June 23rd, 2013

Join the Vigils in Washington, D.C. — Phone Bureau of Prisons Director Samuels — Gather Signers for the International Petition

On Monday, June 24, from noon to 1:30 pm, JOIN Dick Gregory, Ramsey Clark, Sara Flounders, Louis Wolf and other activists at a press conference and vigil at the Federal Bureau of Prisons, 320 1st St. NW, Washington DC (corner 1st and Indiana) to intensify our demand for Compassionate Release for Lynne Stewart. (See Press Release at the end of this update.)

MARCH afterwards to the White House with Lynne Stewart’s husband Ralph Poynter to stand with him as he enters the second week of his vigil for the release of the imprisoned people’s attorney.

We are asking all who cannot make it to Washington D.C. to TELEPHONE the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons Charles E. Samuels, Jr. at 202.307.3250 on Monday.

Ralph Poynter has called upon people to also call President Barack Obama at 202.456.1414 and Attorney General Eric Holder at 202.514.2001.

CONTINUE TO ASK your friends, family and colleagues who haven’t signed the PETITION to do so at www.lynnestewart.org. Over 20,000 individual messages have been sent to Director Samuels from petition signers and each new signatory results in yet another one.

Eight weeks have elapsed since Warden Jody Upton of FMC Carswell recommended compassionate release for Lynne based upon medical findings of Stage 4 cancer in her scapula, lymph nodes and lungs. Filing the necessary motion for Compassionate Release with Judge John Koetl, the sentencing judge, awaits solely the ratifying signature of Bureau of Prisons Director Samuels, on whose desk Stewart’s application has languished for weeks.

Every minute’s delay compromises Lynne Stewart’s life and her access to the loving care of her family and the comprehensive treatment plan prepared for her at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Dick Gregory, who enters the eighty-second day of his fast in support of Lynne Stewart’s compassionate release, declared: “I urge you to join me in demanding freedom for Lynne Stewart. Her unwavering dedication as a selfless advocate for the poor and oppressed is legendary. None of us should stand by idly while Lynne suffers and withers away day-by-day to die in prison.”

“There is no legal justification for Director Samuel’s inaction,” stated former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, “Lynne Stewart meets every legal, rational and humane criterion for compassionate release.”

Friday, June 21 UPDATE on the Historic Vigil at the Federal Bureau of Prisons:

Louis Wolf, Dumez Dumaine, college classmate of Lynne Stewart, and other supporters joined today’s ongoing vigil and engaged Federal Bureau of Prison employees who stopped to discuss Lynne Stewart’s life crisis. FBOP workers took leaflets and fliers with them into the Bureau of Prisons headquarters.

Asked if Director Charles E. Samuels, Jr. had seen the fliers, the women workers smiled and said, “We put them on his desk!”

Shortly thereafter an official in dress suit emerged to engage Louis Wolf in a cordial discussion for ten minutes, agreeing to raise the issue of Lynne Stewart’s life threatening illness and and the critical necessity for Director Samuels to sign the order and the motion for Lynne Stewart’s release.

Vigil participants were joined by the prominent Washington D.C. attorney, Jim Klimaski, who arrived in a taxi from his office. Attorney Klimaski has represented federal prisoners in actions concerning the violation of their rights and filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits seeking the release of critical documents pertaining to the conduct of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Friday, June 21 UPDATE on Ralph Poynter’s Vigil at the White House:

At the White House, Ralph Poynter amplified his vigil and combination “Speak Out,” calling for Lynne Stewart’s immediate release and examining the underlying politics of her persecution and prosecution.

Ralph joined in Friday’s demonstration in support of the hunger strikers at Guantanamo and in protest against the barbarous forced feeding to which they are subjected.

Groups of youth and with delegations from Catholic Worker, the Washington, D.C. chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, People Against Torture, the International Action Committee, Code Pink, The Jericho Movement, the Freedom For Justice Coalition along with Green Party activists, joined together in a a united call to Stand by Lynne Stewart and Save Her Life! Free Her Now!

Featured at these events were Pam Africa and Suzanne Ross of Concerned Families and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal together with the legendary peace activist Cindy Sheehan who pioneered such vigils at the time of the death of her son in Iraq with her tent city outside the Texas ranch of George W. Bush.

Many attending invited Ralph Poynter and other speakers to appear at Black churches and to address meetings in the Washington, D.C. area.

The events at the White House conjoined with the direct impact of the growing daily vigil at the Federal Bureau of Prisons has galvanized opponents of injustice and repression in the spirit of the International Longshore Workers Union’s seminal summons “An Injury to One is An Injury to All.”

WATCH for information about the demonstration that will take place New York on Thursday, June 27, in support of Lynne Stewart.

Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada Sends Powerful Second Letter to FBOP Director Charles E. Samuels, Jr. on Behalf of Lynne Stewart:

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