WBAI Justice & Unity Campaign - April 2017
2. Black is Beautiful: A Tribute to Elombe Brath - open til Apr. 29
3. Louis Reyes Rivera's "Jazz in Jail" - Book Celebration/Reading - Sat., Apr. 29 - 2 PM
1) Lynne Stewart Memorial Event - Sat., Apr. 22
At St. Peter's Church, 615 Lexington Av. & 54th Street in Manhattan
NOTE NEW TIME!
2:30-7:00 pm to celebrate Lynne. Doors open at 2:00 pm.
Trains: 6 to 51st St.; 4, 5, N, Q or R to 59th Street
Facebook Event Page (please share):
Lynne Stewart took Revolutionary positions to change the world and the lives of many people. Most of all, she fought to free political prisoners. We all mourn, of course, but we will obey the challenge she left us and Organize! Organize! Organize!
Financial Appeal from Lynne’s Family & Friends
Please consider supporting Lynne’s family right now by clicking here to contribute to their online fundraising appeal.
To mail a check made out to “Lynne Stewart Organization,” send to:
Lynne Stewart Organization
1070 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216
For more information and tributes, go to http://lynnestewart.org/
2) The "Black is Beautiful: A Tribute to Elombe Brath" multi-media exhibit
More info: https://www.thisisbronxmusic.org/
3) Come Celebrate Louis Reyes Rivera's "Jazz in Jail"
Corona, N.Y. 11368
Directions to library:
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.”