Russell Maroon Shoatz is a US held Black Unity Council and Black Liberation Army political prisoner. He has been in prison for over 40 years. This short film is part one of a weekly web series of Russell Shoatz III the son of Russell Maroon Shoatz, telling the story of his father.

In Part One of An Ongoing Cost To Be Free the social and political backdrop of the 60's and 70's is set. Black people in America are subject to constant suspicion, abuse, beatings and even murder by the police. Russell Maroon Shoatz is not someone who can stand idly by and let it go on unanswered. He gathers with other like minded men and women in the Black community to take a stand. When a young teenager is shot and killed in front of his mother by the police. A group of Black men decide to retaliate and Russell is among them. A police officer is shot and killed and Russell is forced to go on the run and live a life of clandestinity.

Russell Maroon Shoatz has written extensively while in prison, these writings have been distributed around the world. These writings have been collected in a new book Maroon The Implacable and published by PM Press. To order the book go to pmpress.org. There is an ongoing campaign to try and free Russell to get more information or to join the the campaign follow @RussellMShoatz or like Russell Maroon Shoatz on Facebook and check out some of Russell's writings on his blog russellmaroonshoats.wordpress.com. And stay tuned for the next installment in this compelling story next week.

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