Statement from Lynne Stewart and Ralph Poynter on the struggle for her compassionate release

4/28/13: 5:55pm: CARSWELL FEDERAL MEDICAL CENTER

A worldwide embrace to all of the thousands of people who helped me!

As my hero said, we are motivated by great feelings of love and compassion and I am fortunate to be the beneficiary, this time around.

To savor this victory, you all should know that the Carswell Prison authorities kept telling me, "It can't be done. You don't qualify. Why bother? Wait till you are closer to death!"

To all of them I replied that I have been fighting battles like this all my life and I would never quit.

Then I had this white blood cell setback, making me super vulnerable and was quarantined for a week.

I was released on Friday to learn that indeed "the children had shouted" and the walls "Did come a-tumblin' down."

I must say that I was in a state of bliss. Not just to win but to accomplish it in the time honored method…we will organize the people and you dare not ignore us !!

I owe an enormous debt to so many. This is the one we had to win where the medical decision was made that compassionate release was warranted.

That cannot be trifled with BUT…we who have been out here struggling from the fifties onward know that the government is masterful at co-optation at snatching victory and making it defeat.

Please do not think that my struggle is WON.

We have this fabulous win but we still have the DC National Bureau of Prisons (if there ever was a time to hold Obama's feet to the fire, this is it) and then their forwarding of the case to the Judge in New York for a final decision (Yes, the same one that increased my original sentence from 28 months to 10 years!)

So please, please, please do not let us rest on our laurels.

Until my feet are planted like the tree that grows in Brooklyn, and I am among my family, friends, and comrades and plunged back into the struggle once more, we must continue.

Fight On!!

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Rally to Support Compassionate Release for Lynne Stewart

Thursday, MAY 9, 2013, 7-10pm

80 St. Marks Theatre – St. Marks Pl. btw 1st & 2nd Av., New York, NY

Featured performers: S.O.T., Higher Soul Power, Sun Gad Thunder, Lorcan Otway, Vinnie Burrows and many more
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