Support Marilyn Zuniga, the teacher suspended for sending “Get Well” cards to Mumia

April 13th, 2015

Lynne and Ralph’s Letter to the Mayor of Orange, NJ:

We wish to register our objection to any discipline contemplated against Ms Zuniga.  Her enlisting her students to voluntarily write to Mumia Abu Jamal who thousands believe to be an innocent incarcerated and now in failing health is a lesson in civics that all schools should be teaching.  She should be honored for her insight

We are ex teachers, now retired and know the importance of not intimidating teachers to proclaim the company (government) line!!

True Patriots,

Lynne Stewart and Ralph Poynter

Write your own letter!

Marilyn Zuniga is the consceintious third grade teacher who was suspended for having her students send get well letters to political prisoner, Mumia Abu Jamal. Now, not only have they suspended her, but they are threatening to take more action against her, which could result in the loss of her job and her license. URGENT ACTION IS NEEDED NOW! We must stand behind this brave and compassionate teacher and let the Orange Board of Education know that these are the kind of teachers that we want in our classrooms.

Go to the Orange Board of Education meeting this Tuesday, 4/14/15, 7:30 pm. 400 Central Avenue, Orange, NJ. Inside the Orange Prepatory Academy auditorium. Word however is that they are planning to have a meeting on Monday, 4/13 to deal with this issue. So please call the Orange Board of Education in the morning to find out when these meetings are taking place. That number is: 973-677-4000.

Call and Email the following immediately! In the subject line put I support Marilyn Zuniga and Mumia is Innocent! And you might want to also include your geographic location as they need to see support coming from all over for this teacher.

Mayor of Orange: Dwayne D. Warren Esq.
Phone: 973-266-4005

Orange Superintendent of Schools: Ron Lee
Phone #: 973 677-4040

Forest Street School Principal: Yancisca Cooke
Phone # 973.677.4120

Orange Brd of Ed phone #: 973 677-4000
Board Secretary: Adekunle James

Lynne and Cornel West speak about the importance of supporting Mumia!

April 8th, 2015

Video of the mother of political Prisoner Abdullah Majid

March 11th, 2015
Please forward this urgent Mother’s appeal far and wide. Consider writing a letter on behalf of Abdul Majid to the Board of Parole, Washington Avenue, Albany, NY. The NYPD have already gotten an editorial in the News urging no parole. Lets show them !!

- Lynne Stewart

Watch the video here:

There is still the time to submit letters to the parole board for political prisoner Abdul Majid.

Guidelines for Parole Letters in support of Abdul Majid

These letters should not be form letters. They should be sincere and in your own words!

1. The letters should be addressed to me at Moira Meltzer-Cohen, Attorney at Law, 11 Park Place Suite 914, NY NY 10007, but on the top left-hand side of the page, they should say TO: NYS Board of Parole, 1220 Washington Avenue, Building 2, Albany, NY 12226-2050. You must mail, not email letters!

2. Put the date on the letter

3. There should be a subject line that says Re: 2015 Parole Hearing for Abdul Majid, DIN#83-A-0483

4. Your salutation can be Dear Honorable Members of the Parole Board:

5. Identify yourself, and where you live, explain who you are and what you do, and your relationship with Abdul.

6. If there is any way in which you personally can help him acclimate and reenter society, explain your relationship to him, if any, or how you see yourself being able to help him if and when he is released.

7. Do not argue Abdul’s criminal case, or discuss the reasons that the state or the police are bad.

8. Do include in your letter the following:

• Abdul has spent more than three decades in prison for a crime he has always said he didn’t commit
• The recidivism rate for people of his age is extremely low
• His disciplinary record is nonviolent and in the last decade has been extremely good
• He has a support system, skills, and a place to live
• He has a strong faith, and a strong faith community
• He spent his time in prison acquiring skills, for example:

- Associate’s Degree in business administration,
- Several legal certifications,
- Participated in the Islamic Therapeutic Program, including classes for GED, substance abuse, Anti-aggression resolution, parenting, and anti-recidivism
- Participation in the African Cultural Awareness Organization, including classes on history, sponsoring community forums on reentry after incarceration, and fundraisers to give back to the community
- Worked with the Lifers Organization to propose legislation on sentencing reform, and teaching classes, including classes for young adults on adjusting to prison and coping with long sentences, legal research, and civics.

Thank you, everyone, for helping to support Abdul. Remember to sign your letter.

Moira Meltzer-Cohen

From Lynne: A Valentine Remembrance — Past and for the future

February 23rd, 2015

Photo by Marty Goodman

It was a bitter cold night outside on East 54 Street and Lexington Avenue but the temperature inside St. Peters Church began to rise with the first arrivals at around 5 for an evening of historic remembrance and love.  We were there to celebrate and re-commit ourselves to the heroic men and women who sacrificed and continue to be at the mercy of the most barbaric prison systems in this world.  “Bring Them All Home” was the rallying cry, repeated many times during the course of the evening and re-inforced by prison veteran Laura Whitehorn when she reminded us that these heroes do not “languish”,they are a vital part of the force that will ultimately free them.

After the crowd gathered we were serenaded.exhorted,made to laugh out loud and weep by the various persons who had come to the Valentine.  And that was the right name because this was all about love.  Not the sickeningly sentimental Hollywood or tv editions but the kind that is strong in recognizing that heroes and sheroes. The kind that understands that freedom is sometimes sacrifice but must never descend to cynicism.  That righteous anger is truth, an Honest response to an intolerable situation.  And that “By Any Means Necessary” is not just a slogan but the way forward to reach our goals.

We were favored by the physical presence of ex-Political Prisoners Kaze. Toure, Joel Meyers, Sekou Odinga, Cisco Torres, Laura Whitehorn, Kathy Boudin, myself.

We were exhorted and challenged by speakers Pam Africa, Larry Hamm, Ralph Poynter and Glenn Ford to carry the fight forward.  no matter how discouraging or repressive conditions may be. We were serenaded by the Grannies (lynne included) and Lucy Murphy, Janine Otis, Seraphina Brown.  The spoken word was given to us by actress extraordinaire Vinie Burrows and First Class Rhymer Comic Professor Louis. Vinie inspired with the words spoken at the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti.  The good professor reminded us that that working class always get kicked in the A– and what to do about it.

This fabulous evening was punctuated by remarks of our mcs Mimi Rosenberg and Nelle Bailey.  We had messages read from comrades Jeff Mackler, and political prisoners Jalil Montaquim and David Gilbert. We had skypes with pp Larry Giddings , Ralph Shoenman, and from Minnesota Jess Sundin representing one of twenty three grand jury resisters. I personally want to reach out and embrace all the comrades and supporters who worked and contributed to make this event the joyous scene it was.  More than I can mention and I don’t want to slight anyone but we had wonderful food before the main event and a red (emphasis on red) velvet cake to make the final celebration at 10 oclock at the close of festivities.

We left in the teeth of a winter wind and below freezing temperatures but our hearts and minds were warm and dedicated once again…At least this warrior woman who was rescued by the People from the vile system and who is still fighting her death warrant was re-invigorated.

More photos from Marty Goodman:

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A Valentine from Lynne Stewart to all Political Prisoners – February 20th

January 28th, 2015

A Valentine from Lynne Stewart to all Political Prisoners — In and Out,  On February 20  we will have an event at St Peters Church (the Jazz church) from 5:30 to 10 pm celebrating  and sending Mad Love to all who still remain behind the walls and to those who have been forced to be guests of the State and who are now released.  This is meant to be as Inclusive as the Lynne Stewart Organization has always been.

St Peters is located at 54 Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan.  We will have entertainment–musical, comedy There will be speeches (short) with Glenn Ford as a featured keynoter.  We are hoping to duplicate the wonderful outpouring of a year ago to welcome Lynne home.

Admission is $10 No one will be turned away,  and there will be refreshments.

We are dedicated to bring home all political prisoners and prisoners of war and conscience from all progressive struggles!

Come One Come All February 20 at St Peters Church!

Ralph Poynter .
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