December 9th, 2013
Bring Lynne Stewart Home this Holiday !
For the second time the warden of Carswell FCI agreed to forward the compassionate release petition to the DOJ. For the second time, Obama Holder are stalling. The time to increase the heat is now.
On DECEMBER 10th, 11th, the 12th, make 3 calls for for Compassion!!!
President Obama-202 456 1111,
Att.Gen.Holder-202 353 1555
B.O.P. Dir. Samuels-202 307-3250/3062
“…Finally and not to burden your time schedules, I need to once again ask for your assistance in forcing the Bureau of Prisons to grant my Compassionate Release. They have been stonewalling now since August and my life expectancy, as per my cancer Doctor, is down to 12 months. They know I am fully qualified and that there are 40,000+ people who have signed on to force them to do the right thing which is to let me go home to my family and receive the advanced care in New York City, my home. Yet they refuse to act. I must say it is entirely within the range of their politics and their cruelty to hold the political prisoners until we have days to live before releasing us — Witness Herman Wallace of Angola and Marilyn Buck. We are fighting not to permit this and are actually calling for a BIG push–email, mail, telephone, to Obama(the gutless wonder) Attorney General Holder (Big Speech No Action) and the BOP on December, 10, 11 and 12. Bring Lynne Home by the Holidays. We are Many ! They are few!!
And lastly , as you discuss political prisoners, remember that I am a virtual newcomer having just finished 4 years inside. Not far from here in Coleman,Fla., at the Federal Prison there, is the heroic defender of his people, Leonard Peltier. He is as far from his nation, the Turtle Mountain Band in North Dakota as it is possible to be.
EVERYBODY HOME !! FREE LEONARD !! FREE SEKOU !! FREE MUMIA !! FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS !!…..”
Lynne Stewart, FMC
December 2nd, 2013
Thursday, December 5 at 6pm
150 Washington Street
Providence, Rhode Island
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/576718049049470/
November 11th, 2013
THE RUTGERS SCHOOL OF LAW | NEWARK CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD PRESENTS:
THE SECOND ANNUAL ARTHUR KINOY AWARDS CEREMONY
Wednesday, November 13
Rutgers School of Law | Newark
Please Join the National Lawyers Guild in Celebrating the Memory of Rutgers Law School’s Very Own People’s Lawyer!!!
This is an excellent opportunity to network with public interest students, alums, lawyers, advocates and organizers while enjoying delicious food and drink.
(Vegan Options Available)
Professor Gary Francione is returning to host this event recognizing people’s lawyers in the name of Arthur Kinoy:
Steven Gotzler, Legal Program Assistant at the ACLU-PA
and Connie Pascale, Vice-President and Assistant General Counsel at Legal Service of NJ
SEE YOU THERE!!!
Sliding Scale Admission:
•$5-15 Recent Alum and General Public
NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY!
October 28th, 2013
Many thanks to all who took photos!
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October 24th, 2013
From Akiko Hoshino to Carole Seligman:
When we demonstrated against Tokushima prison with 430 people on September 8, we loudly shouted about freeing Mumia Abu Jamal and Lynne Stewart too. I am now sending you these pictures.
October 23rd, 2013
Raging Granny Julia Leak
Lynne Supporters in Minnesota!
Lynne Supporters in Seattle!
October 22nd, 2013
San Francisco, CA
October 13th, 2013
Click here to read a letter in support of compassionate release for Lynne from a fellow prisoner at FMC Carswell.
“For the past two years I have interacted with Ms. Stewart and she has been a God-send to not only me, but many numerous inmates with her positive attitude and wonderful living skills that she has imparted to others.”
October 11th, 2013
October 8, 2013
When the voices of the most vulnerable – including those confined to prisons – are heard, we know we are on the right track. When those who are the most isolated from their families, communities and the basic necessities of life are not only heard, but are leading and helping shape the demands of our larger, collective struggle for dignity and well being, the terms of the struggle are affirmed and fortified. When their voices are raised up by others in a joint struggle for dignity and well being, we get a glimpse of our collective humanity and the potential it holds for creating a qualitatively different world for us all.
Lynne Stewart understands this. She has dedicated more than three decades of service as a lawyer to the poor and the outcast, and to taking on cases that expose the unjust systems in which we live that feed on racism and exploitation. Lynne Stewart understands this and has written to us from her prison cell of the need to not only win her fight, but the fight of all political prisoners in this country, and prisoners around the world demanding justice and dignity.
Prisons from Pelican Bay to Guantanamo to Palestine are part-and-parcel of a political economy fueled by militarization, endless war, and forms of trade that deny the basic needs of and do violence to individuals, families, entire communities and the planet. Lynne Stewart is one of our formidable defenders of dissent against unjust systems, and for this she is dying in prison. She put out a call for us to come together on her 74th birthday to demand her release from imprisonment. This call is an expression of her insistence on her own humanity and dignity, the same humanity and dignity she has insisted on for her clients and for us all.
Let our voices continue to rise until her request for compassionate release is honored and she is home with her family. Let us all help bring Lynne Stewart home.
Mich Levy, co-founder of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
October 11th, 2013
In our relatively short lifetimes the goal of fulfilling a mission, or creating an essence of a life eludes, or is minimized by most of us. Some of us start down that ethereal path only to be distracted, diverted or coopted by the cultural, social, economic and or political forces which dominate life and existence in our materialistic world.
Some, very few, amongst us are the true treasures of our mortal experience.
YOU, Lynne Stuart, are in that exclusive Club of Humanity. Underlying all you have done for the wretched who have entered your presence, is the most powerful guiding force and energy – Love. Permit me:
In life without fail
One treasure prevails
Not riches or pride
They fall to the side
Neither power or glory
The failed ageless story
No remnants of these
Shall precious life seize
Why have we not learned
Through millennia churned
Beyond and above
There is only Love
And so have you lived. They may weaken your body and take away your life but they can never extinguish the love which has permeated your life and work and blessed those who, even from afar, you have inspired.
As ever, and always,
October 11th, 2013
I am inspired by your courage, compassion and deep concern for others less fortunate, even in your trying circumstances. I hold you in deep respect for the extraordinary person you are, and my heart goes out to you for being so unfairly treated by a cold and heartless system. Along with thousands of others, I hold you in my thoughts and fervently hope that justice will prevail and you will soon be released from prison.
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
October 11th, 2013
Dear Lynne Stewart
From occupied Palestine I follow your brave struggle with honour and admiration Yours is the struggle of all of us who fight for class and national liberation from neo-liberal and colonial opression. Your courage and determination strengthens us in carrying on our daily revolutionary tasks . It will definately enlighten the dark days which await the generation to come, until worldwide justice and equality would prevail.
October 11th, 2013
I can only say that I am horrified by the caging and torture of human beings, and actually of all creatures. To know that you, Lynne, a brilliant woman who has devoted all your energy to helping free others held in chains, are yourself caged and shackled even during mortal illness, makes me shudder, and is nearly impossible for me to contemplate. In the same way, the caging of Mumia, Leonard Peltier, the endless solitary confinement and mental torture of the recently deceased Herman Wallace of the Angola 3, and so many millions of others here and worldwide, makes me shudder with horror. All I can say is that your totally unjust suffering inflicted solely for your valiant work to help others is deeply felt by many.
With fervent wishes for your immediate release to the arms of your glorious and loving family,
October 8th, 2013
LONG LIVE LYNNE (A Birthday Message)
[col. writ. 9/27/13] © ’13 Mumia Abu-Jamal
When October 8th rolls around, people’s attorney, Lynne Stewart, will have reached her 74th year of life.
That she reaches it behind bars in one of the most backward states of the Union (Texas), is a mark of both her extraordinary work as a lawyer, and of the weakness of our Movements.
For Lynne should never have been jailed for what is, essentially, a prison rule (the so-called SAMs: Special Administrative Measures) – an unconstitutional one, at that – and a trial that was based more on hysteria than fact.
A New York jury, flashed film and photos of Osama bin Laden? Seriously? Who wouldn’t have been convicted?
But Lynne was targeted for her long and distinguished history as a lawyer of last resort: the unpopular the poor, the political and the downtrodden knew, from word on the street, that Lynne Stewart would take your case – and rumble.
The Establishment’s hatred of Stewart owes more to her successful defense of Larry Davis than the blind sheikh, Omar Abdel-Rahman (Davis was engaged in a gun battle with NY cops, after resigning from years of selling drugs for them, and lived; and Lynne helped beat the attempted murder charges)
for this she was targeted; for this she was tried; for this she was convicted; and for this, 2 years was quintupled into 10 years!
Lynne was convicted of treason to whiteness!
The rest is pretext; law practiced as politics to sow the seeds of fear in other lawyers –lest they forget their place.
Lynne should be free – only you can make it so!
Contact: lynnestewart.org, and fight for her who fought for you.
October 8th, 2013
Message from Dick Gregory in Celebration of the birthday of Lynne Stewart, October 8, 2013
Sisters and Brothers,
SIx months and four days ago, on April 4, 2013, I made a commitment to refuse all solid food “until Lynne Stewart is freed and receives medical treatment in the care of her family and with physicians of her choice without which she will die.”
It is a measure of the duplicity and brazen contempt for the law on the part of the Justice Department and those in power in the United States that the human rights of Lynne Stewart have been so cruelly defiled.
As we have seen with Herman Wallace, there is no injustice that shames or inhibits the powerful in their exploitative abuse of the great majority of our people. This vast prison apparatus is itself an instrument of terror.
It is Lynne Stewart’s role as a llfe-long defender of the oppressed and the abandoned that marks her as an enemy of the State.
Her real crime is her humanity and her punishment is designed to be an object lesson to us all.
The real agenda of the persecutors of Lynne Stewart is unmistakable. Our efforts to expose it have enabled Lynne’s application for Compassionate Release and the international petition in its support to galvanize people of conscience. Over 30,000 signed the first petition and the moral resonance of its appeal has been given expression widely by people and organizations who oppose injustice.
And yet Lynne Stewart is not free. The Stage Four Cancer that advances in her lungs and lymph nodes has compelled acknowledgement by the Warden in FMS Carswell and his prison medical staff. Their recommendation for Compassionate Release is a tribute as well to the Report by Human Rights Watch and the testimony before Congress by Michael Horowitz, Inspector General of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
In spite of the indisputable medical evidence of the terminal nature of Lynne’s cancer, Charles E. Samuels, Jr., Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons remains guilty of what Jesuits call “invincible ignorance.”
in the face of the indisputable medical record and the urgings of the “finders of fact” at the federal prison where Lynne is held, the Federal Bureau of Prisons denied her Compassionate Release claiming that her health “was improving.”
For months now, this blatant falsification of the medical record by the Federal Bureau of Prisons has been publicized the world over. It has been presented to Judge John Koeltl, the sentencing judge. It has been corroborated by international legal and medical bodies.
The truth has aroused the conscience of growing number of people made aware of a vindictive State engaged in judicial murder.
Compelled anew by the findings of such international organizations as Lawyers Rights Watch Canada and the medical record itself, prison doctors themselves now acknowledge that Lynne Stewart has a life expectancy that can be measured in months.
I am sustained by the humor, humanity and indomitable will of Lynne Stewart.
May we be worthy of her nobility of spirit as we fight on to set her free.
October 8th, 2013
Many happy(?) returns. You are a wonderful inspiration with your zeal for justice and righteousness. This is a moral universe and eventually good and right will prevail. God bless you richly, +Desmond Tutu.
October 8th, 2013
Seventy four years ago the Divine Spirit of Liberation and Freedom saw fit to place you amongst us in the hopes that the world would learn through you that God desires Justice. Let us celebrate your birthday this October 8th, firm in the knowledge that Justice is indeed coming! That soon you will with us, back home with those who love you, and that your living words of truth to power will continue to ring throughout this land giving hope to the oppressed and power to the people.
Happy Birthday Lynne! And may the healing power of God keep you and protect you from all harm.
We shall not cease until you are home! We love you always!
Father Frank Morales, NYC
October 8th, 2013
Statement by Ralph Schoenman in Commemoration of Lynne Stewart’s Birthday: October 8, 2013
We are celebrating today the 74th birthday of Lynne Stewart, the intrepid and internationally revered defender of the the rights of the oppressed.
Lynne Stewart languishes in Federal prison with stage four cancer advancing rapidly in her lungs, rendering her breathing precarious as she weakens daily.
These are the harsh realities. These are the cruel facts.
Lynne Stewart was falsely charged, tried and convicted of conspiring to aid” terrorism.” Her conspiracy is her person as defense counsel for a man falsely accused. The basic evidence for the innocence of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman inculpates directly the Federal Bureau of Investigation itself and the Justice Department to which it answers for the crimes imputed to the accused.
There is no more fundamental attack on the rights of citizens than enfolding an attorney within the crime imputed to her defendant for the act of defending him.
When Lynne Stewart cross-examined the Egyptian intelligence operative of Hosni Mubarak who answered to the F.B.I. in New York, it was revealed in court that the explosives used in the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 were supplied and planted by the F.B.I. When Lynne Stewart sought to cross examine Emad Ali Salem about the role of his superiors in the F.B.I., Judge Michael Mukasey forbade further questioning of the witness.
Judge Mukasey, in the Alice in Wonderland world of his court room, proclaimed, “Think how dangerous it would have been had the accused supplied explosives instead of the FBI.”
The criminal conspiracy with which the people of the United States are confronted is that of Judge Mukasey, and it includes a prosecution that answers to the President of the United States and his Attorney General.
It should not surprise us that this same Judge Michael Mukasey, when nominated to be Attorney General, published an article in the Wall Street Journal advocating “a parallel system of justice in the United States” for those accused of crimes against national security. Those so accused by the State would no longer be allowed defense counsel, due process or public trials. On the contrary, Judge Mukasey, intoned, people so accused should be treated as mental patients and consigned by fiat to institutions where they would be held without public notice or access.
This is the real content of the National Defense Authorization Act of Barack Obama.
It is in the spirit of Judge and later Attorney General Michael Mukasey, that yesterday, October 7th, on the eve of Lynne’s Stewart’s 74th birthday that we celebrate today across the world, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear her Appeal.
The powerful Brief presented to the Supreme Court by her attorneys demonstrated irrefutably that Lynne Stewart’s public statements to the media and to the world regarding Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman,is speech protected absolutely by the First Amendment – the most fundamental of those freedoms secured by the first ten amendments to the U.S. constitution known as the Bill of Rights.
It should surprise none of us that when cert was filed by Lynne’s attorneys requesting the Supreme Court to hear Lynne’s Appeal, the Solicitor General, on behalf of the Justice Department of Barack Obama and Eric Holder, filed papers opposing the right of Appeal and demanding that the Supreme Court deny it.
Yesterday, a pliant Supreme Court complied.
But then, sisters and brothers, comrades and friends, who is Eric Holder, the Attorney General of the United States to whom Charles E. Samuels, Jr., the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, answers?
Attorney Eric Holder, partner in the high powered Washington, DC insiders’ law firm, Covington and Burling, was the legal representative of Chiquita Brands International, Inc, the heir to United Fruit, whose CEO Fernando Aguirre was compelled to admit on 60 minutes that Chiquita Brands had paid millions of dollars to right-wing death squads in Colombia, known as the AUC. Coca-Cola colluded.
The U.S. State Department lists the UAC as a terrorist organization. The Attorney General of Colombia, Mario Iguaran, described the role of Chiquita Brands and its executives as a “criminal conspiracy.” Their paramilitary death squads killed tens of thousands of peasants, union organizers and wiped out entire villages.
Eric Holder was the principal attorney for Chiquita Brands. He crafted their defense. Holder contrived the lie that the millions paid by Chiquita for the execution of peasants, students, union leaders and defenders of the poor by Chiquita’s hired death squads were to secure “protection” for Chiquita’s own employees.
No, said the Colombian Attorney General. “It was to Chiquita’s great benefit to finance the death squads within this region to allow them to conduct their extremely profitable banana-growing operations.” Preserving slave labor enforced by a reign of terror, Chiquita Brands supplied lists of those to be killed.
Attorney General Eric Holder continued to represent Chiquita Brands. He was well paid for his services as legal mouthpiece for the death squads of Colombia. The Attorney General of the United States served as terrorist in chief.
It was Attorney General Holder and his Justice Department who direct the prosecution and persecution of Lynne Stewart. This prosecution demanded a thirty year sentence for Lynne Stewart.
When Judge Koeltl sentenced Lynne Stewart to 28 months, the Justice Department appealed to the Second Circuit demanding a directive for a vastly increased sentence.
Judges of the Second Circuit who led the way in ordering Judge Koeltl to enhance Lynne’s sentence were Judge John M. Walker. Jr. and Judge Robert D. Sack.
Judge Walker is a cousin of George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.
On October 25, 2006, Judge Walker struck a traffic policeman, Dan Picacgl, in New Haven with his sports vehicle and killed him.
He was not detained by the police. The police did not subject Judge Walker to a test for alcohol consumption. He was never charged.
Judge Walker was a partner in the law firm Patterson, Belknap and Wells. He was also a partner in Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher. Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher is a global law firm with over 1,000 attorneys and 2,000 staff in18 offices throughout the world, including North and South America, Asia and the Middle East. Other partners include former Solicitor General Theodore Olson.
Judge Robert D. Sack, like Judge Walker, was a partner in both Patterson, Belknap and Wells as well as Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher.
Judge and later Attorney General Michael Mukasey, the judge in the trial of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman was also a partner in Patterson, Belknap, Webb and Tyler as well as Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher.
Neither Judge Sack for “cop killer” Judge Walker recused themselves despite having shared partnerships with Judge Mukasey in powerful and prestigious law firms.
What of Charles E. Samuels, Jr. Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons? Director Samuels received a second recommendation for Compassionate Release for Lynne Stewart from FMS Carswell Warden Jody Upton along with the recommendation of FMS Carswell Prison Medical Staff.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons Medical experts confirmed the findings of Warden Upton and his medical staff.
Instead of instructing the Federal attorney to file a motion with Judge John Koeltl for Compassionate Release for Lynne Stewart as required by the 1984 Sentencing Act, Director Samuels referred the issue to “an independent Committee” for which there is no legal provision.
Who is Director Charles E. Samuels, Jr? Here is his testimony before the House Appropriations Committee at the time that FBOP Inspector General Michael Horowitz excoriated the Federal Bureau of Prisons for refusing to abide by the law and implement Compassionate Release.
Director Samuels responded as follows in testimony that included a section entitled “Preventing Radicalization in Federal Prisons”:
“The BOP takes very seriously the obligation to guard against the spread of terrorism and extremist ideologies…and has taken substantial steps to address this concern. BOP pursues a policy of containment…using a variety of management controls, including monitoring inmates’ social communications and restricting prisoners’ housing and movement.
“In addition, BOP monitors and records telephonic communication of inmates…and shares any relevant information with the FBI, including its National Joint Terrorism Task Force and other agencies. …BOP and FBI jointly developed the Correctional Intelligence Initiative, a national project to detect, deter and disrupt radicalization of inmates.
“Through its work, the project helps develop best practices and coordinates procedures to ensure outside extremists are universally denied access to prison populations.”
In short, the Federal Bureau of Prisons under Director Samuels has set itself up as the arbiter of political belief and expression on the part of prisoners. It has arrogated to itself the right to “disrupt radicalization” and suppress political opinion of which the FBOP and the FBI and the National Joint Terrorism Task Force “disapprove.”
There is a criminal conspiracy in the United States, sisters and brothers. It is that of those who have usurped power for that one tenth of one percent of our population that exploits and oppresses the mass of our people
It is this conspiracy that is responsible for the prosecution and persecution of Lynne Stewart. It is this apparatus that wants Lynne Stewart dead and has conspired to torment her.
The international movement to free Lynne Stewart is a cutting edge component of a life and death struggle for the emancipation of us all.
We can not persuade this criminal cabal. We can not placate them. Nor can we cater to them.
We must take this fight to free Lynne Stewart, our sister in struggle, to the oppressed everywhere.
It is central to the liberation of us all.
October 8th, 2013
Happy Birthday Lynne !!
Prison walls cannot shut you out or suppress the light, compassion and love you bring to others.
Birthdays are a time to celebrate the joys and blessings, trials and victories accumulated in our short lifetime. Lynne, surely your story ranks among the most compelling and inspiring.
Through prison walls, both physical and in our minds, you come to us to remind us what humanity, citizenship and solidarity mean in these times. You tell the story of what it means to be a “defense lawyer” in a once great country, now seized by zealots, and with a populace too often crippled by fear. When others are vindictive and mean, you sparkle and bid us to be true to ourselves and to each other.
You remind us, even in your solitude and pain, that you are but one, among the many federally imprisoned, who meet every rational and humane criterion for compassionate release. You bid us to act on behalf of ALL—and even more than compassionate release… to join the struggle to oppose the death penalty.
Lynne, may our prayers and appeals bring you home to write your final chapter in the presence and warmth of family.
And may your example give the strength to speak out when others are silent, to challenge power when justice is trampled and to show compassion when and where it is needed.
Fr. Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann
President of UN General Assembly, 2008-2009
Foreign Minister of Nicaragua, 1979-1990
October 8th, 2013
“Lynne Stewart has cancer and is in durance vile on questionable grounds. Where is the mercy in the land of the free and the home of the brave that would nevertheless keep her locked up in a Texas jail. Deliver her from evil.” Ed Asner