A Tribute to Lynne Stewart
from the NY Branch of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA,
April 22, 2017

April 22, 2017 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us


The following statement was prepared for the memorial for Lynne Stewart.


The New York Branch of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, extends our deep condolences to Ralph Poynter and the family of Lynne Stewart.

Lynne was truly sui generis. Yet, we need more like her... more people who put their lives at the service of the people... more who are fearless in the face of the enemy... more who know how and why to unite and how to struggle and debate—so as to be able to tackle the biggest problems humanity faces... more people who put “serving the people” before self... more who act on what is right and who do so with courage.

Lynne Stewart was a woman who could walk into a room and light it up with infectious energy. And at the same time, we remember Lynne sitting quietly with Ralph without attracting any attention to herself—outside more than one court hearing for a case that wasn’t even hers—but being there just offering her support. Because she knew what that meant—for the case and for the defendant.

Losing Lynne hurts. Especially so now. Lynne faced down fascists in the courts and in the streets. Today we face the emergence of a regime that is consolidating fascism, threatening the people of the world and the survival of the planet.

Lynne’s spirit is presente. And, in her memory, now is the time for a new generation of people’s lawyers and fighters for the people to step forward with the revolutionary spirit and determination of Lynne Stewart. Honor her legacy: stand and struggle for a radically new world.





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