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IN THIS ISSUE
**Sat., June 17, Noon: Protest Sexual Assault & NYPD Inaction at Puerto Rican Day Parade **Sat., June 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Defend Immigrant Rights **Sun., June 18, 6 p.m.: Protest Sexual Assault & NYPD Inaction at Puerto Rican Day Parade **Mon., June 19, 9:30 a.m.-: Support Arrestees at Dorismond Demonstrations **Mon., June 19, 5 p.m.: Stop Bush’s Execution of Gary Graham
(2) ALAA TESTIFIES ON NYC INDIGENT DEFENSE
(3) STANDING ALAA ACTIVITY & PROJECTS
**Opposition to Operation Condor & Police Abuse
**Sat., June 17, Noon: Protest NYPD Conduct at Puerto Rican Day Parade. Central Park South/6 Ave. )(A/B/C/D/1/9 to 59 St./Columbus Circle, B/N/R/B/Q to 57 St., 4/5/6 to 59 St.). Sponsors: Riot Girrrll NYC, Feminist Living Labs, Street Harassment Project, Violence Against Women Act organizers, other independent feminists. Info: Fran Luck 212.982.8641, 212.713.5743.
**Sat., June 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Defend Immigrant Rights. Rally against automatic detention and deportation of all immigrants who have ever committed a crime. INS, 26 Federal Plaza (Worth St.)(A/C/E/1/2/3 to Chambers St., N/R to City Hall, 4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge). Sponsored by Citizens and Immigrants for Equal Justice. Local contact: Coalition for the Human Rights of Immigrants, 212.254.2591, <email@example.com><www.itapnet.org/chri>.
**Sun., June 18, 6 p.m.: Protest Sexual Assaults and Cops’ Inaction at Puerto Rican Day Parade.
59 St./6 Ave. (Central Park South)(A/B/C/D/1/9 to 59 St./Columbus Circle, B/N/R/B/Q to 57 St.,
4/5/6 to 59 St.). Sponsored by: National Organization of Women-NYC Chapter; endorsed by National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, and others.
**Mon., June 19: Support Arrestees at Dorismond Demonstrations. Support those–including Legal Aid Society Staff Attorney Antonia Codling–who will appear this Mon., June 19, on charges in connection with protests against the police murder of Patrick Dorismond (stop by to show support even if you can stay for only a few minutes):
–Manhattan Criminal Court, 100 Centre St., Part B (4 floor), 9:30 a.m. Antonia was arrested while serving as an ALAA legal observer at the first protest against Dorismond’s murder.
–Brooklyn Criminal Court, 120 Schermerhorn St, Part AP5 (8 floor). Vigil: 8 a.m.; court appearance: 9:30 a.m. Defendants include Errol Maitland, WBAI radio producer beaten and arrested while reporting live on the Dorismond funeral. Maitland was hospitalized for eleven days and is charged with disorderly conduct. ALAA members represent several of those arrested.
**Mon., June 19, 5 p.m.: Stop Bush’s Execution of Gary Graham. NY Republican Party HQ, Madison Ave./45 St. (E/F to Lexington-3 aves., S/4/5/6/7 to 42 St.-Grand Central). Texas death-row inmate Gary Graham, AKA, Shaka Sankofa is an innocent man who was only 17-years-old when sentenced to death. (His case was featured on the front page of last Sun.’s NY Times). Sponsored by International Action Center and others. Info: 212.633.6646, <firstname.lastname@example.org><www.iacenter.org>.
(2) ALAA TESTIFIES ON NYC INDIGENT DEFENSE ============================================
On Weds., June 14, ALAA presented testimony concerning the crisis in NYC indigent criminal defense to the Committee on the Representation of the Poor in the First Judicial Department.
The testimony, which will also be submitted in written form, pointed out that the $30 million in cumulative city funding cuts to The Legal Aid Society inflicted by the Giuliani administration since Fall 1994 will make it impossible for the Society to continue to handle its current load of 200,000 criminal cases annually.
To repair the damage done by Giuliani’s attacks on indigent criminal defense, ALAA called for immediate:
*****Restoration of Legal Aid Society city funding to its 1994 level of $79m, plus inflation;
*****Abolition of Giuliani’s runaway (nonunion) defender organizations, which cost more, do less, and degrade standards of representation.
The seven runaway defenders are:
–“Appellate Advocates” in the Second Department (ex-LAS Criminal Appeals Bureau deputy chief Lynn Fahey); –“Bronx Defenders” (ex-Legal Aid attorney Dan Arshack and Neighborhood Defender Services deputy chief Robin Steinberg); –“Brooklyn Defender Services” (ex-Brooklyn LAS supervisor Lisa Schreibersdorf); –“Center for Appellate Litigation” in the First Department (Fahey’s husband and ex-LAS manager Bob Dean); –“Queens Legal Associates” (ex-Queens LAS supervisor Joe Vaccarino and ex-LAS attorney Laurie Zeno); –“New York County Defenders Association” (ex-Brooklyn LAS supervisors Michael Coleman, Carolyn Wilson and Kevin McConnell); and –“Battiste, Aronowsky & Suchow” in Staten Island.
*****Limit 18-B assigned counsel to non-conflict only, at increased rates of compensation.
Testimony on behalf of The Legal Aid Society was presented by Susan Hendricks (for the Criminal Defense Division and Criminal Appeals Bureau) and Monica Drinane (Juvenile Rights Division).
(3) STANDING ALAA ACTIVITY & PROJECTS
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**Opposition to Operation Condor & Police Abuse (March 22, 2000).
In response to “Operation Condor,” ALAA reaffirms its commitment to provide each client with high-quality legal representation, including, but not limited to:
(1) Thorough pre-arraignment client interviews, under conditions that are healthy and confidential;
(2) Adherence to established arraignment shift hours;
(3) Production of incarcerated clients for each court appearance;
(4) Aggressive investigation and motion practice;
(5) Participation of supervising attorneys in arraignment staffing; and
(6) Appropriate legal action against, and publicity about, the pattern of false arrests and detention.
In response to the systemic police abuse that plagues New York City, of which “Condor” is a prominent example, ALAA reaffirms its support for far-reaching reform, including the immediate:
(1) Abolition of the Street Crime Unit, “Operation Condor,” and all similar “search-and-destroy,” body count, and arrest quota units.
(2) Dismissal of Police Commissioner Howard Safir;
(3) Permanent federal monitoring of the NYPD, and implementation of such long overdue reforms as police residency requirements and abolition of the 48-hour rule;
(4) Federal prosecution of the police officers responsible for the murders of Amadou Diallo, Malcolm Ferguson, Patrick Dorismond, and others;
(5) Prosecution of each City official who illegally released sealed records of former Legal Aid Society client Patrick Dorismond;
(6) Establishment of an independent state agency to aggressively prosecute future police violence and abuse; and
(7) End to the “War on Drugs,” including the Draconian Rockefeller sentencing laws, which generates violent crime, police brutality, and mass criminalization, particularly against communities of color.