Revolution #236, June 19, 2011

Lynne Stewart: New Impetus of the Book BAsics

The following statement from Lynne Stewart, radical human rights attorney, was sent from prison and read at the April 11 event in Harlem on the occasion of the publication of BAsics. Stewart was jailed in November 2009 on charges stemming from her defense in the 1990s of an Islamic cleric accused of plots to attack New York landmarks.

4/10/11; 9:01 am

It has been nine years since that April day when I thought the FBI had come to the house to arrest Ralph... only to discover they had come for me!!!

Since that day we have all been called upon as Progressive Leftists to protest and support more causes than even we could have imagined—now, the U.S. has three wars on far-flung battlefields and those are only the ostensible ones; torturing our "enemies" has been confronted but is largely ignored and our Iscariot president has perpetrated his lies over the non-closing of Guantánamo but not ending the practice of torture.

Through all of this, and there is more to come, the Revolutionary Communist Party has been in the vanguard. I am sure, given the new impetus of the book BAsics, that movement will gather strength. I am looking forward to reading it!

A few days after my arrest, now so many years ago, representatives of Not in My Name (an inspired naming) and others met with Ralph and I to strategize. That close alliance is still in full force and will continue until and after I walk out these Prison Doors!! Venceremos! Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win!!

Lynne Stewart

FMC Carswell, Fort Worth, Texas

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