Lynne is speaking in the Bay Area in May – see flyer for dates!
Lynne & Raging Grannies sing at Ralph, Betty, Lillian birthday celebration. Photo by Sara Flounders.
Lynne is asking folks to write a letter for Seth Hayes to the parole Board. Seth is a former BPP/BLA member convicted in the homicide of a Transit cop, he has served 41 years. This is his 10 attempt at parole. He has distinguished himself in NY state prison system educationally and vocationally. The community and his family will benefit by his release. End vindictive Incarceration !!
Letters Should be Addressed to:
and sent to his attorney
FURTHER INFO AT: nycjericho at gmail dot com
Off to Sloan on Tuesday for first consultation on my lymphedema (swollen left arm) Am also taking full array of oils, vitamins, powders and potions as recommended and gifted by my Dr. daughter. Will keep everyone up to date (without becoming tedious…I hope)
Off to International Women’s Day celebration and glad to be here to do so.!
Went down to the local medicaid office to check on my application for coverage after I got it marked urgent last week…
two months after being freed on compassionate release, and countless trips to medicare and medicaid offices, I now have Medicaid coverage !!! Effective as of Feb 1 and extending to July 2014.
I immediately called SKettering and made appointments. Whew, what a relief .
Please save Wednesday evening March 26 for a birthday party thrown by me, Lynne Stewart for Ralph and Betty.
WHERE: 80 St Marks Place (nr. 2d Avenue) in New York
Ralph will be 80 !!!!!!! on March 21. Betty will be 70 !!!!!! on March 30
That’s a LOT of years dedicated to our movement.
We are still making final arrangements but promised is Norman Thomas Marshall performing as John Brown and Seraphina Brown (our grandaughter) on guitar. Ralph promises an 80th birthday Fiery Speech! More Stars will join them and us.
We will have cake (Birthday of Course) and coffee etc.
We are asking $10 admission at the door (no-one turned away) to benefit Political Prisoners Commissary.
Updates to come – keep checking out lynnestewart.org.
I am still so overwhelmed by the love and joy of the Valentine of February 14 that I find it difficult to write through my tears of happiness. Happens every time I sit down to write this or when I see the photos on the website. It was a great moment for me, my family but also, I hope for the movement. We needed a victory like this to carry us to new realizations of Unity and erase the fractiousness that has characterized us since the days of Co Intel Pro.
I am still working on finding my normal after the 4+years in federal prison. I am hampered by the probation condition that forbids my association with “felons”; making it impossible to communicate with my former sisters and constituency at Carswell. As many of you know, once the Prison was aware that Ralph was landing at Dallas/Ft Worth for our usual monthly visit and farewell, that afternoon they got me out of the Big House in a hurry. Unbelievable speed and efficiency for the Bureau of Prisons. The Judge in NY signed the order at 2:15 pm and I was waiting for Ralph in a parking lot outside the prison gates at 5:30. (They probably thought that either you all, or the media would be storming their citadel if I weren’t released immediately !!) I was so glad to be free of their Arbitrary Authority but it also meant that many close friends Mara, Wanda, Kathy, Jenn, Rollow, Gwen, to name a few–I never got a chance to say goodbye to personally and now I can’t. BUT, I haven’t forgotten my promise to keep on working to bring about some merciful changes in the Prison System and I still think about them, often.
On another sombre note, little did I think that when I arrived in Brooklyn I would need to become locked in ferocious battle with the forces of Medicare and Medicaid. But that Is what Ralph and I have been doing since January 2. Let me preface this by saying that my prognosis, of 12 months of life with this cancer, in 7/13 has not changed. First, Medicare told me that when I went to jail in November, 2009, they had continued to pay my Health Insurance provider until 2011. When they “notified” (?HOW?) me that I needed to enroll again in Medicare I did not respond. (of course not, being in Texas) Therefore, not having opted then to get this entitlement, I could not now get coverage until July 2014. They suggested that I sign up for Medicaid administered by the state of NY. After many trips and many documents Medicaid finally (2/22) declined to cover me, because Ralph and I have income (our social security payments) that exceeds their monthly limit. We are now hoping that we will be able to enter into a program whereby they will accept a different accounting, a pay in, and I will be covered through July. Sloan Kettering Hospital, my choice for treatment, has allowed me to pay with Medicaid. So, we are working on it and I want to say Loud and Clear that poverty is hard work. We still advocate for Single Payer !!! No-one should have to jump through these hoops to get treatment, especially when they are not feeling all that well or energetic.
And or course, and eternally, I have to say, I couldn’t do it without my formidable and loyal and loving partner Ralph Poynter. We have to laugh sometimes as we compare our elderly selves to the passionate duo that met in their twenties on the “60′s battle lines of political challenges. But, hey, we’re still here and intend to remain loyal to all the causes that are necessary to fight in this rapacious capitalist world we live in. We must have victory. There must be a better world for us and for all the generations still out there.
Finally, I have to say that just as I finished writing this I received word of the passing of my brother at Law, friend and Comrade Chokwe Lumumba in Jackson, Misssissippi. I will write at another time, about the six month trial and acquittal victory (1983) for Bilal Sunni Ali in the federal Brinks case, where we served as co-counsel. Chokwe, on summation played a record of Gil Scott Heron. We are all the heirs and heiresses of a rich heritage of resistance. We must fight on.
Some photos from recent New York celebration for Lynne below. Click on a photo to see a full-size version.
All photos taken by Brenda Sandburg – thank you!
There will also be a new blog from Lynne coming soon.