That is Lynne Stewart and I think Isaiah did the drawing and Betty's daughter added the color. There are two drawings Betty's daughter added color to. That is one, the other is Anne Frank. She had just learned about Anne Frank and that is why we did the piece at Third. But she saw the drawing of Anne Frank and got very upset because it did not have enough color in it. She said that Anne deserved to have color and she was really upset that Anne's coat (in the drawing) was plain. She felt the same way about Lynne and wanted to add as much color to the drawing as possible and not just the red coat (red is the best coat to Betty's daughter -- you can see the Anne illustration by going to "Politically driven assassinations.") That story always makes me cry because Betty's daughter was just so determined that the two women both deserved joy and she was going to give it to them by giving them color in their drawings.
I had to stop to blow my nose. I am not joking about the fact that the story of Betty's daughter and the Anne Frank and Lynne Stewart drawings make me cry. She is such a little girl and if we all cared even half as much as she does about fairness, it would be a much, much better world.
Michael Ratner and Michael S. Smith discussed Lynne today. Mr. Smith visited Lynne two weeks ago before she was moved. She knew they were moving her away from her family (out of N.Y.C.) and she was hoping for Danbury, Connecticut which would have been an hour-long train ride from N.Y.C.
She is outside Fort Worth, Texas now and she can hear birds which is comforting and has her wanting books about birds in the south. Michael Smith said, "She told me, she said, 'I'm walking out of here.'"
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One more time, here is Lynne's letter:
Some nuts and bolts and trivia
1 New Address
Federal Medical Center, Carswell
53504 – 054
PO Box 27137
Fort Worth TEXAS 76127
2 Visiting is very liberal but first I have to get people on my visiting list Wait til I or the lawyers let you know. The visits are FRI, SAT, SUN AND MON for 4 hours and on weekends 8 to 3. Bring clear plastic change purse with lots of change to buy from the machines. Brief Kiss upon arrival and departure, no touching or holding during visit (!!) On visiting forms it may be required that you knew me before I came to prison. Not a problem for most of you.
3. One hour time difference
4. Commissary Money is always welcome It is how I pay for the phone and for email. Also need it for a lot that prison doesn’t supply in terms of food and “sundries” (pens!) A very big list that includes Raisins, Salad Dressing , ankle sox, mozzarella (definitely not from Antonys–more like a white cheddar, Sanitas Corn Chips but no Salsa etc. To add money, you do this by using Western Union and a credit card by phone or you can send a USPO money order or Business or Govt Check. The negotiable instruments (PAPER!) need to be sent to Federal Bureau of Prisons , 53504-054, Lynne Stewart, PO Box 474701, Des Moines Iowa 50947-001 (Payable to Lynne Stewart, 53504-054) They hold the mo or checks for 15 days. Western Union costs $10 but is within 2 hours. If you mail, your return address must be on the envelope. Unnecessarily complicated ? Of course, it’s the BOP !)
5. Food is vastly improved. Just had Sunday Brunch real scrambled eggs, PORK sausage, Baked or home fried potatoes, Butter(sweet whipped M’God !!) Grapefruit juice Toast , orange. I will probably regain the weight I lost at MCC! Weighing against that is the fact that to eat we need to walk to another building (about at far as from my house to the F Train) Also included is 3 flights of stairs up and down. May try to get an elevator pass and try NOT to use it.
6. In a room with 4 bunks(small) about two tiers of rooms with same with “atrium” in middle with tv sets and tables and chairs. Estimate about 500 on Unit 2N and there are 4 units. Population Black, Mexicano and other spanish speaking (all of whom iron their underwear, Marta), White, Native Americans (few), no orientals or foreign speaking caucasians–lots are doing long bits, victims of drugs (meth etc) and boyfriends. We wear army style (khaki) pants with pockets tee shirts and dress shirts long sleeved and short sleeved. When one of the women heard that I hadn’t ironed in 40 years, they offered to do the shirts for me. (This is typical of the help I get–escorted to meals and every other protection, explanations, supplies, etc. Mostly from white women.) One drawback is not having a bathroom in the room—have to go about 75 yards at all hours of the day and night –clean though.
7 Final Note–the sunsets and sunrises are gorgeous, the place is very open and outdoors there are pecan trees and birds galore (I need books for trees and birds (west) The full moon last night gladdened my heart as I realized it was shining on all of you I hold dear.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: