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.
Carswell Federal Prison, Fort Worth, Texas 2011
THANK YOU from Lynne to everyone who came out for the John Brown Birthday Memorial at Brecht Forum in NYC. on May 9, 2011. $300.00 was raised for Lynne.
To Lynne’s great delight among the many distinguished speakers, writers and artists, John Brown’s great great great granddaughter Alice Mecoy attended! Thanks again to all involved for your generous donations of time and money!! LS
Lynne hopes you can come support:
TRUMPET OF FREEDOM:THE SAGA OF JOHN BROWN:
A one-person drama
JOHN BROWN: Trumpet of Freedom Is a one-man drama portraying the legendary Abolitionist and 30 other Civil War period characters. It employs an historically accurate narrative, relying largely on John Brown’s own words. Appropriate for adults and young people 13 and older.
Norman Marshall has participated in over three hundred productions of plays, films, television and radio programs mainly in New York and Hollywood. He has shared the stage and screen with such notable actors as Moses Gunn, Raul Julia, F. Murray Abraham, Burt Reynolds and Barbara Streisand. Mr. Marshall was the founder, and for ten years the Artistic Director, of Merry Enterprises Theatre Inc. in New York.
David S. Reynolds is Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights, winner of the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award.
This special performance is part of a series of programs related to the Historical Society of Princeton’s current exhibition, Princeton’s Civil War, on view until July 15. Museum Galleries and Shop at 158 Nassau Street, Princeton, open Tuesday-Sunday, 12-4pm.
Norman Thomas Marshall, the portrayer of John Brown
E-Mail: johnbrown1859 at sbcglobal.net
Party for Socialism and Liberation
October 15, 2010
Lynne Stewart #53504-054
I’m writing today to notify you that my organization, the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL), is hosting a National Conference on Socialism on Nov. 13-14 in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California campus. We expect many hundreds of people to come from all over the country to attend. The PSL is a revolutionary Marxist organization that struggles for social and economic justice in the United States. As a member group of the ANSWER Coalition, we have actively supported your case and demanded your freedom.
In our Nov. 13 evening panel, we are giving our first-ever PSL “Fighters for Justice” awards to several people. We would like to honor you as an award recipient. Other recipients will include political prisoners Mumia Abu-Jamal, Leonard Peltier and the Cuban Five. Presenters will include former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark. Mr. Clark will present your award since he has worked with you so closely.
The PSL is presenting you with this award for your decades of struggle and perseverance before and now during your unjust incarceration. Your unwavering defense of the most oppressed and exploited people resonate with working-class and poor people across the country and around the world.
We recognize that you should be there with us in November to receive the award, but understand you likely will not due to the backward, unjust system that keeps you locked up without cause. We reject that system and hope that this award will help highlight the continuing struggle for your freedom.
The PSL would be honored if you agreed to accept the award and could send us a written acceptance speech for the event. We would read your acceptance to the hundreds who attend and promote it as widely as possible.
If you agree, you can send your message to me, Ian Thompson, c/o PSL, 137 N. Virgil Ave, #203, Los Angeles, CA 90004. My phone numbers are 213-251-1025 (office) and 310-490-8595 (cell).
Lynne’s Open Letter to the National Assembly
7/18/10 12:20 pm
In one of the best selling books of this season, the heroine, Lizabeth Salander, a hardwired, brilliant young computer genius is shot and buried by the antagonist. He is a prototype of the cruel, greedy, mysoginistic,exploiter. She claws herself out of her premature grave and indomitable and focused, defeats him .Finally by the end of volume 3 she has triumphed, using her own brains and relying on her friends and comrades, over the entire corrupt corporate, governmental, military power structure that had been trying to oppress and suppress her her whole life. Read the rest of this entry »