Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor — October 2012

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And there’s lots more support behind bars

Revolutionary greetings.

I believe there needs to be a third party system. For decades this capitalist machine has bogged down and drowned out the real voices of the masses.

As a political prisoner, I support candidates Stephen Durham for president and Christina López as vice president. There is a much-needed party, one that’s truly for the people.

These Democrats and Republicans have done nothing but give crumbs out to the people while they bail out with massive chunks of cake these multi-corporations, who have everything, with their tax cuts and more breaks.

It’s time! The people have been waiting for candidates who really give an ear and a voice to the voiceless. We’ve been waiting for the appearance and the substance to balance out so that peace, freedom, justice, progress and prosperity elevate the people to their true natural state of being.

I am positively confident that the prison population of over two million would also vote for and support Durham and López! Peace!!!

Anthony Montañez #1362332, Connally Unit, 899 F.M. 632, Kenedy, TX 78119


We’re all Greece!

Thank you for the great article “The Greek crisis and you: lessons of a political sea change” [Vol. 33, No. 4]. What an inspired title, because when it comes to the ravages of neoliberalism, “We are all Greece.” Let’s hope we also emulate Greece by building a powerful resistance movement in the U.S!

The astounding win by Syriza, the left coalition thrust from the sidelines to center stage in the June 16 national election, shows how electoral politics can be part of a revolutionary strategy.

Their victory, coming in second and eclipsing the austerity-mongering social democrats, was a lightning storm over Europe, zapping an electrical shock to the seats of capitalist power and to the apologist, liberal parties of that continent. The election gave voice to resistance in a language many, inside and outside Greece, could understand and draw inspiration from.

Luma Nichol, San Francisco


Allow media access

On Oct. 10 at 10:15 a.m., a military appeals court in Washington, D.C., will hear arguments over access to the court-martial records of whistle-blower Bradley Manning. We encourage people to attend this hearing on a lawsuit brought by the Center for Constitutional Right (CCR) against the military for undue secrecy in the trial.

The CCR lawsuit calls for Army Colonel Judge Denise Lind to grant the press and public access to court filings, such as defense and government motions, court orders and judges’ decisions. A CCR statement argues that the “default presumption against transparency serves no one’s interests — least of all the interests of the government, which will see the legitimacy of any conviction questioned if the current status quo prevails.”

Scheduling of the argument comes just days after 30 press outlets, including the Associated Press, Dow Jones, CNN, the New York Times, POLITICO, Reuters, the Tribune Co. and the Washington Post, signed on to a Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) brief in support of the lawsuit.

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Sanctioned for helping others

Thanks to everyone for the outpouring of solidarity and support.

To compound the recent appeal denial, Lynne after a three-year delay had surgery. And now [early August], we learn Lynne has been sanctioned for 45 days for “helping” inmates with their court papers. This means no email, no phone calls, no commissary, no visits etc. for 45 days. This conveniently occurs at time when she needs to be in communication regarding her own court papers.

Lynne has always told me she would rather be in solitary confinement than stop being who she is, i.e. helping others. To quote Lynne, “I know why I do what I do, therefore, the government’s response, although sometimes more horrific than at other times, is to be expected.”

Every day that she stays who she is — is a victory against this fascist government. So write Lynne, write Lynne, write Lynne because Lynne is right: Lynne Stewart #53504-054, Federal Medical Center, Carswell, PO Box 27137, Ft. Worth, TX 76127.

Ralph Poynter,

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