Photos by Marty Goodman.
NYC Artist SANDA ARONSON has issued a visual call in September’s issue of the Disabled Artists’ Network Newsletter to “Free Lynne Stewart!” Sanda’s art – a call to action – includes Lynne’s website, http://lynnestewart.org/ where people can find a PETITION as well as Obama’s, Holder’s + BOP phone #’s.
Aronson wrote, “Free Lynne Stewart” [see art below] was inspired by an interview with Ralph Poynter, her husband, who she met while she was a school librarian and he a teacher in the same elementary school over 50 years ago; she became the famous defense lawyer for poor people; her 74th birthday is in early October. We are only months apart in age. Poynter was on “Where We Live” the night before (archived from date of broadcast July 11, 2013, Thurs., 8-9pm on www.wbai.org. I support SAVE WBAI.). The art uses his quotes about ‘Where’s the change’ to Pres. Obama, which Poynter suggested those who voted for Obama in 2008 ask the President all these years later.”
Artwork: (c) Sanda Aronson 2013 To see more of Sanda’s work, go to:
JOIN THE CALL!
FOR COMPASSIONATE RELEASE
FOR LYNNE STEWART!
Lynne Stewart is a famous human rights attorney + a 73 year old grandmother who is dying of Stage 4 cancer in a Texas prison.
Please join Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, the Center for Constitutional Rights, Dick Gregory, Alice Walker, Cornel West and thousands of others who are calling for Lynne’s immediate Compassionate Release!
Lynne Stewart has been in jail for almost 4 years for what should have been a minor violation. Her real crime? She defended a Muslim cleric on trial back in 1995 for terrorism – which she did at the request of former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. After 9/11, Pres. Bush wanted to make an example of Lynne.
READ about Lynne’s case on this website. If you have questions, call Lynne’s husband RALPH POYNTER at (917) 853-9759. Then…
~ MAKE 3 CALLS for COMPASSION ~
President Obama (202) 456-1111
Attorney General Holder (202) 353-1555
Director of Bureau of Prisons Samuels (202) 307-3250/3062
~ SIGN THE PETITION ~ see the side bar. Sign either petition.
~ JOIN THE VIGIL ~ Meet Lynne’s husband, RALPH POYNTER in front of THE WHITE HOUSE! ~ CALL Ralph @ (917) 853-9759
“Thank you!” – Ralph Poynter
To listen to Ralph Poynter deliver Lynne’s speech, please click the following link: RAMSEY CLARK and IAC BDAY (MP3 format. Right-click to save)
Lynne Stewart’s Message for Ramsey Clark, January 12, 2013 (Presented by Ralph Poynter)
Ramsey Clark and I have known each other for a long time but we only became face to face and personal friends after 1994.
In the 60′s Ramsey represented government enforcement and I was very anti-government, so you can draw your own conclusions! By 1976, I had hung out my law practice shingle and he was once again a private citizen and a lawyer defender. I was aware of his worldwide work as an ambassador to less than popular regimes, his candidacy to the Senate and of some of his cases–Ruchel Magee and the action at the Alameda County court house, Leonard Peltier, the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas.
However, it was not until 1994 that we embarked on our professional and personal relationship, which has now widened and deepened into something rich and fine. Read the rest of this entry »
This poster was created for Lynne by Christopher Hutchinson the day she went to prison. Note the smiling face of Mumia Abu Jamal in the corner as if to say: “Welcome to the ranks of political prisoner. We will stand together and fight until all are free.”
(From Carole Seligman)
Lynne sent this poem, which was sent by a prisoner at ADX Florence “as a reflection on the ‘exercise’ yard and other things!”
From the Paris Zoo — The Panther
By Rainer Maria Rilke (German)
His vision from the constantly passing bars,
has grown so weary that it cannot hold
anything else. It seems to him there are
a thousand bars; and behind the bars, no world.
As he paces in cramped circles over and over,
the movement of his powerful strides
is like a ritual dance around a center
in which a mighty will stands paralyzed.
Only at Times, the curtain of the pupils
lifts, quietly — , an image enters in,
Rushes down through the tensed, arrested muscles,
plunges into the heart and is gone.
From March 2012.
Lynne with her son, his wife, and Lynne’s grandkids.
Lynne and Ralph.
Lynne and her grandkids.
Lynne with her son.
Lynne Stewart, Maury Knight and Virginia Gernes (12/18/12)
Ralph visits on New Year’s Day 2012.
Some photos of Lynne with family, including great-grandson Connor Dueno! From November 2011.
UPDATED WITH CORRECT LINK.
Recent interview with Lynne’s husband Ralph. The interview was taped November 6, 2011. Lynne has since resolved some of her medical issues with the prison.