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Solidarity and Support for Heroic Women Political Prisoners
Dr. Aafia Siddiqui's Appeal Hearing ► FRIDAY► FEB 10 at 9 am
Lynne Stewart's Appeal Hearing ► WEDNESDAY► FEB 29 at 9 am
On Fri., Feb. 10th, at 9 am pack the courtroom at the Appeals Hearing for Dr. Aafia Siddiqui at Federal Court, 500 Pearl Street, New York, NY, 9th Floor Ceremonial Courtroom
Dr Aafia Siddiqui is a victim of torture and abuse. She was illegally kidnapped with her three young children in Karachi 9 years ago — March 2003 and was taken to U.S. custody in Afghanistan where she was shot and severely wounded during an interrogation by FBI agents.
On September 23, 2010 — following five years of secret imprisonment and torture overseas, and two years of torturous pre-trial detention in the United States — this now 39 year old mother of three was found guilty of "attempting to murder U.S. personnel" in Afghanistan (despite all of the material evidence in her favor) and shockingly sentenced to 86 years of additional imprisonment in the U.S. Aafia was sent to Carswell Federal Prison in Ft Worth TX and has been held for 18 months in total isolation.
Aafia Siddiqui holds a place in the hearts of people of conscience internationally irrespective of their faith, nationality or location. There is already immense international outrage about her case. Aafia Siddiqui has repeatedly maintained in court appearances that she was tortured while in U.S. custody.
This U.S.-educated child specialist and doctor of neuroscience has come to symbolize the many hundreds of Pakistanis who have been secretly disappeared, detained and tortured, as well as the national outrage at the continuing deadly U.S. drone attacks.
Let's Pack the Court on Fri ►Feb 10 at 9 am
in solidarity with our sister Aafia Siddiqui.
Lynne Stewart's Appeal Hearing — Wed ►Feb 29 at 9 am
Also makes plans to be in court on Wed., Feb. 29 at 9 am for the Appeals Hearing for the courageous 72 year old human rights attorney Lynne Stewart.
This appeal hearing will also be heard in Federal Court, 500 Pearl Street at 9 am.
On Tues Feb 28: Plan to be at Tom Paine Park — Foley Square, NY
for an all night vigil with poets, speakers, drummers, rappers, gospel singers and dancers from Tues., Feb. 28, starting at 6 pm thru Wed., Feb. 29. Then at 9 am pack the Federal Court.
Since Lynne Stewart's arrest 10 years ago on April 9, 2002 she has fought the false accusations and government frame-up. Lynne spent her life defending poor and unpopular defendants.
Originally sentenced to 28 months in prison, in a unprecedented move her bail was suddenly revoked and on July 10, 2010 she was resentenced to 10 years in prison for showing a lack of remorse after her initial sentencing.
The jailing of Lynne Stewart is an obvious attempt by the U.S. government to silence dissent, curtail vigorous defense lawyers, and install fear in those who would fight against the U.S. government's racism, seek to help Arabs and Muslims being prosecuted for free speech and defend the rights of all oppressed people.
Come and show your love and solidarity with our sister Lynne Stewart
at the Tues ►Feb 28 Vigil and Wed ►Feb 29 Hearing.
For Information on both cases and the struggles against war, racism and repression see: www.IACenter.org