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April 28, 1998

1998.04.28: Union Bulletin

From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 1998 2:35 PM
To: LAS All
Subject: Union Bulletin
Importance: High



**Reminder April 29:  Protest Police Brutalization of 1199 Organizer

**New:  Friday May 1 Labor Rally

**New:  Rwanda Volunteers Needed


Reminder April 29:

Protest Police Brutalization of 1199 Organizer

1199 citywide has called a rally and march to protest the March 25 brutalization of Union organizer Omar Garcia.

Garcia was illegally barred from entering Mary Immaculate Hospital of Catholic Medical Center to conduct a union election for physician assistants.  He was then assaulted by six white NYPD officers, at whose hands he was seriously injured.

The protest will take place on Weds., April 29, 3:30 – 6:30 P.M. at Mary Immaculate Hospital (Jamaica, Queens) (151 St between Hillside & Jamaica Avenue).

Legal observers needed; ALAA banner available.

Friday May 1: Important Labor Rally

ALAA and 1199 LAS Chapter are mobilizing to an important cross-Union demonstration demanding:

*Union Wage Jobs

*Organize the Unorganized/No Sweatshops

*Stop Privitization

*Rebuild the Crumbling City Infrastructure

*Save Public Education, Social Security and Health Care and

*Save CUNY Open Admissions

There will be a 3 P.M. picket line at the WEP office, 109 E. 16 St.  The Rally begins 4 P.M. at Union Square South, E. 14 St. at Broadway.

LAS staff will meet at the rally under our Union signs and banners.  A LAS Union delegation  will also gather at 5 P.M. in the lobby of 90 Church Street.

Information: Lucy Herschel, 1199 delegate, Prisoners Rights Project, 212-577-3948.

Rwanda Volunteers Needed

Last fall, LEGAL AID RWANDA (LAR), a not-for-profit organization based in New York, sent out a memorandum asking for volunteer lawyers to go to Rwanda to provide pretrial legal representation to persons accused of various crimes committed during the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi minority.  Your response was extraordinary; 100 lawyers applied for 10 volunteer positions.

The pilot project was a success and the program will continue.  In addition to providing legal representation to criminal defendants, LAR volunteers will now also provide free legal advice to victims of the genocide seeking compensation from the international fund announced by President Clinton last month.

LAR is now looking for volunteer lawyers willing to go to Rwanda for a minimum of four weeks between July 15, 1998 and January 15, 1998.  It will provide air fare, room and board in modest, but comfortable, accommodations.  Anyone wishing to volunteer should either e-mail a resume, with a cover letter setting forth timing availability and countries visited, to LAR’s Rwanda office at or mail their resume, on the east coast, to Susan Kriete, Esq., 176 Fifth Avenue, Apt. #3R, Brooklyn, New York, 11217 and on the west coast, to Lynn Grano, Esq., Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, 444 Market Street, Suite 2700, San Francisco, CA 94111.

For further information, please feel free to call me in Rwanda or Mark Drumbl at Columbia University School of Law at 212-854-8334.

Natalie Rea, Executive Director, Kigali Rwanda, Tel: (250) 74442, e-mail:

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