Peace and justice activist, Cindy Sheehan and Tour de Peace will be joining the husband of unjustly imprisoned attorney, Lynne Stewart, in vigil in front of the White House at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 21st.
Lynne Stewart has stage 4 cancer and is petitioning for compassionate release from Carswell Medical Facility in Ft. Worth, Texas. The warden there has agreed, and the friends and family of Lynne Stewart are only awaiting the U.S. Department of Justice to agree also.
Lynne Stewart and Ralph Poynter
Cindy Sheehan, who is currently on the last leg of a cross-country bike trip, called Tour de Peace, has called her friend Lynne Stewart, “a modern day and real Atticus Finch, who believes that everyone deserves a vigorous defense, including her past client, the so-called Blind Sheik, who was convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. I join thousands of people around the world who have been advocating for justice for Lynne for many years, now.”
Lynne’s lifelong partner, Ralph Poynter, has said that he will stay in front of the White House until his wife Lynne is either, “dead or released.”
About the Tour de Peace:
Gold Star Mother and “peace mom” Cindy Sheehan is leading a Tour de Peace bike ride across the United States from the grave of her son Casey in Vacaville, Calif., to Washington, D.C., following the mother road, historic Route 66 to Chicago, and other roads from there on to D.C. Bicyclers have joined in for all or part of the tour, which has included public events organized by local groups along the way. Complete route: http://tourdepeace.org/the-
The tour began on April 4, 2013, nine years after Casey Sheehan was killed in Iraq, and 45 years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was killed in Memphis. It will conclude on July 3, 2013, with a ride from Arlington National Cemetery to the White House.
This August will mark 8 years since Cindy Sheehan began a widely reported protest at then-President George W. Bush’s “ranch” in Crawford, Texas, demanding to know what the “noble cause” was for which Bush claimed Americans were dying in Iraq. Neither Bush nor President Obama has yet offered a justification for a global war now in its 12th year. The Tour de Peace carries with it these demands:
To end wars,
To end immunity for U.S. war crimes,
To end suppression of our civil rights,
To end the use of fossil fuels,
To end persecution of whistleblowers,
To end partisan apathy and inaction.