[Ppnews] A Tale of Two Political Prisoners – and You Can Help Both of Them

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*A Tale of Two Political Prisoners – and You Can Help Both of Them*

*A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford
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http://blackagendareport.com/content/tale-two-political-prisoners-%E2%80%93-and-you-can-help-both-them*
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“/Woodfox has had his conviction overturned twice.”/

There are two people who deserve your attention, today – right now. One 
has been held in solitary confinement for most of the past 41 years. The 
other has been fighting most of her life in defense of political 
prisoners – and has become one, herself. Albert Woodfox, of the Angola 
3, is 66 years old. Lynne Stewart, the famed human rights lawyer, is 73, 
and suffering from Stage 4 breast cancer.

Albert Woodfox and two other Black men at Louisiana’s notorious Angola 
prison were convicted in the death of a prison guard in 1972, a case 
that became a /cause célèbre/ for a variety of reasons, including the 
lack of physical evidence. The three had formed a unit of the Black 
Panther Party in the prison, in 1971. When the guard was killed, they 
were immediately put in solitary confinement, where two of them, Woodfox 
and Herman Wallace, remained for most of the intervening years under a 
sentence of life imprisonment. The third member of the Angola 3, Robert 
Hillary King, was released after 29 years of solitary confinement when 
his conviction was overturned and he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. 
King has travelled the world speaking out for his imprisoned comrades 
and for the release of all political prisoners. The Angola 3 have been 
the subject of three films, one narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.

Woodfox has had his conviction overturned twice, most recently this past 
February, when a federal court found evidence of intentional racial 
discrimination in jury selection at Woodfox’s second trial, in 1998.

Amnesty International is asking the Louisiana attorney general not to 
appeal the judges ruling, so that Woodfox can be released or given a new 
trial. They’ve organized a “Take Action” letter writing campaign, which 
you can join by going to _Angola3news.blogspot.com 
<http://angola3news.blogspot.com/>_ or _takeaction.amnestyusa.org 
<http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=6oJCLQPAJiJUG&b=6645049&aid=519457>_.

“/Lynne Stewart’s breast cancer was found to be spreading.”/

Lynne Stewart is a people’s lawyer, who has put her own freedom on the 
line in the struggle to preserve all of our rights. In 2009, she was 
sentenced to 28 months in prison for having vigorously defended one of 
her clients, the so-called “Blind Sheik” Omar Abdel-Rahman, in the World 
Trade Center bombing case. When she appealed, Stewart’s sentence was 
increased to 10 years in federal prison – the system’s twisted revenge. 
At a prison near Fort Worth, Texas, Lynne Stewart’s breast cancer was 
found to be spreading. Her husband and longtime political partner, Ralph 
Poynter, says 10 years is a virtual death sentence. Lynne’s family and 
legions of supporters are asking that she be given compassionate release 
from prison so that she can at least have a chance at survival.

There is no time to waste. To join in asking for Lynne Stewart’s 
compassionate release, go to the International Action Center’s website, 
and sign the petition. That’s _iacenter.org 
<http://www.iacenter.org/LynneStewartPetition/>_. You can also write 
directly to Lynne from the same address: _iacenter.org 
<http://www.iacenter.org/LynneStewartPetition/>_.

For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Glen Ford. On the web, go to 
BlackAgendaReport.com.

/BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at 
/_/Glen.Ford at BlackAgendaReport.com/ 
<mailto:Glen.Ford at BlackAgendaReport.com>_/./

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