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September 13, 2006

2006.12.13: Re: Antiwar Bulletin: 5th Anniversary of War @LAS

From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Wednesday, September 13, 2006 12:39 PM
To: MR
Subject: Re: Antiwar Bulletin: 5th Anniversary of War @LAS

In response to complaints by [AP] and perhaps other ALAA members, management reissued its 2002 declaration that there can be no discussion of any kind on the ALAA list, along with threats of discipline up to and including termination.

For the reasons given in my last Antiwar Bulletin, that policy is invalid. Members should continue to exercise their free speech rights on the list, and might want to include a disclaimer like:

“Free Speech Notice: This message, like thousands of others that have been posted to the ALAA e-list, constitutes protected free speech, pursuant to Collective Bargaining Agreement, §§ 3.5 (“The expression of personal religious, political, social or economic beliefs of each and every attorney is fully guaranteed and will never constitute grounds for discharge or relief from an individual assignment unless, in either instance, it can be demonstrated that such expression has, or will, directly interfere(d) with, and detract from, representation of a Society client so as to render said representation less than at the highest level of competence and effectiveness.”) and 1.5 (“The Union will have reasonable use of the Society’s internal communication mechanisms.”).”

>>> MR 09/12 10:00 AM >>>
Hi. i want to announce a rally called savedarfur. do you have reason to believe i’d be “disciplined” for doing so? i’ve been away and don’t know how the whole use of the e-mail debate played out.

>>> Michael Letwin 09/11 4:54 PM >>>
Free Speech Notice: This message, like at least 3,000 others that have been posted to the ALAA e-list,[FN1] constitutes protected free speech[FN2].

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Below are links to labor antiwar materials (including those that directly concern ALAA) from the five years since 9/11.

New York City Labor Against the War (September 27, 2001) [Initial NYCLAW statement, signed by 1,254 labor bodies and trade unionists, including 50 members of ALAA and 74 members of 1199.]

“No one should suffer what we experienced on September 11. Yet war will inevitably harm countless innocent civilians, strengthen American alliances with brutal dictatorships and deepen global poverty. . . .

“For Americans in uniform — the overwhelming number of whom are workers and people of color — it will be another Vietnam. It will generate further terror in this country against Arabs, Muslims, South Asians, people of color and immigrants, and erode our civil liberties.”

Full text: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/2448

In Defense of Civil Liberties (February 21, 2002)

“As a labor union whose members fight each day for the statutory and constitutional rights of indigent New Yorkers, The Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW Local 2325, is deeply opposed to the Bush administration’s broad assault on precious civil liberties and democratic rights.”

Full text: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/682

ALAA Antiwar Vote (April 14, 2003)

“[A]doption of the proposed antiwar resolution is more critical now than ever. Bush’s wars of empire and colonial occupation have a profoundly destructive impact on our Union, Legal Aid Society funding, our clients, their communities, and the world in which we live.

“This resolution is also an opportunity to reaffirm ALAA’s historic commitment to social justice; to honest, open, mutually-respectful internal discussion; to principle over opportunism; and to a more effective union.”

Full text: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/1708

Labor and the Middle East War (August 11, 2006) [NYCLAW’s most recent statement]

“For weeks, Israel has turned Lebanon into a killing ground, slaughtering and maiming thousands of people, destroying the civilian infrastructure, and turning a quarter of the population into refugees in their own land. At the same time, it continues to brutalize Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

“Israel’s crimes are carried out with U.S.-made F-16s, Apache helicopters, and cluster bombs. These high-tech lethal weapons are part of $5 billion that Israel gets each year from the United States, courtesy of the Republican and Democratic parties, with enthusiastic support from Neo-cons and right-wing Christian fundamentalists.”

Full text: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/message/2429

[Note: To subscribe to the NYCLAW listserv, visit: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LaborAgainstWar/ ]

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Footnotes

1. Since September 5 alone, those messages have included the following (in reverse chronological order):

*studio apartment in carroll gardens ([LG], 09/09 5:48 PM)
*Re: joining bar associations, etc. ([DW], 09/09 9:18 AM) *Mets Tickets Available for September 18 & September 22 ([YN], 09/08 6:00 PM)
*Re: Jim Rogers: “I am against strikes” (AL], 09/08 5:17 PM)
*Re: Jim Rogers: “I am against strikes” ([SL], 09/08 5:11 PM) *Jim Rogers: “I am against strikes” ([AL], 09/08 4:58 PM) *BAR ASSOCIATIONS OF INTEREST–contact info (AP], 09/08 4:52 PM)
*Re: joining bar associations, etc. (RN, 09/08 4:49 PM) *get involved in politics too, not only bar assn. ([AP], 09/08 4:06 PM)
*Fwd: Re: Fordham symposium . . . Lisa . . . thoughts on change (MM], 09/08 3:29 PM) *Vince Warren named as exec. dir. of CCR (RW, 09/08 3:04 PM) *Fordham symposium . . . Lisa . . . thoughts on change (Dennis Murphy, 09/08 3:01 PM)
*Re: Bar Ass’ns ([KS], 09/08 2:58 PM)
*Re: Colloquium: CRISIS IN INDIGENT DEFENSE: Fordham Law, Thurs. 9/14 ([AP], 09/08 1:02 PM)
*Re: Colloquium: CRISIS IN INDIGENT DEFENSE: Fordham Law, Thurs. 9/14 ([RW], 09/08 12:55 PM) *court of appeals confirmation hearing (KS, 09/08 12:44 PM)
*Re: Colloquium: CRISIS IN INDIGENT DEFENSE: Fordham Law, Thurs. 9/14 ([AP], 09/08 12:42 PM)
*Re: Speaking of Indigent Defense Testimony ([DW], 09/08 12:17 PM)
*Re: Colloquium: CRISIS IN INDIGENT DEFENSE: Fordham Law, Thurs. 9/14 ([EK], 09/08 12:13 PM)
*Re: Colloquium: CRISIS IN INDIGENT DEFENSE: Fordham Law, Thurs. 9/14 ([SK], 09/08 10:24 AM)
*Re: Colloquium: CRISIS IN INDIGENT DEFENSE: Fordham Law, Thurs. 9/14 ([MM], 09/08 9:39 AM)
*Re: Colloquium: CRISIS IN INDIGENT DEFENSE: Fordham Law, Thurs. 9/14 ([MK], 09/07 8:01 PM) *Speaking of Indigent Defense Testimony (Susan Morris, 09/07 7:35 PM)
*Re: Colloquium: CRISIS IN INDIGENT DEFENSE: Fordham Law, Thurs. 9/14 (Susan Morris, 09/07 7:23 PM)
*Colloquium: CRISIS IN INDIGENT DEFENSE: Fordham Law, Thurs. 9/14 (Dennis Murphy, 09/07 5:34 PM) *Allan Fox – contac info (was: Aetna vs. Oxford – got questions?) (Susan Morris, 09/06 12:54 PM) *Good med mal attorney (Diane Spicer, 09/06 11:04 AM)
*Re: Management’s negotiating posture (Susan Morris, 09/06 9:54 AM) *Aetna vs. Oxford – got questions? (Susan Morris, 09/06 9:50 AM) *Apt. for rent in the Bronx 11/01 ([BN], 09/06 9:26 AM)
*Re: Fwd: FW: PcLEEEEEEASE REEEEEAD! IT WAS ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA TODAY … ([MM], 09/05 11:00 AM)
*Re: Fwd: FW: PcLEEEEEEASE REEEEEAD! IT WAS ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA TODAY … ([HS], 09/05 10:49 AM)
*Fwd: FW: PcLEEEEEEASE REEEEEAD! IT WAS ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA TODAY … ([LF], 09/05 10:49 AM)
*Fwd: FW: PcLEEEEEEASE REEEEEAD! IT WAS ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA TODAY … (SS], 09/05 10:22 AM) *My sister’s website for ordering photo albums, etc. 🙂 ([MLF]. 09/04 4:10 PM)

2. Collective Bargaining Agreement, § 3.5 (“The expression of personal religious, political, social or economic beliefs of each and every attorney is fully guaranteed and will never constitute grounds for discharge or relief from an individual assignment unless, in either instance, it can be demonstrated that such expression has, or will, directly interfere(d) with, and detract from, representation of a Society client so as to render said representation less than at the highest level of competence and effectiveness.”); Collective Bargaining Agreement, § 1.5 (“he Union will have reasonable use of the Society’s internal communication mechanisms.”).

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