Lynne and Ralph at the 2014 NLG-NYC Spring Fling dinner, along with Estelle Schneider.
We are looking for more great photos from Lynne’s recent California tour – especially ones of her and Ralph dancing in the streets of the Mission to a brass band! Please send any photos to Ralph at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the name of the Cuban 5:
Something is wrong with a society where people like Mumia and Lynne are subject to imprisonment. It is even worse when the prosecutors and representatives of that society have to resort to the meanest behavior to deprive them of the basic right to liberty, and when jurors and judges have to turn their backs to the very laws and principles they were sworn to uphold in order to perpetuate the injustice. Such is the case of every defender of a just cause who has fallen in the hands of the American system of injustice, from John Brown to our days.
Having suffered the impact of such a system, the five of us can attest to how low a prosecutor can fall when trying to subjugate a defendant. We can also attest to how vindictive they can become when their abuse of power is fruitless, and the spirit of the intended victim rises above their heads to remind them of their own poor human worth. Better then to be prepared to deal with all the personal hatred a pack of cowards with lots of power can unleash on a single human being.
Lynne and Mumia were well prepared to endure the hatred that fell on them. Their dedication to justice made them much better human beings than their captors. Their social sensibility enriched their intellect far above that of their persecutors. Their continuous struggle gave them the courage that will never enhance the character of their tormentors. They have endured the cruelest experience, but from the depth of their incarceration they have shined and given us all a lesson on greatness that speaks volumes of the worth of the human spirit.
That’s why we have to welcome the return of Lynne Stewart to the society whose representatives put her in prison. That’s why we have to keep fighting to see Mumia Abu Jamal return to that society. They not only deserve such a basic human justice; the society which they belong to needs people like them, to remind us that only by defending the highest values will humankind conquer the realization of the finest dreams, which will make us one day an intelligent species.
In the name of the Cuban 5 and the proud Cuban people, to Lynne and to Mumia, our greatest admiration and respect.
Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo.
Civil rights fighter and UFAA friend Rev. Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor, MI has benn arrested and charged with election law violations. He’s under house arrest and tethered. Cannot leave his house for ANY reason.
He could face another 5 years as a political prisoner for his valiant efforts to recall Benton Harbor mayor and corporate stooge James Hightower.Pinkney is a true leader for working and poor people, embroiled in a critical moment for the defense of American democracy. Please visit http://bhbanco.org/and contribute what you can to Rev. Pinkney’s legal defense. He would like 1000 people to call the courthouse, ask for Michael Sepic, chief prosecutor. Free Pinkney!
Rev. Pinkney is facing election fraud charges less than 2 weeks before the recall election for the mayor of Benton Harbor.
The sheriff went out to intimidate and harrass the people. In one hand they had the original signed petition, in the other hand a computer copy of the recall petition with a whited out first digit. They asked the resident which day they signed the recall petition with 2 different dates in their hand, confusing the person, and trying to force the person to say they did not sign the petition on the original date. Also, they claimed that 4 people signed 2 different petitions twice. The law is clear on that. A person who knowingly signed a recall peition more than once, or signed a name other than his own, is violating the provisions of Michigan election law. Pinkney never allowed anyone to sign the petition twice. This is another attempt to silence Pinkney. He can no longer use his computer. He’s under house arrest 24/7. He cannot leave his house for any reason. They are trying to silence him completely. Please spread the word.
Get on Twitter and Facebook, call in to radio shows, write letters to newspapers, call your representatives, and don’t let corporate welfare queens and their hired thugs back down the citizens of Benton Harbor!We want jobs, not dictators! And we demand our rights to freedom of speech, assembly and political representation!—”Benton Harbor reminds me of Mississippi in the late 1950′s and early 1960′s. I have never been one to rave about how much progress my generation has made, but I had hoped to see an end to these horrors in my lifetime. All citizens have the civil right to recall an elected official or initiate a referendum by way of petition. This is our only outlet.” – Rev. Edward Pinkney, 4/20/14
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 speaking in the Bay Area in May – see flyer for dates!
Lynne & Raging Grannies sing at Ralph, Betty, Lillian birthday celebration. Photo by Sara Flounders.
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