Tributes from the Hoshino Defense Committee

March 12th, 2017
The followings are condolence letters from Hoshino Defense Committee and its co-chair and wife of Fumiaki Hoshino, Japanese political prisoner.
In Solidarity,
Seto Tadashi
International Labor Solidarity Committee of Doro-Chiba

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.

In Solidarity,

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.

Akiko Hoshino,

Co-Chair of the Hoshino Defense Committee

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