Radical human rights attorney Lynne Stewart has been falsely accused of helping terrorists but was merely exercising her responsibility and rights as defense attorney. In 2009 Stewart was sentence to 10 years in federal prison. Now suffering from stage 4 cancer, she is in a federal medical facility for women in Texas, thousands of miles away from her home, family and community. This is another blatant attempt by the U.S. government to silence dissent, curtail vigorous defense lawyers, and install fear in those who would fight against U.S. government racism, seek to help Arabs and Muslims being prosecuted for free speech, and defend the rights of oppressed people.
For several weeks there have been all-day vigils at the White House calling for Stewart’s compassionate release, a human right that she has been callously denied.
All those concerned with justice, compassion and basic human rights are urged to show solidarity with Lynne Stewart and the international day of solidarity with the hunger strikers in Guantanamo by joining us for this compelling forum. There will be a presentation by activists and husband of Lynne, Ralph Poynter who will recount Lynne’s life and career as an attorney dedicated to defending human rights. As well as video presentations and a musical performance by Luci Murphy and Estelle Fomeju, paying tribute to Lynne and the many others imprisoned for defending human rights.