Code Pink Journals CodePINK Journals

Work 4 Peace,Hold All Life Sacred,Eliminate Violence! I am on my mobile version of the door-to-door, going town-to-town holding readings/gatherings/discussions of my book "But What Can I Do?" This is my often neglected blog mostly about my travels since 9/11 as I engage in dialogue and actions. It is steaming with my opinions, insights, analyses toward that end of holding all life sacred, dismantling the empire and eliminating violence while creating the society we want ALL to thrive in

Friday, December 17, 2010

Our hero Lynn Stewart INCARCERATED!

PLEASE take the time to write this hero amazon who has spent her life fighting injustice and protecting & fighting for the human rights of so many who needed her help. 

She was sentenced first for 28 months for representing a Muslim man, and then re-sentenced for 10 years because she didn't show 'remorse'.

This is such a gross attack on those who have the courage to stand and fight for the human rights of everyone under attack since bush and the repressive, right wing 'swing' of the u.s. PLEASE write to her! If you are in Texas or near, or are able to go there, PLEASE try to visit her.

Here is some information:
Dear Friends, 
I am so sorry to deliver this terrible news on the place of Lynne's incarceration. But the struggle for Lynne's appeal of her conviction and extended sentence continues. We cannot forget her. Lynne, at 71, has already served the first year of her 10-year sentence on frame-up charges of "conspiracy to aid and abet terrorism." She will get a one-year reduction for "good behavior,"
Lynne's act of "terror" was to have sent out a press release for her client, the blind sheik, Omar Abdel  Rachman. We will send along Lynne's new mailing list as soon as it's  known. She needs to hear from her friends and supporters. Contributions for travel and related expenses for family visits can be sent to:

Lynne Stewart Defense Committee
1070 Dean Street
Brooklyn, New York 11216

Here's the message from Ralph Poynter, Lynne's husband. 
In solidarity,

Jeff Mackler, West  Coast Coordinator, Lynne Steward Defense Committee. 
Greetings Family
It is official.  Our worst nightmares have become a reality.  Lynne is in one of the worst prisons in America, the place where they send our freedom fighters to die- Carlswell Prison near Houston, Texas. 
It will  require a form from Lynne, as soon as they allow it, to complete a request to visit her in Carlswell. In the meantime, please write, write , write.
Ralph Poynter,
Lynne Stewart Defense Committee

From Restaurants to Roof Gardens

I spend most of the day riding around trying to find veggie oil, often with Alma’s help. We collect about 80 liters (20 gallons) thus far.

It is so much fun talking with people about running my truck on veggie oil, to watch their expressions as understanding grows. Many people, surprised and pleased, thank us for the information.

Alma can explain everything rapidly in Spanish. She educates people about the ecological, economical, and anti-war benefits of running veggie oil. It takes her a moment to get into, but once she does, she’s a pro!

And people are so helpful, referring us to this place and that place, to try this friend or that former employer. We find our best oil and largest quantities at hotel restaurants for tourists.

But the most touching is the people who hand us a bowl of used oil or a few cups full! They apologize for not having more but I so love that they are willing to give up what they have!

It is time consuming and hard work but we do it!

We have a lot of competition too as there seems to be a company that buys used veggie oil to mix it with feed for cattle and other animals.

So know that when you buy beef that is not organic, it has been fattened by this horrible veggie oil that comes from deep fryers not to mention it is most likely hydrogenated and full of preservatives.

When we quit looking for oil, I park in a supermarket parking lot to pick up distilled water for my batteries before heading away from Mazatlan and into the mountains. A young man approaches me speaking Spanish and english.

First he asks what kind of a christian truck is this? He see’s the womyn’s symbol and thinks it is a cross! When I explain it is not christian, I am not christian, we get into a conversation about growing organically.

He talks of how less than 30 or 40 years ago, people grew all their own food in their yards, next to the rivers, on the side of the mountains.  He speaks of pesticides, fungicides, chemicals. His eyes are deeply sad and I can see the degree of his understanding.

We talk about growing veggies now and I give him a package of seeds: pumpkin, arugula, and cantaloupe. He is so excited and happy and promises to plant a garden in pots on the roof of his apartment building!