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SAVE THE DATE! ~ Friday Oct 6 @ 6:30pm
Because We Remember
Dick Gregory fasted to free Lynne Stewart.
We must continue the struggle and free all political prisoners!
Join us for a special evening
Friday October 6
80 St. Mark’s Theater
PANELS! GUEST ARTISTS! (TBA)
Anne Lamb -New York Jericho
Ralph Poynter – Lynne Stewart Organization
Sara Flounders – International Action Center
Mimi Rosenberg – Building Bridges: WBAI Radio
Sekou Odinga – North East Political Prisoner Contingent
Daniel McGowan- New York City Anarchist Black Cross
Bob Lederer(queer anti- imperialist) Resistance in Brooklyn
Assemblyman Charles Barron – P.O.W.E.R.
Frank Velgara – ProLibertad
The Dale-Ortega Duo
Raymond Nat Turner – Jazz Poet
Janine Otis & Friends ( soloist & pianist)
Lanar – “Barry White Interpreter”
The Poynter- Stewart Grandchildren – special dramatic interpretation
Adiallo – Professor of Hip Hop
Serafina Brown – Vocalist
Don De Bar
~ Refreshments will be served ~
Compliments of: Ellen Kirshbaum, Dolores Cox, Abu’s Bakery, Nasser Ahmed
HELP SPREAD THE WORD!!
If “our task is to help organize, nurture, and shape the raw resistance that is exploding across America – and help to build what may come in its wake.”, then this panel is right on time. For in the words of the late Lynne Stewart, from her 2003 Minneapolis before the NLG,… I am reminded of the ancient nature of what we came for, what we accomplished and where we are going. For we are a gathering of the warriors of our day; those people who were placed on this earth at this time to change it. We were summoned here because tradition; ancient and modern affirm the strength doubled and tripled unto infinity by the collective will. And we saw that it truly works.” The main goal of this panel is that we want people to understand what is in their best interest politically, economically, socially and culturally. We want people to understand how to act in their best interests. Once again, in the words of our beloved Sister Lynne, “ We warriors came here to listen to each other, to enjoy each other, to exchange ideas, to remember battles of old, to plan…. We learned. We have been inspired once again by the almost mystical and marvelous ability to gather strength through camaraderie, intellectual jousting and exchange but mostly by sharing the collective will to change the world.” By analyzing, critiquing and duplicating the successful strategies that led to the freedom of Lynne Stewart, we can review t he successful methods and methodologies that created the united international front that led to her liberation.
New Abolitionist Movement, Lynne Stewart Org., African People’s Socialist Party, NYC Jericho, NYS Farmer’s Market Assoc., Brownsville Matters, NYS Green Party, NYC Free Mumia Coalition
Biography: Born in Western PA in 1934, the son of a union organizer in Steel. He was a founding member of The Teacher’s Freedom Party Caucus in the UFT. Jailed during human rights struggle for community control of schools in the sixties, he organized first successful prison protest during incarceration. Supported recently deceased spouse Lynne Stewart in her lifelong struggle against judicial double standard and successfully led worldwide movement to free her from Carswell Federal Prison.
Joel Meyers —
Biography: Born and raised in Bklyn, he was among the first group of anit Vietnam War resistors. He was in the first ever demonstration against the Viet Nam War in 1963. He resisted the draft and was incarcerated in Bk,NY. He received a four year sentence. He participated in the Thompkins Square Park Uprising
Truthdig, Princeton University, New York Times, Contact
Biography: Chris Hedges is an American Pulitzer- prize winning journalist and Presbyterian minister. He is a professor at Princeton University and author of several New York Times best-sellers. He was a faithful support and champion of the late Lynne Stewart. He is a columnist for the progressive news and commentary website Truthdig.
NYC Jericho Org.
Biography: Anne is an activist with the NYC Chapter of the Jericho Movement for Recognition and Amnesty for US Political Prisoners of War. She has been doing political prisoner work since the 1970’s. She was very active in the coalition to free Lynne Stewart.
WBAI, Justice & Unity,
Biography: Bob Lederer is a longtime gay radical activist and supporter of U.S. political prisoners. In particular, he has been active in the cases of the Puerto Rican political prisoners, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and the late Lynne Stewart. He also contributed to the 2008 book, Let Freedom Ring: A Collection of Documents from the Movements to Free U.S. Political Prisoners, edited by Matt Meyer. Bob is a co-founder of the anti- racist/anti-imperialist Resistance in Brooklyn collective. For many years, he organized with ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) and later, the WBAI Justice & Unity Campaign (he still co-produces the Health Action show on that radio station). In 1985, he was imprisoned for three months, along with several other radicals, for refusing to collaborate with a federal grand jury investigating revolutionary underground groups.
Free Mumia Coalition, MOVE,
Biography:Pam Africa is world renowned for her work on building a successful movement for the release of death row journalist, Mumia Abu Jamal, and her tireless efforts to free the MOVE 8. She has worked on films, documentaries and traveled across the planet in pursuit of justice.
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Watch the video of the April 22nd Lynne Stewart Memorial below! Many thanks to Jess Sundin for all the hard work filming! The video is around 3 hours and 40 minutes long. Click on the video to view a larger version.
LYNNE STEWART MEMORIAL EVENT
Saturday, April 22, 2017
At St. Peter’s Church
NOTE NEW TIME!
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A multi-ethnic audience of supporters attended two days of memorial services a couple of weeks ago to commemorate the life and legacy of “The People’s Lawyer,” Lynne Stewart. After a lengthy, courageous battle against cancer, she eventually succumbed to its debilitating effects at her Brooklyn home March 7, at age 77.
First, Friday, March 10, at Scotto’s Funeral Home in downtown Brooklyn (106 First Place), a host of her admirers, comrades from the legal arena, longtime friends, past clients and a few relatives reflected on Stewart’s tireless work with the poor, under-represented community she loved so dearly.
“Don’t mourn me, organize!” her husband Ralph Poynter recalled Lynne suggesting to him, as well as advocating to her supporters, upon her impending passing, as her health deteriorated during her last days. “She stood with the people and fought against the system.”
He said her cause of death was complications from cancer and a series of strokes she recently suffered.
During the services, “Sister Lynne” as she was affectionately called, was compared with the Argentinean rebel, Che Guevara, who assisted Fidel Castro during the Cuban Revolution, because both “were motivated by the love of the people,” and also for taking on the task of representing several clients that the mainstream media often considered to be “radicals and revolutionaries.” It was noted how Stewart often times provided her legal services based primarily on principles, and many times, for little or no pay.
Longtime friend Betty Davis reflected on Stewart’s last few weeks on this physical plateau. “It was hard seeing her like that, but she’s not suffering anymore,” Davis said. “She wants us to continue fighting for what’s right.”
At times, some have referred to Stewart as a modern-day female John Brown, after the 19th century Caucasian slave abolitionist, for daring to stand up against a racist system many say is slanted against people of color.
Shams de Barron recalled how significant Stewart was in helping his childhood friend earn a very unlikely acquittal in one of the city’s most notorious and high-profiled, criminal cases.
“[Attorney William] Kunstler gets the credit, but Lynne was very instrumental in Larry Davis beating the attempted-murder charges of six NYPD cops,” he explained, referring to the infamous Nov. 19, 1986, Bronx conflict that had the city on edge for several weeks. “She’s the one who went to the house where the shootout happened, noticed the door was still there with bullet holes, and that is how it was proved that the cops shot first. Larry is the only person in NYC’s history to shoot police and get off on grounds of self-defense.”
The following morning at St. Marks in the Bowery, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, her funeral was conducted as mourners paid their respects to one of society’s true unsung sheroes. Those in attendance chanted Stewart’s name as her casket was hoisted up in the air and carried from the church to a waiting hearse, at the funeral’s conclusion.
Stewart’s body was interred at Brooklyn’s Greenwood Cemetery later that afternoon.
Photo by Marty Goodman, outside of Lynne’s service March 11, 2017.
WBAI REMEMBERS LYNNE STEWART
AUDIO ARCHIVE is now available
A part of the WBAI Evening News for Mar. 13, 2017
17 min. long – Our report starts at 11 min. 14 sec.
Lynne Stewart: People’s Lawyer – Presente!
Produced by Sally O’Brien and Bob Lederer,
with generous production assistance from John Riley
Following the news headlines, we reported on the memorial service for Lynne Stewart – attended by hundreds last Saturday at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery. We will also do a retrospective on the remarkable life of this widely admired People’s Lawyer and fighter for justice.
MORE ON LYNNE’S LIFE: “WHERE WE LIVE” on WBAI
Thurs., March 16 from 9:00-10:00 PM EST
Tune in to 99.5 FM or http://wbai.org/playernew.html ,
when sally o’brien and dequi kioni-sadiki of “Where We Live” will present more coverage of the life of Lynne Stewart.
Dear Brother Ralph Poynter, all the Family and Comrades of Lynne Stewart,
Deeply saddened to hear the passing of Lynne Stewart, we, the Hoshino Defense Committee members, send a heartfelt condolence to you. She was one of the greatest working class lawyers, who defended our rights, struggling against repressive laws including the USA Patriot Act.
When her cancer had seriously deteriorated behind bars, we organized a part of the global fight for her immediate release.
Her amazing comeback to various events and the speeches after accomplishing the release on December 31, 2013, delighted us greatly.
She gave her message to our rally Freedom for Fumiaki Hoshino on June 29 that year, which encouraged and inspired our movement.
We will carry on her work, strengthening international solidarity to free all political prisoners in the world including those in the US, Korea, Turkey and Japan.
Hoshino Defense Committee
Dear Brother Ralph Poynter and all Lynne Stewart’s family,
I am deeply grieved at the passing away of Sister Lynne Stewart. Her unflinching fight helped all of workers around the world defend their own right to live. Therefore, we also participated in the struggle for her freedom when her imprisonment under the outrageous USA PATRIOT led to serious aggravation of the cancer.
Tears welled up in my eyes while seeing the video of her in wheelchair at the NY airport finally out of prison.
Esteeming Fumiaki’s struggle very highly, Lynne sent a heartfelt video message to the Free Hoshino National Rally held in Tokyo; it was the great encouragement for all of us.
We will strengthen our fight to free Fumiaki Hoshino and all political prisoners of the world together with Lynne who continues to inspire us.
Co-Chair of the Hoshino Defense Committee
LYNNE STEWART: PEOPLE’S LAWYER, FREEDOM FIGHTER PRESENTÈ!
[col. writ. 3/8/17]
©’17 Mumia Abu-Jamal
Lynne Stewart, after 78 winters in America, has died, after battling for years against breast cancer.
But that was just some of her battles, and like most of us, she won some, and lost some. But she never stopped fighting!
For decades, she and her husband, Ralph, fought for New York’ site political activists and revolutionaries, like Black Panthers and Young Lords–a Puerto Rican socialist collective. But mostly, they fought for the freedom of the poor and dispossessed of New York’s Black and Brown ghettoes.
She–they–fought often and fought well in the city’s courts.
Her husband, Ralph, was a stalwart of the Black Panther Party, and her most committed defender.
When Lynne was targeted by the US Justice department, and she was tried and convicted for putting out a press release for her client, the blind Egyptian sheikh, Omar Abdul Rahman, Ralph stood in the hot Washington, DC sun, with a sign in front of the White House, demanding his wife’s release.
Her defense of her client was in the best tradition of criminal defense lawyers, and she received significant support from a broad swath of the Bar–from lawyers-yes; judges, no.
Initially sentenced to 28 months, the 2d Circuit sent it back for resentencing-and she got 10 years!
Her support only grew.
The late activist lawyer, Bill Kunstler once opined that defense lawyers should be officers of their clients, instead of officers of the court.
Lynne Stewart was an officer of her clients; a People’s Lawyer, beloved and respected.
May she ever be so.
March 10, 2017
On March 7, Lynne Stewart died peacefully at her home in her beloved Brooklyn with her family at her side. As many know, Lynne was ordered released from federal prison on Dec. 31, 2013 after a legal and political campaign to win her compassionate release due to her ongoing battle with breast cancer. Doctors from both behind the wall and in the street predicted she would succumb to the disease in six to 18 months. Through strength and determination, she lived for more than 36 months and was able to spend time with family and continue the work for justice that characterized her entire life.
I first came to know of Lynne in the 1980s when she defended one of several black and white activists charged with violating RICO laws. Her skill won an acquittal for her client, Bilal Sunni Ali. In 1985, we both were part of a defense team for a group of white activists who became known as the “Ohio 7” on trial in Brooklyn federal court. Working with Lynne and the other members of the team, including Bill Kunstler and Liz Fink, both also gone, was an education for me that no law school or CLE could come close to duplicating.
What many do not know is that Lynne was a “full service” lawyer. If you were her client, she not only fought brilliantly in court, she felt it was her responsibility to take care of her clients’ needs: clothes, making sure the clients had commissary money, facilitating visits with family. On more than one occasion, she hired former clients or members of their family to work in her office when they had no other income. At other times, she took clients and/or the children of clients into her home when they had no place to go. Lynne had a big heart. Since her release and especially in the last few months of her life, Lynne and her husband and partner Ralph Poynter increasingly urged those of us in the activist-lawyer community to dedicate ourselves to fighting racism and injustice. Our finest tribute to Lynne will be to make that a reality.
Robert J. Boyle
The writer is a solo practitioner who, with Jill Shellow,
helped to secure a compassionate release for Stewart