Imprisoned

Russell “Maroon” Shoatz

Russell Maroon Shoatz is a dedicated community activist, founding member of the Black Unity Council, former member of the Black Panther Party and soldier in the Black Liberation Army.  He is serving multiple life sentences for an attack on a police station which resulted in an officer being killed.

Personal Background

Russell was born August 1943 in Philadelphia.  He was one of 12 children.  At the age of 15 he became involved in a gang and was in and out of reform shools and youth institutions until the age of 18.

Joy Powell, Reverend

As a pastor and a consistent activist against police brutality, violence and oppression in her community, Rev. Joy Powell was warned by the Rochester Police department that she was a target because of her speaking out against corruption. On many occasions Rev. Joy had held rallies and spoke out against the police brutality and “police justifications” in Rochester NY. As a result, Rev. Joy was accused of 1st Degree Burglary and Assault on October 9, 2006.

Panayiotis Argyrou

He was arrested on 01/11/2010 along with Gerasimos Tsakalos, while participating in one of the CCF’S campaigns, which involved the shipping of 14 parcel-bombs to various foreign embassies and leaders. They had two parcel bombs on them and another two have already been sent by them. While Tsakalos was known to police simply because he is an anarchist, Argyrou had a warrant out for his arrest since October 2009 on charges of belonging to the Fire Cells Conspiracy, and he was also awaiting trial for allegedly torching a public bus two years ago.

Olga Economidou

Olga Ekonomidou was arrested on 14/03/2011, in Volos, along with another 4 CCF’s members, after a night raid by police’s special forces and Anti-terrorist squads at the house the where living. In December of 2014, she was sentened to 25 years in prison in the Fire Conspiracy Cells case.

Norman Lowry

Norm was arrested at a protest at a military recruitment office on August 1, 2011.  Lancaster County Judge Louis Farina told Norman Edgar Lowry, Jr. that unless he would forswear his nonviolent protest, the court would be obliged to impose the maximum sentence (7 years) for Lowry’s third consecutive arrest at an Armed Forces Recruiting Station in Lancaster.

If only he would make such a promise, the judge implied, his sentence would be much lighter. Did he understand?, the court asked. Yes, Lowry answered. Will you make the pledge? No.

Nikos Romanos

Nikos Romanos, Andreas–Dimitris Bourzoukos, Giannis Mihailidis and Dimitris Politis were arrested after a car chase on 01/02/2013 after the double robbery at a branch on National Post office and at a branch of Agriculture Bank, in Venvento, Kozani. In addition, Nikos Romanos and Giannis Mihailidis are accused for the case of the two houses in Volos and Kalithea, Giannis Mihailidis and Dimitris Politis for the robbery at a branch of Agriculture Bank in Filotas, Florina and Giannis Mihailidis is accused for the case of the gunfight with cops in Pefki.

Nicola Gai

Nicola and Alfredo Cospito were arrested on September 14th, 2012 and accused of shooting Ansaldo Nucleare manager and Finmeccanica affiliate, Roberto Adinolfi, in the knees – an action carried out by Olga nucleus FAI/FRI in May 2012.  In May of 2015 their sentences were reduced, Alfredo’s to 9 years and 5 months in prison, Nicola’s to 8 years and 8 months.

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