The struggle to free Lynne Stewart is continuing! Lynne, courageous lawyer locked up on trumped up charges to thwart her abilities to defend oppressed peoples, is in need of treatment for cancer. It is outrageous after repeated demands for a compassionate release that Lynne, suffering a life threatening disease, continue be locked up in prison. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison for her dedicated stance to fighting for the rights of colonized people; such a stance is a threat to the establishment of the colonial court system. At this point, It is possible Lynne may die in prison battling the vicious spread of cancer and lack of proper medical care. Her most recent message to the public is as follows:
“Friends, Supporters, Comrades:
Well, we are once again being educated in the meaning of “protracted struggle”, not that anyone wanted or needed this. It was clear yesterday in Court in NYC that Judge Koeltl was not going to act solely within the “spirit ” of the law but would instead rely upon the Bureau of Prisons to make a “legal” motion on my behalf. Although the lawyers valiently argued that justice does not allow for a “right” without a “remedy”, in my case, the right to die at home and the fact that there is no appeal (remedy) from the Bureau’s decision.
There are new and compelling facts now before the BOP–the prognosis now of 18 months and the fact that the PET scan revealed that the most serious cancer (of the lungs) is getting worse. The Judge yesterday, asked the Government to concede (as their papers did by not contesting any facts) that I qualified in every respect for the release. They, of course, remained silent. For that reason I am asking once again that all of you send a “shout” out to the BOP, AG Holder and Pres. Obama and express any outrage you might feel that the days and months are ticking by and I remain in Texas. The DC Prison Bureaucracy clearly would just as soon see me die here.
So, not to be discouraged or disinheartened by this latest legal impediment–the walls of Jericho DID come tumbling down, eventually !!
Love Struggle, Lynne”
Organizers Harris Daniels and Joe Franchi participated in a demonstration for Lynne Stewart’s Release on behalf of Uhuru Solidarity Movement. Harris had the opportunity to speak with Ralph Poynter, husband of Lynne Stewart and supporter of the work of the Uhuru Movement. Below is the brief, but powerful interview: