On December 10, 2013 the following resolution was put forth and passed unanimously:
“Be it resolved that the Sixth Congress of the African People's Socialist Party recommits the Party to the liberation of Lynne Stewart, who we recognize as a political prisoner of the U.S. government.
Toward this end the Secretaries General of the African People's Socialist Party USA and the African Socialist International will immediately initiate a campaign within the USA and throughout the world to develop a phone and social media campaign to U.S. president Barack Hussein Obama, attorney general Eric Holder and Bureau of Prisons director Charles Samuels demanding the immediate release of Comrade Stewart to be effected during the upcoming Christmas holidays and no later than January 1, 2014.”
Our Party is committed to the liberation and unification of Africa and African people the world over and to end imperialism’s oppression and injustices. Because of our commitment we embrace the stance of Lynne Stewart, who as a defense lawyer has made it her life’s work to challenge the injustices of the legal system.
As an attorney, Lynne’s clients have ranged from Africans and other poor people caught in the criminal justice system, to political defendants such as members of the Black Panther Party, the Black Liberation Army, the United Freedom Front, Larry Davis (an African in the U.S. who was acquitted of the attempted murder of two New York police in a well-publicized case of police brutality) and Muslims being unjustly targeted by the U.S. Department of Justice.
In her most famous case, she defended Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman, a Muslim that was accused of plotting to blow up U.S. landmarks, as well as planning to assassinate then senator Alphonse D'Amato and former U.N. secretary general Boutros-Boutros Ghali. In 1996 Rahman was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.
Attorney Lynne Stewart was charged with the violation of the unconstitutional restrictions, known as SAMS, in which attorneys were required to agree to not disseminate information pertaining to their clients.
While prosecutors could disseminate propaganda to the press about their cases, the defense attorneys were denied the right to use the press to advocate on the client’s behalf. This was designed to create a highly inflammatory and prejudicial environment toward them. Lynne was charged and prosecuted for the violation of SAMS. In 2009, after a highly publicized series of legal battles, she was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Under the 1984 Sentencing Act, after a prisoner’s request, the Bureau of Prisons can file a motion for the compassionate release of prisoners for “extraordinary and compelling” circumstances.
Lynne Stewart is suffering from stage 4 breast cancer that has spread all throughout her body. We are sure that her current situation more than meets the requirement for compassionate release.
We therefore call for the immediate release of Lynne Stewart to the loving care of her family, whereby she can receive alternative, integrative healthcare which her family feels will be her best hope.
Denying her compassionate release is state sanctioned murder!
The campaign to free Lynne Stewart calls on our forces, supporters, and oppressed peoples of the world to call and write the following U.S. government representatives in reference to:
Lynne Stewart, #53504-054 Compassionate Release:
ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER
CHARLES E. SAMUELS
The White House
Washington, DC 20500
ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
CHARLES E. SAMUELS, JR.
Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534
Your calls and letters must demand the immediate, just and compassionate release for Lynne Stewart now. MAKE CALLS!!
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