Lynne’s Political Prisoner Speech at UNAC Conference (Video)

May 20th, 2015

Updated information on Lynne’s panels at Left Forum

May 18th, 2015

Lynne at the Left Forum 2015

Lynne will be on 2 panels.  Information below.

“We are our own liberators! When we free our political prisoners, we free ourselves”

SATURDAY MAY 30 at 12:00pm – 01:50pm in Room L2.84

Chaired by Ralph and Lynne, featuring numerous former prisoners and supporters and those engaged today in this struggle.

When people fear their govt, there is tyranny. When the govt fears the people there is liberty.” Jalil Muntaqim states,“ …our humanity is challenged by the historical dynamic of racism and capitalism …the police are used as tools of the capitalist class to protect financial interest over human interest…(P)olice violence represents the interests of the State…the BPP was confronted with the full force of state violence, destroying a movement…The death of a movement for liberation serves to keep in place…state violence.” Resistance to this constant oppression was framed by Malcolm X & MLK. Pol. prisoners represent the theoretical & political position OF the world. We owe our human rights to pol. prisoners. LYNNE STEWART says,” … the “law” is what “they” want it to be at any given time. Witness the Dred Scott decision, the Japanese internment cases of WWII, and the Scottsboro and other legal lynching cases. In 2014, stemming from the series (ongoing since 1619) of unprosecuted crimes against the African American population, we confront the lawlessness, now inherent, of an ancient legal institution, the Grand Jury. The thread that links the attempts to legitimize mass extermination of the Muslim struggle for freedom to the 400 years of systematic extermination of the original inhabitants of this continent, to the systematic terrorism perpetrated against people of color in this country is racism fueled by capitalism…”

“Public Schools VS. Charter Schools – The Legacy of the NYC Community Control Struggle: The True Debate Must Be Education VS. Mis-education”

SATURDAY MAY 30 at 5:10pm – 07:00pm Room -1.81

Chairs/Facilitators: Ralph Poynter & Lynne Stewart—New Abolitionist

MovementSpeakers/Co-Facilitators: Anthony Gronowicz—Green Party, Pastor Sherri Jackson-Black—Brownsville Matters, Betty Davis—New Abolitionist Movement, Howie Hawkins—Green Party

Everyday children, especially Black & Brown, do not achieve in education is an educational loss…they fall further behind every child in the world. When the struggle for community control of schools was defeated, the struggle for true education, for children of color continued. Almost 50 years later, public schools write off these students. The system of Charter Schools controlled by corporations with only profits as a goal, rule. Children of color fall behind every day & all schools are responsible. However, the recent Charter School movement not only endangers the struggle to maintain democracy, it threatens the entire institutional history of public education. We must consider the struggle in society and in the schools to overcome authoritarianism and reach toward humanism. The New Abolitionist Movement insists our educational system be democratic.We have been distracted by debates of non-issues, the most prevalent being testing vs non testing. The true debate is education vs mis-education. The New Abolitionist Movement maintains that mis-education equals ethnic cleansing & the new slavery. To do nothing to change this is an immoral political position. The charter school movement endangers the struggle for democracy & threatens the entire institutional history of the public school system. Freire states, “…Problem posing education, as a humanist & liberating praxis, posits as fundamental that (humans) subjected to domination must fight for their emancipation.

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!

SUPPORT MARILYN ZUNIGA ! FREE MUMIA
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.

PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING.
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
email: mayor@ci.orange.nj.us

Orange Superintendent of Schools: Ron Lee
Email: leeronal@mail.orange.k12.nj.us
Phone #: 973 677-4040

Forest Street School Principal: Yancisca Cooke
Phone # 973.677.4120
Email: cookeyan@orange.k12.nj.us

Orange Brd of Ed phone #: 973 677-4000
Board Secretary: Adekunle James
Email: jamesade@mail.orange.k12.nj.us

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: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B1JH7JpyvJX_cWdQUEZVVjhha0U/edit?pli=1

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
Questions?
Email meltzercohen@gmail.com

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