The Michaels (Ratner and Smith) addressed political prisoner Lynne Stewart. Michael Smith had visited her while she was still in NYC, about two weeks ago, and had spoken to her since she was moved to Carswell outside Fort Worth. Michael Smith explained it was "the worst place they could have sent her" because forget about her family being able to visit. (She hoped for Connecticut which would be an hour long train ride from New York.) He said, "They told her that they were going to ship her out right before Christmas and take her away from her family." She's got high spirits. (I hope she does. I think also that Lynne puts on a brave face for her loved ones. And I'm betting she's very worried about her husband Ralph and their children.) And Michael Ratner said "please, send Lynne letters, send Lynne books, keep in touch."
Some nuts and bolts and trivia
1 New Address
Federal Medical Center, Carswell
53504 – 054
PO Box 27137
Fort Worth TEXAS 76127
2 Visiting is very liberal but first I have to get people on my visiting list Wait til I or the lawyers let you know. The visits are FRI, SAT, SUN AND MON for 4 hours and on weekends 8 to 3. Bring clear plastic change purse with lots of change to buy from the machines. Brief Kiss upon arrival and departure, no touching or holding during visit (!!) On visiting forms it may be required that you knew me before I came to prison. Not a problem for most of you.
3. One hour time difference
4. Commissary Money is always welcome It is how I pay for the phone and for email. Also need it for a lot that prison doesn’t supply in terms of food and “sundries” (pens!) A very big list that includes Raisins, Salad Dressing , ankle sox, mozzarella (definitely not from Antonys–more like a white cheddar, Sanitas Corn Chips but no Salsa etc. To add money, you do this by using Western Union and a credit card by phone or you can send a USPO money order or Business or Govt Check. The negotiable instruments (PAPER!) need to be sent to Federal Bureau of Prisons , 53504-054, Lynne Stewart, PO Box 474701, Des Moines Iowa 50947-001 (Payable to Lynne Stewart, 53504-054) They hold the mo or checks for 15 days. Western Union costs $10 but is within 2 hours. If you mail, your return address must be on the envelope. Unnecessarily complicated ? Of course, it’s the BOP !)
5. Food is vastly improved. Just had Sunday Brunch real scrambled eggs, PORK sausage, Baked or home fried potatoes, Butter(sweet whipped M’God !!) Grapefruit juice Toast , orange. I will probably regain the weight I lost at MCC! Weighing against that is the fact that to eat we need to walk to another building (about at far as from my house to the F Train) Also included is 3 flights of stairs up and down. May try to get an elevator pass and try NOT to use it.
6. In a room with 4 bunks(small) about two tiers of rooms with same with “atrium” in middle with tv sets and tables and chairs. Estimate about 500 on Unit 2N and there are 4 units. Population Black, Mexicano and other spanish speaking (all of whom iron their underwear, Marta), White, Native Americans (few), no orientals or foreign speaking caucasians–lots are doing long bits, victims of drugs (meth etc) and boyfriends. We wear army style (khaki) pants with pockets tee shirts and dress shirts long sleeved and short sleeved. When one of the women heard that I hadn’t ironed in 40 years, they offered to do the shirts for me. (This is typical of the help I get–escorted to meals and every other protection, explanations, supplies, etc. Mostly from white women.) One drawback is not having a bathroom in the room—have to go about 75 yards at all hours of the day and night –clean though.
7 Final Note–the sunsets and sunrises are gorgeous, the place is very open and outdoors there are pecan trees and birds galore (I need books for trees and birds (west) The full moon last night gladdened my heart as I realized it was shining on all of you I hold dear.
We're reposting that. We'll keep reposting it. (I'm talking community wide.) And the reason is, we're not letting Lynne be forgotten.
She's a real political prisoner. A woman who's done more to help this country and its people -- especially its people -- than most of us could ever dream of doing. And she's special for the way she still attempts to find love and happiness inspite of what the government's done to her.
If we had a real Democrat in the White House, I bet Lynne would be free right now.
Lynne didn't break a law. She broke a 'guideline'. Wooooooh. A guideline. And for that, she's locked away in prison. Prison is supposed to be for those convicted of breaking laws.
The guideline was broken when Bill Clinton was president. And he and Janet Reno were of the opinion that it wasn't a crime. They brought no charges against Lynne. They didn't accuse her of being a terrorist or other nonsense. They grasped that she was doing her job as an attorney. But then Bush came into office and he and John Ashcroft went after Lynne.
If we didn't have Bush The Third in the White House right now, you better believe Lynne would be free. And Barack better pray Lynne's health holds because if it doesn't, he will go down in the history books as one of the worst WAR CRIMINALS ever. There will be no forgiveness for his treatment of the people's attorney.
Okay, let's talk Third and Dallas and the following all worked on the latest edition:
The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess and Ava,
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills),
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen,
Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ,
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.
What did we get?
Cindy Sheehan!!!! :D
John Halle on the activism and on his being censored.
Jim breaks down the edition.
Ava and C.I. tossed around the title. We were tired. Ty was going to write about this topic in a Ty's corner. We were going to do Iraq as an editorial. Ava and C.I. were talking with Ty about the piece he was writing and they joked, "Don't Gush, Don't Praise," Jim heard it and shouted, "That's the editorial!"
Ava and C.I.'s classic. This is really great and it sort of works as a summation of all their work. Who would have thought a Water Cooler Set would be stupid enough to admit on radio what they'd accused the Water Cooler Set of for the last six years?
Our roundtable. I'm highlighting my section tomorrow night.
Rebecca, Betty, Ty, Stan and Marcia did this. It's hilarious.
Cindy Sheehan's going to be taking part in an action in San Francisco on January 4th.
Wally, Cedric, Ann, Stan, Marcia, Kat, Rebecca, Betty, Ruth, Elaine and I did this. (Hope I didn't forget someone.)
And that's what we ended up with. Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"