Lynne reads the new book of art from political prisoner Tom Manning, “For Love and Liberty.” She urges everyone to pick up a copy today and support Tom!
Click this link to order your copy today: http://www.freedomarchives.org/Tom%20Manning.html
Lynne wants everyone to know that Jamil is now at Butner Medical Center (federal prison facility) and we all must continue to pay close attention to his situation and make sure he gets good treatment while there.
The will be an update TONIGHT (7/17) at 8pm Eastern on the WBAI program Where We Live. Click here to go to the WBAI website and stream live tonight.
My very dear friends, comrades, supporters;
Since my prognosis designated July as a terminal date, I decided I better write so that you would know that all is well and we continue to fight on !!
In the past months we had a superb trip and rousing events in California — lots of people old and new to continue to share in the joy that I am OUT ! Ralph and I danced in the street in the mission district of San Francisco accompanied by a Leftist Brass Band. We had a barn burner event in Oakland and we traveled to San Jose, Marin County and Sacramento to meet and greet the many supporters who played the all important role that has put me back on the streets. The effort was movement wide and proves what can be done. We just have to muster the will to do it. After we returned to the East we made a visit to Boston and met with many folks of past struggles and of course, their greeting to me was formidable. Right here in my own NYC we participated in the many events surrounding the effort to free Oscar Rivera Lopez, Puerto Rican political prisoner held for 33 years. Hopefully that will happen soon. We also made numerous phone calls and signed petitions on behalf of Abdullah Majid and Jalil Montecalm, Seth Hayes and Jamil el Amin and others I am committed to emptying the jails of our Mandelas.
Healthwise I have been keepin’ on. With guidance from my Doctor daughter Zenobia and the folks at Memorial Sloane Kettering I am embarked on an experimental regimen that has shown success in people whose cancer involvement is similar to mine. It is quite rigorous in its scientific discipline and keeps us close to home even when we might want to be away. BUT it is a positive hope and I am determined (as you all know) to beat this affliction into the ground and continue with the WORK. It seems to become more pressing with each day as the predations of capitalism grow more ominous.
On the negative side, I continue to have trouble walking and must lean on the good Ralph — literally as I did figuratively for the last 4 years— Side effects from the experimental meds are bothersome but not more. On the Positive side, we have moved from my generous son and daugher in law’s back into the little house i was living in at the time I went to jail. SNAIL MAIL 1676 8th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 A great deal of family effort and a fair amount of $$$ made this possible but it is so restorative to be living there once again—my books, my old ’60′s posters, the family pictures… Heavenly. I just wish that I could summon up a little more energy to respond to many of you who have reached out to us. Hopefully the new drug will remedy this.
We are extremely grateful for all the money raised to help pay for the necessities, medical and otherwise. Now that we are back out in the real world in our own house we have some new needs . Each visit to the Doctors in Manhattan costs at least $100. for parking and etc. If you are in a position and feel inclined to help out, we are always appreciative.
Tomorrow I will be at SK to be prodded and poked and then we will join my beloved family upstate for the holiday to be celebrated in a revolutionary manner. It is a good day to think about true revolutionary movements world wide and the people who made them,,not the least of whom are the many brave men and women in the political prisoner gulag of America.
Lynne and Ralph at John Brown’s grave in Lake Placid, NY, 2014.
Lynne wants everyone to know she is bursting with pride because her granddaughter Milana Velasquez Stewart has published her first novel, Not Average Rebels! You can purchase the book on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Average-Rebels-Milana-Velasquez-Stewart/dp/1495920313/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398278619&sr=8-1&keywords=not+average+rebels.
“Everyone should purchase at least 10 copies!!” – Lynne
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 .
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.
Chris Hedges interviews Lynne Stewart (Part 1)