Listen to Omali Yeshitela, Chairman of the African People’s Socialist Party, in a dialogue with Lynne Stewart shortly after her release:[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/128041821″ params=”color=ff6600&auto_play=false&show_artwork=true” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
On December 31st, 2013 it was announced that Lynne Stewart, a North American attorney locked up as a politcal prisoner for defending oppressed peoples, was released from prison, in response to a worldwide campaign of call-ins, letters, and demonstrations calling for her release. At the time of the judge’s order for a “compassionate release”, Lynne’s terminal case of cancer developed to the worst state the prison physician had ever seen. Lynne Stewart has been battling the cancer for over the past year.
The worldwide “Free Lynne Stewart” movement, led courageously by her husband Ralph Poynter, involved masses of the world’s freedom-loving peoples and organizations, including the African People’s Socialist Party and Uhuru Movement who adopted a resolution to mobilize the entire movement in defense of Lynne Stewart during the Party’s 6th Congress held on December 7-1 of 2013.
We of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement participated in the campaign to free Lynne Stewart. We recognized that the attack on Lynne Stewart was an attack on the right of oppressed peoples to resist, and an attack on our right as oppressor nation citizens — white people– to stand in solidarity with the oppressed in their struggle for national liberation and self-determination.
The charge of “material support for terrorism” is indeed a blatant move by US imperialism to criminalize our right to take a stance of material solidarity with the resistance of Africans and oppressed peoples everywhere.
Marilyn Buck: another political prisoner locked up for opposing US imperialism
Because we defend our right to stand with the oppressed, we would like to share the following video of Marilyn Buck, recorded in 1989 while she was still in prison:
Marilyn Buck was an activist who was imprisoned for supporting black liberation struggles in the 1960s and 70s. Among other political acts, Marilyn Buck was involved in the action waged by the Black Liberation Army to liberate Assata Shakur from prison, who resides in political asylum today in Cuba.
Marilyn Buck was imprisoned for over 20 years. Like Lynne Stewart, she was granted a “compassionate release” after she became terminally ill, and was released from prison in 2010 less than 2 months before she died.
We recognize that the politically motivated incarceration of Lynne Stewart and Marilyn Buck were attacks that took place on the back of the military defeat of the Black Power movement of the 1960s during which the FBI and US police forces locked up scores of African revolutionaries who languish in prison cells to this day, including Sundiata Acoli, Mumia Abu Jamal, and Sekou Odinga.
Lynne Stewart and Marilyn Buck were imprisoned for defending oppressed peoples in different ways, in the courtroom and on the streets. Both of them were attacked for it. We call on all white people to defy the US government’s attempts to criminalize and discourage us from standing in solidarity with African resistance. We have a right to defend and join with the anti-colonial struggle. We have a right to organize in our own communities for reparations to African people.
We call on all white people to take the stand of solidarity with African people by joining Uhuru Solidarity Movement under the leadership of African People’s Socialist Party. The African People’s Socialist Party states in their platform:
7. We want complete amnesty for all African political prisoners and prisoners of war from U.S. prisons or their immediate release to any friendly country which will accept them and give them political asylum.
The Uhuru Solidarity Movement is led by the work of the African People’s Socialist Party and we uphold the demands named in the Party’s platform. We are a growing organization and call on other white people to join who want to participate in forming genuine solidarity for the liberation of African and oppressed people worldwide.
Tune in this Sunday at 1pm on UhuruRadio.com for a live episode of “Reparations in Action” that will cover the topics mentioned in this blog article including Lynne Stewart, Marilyn Buck, political prisoners, and how to build principled white solidarity with African liberation.
Join the Uhuru Solidarity Movement global web conference on January 26th, 1pm to 4pm eastern to become involved in the mass campaign for reparations to African people, no matter where you are located. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.