[News] Fri. 2/23 7:30 pm Women's Bldg, SF, Pam Africa, Michael Ratner, Lynne Stewart
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Tue Feb 20 08:46:54 EST 2007
"FIGHTING BACK" TOUR
Tour Schedule Feb. 23-28, 2007
Michael Ratner, Lynne Stewart
Pam Africa, Barbara Lubin, Jeff Mackler
(For details on all events, admission costs, or requests for
additional meetings call 415-255-1085. Michael Ratner will join the
tour for Feb. 23-25 events only.)
Friday, Feb. 23:
10:45 am Oakland Press Conference, John Burris Law Offices
12:45 - 1:45 pm, Boalt Law School at UC Berkeley
2:30 pm KPFA interview
5:30 pm San Francisco Reception (Women's Bldg. See below.)
7:30 pm SF Mass Rally, Women's Bldg., 3543 18th St. (between
Valencia & Guerrero (near 16th St. BART).
Saturday, Feb. 24:
10 am Prison Radio SF Reception at Noelle Hanrahan's house 415-648-4505
2 pm Marin Rally, College of Marin, Student Services Center (Cafeteria)
835 College Ave., Kentfield 415-302-9440
5:30 pm Berkeley Reception, Middle East Children's Alliance, 901
Parker at 7th, Berkeley, 510-548-0542
7:30 pm Berkeley Mass Rally, Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School,
1781 Rose at Grant (near North Berkeley BART).
Sunday, Feb. 25:
1:00 pm, Palo Alto Reception, Fireside Room, Unitarian Church (See below).
2:00 pm Mass Rally, Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 E. Charleston
Rd., near Middlefield, Palo Alto, 650-326-8837, peaceandjustice.org
Monday, Feb. 26:
7:50 am: KPFA interview with Ralph Schoenman
10:30 am Gray Panther Reception, SF, 415-552-8800
12:30 pm, University of SF Law School, Fulton at Stanyon, Kendrick
5:00 pm Press Conference, Fresno
5:30 pm Fresno Reception
7:00 pm Fresno Rally, Mennonite Community Church, corner of Olive &
<mailto:maria.telesco at sbcglobal.net>maria.telesco at sbcglobal.net
Tuesday, Feb 27:
5:30 pm: Reception, wine and cheese, Santa Rosa Peace and Justice
Center, 467 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa, 707-575-8902, $20.00
7:00 pm Public meeting with Lynne Stewart and Jeff Mackler, New
College of California, North Bay Campus, 99 - 6th Street, Santa Rosa
(only a few minutes away from the Center), 707-568-0112, $10.00
Additional sponsors are the P&J Center, Free Mind Media, and Purple Berets.
Wednesday, Feb. 28:
12:00 Noon, UC Davis School of Law, Moot Courtroom, 734-972-1036
5:30 pm Sacramento Reception, 403 21st Street, Sacramento,
916-369-5510 <mailto:jekeltner at aol.com>jekeltner at aol.com
Michael Ratner, Lynne Stewart,
Pam Africa, Jeff Mackler, Barbara Lubin
"Fighting Back" California tour for civil liberties
"Fighting Back: No one shall be tortured, falsely imprisoned, or
denied basic democratic rights" is the theme of the upcoming February
23-28, 2007 San Francisco Bay Area tour of Michael Ratner, Lynne
Stewart, Pam Africa and Jeff Mackler.
Sponsored by and a benefit for the Northern California-based
Mobilization Free Mumia Abu-Jamal and the Lynne Stewart Defense
Committee, the tour includes some eighteen meetings, rallies,
receptions and media events. (See tour schedule on this page).
Winning new support for justice and freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal and
Lynne Stewart and defending basic civil liberties that are under
severe attack today are the central objectives of the six-day tour.
Lynne Stewart, 67, free on bail pending her appeal of a McCarthy-era
type post-911 conviction on charges of "conspiracy to aid and abet
terrorism," was granted permission to travel to California by
presiding District Court Judge John Koeltl.
Koeltl shocked more than one legal observer by sentencing Stewart, a
lifelong civil rights and political prisoner attorney, to 28 months
in prison in the face of Probation Department and prosecution
recommendations that she be sentenced to thirty years.
Stewart's crime? She was the lead attorney defending the blind
Egyptian cleric, Shiek Omar Abdel Rachman, who was convicted of
conspiracy charges to blow up federal monuments. Former U.S. Attorney
General Ramsey Clark and American-Arab Anti-Discrinimation Committee
head Abdeen Jabarra, were Stewart's co-counsels. In the course of her
defense effort, in a case where the Wall Street Journal argued that
Rachman was innocent, Stewart issued a public press release to
Reuters News Agency indicating her client's views on the policies of
the Egyptian government that was then murdering Rachman's imprisoned
Islamic co-thinkers. Federal prosecutors contend that a Bureau of
Prison regulation (Special Administrative Measure) prohibited Abdel
Rachman contact with outside groups. The government is appealing
Koeltl's relatively short sentence while Stewart is appealing her conviction.
Michael Ratner, president of the New York-based Center for
Constitutional Rights, will join the tour for its major Feb. 23-25
events in San Francisco, Berkeley, Marin and Palo Alto. Ratner won an
historic law suit against the Bush Administration when the U.S.
Supreme Court ruled last year that Guantanamo, Cuba detainees,
imprisoned and tortured by government interrogators, must be afforded
access to U.S. federal courts, that is, granted the right to habeas
corpus. This victory was essentially nullified soon after when a
bi-partisan Congress passed legislation legitimizing torture, but
under a new name. The same legislation effectively denied detainees
access to federal courts. The Bush Administration had originally
argued before the court that detainees had no rights in U.S. Courts
because Guantanamo, Cuba was not a U.S. possession. The more astute
Supreme Court rejected this contention, thus reaffirming U.S.
colonial rule over Guantanamo.
Ratner is currently in a battle to use the German court system to
file war crimes/torture charges against Donald Rumsfeld, U.S.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and some eight other U.S. officials
responsible for torture in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and elsewhere.
Pam Africa is the central national leader of the political defense of
Mumia-Abu-Jamal, the award-winning and innocent African-American
journalist on Pennsylvania's death row for the past 25 years. Jamal's
case is currently before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third
Circuit, with the State of Pennsylvania seeking its third order for
Mumia's execution by lethal injection. In 1982, in a trial that has
been condemned by groups ranging from Amnesty International and the
NAACP to the European Parliament and the presidents of France and
South Africa, Jamal was falsely convicted of murdering a Philadelphia
policeman. His defense team, headed by attorney Robert R. Bryan,
await oral arguments before the court in a major battle that could
lead to a new trial and Mumia's freedom.
The possibility of winning a new trial, based on numerous
constitutional violations and racist conduct on the part of the
presiding Judge and state prosecutor, has rattled the nation's top
lawmakers. In December 2006, the U.S. House of Representatives
effectively intervened in the judicial proceedings against Mumia by
passing a resolution, with only 33 votes in opposition, to condemn
the French city of St. Denis for naming a street after Jamal. The
resolution, initiated by two Pennsylvania congresspersons, was more
intended to pressure the appeals court as it prepares for the final
deliberative processes in Mumia's case, than it was to change the
view of St. Denis officials. The latter have visited the U.S. on
Mumia's behalf on several occasions and have rejected the
congressional request, pointing to both the racist nature of the
legal proceedings against Mumia and to the heinous U.S. death penalty.
Jeff Mackler, tour organizer and director of the West Coast Lynne
Stewart Defense Committee and the Mobilization to Free Mumia
Abu-Jamal is a major spokesperson for both defense efforts and has
written widely on both cases. Barbara Lubin, Executive Director of
the Middle East Children's Alliance will also speak at tour meetings.
Lubin is a national leader in the defense of Palestinian rights.
In addition to the immediate Bay Area counties the tour will take the
participants to Frenso, Santa Rosa and Sacramento as well as to some
five area law schools.
The tour is co-sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild, the Peninsula
Peace and Justice Center, Middle East Children's Alliance, Vanguard
Public Foundation, the Marin Peace and Justice Coalition, and
Pacifica Radio Station KPFA. For further information call: 415-255-1085
The Freedom Archives
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