[Marxism] Fwd: Lynne Stewart RIP.
meisner at xs4all.nl
Wed Mar 8 05:55:58 MST 2017
A few minutes ago my dear friend and comrade, Ralph Poynter, called to
say that his lifelong companion, Lynne Stewart, passed away. She was 77,
of Irish origin, and a born fighter who unswervingly devoted herself to
Just a few weeks earlier Lynne pledged to meet me in NY in a couple of
months, over dinner to be sure, when we would dance once again to
demonstrate that her life still had some time to go... and for joy.
A few years earlier, when prospects looked bleak to win her freedom
based on "compassionate release" Lynne insisted that she would prevail
and that she would celebrate with us in San Francisco to the tunes of a
brass band. Sure enough, a brass band did appear at Lynne's welcome home
San Francisco rally, and she and Ralph, surrounded by her loving
friends, danced in the streets at 15th and Valencia. It was a victory
well worth the effort, allowing Lynne a couple of more years to fight on
against all that is evil in this barbarous capitalist world, and to
smile at every inch we collectively gained as we fought back.
Lynne was always surrounded by family and loved ones, with children from
her first marriage, and Ralph's too, as well kids together, and
grandkids – all filled with admiration for Grandma Lynne – all the
recipient of Lynne's warmth, dedication, mindfulness and love.
Lynne was fond of saying, including to the New York Times reporter who
interviewed her at her home a few weeks before her death, that she had
no intention of leaving this earth quietly. Quoting Dillon Thomas she
told The Times, whose reporter, followed the next day with a
contemptuous hate piece recounting his corporate master's ire for
everything wonderful in Lynne life and struggles, that she had no
intention of "going gently into that good night."
That was Lynne's credo, her detractors notwithstanding. Always the
poet's words in mind, Lynne insisted,
"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
Funds are urgently needed to cover final family expenses. Give
generously comrades and friends. We are honoring Lynne's gift to us all
and to all who rage against injustice everywhere.
In solidarity, Jeff Mackler
Lynne Stewart Organization
1070 Dean St.
Brooklyn, NY 11216-1st floor
(make checks payable to Lynne Stewart Org.)
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