Fri., March 10 from 2:00-9:00 PM
Scotto's Funeral Home, 106 1st Place, Brooklyn, between Court & Smith Sts.
Trains: 2,3,4,5 to Court St. or F,G to Carroll St.
Sat., March 11 at 9:00 AM
St. Mark's-in-the-Bowery Church
131 East 10th St., corner of 2nd Ave., Lower East Side
Trains: 6 to Astor Pl., F to 2nd Ave., L to 3rd Ave., R to 8th St.
Map here.Stay tuned for an announcement of a major memorial program in late April.
- Continue to donate to the online fund to help with the many care-taking expenses that Ralph Poynter has had to bear. If you'd like to make a donation by check, please make checks out to “Lynne Stewart Organization” and mail to: Lynne Stewart Organization, 1070 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216
BACKGROUND ON LYNNE'S ILLUSTRIOUS LIFE
Ralph, Lynne, & Pam Africa in
San Francisco, 2014 (photo by Scott Braley)
From Telesur (Venezuelan English-language TV):
Lynne Stewart, Lifelong Fighter and People's Lawyer, Dies
From WBAI News - 4-min. audio (with long quotes from Ralph after Lynne's passing):
Lynne Stewart, Rest in Power
From Amy Goodman's Democracy Now (which had a short announcement on Wed., including video of Lynne's joyous arrival at LaGuardia Airport on Jan. 1, 2014):
RIP Lynne Stewart, People's Lawyer & Fmr. Political Prisoner; Watch Her Interviews & Release in 2014
It is with tremendous sadness that we tell you that our beloved Lynne Stewart passed on peacefully around 6 PM on Tuesday at home with Ralph and other family members. She was 77.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been set - we'll keep you posted.
Please continue to donate to the fund to help with the many care-taking expenses Ralph has had to bear:
We love you, Lynne! Thank you for all you gave to oppressed peoples and freedom fighters!
As Joan Gibbs wrote, "Rest in peace, power and love, my dear sister Lynne Stewart."
Here are just a few of the many Facebook tributes that have been pouring in, followed by an account on the Venezuelan Telesur TV site.
I have known a hero in my lifetime, I have laughed with and cried with and shared the righteous rage with a hero. I got to hug a hero, stand at her wedding and find shelter in her home. See her babies grow up and eat pie with her. She casts no shadows, only light now. A woman who gave herself to struggle for decades. A heart, a strong and loving heart that beat so hard for so many, death cannot stop it. Her spirit goes to the reward for loving warriors, there is a significant part of her city, and the nation and beyond that, who feels this loss tonight. Oh captain, my captain.
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE FOR THE PEOPLE
I LOVE YOU ALWAYS
REST IN PEACE LYNNE STEWART
Comrade Lynne Stewart, presente!
Sad news on the eve of International Women's Day: revolutionary soldier, political prisoner, people's attorney Lynne Stewart has passed.
When we smash the bosses' courts, when we tear down the prison walls and the real dragons fly out, Lynne will be with us.
Solidarity to Ralph and family. We've got your back.
Bret Grote, Abolitionist Law Ctr
Rest in Power Lynne Stewart. People's Lawyer. An inspiration and bright fire in dark times.
she was always so kind to me. Came to support events when I was inside, made it a point to send me encouraging emails. such a sweetheart.
A true revolutionary, one who stood up to the federal government and went to prison for our right to representation, has passed.
Thank you, Lynne Stewart for your support for Oscar López Rivera and all political prisoners!
7 March 2017
Lynne Stewart, Lifelong Fighter and People's Lawyer, Dies
Stewart, originally sentenced to 28 months in prison, was resentenced on July 10, 2010, to 10 years in prison, but continued to fight a government frame-up.
After suffering a major stroke on March 1, Lynne Stewart died Tuesday evening at home, after being granted a compassionate release from prison three years ago due to fourth-stage breast cancer.
Stewart devoted her law practice to defending the poor, underprivileged, unwanted and forgotten, according to her partner Ralph Poynter.
The human rights attorney was arrested on April 9, 2002, on charges of helping pass messages from her client, Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, an Egyptian cleric convicted of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center attack in New York City, to his followers in al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, an organization designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S.
Stewart was subsequently convicted for conspiracy and providing material support to terrorists, while her felony conviction led to her automatic disbarment.
Her sentence was characterized by many as an attempt by the U.S. government to silence dissent, curtail vigorous defense by lawyers, instill fear in those who seek to help Arabs and Muslims being prosecuted for free speech and defend the rights of all oppressed people.
Attorney Leonard Weinglass, said of her incarceration, “The Lynne Stewart case is the case that’s going to mark this era as the era of the war on terrorists, which includes the war on lawyers who defend those who are accused of terrorism. To put her behind bars when no one was injured, no one was harmed, when those who produced the torture memos, those who produced the war are going free and even prospering is really the irony of our time.”
Stewart fought false accusations and a government frame-up. Originally sentenced to 28 months in prison, she was resentenced on July 10, 2010 — in an unprecedented move after her bail was suddenly revoked — to 10 years in prison for showing an alleged lack of remorse after her initial sentencing.
In a statement after her release on Dec. 31, 2013, Poynter said, "The enduring global movement for social justice has persevered — ever inspired by Lynne Stewart’s steadfast refusal to bend the knee, submit to coercion or official duplicity."
(A message from Bob Lederer)
Ralph Poynter told me the following very sad news last night, and has authorized me to distribute it publicly:
I learned all this minutes after Ralph accepted an award for Lynne at a major public event by the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee, which honored a large group of lawyers and doctors who have supported U.S. political prisoners. As we know, for years Lynne went out of her way to provide strong representation to a pantheon of dedicated radical activists facing prison -- before she herself suffered a similar, cruel fate.
Let's all send Lynne, Ralph & Betty our hugs, love, and best wishes for this final journey. Such a heroic fighter - Lynne, we love you!
P.S. Ironically, her latest stroke occurred hours after a New York Times article appeared based on an interview with her, which noted that she had survived 3 years beyond the compassionate release granted her (on Dec. 31, 2013), following a statement by her prison doctor that she would not likely survive beyond 18 months:
Ms. Stewart said in a 12-page handwritten letter to the judge in 2013: “Isolated, in hospital, as I now am, I have time to contemplate life and death. I do not intend to go ‘gently into that good night,’ as Dylan Thomas wrote. There is much to be done in this world. I do know that I do not want to die here in prison — a strange and loveless place. I want to be where all is familiar — in a word, home.”
TONIGHT AT 8:30PM ET, THE “NEW” PACIFICA NATIONAL BOARD IS SET TO MEET. YOU CAN LISTEN HERE:
Background on last week's meeting:
On Friday, February 10, 2017, the Indy Caucus-ACE group and it’s national allies who primarily operate under the fiscal blanket of the Los Angeles-based Social Uplift Foundation met, via conference call, as if under the auspices of the Pacifica National Board in violation of the Pacifica Foundation Bylaws and Robert’s Rules of Order (RROR) that we are required to use.
After asking the pro tem secretary to take attendance and introducing the parliamentarian, the only elected officer who remained on the board, Adriana Casenave, the 2016 Vice Chair and 2017 Acting Chair of the PNB, pointed out a number of violations in the calling of the meeting, including that while 3 national board members / Directors can call a meeting, RROR requires them to determine from the Chair and Secretary their availability. No consultation was had and therefore no proper notification of either the open or executive sessions was made. The Acting Chair, therefore adjourned the meeting and a number of directors left the call in agreement. However, approximately 11 Indy-ACE folks and their allies remained.
In open session, they used “alternative facts” to discard the actual results of the election of Affiliate Directors to the 2017 Pacifica National Board (conducted via email in December 2016 as required,) and to approve an “alternate tally”:
- For this, they included ballots submitted by 3 WBAI LSB members who were not 2016 national board members and were not entitled to vote as such due to multiple breaches of the bylaws and RROR by Indy-ACE WBAI before and after their 2016 boycott.
- By this, they made the PNB partially self-selecting, which was one of the most fought-against practices during the Pacifica democratization struggles of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. The bylaws require incoming Affiliate Directors to be elected by the outgoing Pacifica station directors each December, not by current station directors with whom they would serve.
They also passed a motion requiring more on-air fundraising by March to accumulate funds for the completion of the overdue audit for FY2015 and for the FY2016 audit; they hired as a consultant the former CFO who had not delivered the FY2014 Audit; and a member made some sort of announcement about a search for legal counsel.
In closed session, although I wasn't present, they’ve announced the selection of Bill Crosier, a PNB listener member from Houston who is a longtime Indy-ACE factional player, to be the interim Executive Director. It's important to note that a couple of hours after the end of our Feb. 2 meeting where it was stated that the body would be polled for a meeting date, Crosier had posted a PNB meeting for Feb. 9 in violation of the 7-day notice requirement. When challenged on this, he cancelled the notice and when questioned about the claim that the Feb. 9 meeting had been falsely labeled as a "continuation" meeting as though decided by the full Board, he wrote that his lie was “irrelevant.”
Stay tuned, stay strong and pay close attention.
- for I.D. only: WBAI Local Sation Board & Pacifica National Board