Rally for Lynne Stewart
From: Lynne Stewart Defense Organization < firstname.lastname@example.org>
COME OUT AND RALLY FOR LYNNE
THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2013 7- 10 PM
80 ST. MARKS THEATRE
80 ST. MARKS PL- 1ST AVE, N.Y.C.
FEATURED PERFORMERS: S.O.T./ HIGHER POWER/ SUN GAD THUNDER & LORCAN OTWAY/VINNIE BURROWS & MANY OTHERS
Lynne Stewart has devoted her life to the oppressed — a constant advocate for the countless many deprived in the United States of their freedom and their rights. Unjustly charged and convicted for the “crime” of providing her client with a fearless defense, the prosecution of Lynne Stewart is an assault upon the basic freedoms of us all.
After years of post-conviction freedom, her bail was revoked arbitrarily and her imprisonment ordered, precluding surgery she had scheduled in a major New York hospital. The sinister meaning of the relentless persecution of Lynne Stewart is unmistakably clear. Given her age and precarious health, the ten-year sentence she is serving is a virtual death sentence.
Since her imprisonment in the Federal Prison in Carswell, Texas her urgent need for surgery was delayed 18 months — so long, that the operating physician pronounced the condition as “the worst he had seen.” Now, breast cancer, which had been in remission prior to her imprisonment, has reached Stage Four. It has appeared in her lymph nodes, on her shoulder, in her bones and her lungs. Her daughter, a physician, has sounded the alarm: “Under the best of circumstances, Lynne would be in a battle of the most serious consequences with dangerous odds. With cancer and cancer treatment, the complications can be as debilitating and as dangerous as the cancer itself.”
In her current setting, where trips to physicians involve attempting to walk with 10 pounds of shackles on her wrists and ankles, with connecting chains, Lynne Stewart has lacked ready access to physicians and specialists under conditions compatible with medical success. It can take weeks to see a medical provider in prison conditions. It can take weeks to report physical changes and learn the results of treatment; and when held in the hospital, Lynne has been shackled wrist and ankle to the bed. This medieval “shackling” has little to do with any appropriate prison control. She is obviously not an escape risk. We demand abolition of this practice for all prisoners, let alone those facing surgery and the urgent necessity of care and recovery. It amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, in violation of human rights. www.lynnestewart.org
“It is devastating, totally unbelievable. Is this in a democracy, the only superpower? I am sad. I will sign. Praying God’s blessings on your efforts.” Desmond Tutu “Lynne Stewart should be outa jail!”
PETITION TO FREE LYNNE STEWART: SAVE HER LIFE — RELEASE HER NOW!