Thursday, November 19, 2009

We love you, Lynne

On this day in 1915, revolutionary labor organizer Joe Hill was executed. His crime: fighting for the workers. His famous final words: "Don't mourn, organize."

On this day--today, November 19, 2009--people's lawyer Lynne Stewart was taken to prison. Her crime: fighting for the oppressed. She told the crowd of supporters who gathered around her in lower Manhattan to rally in solidarity--including Pam Africa, leader of the movement to free Mumia Abu-Jamal, who traveled from Philadelphia to stand with Lynne--to stay strong, not cry, not worry about her, above all to keep struggling on. I couldn't be there because of work but my lover Teresa was, and she was very struck by how Lynne and her husband Ralph worked hard to raise everyone else's spirits.

She is not a martyr like Joe Hill. She'll continue doing her work inside the walls, I have no doubt. She'll survive, we can only hope.

Our beloved sister Lynne is now a political prisoner like our brothers Mumia, Leonard Peltier and the Cuban Five. Long life to them all! Tear down the walls!