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Atty Lynne Stewart Supporters Picket DC Prison Office for Compassionate Release
by Anti-Fascist
Friday Jun 21st, 2013 8:08 AM
While Gestapo "Homeland" Security appeared in full battle dress, paid for with our tax dollars, Dick Gregory, Ralph Poynter, Louis Wolf and other supporters of Lynne Stewart picketed the DC Prison Headquarters on June 17, 2013 for the compassionate release of attorney Lynne Stewart, who is innocent, and who has Stage 4 cancer. KPFA and Free Speech Radio News were there to record the speeches but nothing has been broadcast on the KPFA evening news or Flashpoints. This should be broadcast NOW because this is what we, the Pacifica subscribers, pay for.
While Gestapo "Homeland" Security appeared in full battle dress, paid for with our tax dollars, Dick Gregory, Ralph Poynter, Louis Wolf and other supporters of Lynne Stewart picketed the DC Prison Headquarters on June 17, 2013 for the compassionate release of attorney Lynne Stewart, who is innocent, and who has Stage 4 cancer. KPFA and Free Speech Radio News were there to record the speeches but nothing has been broadcast on the KPFA evening news or Flashpoints. This should be broadcast NOW because this is what we, the Pacifica subscribers, pay for.

The email announcement to all signers of the petition to free Lynne Stewart printed below states that KPFA's Fernando Velasquez and Free Speech Radio News, heard on the KPFA evening news, interviewed people at this vigil, but there has been no report of this vigil on the KPFA evening news, Flashpoints or the Morning Mix. Today, June 21, REPORT IT BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT WE THE SUBSCRIBERS PAY FOR. The vigil is all this week. If you cannot be there, call the Bureau of Prisons at 202-307-3250 to demand the compassionate release and sign the petition at http://www.change.org/petitions/petition-to-free-lynne-stewart-save-her-life-release-her-now-2

For more information, including a Canadian lawyers letter and the German picket, Freiheit fur Lynne Stewart, see: http://lynnestewart.org/

REPORT FROM DICK GREGORY AND LOUIS WOLF ON THE ONGOING VIGIL AT THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS HEADQUARTERS, WASHINGTON, DC, SEEKING COMPASSIONATE RELEASE FOR LYNNE STEWART

On Monday, June 17, as activists stood before the BOP headquarters on Monday, a guard emerged to ask why they were there. Upon hearing that Dick Gregory would be present at the vigil the following day, he responded enthusiastically: "My man, Dick Gregory!"

On Tuesday, June 18, shortly after noon, fifteen people with banners and signs assembled outside the doors of the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, DC. for the historic vigil, the first in support of a federal prisoner at the Bureau headquarters.

Dick Gregory spoke about the urgent need for FBOP Director Charles E. Samuels, Jr. to sign Lynne Stewart's fully vetted Compassionate Release application and to authorize the federal attorney to file the motion for Compassionate Release with Judge John Koetl. Lynne cannot be freed without the completion of these steps. At this moment, the unconscionable holdup rests with the absence of Director Samuels signature as the completed file remains "on his desk."

As Dick Gregory spoke, workers at the Federal Bureau of Prisons gathered at FBOP windows. The ground floor lobby was filled with FBOP employees, listening and watching.

At 1:15 p.m. two Homeland Security cars pulled up. One of the men who exited one of the cars was in full combat dress. They stopped, watched as Dick Gregory spoke, noted the rapt attention Dick Gregory was receiving from both inside the FBOP and outside it, looked at each other and entered the building without speaking.

Askia Muhammad, News Director of WPFW, was there throughout the two hour vigil and recorded all that was said. Free Speech Radio News filmed and recorded. Code Pink and We Will Not Be Silent were present along with David Schwartzman, a noted DC activist.

Fernando Velasquez of Pacifica's KPFA interviewed Dick Gregory and Lou Wolf on the international campaign to free Lynne Stewart and the vigils at the FBOP and the White House. Fernando broadcasts across Latin America.

The vigil at the Bureau of Prisons headquarters continues all week. If you are in Washington, DC, please come at noon tomorrow and Friday to Federal Bureau of Prisons Headquarters, 320 1st St NW, Washington, DC (corner 1st Street and Indiana Avenue, NW) to demand compassionate release for Lynne.

Simultaneously, Lynne Stewart's husband Ralph Poynter and activists continue a vigil at the White House, mobilizing support for Lynne's release.

If you cannot be in DC, telephone BOP Director Samuels at 202-307-3250. Urge him to act now to move forward compassionate release for Lynne Stewart. There is no time to lose.

FREIHEIT FUR LYNNE STEWART
FREE LYNNE STEWART