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Show Love for Lynne Stewart & All Political Prisoners - Act Now!

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Show Love for LYNNE STEWART & All Political Prisoners -- Act NOW!

"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing."

--Malcolm X [el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz]

"Those who do not move, do not notice their chains...Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently...Freedom is always the freedom of dissenters."

--Rosa Luxemburg

It is not enough to merely observe that the imprisoned 'people's lawyer' Lynne Stewart, has for four decades vigorously and unceasingly defended the voiceless, the downtrodden, and the targeted in this nation. The story of Lynne Stewart is one of growth, resilience, great love for ordinary struggling people, and sacrifice.

Like the late great freedom fighter John Brown, Lynne Stewart transcended her color privilege and reached the liberating plateau of actualizing her, and indeed all of our, own humanity. In so doing, she incurred the formidable wrath of this war mongering, hypocritical, and massively unjust U.S. political / judicial system as carried out by its callous, sanctimonious blood sucking minions / systemic gatekeepers. Lynne Stewart consistently exposed the vile and treacherous underbelly of a nation whose 'leaders' have forgotten, distorted, and/or ignored the noble ideals embodied in the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

The paraphrased words used by Franz Mehring to describe the incredible thinker, activist, writer, and philosopher Rosa Luxemburg, also apply in their entirety to Lynne Stewart, when he said, in relevant part, that "she did not give her brain alone to the working-class movement; she gave everything she had --- her heart, her passion, her strong will, her very life." Lynne Stewart has given her all to everyday ordinary struggling Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people and now, at almost 74 years of age, she languishes in a U.S. federal prison-death gulag (in Texas).

From her quiet and humble beginnings as a New York City public school librarian over four decades ago, an unquenchable hot fire for equal justice was lit in Lynne's mind, heart, and soul. Thus, she went on to study law and became the committed, genuine 'people's lawyer' - a strong, outspoken, and tireless advocate on behalf of the struggling everyday ordinary Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow struggling masses of this nation and world. In the eyes of this U.S. system's scoundrels she had committed an unpardonable transgression against them. She had dared to both speak and actualize - truth to power -- their power. For this, Lynne herself was targeted by the U.S. government, its judicial system of injustice, and the corporate-stream media. For more details as to how this was done to Lynne, reference the July 12, 2007 Black Commentator article titled, Lynne Stewart And Ralph Poynter - Stalwart Cohorts In The People's Struggle (

After having, for so very many years, fought so hard against the cancers of greed, the surveillance / police state, militarism, judicial injustice, and lethargy on behalf of the downtrodden in this nation, Lynne Stewart is now fighting for her very mortal life. She is now fighting a terrible physical cancer that is steadily eating away and depleting the cells of her body. And she is fighting this this from within the deplorable confines and conditions of a U.S. prison-death gulag. In egregious violation of the United Nations' International Covenant On Civil And Political Rights, and indeed in contravention of the tenets of the U.S. Constitution itself, she has been, and is being, held by U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, et al, in this ongoing horror. As the thinker, prolific writer, and political commentator Stephen Lendman recently wrote, "Barack Obama wants Lynne Stewart dead." This is not acceptable.

The U.S. government has thus far repeatedly refused to grant Lynne Stewart the compassionate release which she needs and strongly deserves. This is not by coincidence. It is by cruel design.

This is not about being so-called 'left-winger,' 'right-winger,' 'liberal,' 'conservative.' or 'progressive.' We are not birds with 'wings' -- we are human beings with minds, hearts, and consciences. This is about a woman who has long served, 'body and soul,' the needs of plain struggling everyday ordinary people - of ALL colors -- the salt of Mother Earth! This woman now needs the help of the people that she has so valiantly served. This is not about promoting ourselves or our organizations. This is about saving the life of a 21 st century real 'American' S/hero, or at bare minimum, quickly bringing her home (while there is yet time) to spend her final days with her family and a grateful national and international community of caring, loving human beings. This is in reality also about our own humanity! This is not about hate. This is about love and determination!

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