[Ppnews] Lynne Stewart Critical Update - Monday National Actions
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TAKE ACTION FOR LYNNE STEWART- MONDAY, JUNE 24: JOIN THE VIGILS IN
WASHINGTON D.C.; PHONE DIRECTOR SAMUELS; GATHER PETITION SIGNERS
We urge you to call, email or be in Washington DC on Monday, June
24 for Lynne Stewart.
TAKE ACTION: CALL: Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels
202-307-3250 (Lynne's compassionate release application,
approved by Warden Jody Upton of FMC Carswell, has been languishing on
his desk for weeks. It requires his signature to be forwarded to the
sentencing judge for action.)
White House - President Barack Obama – 202-456-1414
Attorney General Eric Holder - 202-514-2001
Sign petition at http://LynneStewart.org
Lynne Stewart and Ralph Poynter
On Monday, June 24, from noon to 1:30 pm, join Dick Gregory, Ramsey
Clark, Sara Flounders, Laurie Arbeiter, Louis Wolf and other activists
for a press conference and vigil at the Federal Bureau of Prisons, 320
1st St. NW, Washington DC (corner 1st and Indiana) to intensify our
demand for Compassionate Release for Lynne Stewart. Then march to the
White House to stand with Lynne Stewart's husband Ralph Poynter, who
enters the second week of his vigil for the release of the imprisoned
We are asking all who cannot make it to Washington to telephone the
Director of the Bureau of Prisons Charles E. Samuels, Jr. at
202.307.3250 on Monday. Ralph Poynter has called upon people to also call
President Barack Obama at 202.456.1414 and Attorney General Eric
Holder at 202.514.2001.
Also, continue to ask your friends, family and colleagues who haven't
signed the petition to do so at www.lynnestewart.org
. Over 20,000 individual messages have been sent to Director Samuels
from petition signers and each new signatory results in yet another
one. Eight weeks have elapsed since Warden Jody Upton of FMC Carswell
recommended that the Federal Bureau of Prisons support compassionate
release for Lynne based upon medical findings of Stage 4 cancer in her
scapula, lymph nodes and lungs. Filing the motion for Compassionate
Release with Judge John Koetl, the sentencing judge, awaits solely the
ratifying signature of Director Samuels, on whose desk Stewart’s
application has languished for weeks.
Every minute's delay compromises Lynne Stewart's life and her access
to the loving care of her family and the comprehensive treatment plan
prepared for her at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New
Dick Gregory, who enters the eighty-second day of his fast in support
of Lynne Stewart’s compassionate release, declared: “I urge you to
join me in demanding freedom for Lynne Stewart. Her unwavering
dedication as a selfless advocate for the poor and oppressed is
legendary. None of us should stand by idly while Lynne suffers and
withers away day-by-day to die in prison.”
“There is no legal justification for Director Samuel’s
inaction,” concluded former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, “Lynne
Stewart meets every legal, rational and humane criterion for
Friday, June 21 update on the historic vigil at the Federal Bureau of
Louis Wolf, Dumez Dumaine, college classmate of Lynne Stewart, and
other supporters joined today's ongoing vigil and engaged Federal
Bureau of Prison employees who stopped to discuss Lynne Stewart's life
crisis. FBOP workers took leaflets and fliers with them into the
Bureau of Prisons headquarters.
Asked if Director Charles E. Samuels, Jr. had seen the fliers, the
women workers smiled and said, "We put them on his desk!"
Shortly thereafter an official in dress suit emerged to engage Louis
Wolf in a cordial discussion for ten minutes, agreeing to raise the
issue of Lynne Stewart's life threatening illness and and the critical
necessity for Director Samuels to sign the order and the motion for
Lynne Stewart's release.
Vigil participants were joined by the prominent Washington D.C.
attorney, Jim Klimaski, who arrived in a taxi from court. Attorney
Klimaski has represented federal prisoners in actions concerning the
violation of their rights and filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
lawsuits seeking the release of critical documents pertaining to the
conduct of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Klimaski pledged to
participate in ongoing vigils.
---Friday, June 21 UPDATE on Ralph Poynter's Vigil at the White
At the White House, Ralph Poynter amplified his vigil and combination
"Speak Out," calling for Lynne Stewart's immediate release and
examining the underlying politics of her persecution and prosecution.
Ralph joined in Friday's demonstration in support of the hunger
strikers at Guantanamo and in protest against the barbarous forced
feeding to which they are subjected.
Groups of youth and with delegations from Catholic Worker, the
Washington, D.C. chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, People Against
Torture, the International Action Committee, Code Pink, The Jericho
Movement, the Freedom For Justice Coalition along with Green Party
activists, joined together in a a united call to Stand by Lynne
Stewart and Save Her Life! Free Her Now!
Featured at these events were Pam Africa and Suzanne Ross of
Concerned Families and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal together with the
legendary peace activist Cindy Sheehan who pioneered such vigils at
the time of the death of her son in Iraq with her tent city outside
the Texas ranch of George W. Bush.
Many attending invited Ralph Poynter and other speakers to appear at
Black churches and to address meetings in the Washington, D.C. area.
The daily vigil at the White House conjoined with the noon vigil at
the Federal Bureau of Prisons has galvanized opponents of injustice
and repression in the spirit of the International Longshore Workers
Union's seminal summons "An Injury to One is An Injury to All."
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