Sundiata Acoli Fundraising Appeal

July 13th, 2016
Greetings, Friends and family:

Please read the following letter and send what you can to help our friend and comrade Sundiata’s lawyers file another appeal for his freedom. Sundiata will be 80 on his birthday in Jan. 2017. Please help as it is time for him to come home.
With Respect, Paulette Jericho DC.

OR: Funds can be contributed using PayPal. Sundiata’s daughter Sunni manages the SAFC PayPal account and we can keep you posted on our progress if you like.
To make a contribution, please send funds to this email address via PayPal: SAFC766@gmail.com.

Greetings All,

Below is a letter from Florence Morgan, Esq. seeking funds for Sundiata Acoli’s legal defense it. Please read it, contribute, if you can, and forward others who might be willing and able to do so.

July 10, 2016

Dear Friends and supporters of Sundiata Acoli:

A New Jersey Appellate Court in September 2014 ordered the release of Sundiata, resting its decision on the eligibility requirements under the New Jersey Parole Act of 1979. The decision left us overjoyed and at the same time, cautious as the State announced it would appeal the decision and request a “Stay” of the release until the appeal was heard.  The “Stay” was granted which resulted in Sundiata remaining incarcerated while awaiting a decision from a New Jersey Supreme Court.

Arguments were heard on October 13, 2015 and on February 23, 2016, the Supreme court of NJ reversed the Appellate Court’s order. The court did not rule on the merits of the Appellate case ordering release, but focused rather, on procedure. The Supreme Court held that the Appellate Court exceeded its authority in ordering release because a procedural process had not been followed- in New Jersey the full parole board has to make a decision in cases involving murder convictions.  Sundiata appeared before the full board in June, 2016 and again, denied parole. An appeal will again be taken to the same Appellate Division that ordered his release.

Additionally, a certiorari petition has been filed in the United States Supreme Court and that filing involved legal fees, printing and filing costs. Please know and understand that all of your support is so much appreciated and needed as we continue to work towards Sundiata’s release. He will be 80 years old on January 14, 2017!!!

It is most respectfully requested that everyone continues to exercise discretion and discipline in not making what could be interpreted as inflammatory remarks on social media or elsewhere. I know all of us who love and support Sundiata will want no reason for a denial of parole when this case again comes before the New Jersey Appellate Court- the court that issued a strong order that Sundiata must be released in accordance with the NJ parole Act of 1979.  Sundiata has continued his positive actions since that decision.

Further, do understand that as much as we would like to keep supporters and friends abreast of what is going on with the case, it is not in Sundiata’s best interest to expose each and every detail and legal strategies. We will all celebrate his freedom when he is released, but until then we will exercise restraint.

Please make checks/money orders payable to: Sundiata Acoli Freedom Campaign (or SAFC)

Mail to:

Florence Morgan

120-46 Queens Blvd.

Kew Gardens, New York 11415

All the Best,

Florence Morgan

Photo – Lynne at Demo

June 6th, 2016

Lynne at recent demo at Brooklyn DA’s office for Nicholas Payton with father of child murdered by cop.

A Taking Aim Salute from Mya Shone and Ralph Schoenman: In celebration of Muhammad Ali

June 6th, 2016

Viva Muhammad Ali!

A Taking Aim Salute from Mya Shone and Ralph Schoenman: In celebration of Muhammad Ali

“I ain’t draft dodging. I ain’t burning no flag. I ain’t running to Canada. I’m staying right here. You want to send me to jail? Fine, you go right ahead. I’ve been in jail for 400 years. I could be there for 4 or 5 more, but I ain’t going no 10,000 miles to help murder and kill other poor people. If I want to die, I’ll die right here, right now, fightin’ you, if I want to die. You my enemy, not no Chinese, no Vietcong, no Japanese. You my opposer when I want freedom. You my opposer when I want justice. You my opposer when I want equality. Want me to go somewhere and fight for you? You won’t even stand up for me right here in America, for my rights and my religious beliefs. You won’t even stand up for my right here at home.”

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“Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam when so-called “negro” people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?

No, I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over.

This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars. But I have said it once and I will say it again: The real enemy of my people is here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people  or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality.

If I thought the war was going to  bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people, they wouldn’t have to draft me. I’d join  tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail. So what? We’ve been in jail for 400 years.”

Muhammad Ali

Daily News article on Leonard Peltier

June 6th, 2016

LINK: EXCLUSIVE: Native American activist imprisoned 40 years for FBI agent deaths still fights for clemency from President Obama: ‘I am prepared to die here’

Lynne at Burning Books in Buffalo, NY

April 24th, 2016

Lynne will be at Burning Books on THURSDAY APRIL 28 at 7PM

Burning Books

420 Connecticut St, Buffalo, New York 14213
Come out and support this great event! RSVP on Facebook.

Drop The Unjust Charges on Clark Kissinger & Miles Solay

March 31st, 2016

Tuesday April 12 9:00 am Support Clark Kissinger, manager of Revolution Books, and Miles Solay of the rock band Outernational.

Queens Criminal Court, 125-01 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens
Facebook Event

Sign Petition here

Rikers Island Fact Sheet

On October 23, 2015, as part of #RiseUpOctober, 100 protesters marched to the entrance of Rikers Island, holding portraits of people who had died at Rikers. They spoke out, sang and danced energetically, and some sat down chanting “Shut It DOWN!” The NYPD had put up barricades across the road leading to Rikers Island prison. For more than an hour access was blocked.

Clark and Miles with Kenny Gilbert, their lawyer outside Queens Criminal Court.
Rikers Island is compared to the prison the United States ran in Iraq, Abu Ghraib, the site of scandalous prisoner abuse. This is no exaggeration. Decades of deaths in custody at the hands of guards, brutal and widespread sexual violence, solitary confinement for years, denial of medical care, and abuse of children are routine—a part of the genocide of mass incarceration. Of those imprisoned at Rikers on an average day, some 90 percent are Black or Latino.

Clark Kissinger & Miles Solay face charges serious enough to get a one-year sentence on Rikers Island for nonviolent political protest. We can’t allow this happen!

Sign this message to the Queens District Attorney calling on charges to be dropped.

Photo: Lynne and Laurie Arbeiter at Women in Black/We Will Not Be Silent event

March 26th, 2016

Lynn and Laurie Arbeiter at 10 year anniversary of Women in Black/We Will Not Be Silent at Whitney museum NYC on March 18, 2016.

Write letters in support of parole for political prisoners!

March 26th, 2016

Lynne urges that folks WRITE letters to parole boards for releases of:


Maliki Shakur, NY political prisoner

Mutulu Shakur, Fed political prisoner

Abdullah Majid, NY political prisoner

Anthony Bottom, NY political prisoner

Jalil Muntaquim, NY political prisoner

Find their addresses at Jericho Movement’s website by clicking here.

Sign this Petition for Alice Marie Johnson

March 14th, 2016

Lynne says: I knew Alice at Carswell and she certainly has more than served her time !!

Petitioning Barack Obama, Robert A. Zauzmer

Grant Clemency to Alice Marie Johnson Serving a Life Sentence

Petition by Tretessa Johnson
Chandler, Arizona
22,503
Supporters
19 years ago my family’s life changed forever when my mother, Alice Marie Johnson, was sentenced to Life in Federal Prison.  She was one of thousands of first time, non-violent offenders who were given mandatory lengthy prison terms. She was sentenced as part of a larger drug conspiracy with 10 other codefendants who were given lesser sentences in exchange for their testimony against my mother who never sold drugs.  My mother has accepted responsibility for her actions that led to her imprisonment and has used that experience to better her life and the lives of others.

Since being incarcerated my mother has been a model prisoner who mentors women and has become an ordained minister. She has also written, directed, and produced several plays and writings for conferences outside of prison walls, choreographed dance teams, and completed many classes and certifications.  In addition, she was selected as the #1 Inmate Deserving Clemency by the CAN-DO Foundation in 2015.  She was also featured in the ACLU’s Report, A Living Death. Mama’s supporters include Congressman Steve Cohen (D) Tennessee, Congressman Bennie Thompson (D) Mississippi, and Congressman Marc Veasey (D) Ft. Worth, Texas.

Her desire upon release is to assist the community with the needs of ex-offenders to help reduce recidivism. Alice is the mother of 4 children and has 4 grandchildren.  She will be 61 years old in May 2016 and it serves no purpose or benefit to society to have her locked up for life.  She is currently petitioning the United States Pardon Attorney’s Office for clemency. Her large and loving immediate and extended family and friends would welcome her return.

Please sign and share this petition to show your support and to ask President Obama to grant clemency to a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who wants to use her experience to assist others and give back to her community. Justice should never be without mercy.

Sign Tretessa’s petition

To learn more about Alice, please check out her profile on the CAN-DO Foundation’s website at http://www.candoclemency.com/alice-marie-johnson

Lynne Speaking at Day of Peace and Solidarity (NYC)

March 9th, 2016

Rally 2 pm 34th & 6th Ave., NYC, 4 pm march to UN

Please share this link everywhere: http://thndr.me/TV0D9q
Peace Poets, Lynne Stewart, Ramsey Clark, Kathy Kelly, Ann Wright, Ray Laforest, Margaret Kimberley and others

Everybody Turn Out for a Day of Peace and Solidarity in New York

*Money for Jobs and People’s Needs, not War!
*Rebuild Flint! Rebuild our Cities! End the wars!
*Defend the Black Lives Matter movement!

http://warisacrime.org/content/everybody-turn-out-day-peace-and-solidarity-new-york

What happens when there are endless wars accompanied by militarized policing, spreading racism, erosion of civil rights, and concentration of wealth, but the only news is election news, and none of the candidates wants to talk about shrinking the world’s largest military?

We happen. That’s what. We turn out for a Day of Solidarity and Peace in New York City on Sunday, March 13th. We start by signing up at http://peaceandsolidarity.org and inviting all of our friends to do so. If we can’t come, we invite all of our friends anywhere near New York to sign up and be there. We sit down and think of every person we remember hearing ask “But what can we do?” and we tell them: You can do this.

We stopped the war mongers who wanted to rip up the agreement with Iran last year, and the political progress in Iran reflects the wisdom of diplomacy as an alternative to yet more war. We stopped a massive bombing campaign of Syria in 2013. Our brothers and sisters just this month stopped the construction of a U.S. military base in Okinawa. Read the rest of this entry »

Support Dr. Aafia Siddiqui Event

March 9th, 2016

Lynne will be speaking at this event.

WBAI Update

March 3rd, 2016

Special Bulletin: WBAI Justice & Unity Campaign, www.justiceunity.org

1. My Way or the Highway: Indy-ACE Board Members Stage Phony Boycott

2. Speak out at next Local Station Board meeting – Wed., Mar. 9

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1. WBAI Indy/ACE Board Members: End Phony Boycott – Step Up or Step Aside! Sign the Online Petition

Since the January Local Station Board election results created a 12-12 tie between Justice & Unity and the Indy-ACE group, they have refused to attend board meetings. We need a minimum of 13 members to elect local officers and national representatives and do other business. Their “boycott” prevents any binding action on urgent station problems.

We think that they ran for office and so they should serve or step aside. Below is a petition that urges them to come to the table and also alerts the Pacifica National Board, of which the WBAI LSB is a committee. Please sign it!

In a February 23 letter to the Pacifica National Board (updated version available HERE

), the governing body of WBAI’s parent foundation, the 12 Justice and Unity local board members requested “action in the face of this continuing emergency.” According to the letter, initiated by member Lynne Stewart, the prominent former activist attorney who was the top-vote getter in the recent elections, “One of the opposition was actually overheard saying that there may be no LSB meetings for the next year.  Such a we-rule-or-we-ruin ideology has no place in a democratic process….Together we must defeat this attack on the democratically constituted and elected WBAI Local Station Board.”

More background on this issue is HERE

We urge you to sign the online petition to tell the 12 Indy Caucus/ACE board members:

Please respect the bylaws and the decisions of the station’s voters and show up and do the work that you were elected to do: Save WBAI.

You can sign on HERE

. Spread the word on social media!

2.  Speak out at next Local Station Board meeting – Wed., Mar. 9

The next Local Station Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 9 at 7 PM at the ARC Senior Center, 120 W. 140 St., between Malcolm X Blvd. & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., Harlem, NY 10030. Come out and speak out during the meeting’s public-comment section about whatever issues concern you in this time of the station’s continued financial crisis.

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