves not to be that struggle.

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The Destruction of Nature - Anton Pannekoek

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This early article by the renown socialist scholar, as well as respected astronomer, Anton Pannekoek, goes a long way to dispel the idea that socialists have held a very productivist view about mankind's relationship with the environment. It deserves a wide circulation within the ecology movement.

A rational social order will have to use the available natural resources in such a way that what is consumed is replaced at the same time.. In today’s economic order.. it is not the clothing, food or cultural needs of humanity that govern production, but capital’s appetite for profit, for gold.

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Mutu: rethinking our radical media

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Is anarchist media in Britain doing enough to promote struggle and radical ideas? How could we be doing things differently? A look at the French Mutu Network can provide ideas about how to create a radical media rooted in our communities and struggles for a better world.

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Mao's China and After: A History of the People's Republic - Maurice Meisner

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Fantastic in-depth critical history of the failure of China's 'transition to socialism', analysing the degree to which it lived up to its egalitarian rhetoric as it navigated the uneasy relationships between democracy and bureaucracy, socialism and capitalism.

the fact of the matter is that the Communist state, far from being an obstacle to Chinese capitalism, has been its essential agent and promoter. Maurice Meisner

Why don’t strikes achieve more?

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An article from the Organizing Work blog examining the limitations of high-profile disputes such as the Stop-n-Shop strike, published as part of their "Reconsidering the Strike" series.

Unions tend to minimize the damage, so as not to demoralize workers or shake their faith in the union. However, if we keep calling losses (or pyrrhic victories) wins, we may lose the ability to discern wins and losses, and the difference. Organizing Work

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