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September 6, 2002

2002.09.06: Defense of Civil Liberties Tomorrow

From: MLetwin@HQWEST.WEST [mailto:MLetwin@HQWEST.WEST]
Sent: Friday, September 06, 2002 12:08 PM
Importance: High

ALAA, the UAW and 1199 are among the many labor, civil liberties, community, religious and political organizations to endorse this event, the second day of NYC labor solidarity with post-9/11 immigrants who continue to be detained without charges, some of them secretly and without attorneys.

It is particularly convenient for members who live in Brooklyn.

NYC Labor Solidarity With Immigrant Workers and Detainees Saturday, September 7, 2002

“An immigration violation should not give the government license to rip up the rule book. By restricting judicial oversight and blocking public scrutiny, the government has exercised virtually unchecked power over those it has detained.” (Human Rights Watch, August 14, 2002, <; )

Assemble: 10:30 a.m., 9 St./5 Ave., Brooklyn (N/R to 9 St. or F to 4 Ave.)
March: 11 a.m.–Sharp
Rally: 12 Noon–Sharp, Metropolitan Detention Center, 29 St./3d Ave., Brooklyn (N/R to 25 St./4 Ave.).

Sponsor: Justice For Detainees

Labor Sponsors (list in formation)
<>AFSCME DC 1707
<>Assn. of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW L.2325 <>CWA L.1180 <>Legal Aid Society Chap., 1199/SEIU <>Natl. Org. of Legal Services Workers/UAW L.2320 <>Natl. Writers Union/UAW L.1981 <>NY Taxi Workers Alliance <>NYC Labor Against the War (NYCLAW) <>Organization of Staff Analysts <>Professional Staff Congress-CUNY/AFT L.2334 <>SEIU 1199 <>SEIU NY State Council <>UAW Region 9A NYC Area CAP Council <>UNITE Amalgamated Services & Allied Joint Bd.
<>United Elec., Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE)
<>Larry Adams, Co-convener NYCLAW
<>Martin Fishgold, Pres., Metro NY Labor Communications Council* <>Christine Karatnytsky, Exec. Bd., NY Public Library Guild, AFSCME L.1930* <>Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz, Dir., Queens College Worker Ed. Extension Ctr. (FIPO); PSC-CUNY/AFT L.2334 & NWU/UAW L.1981 <>Robert Lesko, V.P., AFT L.3882* <>John O’Connor, Secy.-Treas., AFM L.1000* <>Dennis O’Neil, Legislative Dir., NY Metro Area Postal Union/APWU L.10* <>J.P. Patafio, Depot Chair, TWU L.100* <>Joel Schwartz, Pres., CSEA/AFSCME L.446* <>Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN, Chair, Delegate Assembly, NYS Nurses Assn.* <>Maf Misbah Uddin, VP, DC 37; Pres. AFSCME L.1407* <>Roger Toussaint, Pres., Transport Workers Union L.100* <>Coal of Black Trade Unionists, NYC Branch
<>Gangbox: Construction Workers News Serv <>Global Sweatshop Coal <>Greater NY Labor-Religion Coal <>Industrial Workers of the World (NYC) <>Labor at the Crossroads TV <>Make the Road by Walking <>Natl. Employment Law Project <>Natl. Lawyers Guild/NYC Chap., Labor & Employment Cttee <>New Caucus of PSC/CUNY <>NY Jobs with Justice <>Pride at Work/NYC (AFL-CIO) <>Student Cttee. Against Labor Exploitation <>US Health Trade Union Cttee.

*Position shown for ID only; no organizational endorsement implied.

Info: or or 718-482-3157

Cosponsors (list in formation)
<>Al-Farouq Mosque
<>American Assn. of Jurists
<>American Friends Serv. Cttee.
<>American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Cttee.
<>Another World is Possible
<>Arab-American Alumni and Professionals <>Asian American Legal Defense & Ed. Fund <>Asian Americans for Equality <>Assoc. of Pakistani Physicians of North America<>Biet Almagdis Mosque <>Black Radical Congress <>Bklyn Bridges <>Bklyn Heights Peace Action <>Bklyn Parents for Peace <>Bklyn Society for Ethical Culture, Ethical Action Cttee.
<>Ctr. for Anti-Violence Ed.
<>Ctr. for Constitutional Rights
<>Central Bklyn Indep. Democrats
<>Chhaya CDC
<>City College Coal. Against the War
<>Coal. for the Human Rts. of Immigrants <>Coal. Of Pakistani Organizations <>Columbia University People for Peace <>Coney Island Avenue Project <>Council on American-Islamic Relations <>CUNY Is Our Future <>December 12th Movement <>Democratic Socialists of America, NYC Local <>Desis Rising Up & Moving<>Eugene Lang Student Union <>Faith Health NY <>Federation of Association of Pakistani Americans <>Fellowship of Reconciliation, 15th St.
<>Fifth Ave. Cttee.
<>Flatbush Peace Action
<>Freedom Road Socialist Organization
<>Green Party: Kings Co. & Park Slope chapters <>Ground Zero For Peace <>Haiti Support Network <>Help & Hope <>Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York <>Intl. Action Ctr.
<>International Association Against Torture <>Intl. Socialist Org.
<>Islamic Center of Bay Ridge Islamic Mission of America <>Jews for Racial & Econ. Justice <>Lesbian Herstory Archives <>Mecci Mosque <>Met. Council on Housing <>Natl. Korean American Serv. & Ed. Consortium <>Natl. Lawyers Guild <>Natl. Lawyers Guild–NYC Chap.
<>National Organization for Women
<>NJ Indep. Alliance
<>NY Coal. for Peace & Justice
<>NY Immigration Coal.
<>NYC AIDS Housing Network
<>New Yorkers Say No to War
<>Nicaragua Solidarity Network
<>Northwest Bronx Support Cttee. For the Homeless <>Not In Our Name <>October 22nd Cttee.
<>Pakistani Community Center
<>Pakistan League of America
<>Pakistani American Federation of NY
<>Palestine Aid Society
<>Palestine Ed. Cttee.
<>Prison Moratorium Proj.
<>Prospect Lefferts Voices for Peace & Justice <>Puerto Rican Legal Defense & Ed. Fund <>Refuse & Resist <>Students for a Free Society <>Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory <>VEER Grassroots Serv.
<>Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Clarence Fitch Chap.
<>War Is Not the Answer
<>War Resisters League
<>Women for Afghan Women
<>Women’s Intl. League For Peace & Freedom, NY Metro Branch <>Workers Democracy Network <>Working Families Party, Bklyn Waterfront Club <>World Peace 911 <>Rev. Elizabeth Alexander, Church of Gethsemane <>City Councilman Charles Baron <>Rev. Elizabeth Braddon, Park Slope United Methodist Church <>Dennis Brutus, S. African poet & activist <>Rev. Khader El-Yateem, Salam Arabic Lutheran Church <>Rabbi Michael Feinberg <>Abdeen Jabara, Exec. Bd., Ctr. for Constitutional Rights <>Rev. Peter Laarman, Sr. Minister, Judson Memorial Church <>City Councilman John Liu <>City Councilmember Margarita Lopez <>Rev. Paul Smith, First Presbyterian Church <>Jane Sweeney, Governing Bd., Citizen Action NYC; Exec. Cttee., Village Indep. Democrats.*

*Position shown for ID only; no organizational endorsement implied.

“For me America was the dreamland. I used to think that I was lucky to live in a liberal and democratic country. But the dreamland became hell for me after September 11.”  –Muffed Khan, a deported Pakistani (Human Rights Watch, August 14, 2002, <; )


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