Support Lynne Stewart civil rights attorney and political prisoner
- January 24, 2013
Our good friend Lynne Stewart, civil rights attorney and political prisoner, is facing a medical emergency and needs help. She fought breast cancer two years ago, apparently successfully, but now the cancer is spreading. Her condition in treatable and a cure is not ruled out, especially if she can get the expert treatment she received before. But the authorities have denied Lynne's request for transfer.
Her defense committee's strategy is to flood the mail with messages to Lynne. This will boost her spirits and show authorities that the world is watching. You don't need to directly write the prison authorities; they read all her mail.
Would you please:
Send the message below to your email lists (adding your own greeting and closing);
Send Lynne a card, ask members to send her a card, and announce this at meetings;
Send the message below to your members and urge them to get it out widely by sending it to their friends and posting it on Facebook and other social media and Web sites.
Thanks in advance for your prompt attention to this. Lynne is a real fighter for the most marginalized and most oppressed and she deserves our support.
Civil rights attorney and political prisoner Lynne Stewart needs help. She fought breast cancer two years ago, apparently successfully, but now the cancer is spreading. Her condition is treatable. But authorities have denied her request for transfer from herTexas prison to the New York City hospital where she received expert medical attention before.
Please flood the mail with cards and letters to Lynne. This will boost her spirits, and it will also serve another purpose. The authorities track and read all her mail, and they take notice when they see that the world is watching.
Stewart, a longtime anti-war and social-justice activist and respected criminal defense attorney, was unjustly convicted in 2005 of providing "support for terrorism" by delivering a handwritten press release to Reuters from Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, a client that the court had appointed her to represent. An articulate critic of the U.S. justice system, Stewart is known as the "People's Lawyer" for representing controversial clients, political dissidents, and the poor.
Send messages and cards to:
Lynne Stewart 53504-054
Federal Medical Center Carswell
P.O. Box 27137
Fort Worth, TX 76127
You can get more information about Stewart's case by listening to an interview with her husband, Ralph Poynter (128 kbps version hi fi or 32 kbps version lo fi), visiting the Justice for Lynne Stewart Web page http://lynnestewart.org, or reading about her at www.socialism.com.
On the legal front, Lynne's team from the Center for Constitutional Rights and the National Lawyers Guild are fighting the original charges and asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review her case.
Please take a moment to send Lynne a card. Our actions can pressure the prison system to authorize the healthcare she needs and keep her alive while we continue to fight for her freedom.