The Insufferable Packer: Lynne’s Note to Chris Hedges

July 6th, 2015
Lynne’s letter to Chris Hedges following George Packer’s New York Times book review of Hedges’ new book, “Wages of Rebellion.”
Dear Chris;

Just to let you know that I too was tarred and feathered by Packer in the months after my arrest.  He did a piece in the NYT (a favorite venue, apparently) indicating that I was just old baggage left over from the sixties and that no-one was supporting me.  He had attended, at my invitation and not a week before, an enthusiastic rally at Judson with about 300 or more. I guess “those” people don’t count.  Of course his piece was accompanied by a beautiful full page color picture of me sitting all alone with my books.

I don’t know if you are aware (I wasn’t when I agreed to the interview) that he has a real grudge against the Left. His father was the Dean at Stanford when Berkeley was happening and in an effort to be a tough guy he lowered the boom on all signs of uprising.  He was fired and thereafter committed suicide.  Somehow George who I think was a teen at the time connected that to insurrection/liberalism and became this unspeakable critic of all things progressive.  I guess his job at the New Yorker was the reward.

I am doing well and hope you are.  Will end this to go on line to purchase Wages of Rebellion !

“Rebel” of the reverential portrait

Lynne Stewart

Lynne’s Priority: WBAI

June 24th, 2015

Members of our organization and other advocacy groups that organize for workers’ rights, human rights, tenant rights, anti-racism, release of political prisoners,  prison reform and/or ending mass incarceration, etc. are regularly heard on WBAI Radio, 99.5FM. While as another non-profit that solicits contributions, WBAI could be seen as a competitor for your donations, we want to say that is not the case.

WBAI, www.wbai.org, amplifies our movement. It facilitates the distribution of information about our work and allows for engaging dialogue and debate about the issues of the day. We think it’s important to strengthen this radio station and ask that you adjust your finances in order to support WBAI.

Your membership will provide much-needed financial support and importantly, it will make you eligible to vote in this summer’s election for  WBAI’s Local Station Board. (Only those who have volunteered 3 hours or contributed at least $25 in the year ending July 14 will have voting rights.) The local board SHAPES THE STATION’S DIRECTION, with a role in selecting and evaluating the station’s management and reviewing its budget and spending.

Much is at stake about the station’s path forward, both in surviving a difficult financial climate and in determining how and whether to strengthen its coverage of the critical movements for progressive change. In order to advance efforts to keep WBAI strong on both counts, the WBAI Justice & Unity Campaign (www.justiceunity.org) is assembling a slate of diverse, anti-racist, community-involved candidates to run for seats on the board. By becoming a member, you will have a say in who gets elected.

You can become a member by contributing $25, by July 14, at: www.give2wbai.org or

212-209-2950.

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

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