Lynne Stewart: Disappointed but Not Devastated / Contact Officials NOW to Save Stewart’s Life

My Dear Friends, Supporters, Comrades:

I know we are all disappointed to the marrow of our bones and the depths of our hearts by the news that the Bureaucrats, Kafka like, have turned down my request for compassionate release.

Let me say, that we are planning ahead. The letter from the BOP (soon to be posted on the website) is flawed, to put it mildly. Both factually and medically it has major problems. We intend to go to court and raise these in front of my sentencing Judge Koeltl. At the first sentencing he responded to a query by one of the lawyers that he didn’t want me to die in prison — we’ll see if he can now live up to that. He is of course the same Judge who increased my sentence to 10 years — but this IS very different and we can only hope that we can prevail. Stay tuned for what we need from you. We will never give up.

In the meantime, once again, I grieve for my children and grandchildren who love me so much and had such great expectations of enjoying life together again in our beloved NYC and not just trying to, in the prison visiting room. My Ralph, too, whose dedication and love are only exceeded by the work he does on my behalf — but he is a born fighter and although he hurts, it all comes more naturally to him.

But for everyone else, I hope that your affront at this crass bureaucratic denial of the request which you by your signatures and letters and phone calls demanded — How far can we let this go? when a 73-year old woman who IS dying of cancer (maybe not on their timetable,) her life of good works ignored, be shunted aside … “she does not present circumstances considered extraordinary and compelling … at this time.” We must show them that I cannot be ignored, that YOU cannot be ignored.”

Fight On — All of Us or None of Us. An affront to one is an affront to all.

Love Struggle,
Lynne Stewart

CALL: White House – President Barack Obama               1-202-456-1414             
Attorney General Eric Holder –          1-202-514-2001         
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Director Charles Samuels –               1-202-307-3250          
Attorney and people's fighter Lynne Stewart.

Attorney and people’s fighter Lynne Stewart.

Lynne Stewart Denied Compassionate Release by Bureau of Prisons Director

From the Lynne Stewart Defense Committee:

Lynne Stewart’ husband Ralph Poynter was informed by Lynne this morning that she received a three-paragraph letter from Kathleen Kenney, General Counsel for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, D.C.:

Compassionate Release has been denied on the grounds that Lynne’s “health is improving.”

This claim is at once cynical and false. Lynne Stewart’s cancer continues to spread in her lungs. She remains in isolation as her white blood cell count remains so low that she is at risk for generalized infection. She weakens daily.

A message from Lynne will be released imminently.

We call upon all committed to the effort to secure Lynne Stewart’s release and to save her life to stand by for further notice of the response from Lynne, her husband Ralph Poynter, and her family and her lawyers – announcing the next actions that we, her supporters, will launch in response to this appalling betrayal of compassion and justice.


Statement by the United National AntiWar Coalition (UNAC) and ANSWER

No more wars – U.S. out of the Middle East!

The White House’s June 13 announcement that it would begin directly supplying arms to the opposition in Syria is a dramatic escalation of the U.S./NATO war against that country.  Thousands of U.S. troops and intelligence personnel are training opposition forces and coordinating operations in Turkey and Jordan.  Israel, the recipient of more than $3 billion annually in U.S. military aid has carried out heavy bombing raids against Syria. The Pentagon has developed plans for a “no-fly” zone over Syria, threatening a new U.S. air war.


The pretext for this escalation is the assertion, presented without any actual evidence, that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in the conflict that has been raging for more than two years.  Like their predecessors, President Obama and other top U.S. officials pretend to be concerned about “democracy” and “human rights” in Syria, but their closest allies in the campaign against Syria are police-state, absolute monarchies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar.  Once again the so-called ‘Responsibility to protect’, R2P, is used as a pretext for NATO to dominate this region.  


Just as the false claim of “weapons of mass destruction” was used as justification for the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003, the allegations that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian military is meant to mask the real motives of Washington and its allies. Their aim is to carry out “regime change,” as part of the drive to create a “new Middle East.”


The invasion of Iraq in 2003, the U.S.-backed Israeli war in Lebanon in 2006, the 2011 NATO bombing of Libya, the now-escalating war in Syria and the growing threats against Iran are part of a coordinated regional effort by the United States, Britain and France to dominate this oil-rich and strategic region.


The U.S. government cuts basic services and has eliminated hundreds of thousands of public sector workers jobs in the last three years in the name of  a discredited austerity which has destroyed the economy, but has unlimited billions available for wars of aggression and NSA surveillance of almost every American.


We join together to call for National Days of Action, June 28- July 15, 2013, to demand:


·         Stop the U.S./NATO/Israeli war and forms of intervention against Syria!

·         Self-determination for the Syrian people!

·         Fund people’s needs, not the military!

·         U.S. Out of the Middle East!

Urgent Action! Call for a Compassionate Release for Lynne Stewart


Attorney General Eric Holder: 202-514-2001
White House President Obama: 202-456-1414
Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels: 202-307-3198 ext 3

Lynne-Stewart-poster-General-Strike-111909-by-Christopher-HutchinsonPlease call Obama, Holder and the Bureau of Prisons to demand the compassionate release of people’s lawyer, Lynne Stewart. Compassionate release would allow her to access the medical care that is her only hope for survival. Lynne is a tireless advocate for justice who doesn’t deserve to die in prison. Lynne is imprisoned on bogus charges of “material support to terrorism.” Her survival is important in its own right, and also because she is fighting to bring her case to the U.S. Supreme Court, as the first challenge to the material support for terrorism statute for its violation of freedom of speech. This is an important case and it affects the entire anti-war movement.

Background to the case:
Radical human rights attorney Lynne Stewart was falsely accused of helping terrorists. In 2002, she was arrested for material support for terrorism. Unjustly charged and convicted for the “crime” of providing her client with a fearless defense, the prosecution of Lynne Stewart is an assault upon the basic freedoms of us all. These charges were an obvious attempt by the U.S. government to silence dissent, curtail vigorous defense lawyers, and instill fear in those who would fight against the U.S. government’s racism, seek to help Arabs and Muslims being prosecuted for speech, and defend the rights of all oppressed people.

Lynne Stewart received a 28-month sentence in October 2006. The government appealed the sentence, and in 2009 Lynne was sentence to 10 years in federal prison. She is now in a federal medical facility for women in Texas, thousands of miles away from her home, family and community.

Lynne Stewart has devoted her life to the oppressed – a constant advocate for the countless many deprived in the United States of their freedom and their rights. After years of post-conviction freedom, her bail was revoked arbitrarily and her imprisonment ordered, precluding surgery she had scheduled in a major New York hospital. The sinister meaning of the relentless persecution of Lynne Stewart is unmistakably clear: Given her age and precarious health, the ten-year sentence is a death sentence. Since her imprisonment in the Federal Prison in Carswell, Texas, her urgent need for surgery was delayed 18 months – so long, that the operating physician pronounced the condition as “the worst he had seen.” Now, breast cancer, which had been in remission prior to her imprisonment, has reached Stage Four. It has appeared in her lymph nodes, on her shoulder, in her bones and her lungs.

To send Lynne a letter, write:
Lynne Stewart #53504-054
Federal Medical Center, Carswell
PO Box 27137
Ft. Worth, TX 76127

For more information about Lynne’s case go to

Talk Nation Radio: U.S. Peace and Justice Activists, Students To Converge in Madison in Early August

This summer three national gatherings of activists will converge on Madison, Wisconsin, allowing for cross-fertilization and creative planning of future actions for peace and justice in the United States. YOU are invited.

The Student Power Convergence, Aug. 1-5
The Democracy Convention, Aug. 7-11
The Veterans For Peace Convention, Aug. 7-11

Talk Nation Radio speaks with Roshan Bliss of the Student Power Convergence, Ben Manski of Democracy Convention, and Doug Rawlings of Veterans For Peace.

Youth and students march in Milwaukee against banks Oct. 15.

Youth and students march in Milwaukee against banks Oct. 15, 2011.

Detroit, June 22: 50th Anniversary March in Commemoration of the Great March to Freedom

Join the Moratorium NOW! Coalition contingent at the 50th Anniversary March in commemoration of the Great March to Freedom.

Saturday, June 22, 9 am. March begins at Forest and Woodward and ends at Hart Plaza.

Gather in the park at the southwest corner of Warren and Woodward, 8 am.

Help us get out the word out with the message

RECLAIM DR. KING’S DREAM — fight the anti-democratic, racist, bankers’ EM takeover, ignite a fight to guarantee Detroit jobs, pensions and services — the banks owe us!

We will gather at 8 am in the park at the southwest corner of Warren and Woodward. We need help handing out leaflets announcing a strategy meeting on fighting the EM and the banks, on Saturday, June 29, 1 PM, at 5920 Second Ave. At the meeting we will analyze EM Orr’s proposals and discuss the next action steps. We will also need help distributing signs and carrying the banner. 


On June 22, 2013, at 9 a.m., thousands are being asked to “Take a Step” in the 50th anniversary march in honor of the original Walk to Freedom/Freedom Walk led in Detroit by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On that day 50 years ago, in what is considered to be the original debut of his now-famous “I Have a Dream Speech,” King told tens of thousands of people that it was time for the government and society to get serious about providing opportunities and parity in employment, education, housing and the overall quality of life for persons of color. Sponsored by UAW-Ford and the Detroit Branch NAACP, this year’s walk serves as a reminder of that legacy and its pivotal role in the city’s transition from one of isolation to inclusion. But it also is a chance for those who recognize the need for further progress to join in that call.