[Ppnews] Update about Petition to Free Lynne Stewart - Report on BOP Vigil

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Thu Jun 20 18:22:30 EDT 2013


REPORT FROM DICK GREGORY AND LOUIS WOLF ON THE ONGOING VIGIL AT THE 
FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS HEADQUARTERS, WASHINGTON, DC, SEEKING 
COMPASSIONATE RELEASE FOR LYNNE STEWART

On Monday, June 17, as activists stood before the BOP headquarters on 
Monday, a guard emerged to ask why they were there. Upon hearing that 
Dick Gregory would be present at the vigil the following day, he 
responded enthusiastically: "My man, Dick Gregory!"

On Tuesday, June 18, shortly after noon, fifteen people with banners and 
signs assembled outside the doors of the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 
Washington, DC. for the historic vigil, the first in support of a 
federal prisoner at the Bureau headquarters.

Dick Gregory spoke about the urgent need for FBOP Director Charles E. 
Samuels, Jr. to sign Lynne Stewart's fully vetted Compassionate Release 
application and to authorize the federal attorney to file the motion for 
Compassionate Release with Judge John Koetl. Lynne cannot be freed 
without the completion of these steps. At this moment, the 
unconscionable holdup rests with the absence of Director Samuels 
signature as the completed file remains "on his desk."

As Dick Gregory spoke, workers at the Federal Bureau of Prisons gathered 
at FBOP windows. The ground floor lobby was filled with FBOP employees, 
listening and watching.

At 1:15 p.m. two Homeland Security cars pulled up. One of the men who 
exited one of the cars was in full combat dress. They stopped, watched 
as Dick Gregory spoke, noted the rapt attention Dick Gregory was 
receiving from both inside the FBOP and outside it, looked at each other 
and entered the building without speaking.

Askia Muhammad, News Director of WPFW, was there throughout the two hour 
vigil and recorded all that was said. Free Speech Radio News filmed and 
recorded. Code Pink and We Will Not Be Silent were present along with 
David Schwartzman, a noted DC activist.

Fernando Velasquez of Pacifica's KPFA interviewed Dick Gregory and Lou 
Wolf on the international campaign to free Lynne Stewart and the vigils 
at the FBOP and the White House. Fernando broadcasts across Latin America.

The vigil at the Bureau of Prisons headquarters continues all week. If 
you are in Washington, DC, please come at noon tomorrow and Friday to 
Federal Bureau of Prisons Headquarters, 320 1st St NW, Washington, DC 
(corner 1st Street and Indiana Avenue, NW) to demand compassionate 
release for Lynne.

Simultaneously, Lynne Stewart's husband Ralph Poynter and activists 
continue a vigil at the White House, mobilizing support for Lynne's release.

If you cannot be in DC, telephone BOP Director Samuels at 202-307-3250. 
Urge him to act now to move forward compassionate release for Lynne 
Stewart. There is no time to lose.


This message was sent by Ralph Poynter using the Change.org system.


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