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June 29, 2007

2007.06.29: Re: 14 Reasons to Deport Illegal Aliens..

From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Friday, June 29, 2007 12:46 PM
To: 111 Livinston St; Azalia Torres
Cc: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Re: 14 Reasons to Deport Illegal Aliens..

I agree with all those who have spoken out against this racism and xenophobia.

>>> Azalia Torres 6/29/2007 12:06:36 PM >>>
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, no matter how misguided.  This includes:  Iraq war, Palestine-Israel , Police Abuse, Collective Bargaining, ALAA Elections and all other union issues.

However, no one has the right to couch their opinions in racist and  xenophobia terms like the email from [P].

Azalia Torres
The Legal Aid Society

>>> [FP] 6/29/2007 9:33 AM >>>

Hope these 14 reasons are forwarded over and over again until they are read by the majority of Americans.  Then they will have something to yell at their U.S. Congressmembers.

14 Reasons to Deport Illegal Aliens..

1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year.

2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.

4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they  cannot speak a word of English!

5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.

7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.

8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.

9. $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.

10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that’s two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the United States .

11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroine and marijuana, crossed into the U. S. from the Southern border. Homeland Security Report:

12. The National Policy Institute, “estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.”

Click to access deportation.pdf

13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin.

14. “The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million Sex Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States “.

So using the LOWEST estimates, the annual cost OF ILLEGAL ALIENS is $338.3
BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR!   So if deporting them costs between $206 and $230
BILLION DOLLARS, Hell get rid of em’, We’ll be ahead after the 1st year!!!
Please pass this on.   Americans need to wake up!

June 27, 2007


Filed under: Austerity and Budget Cuts,Labor Solidarity,OWS — nyclaw01 @ 1:46 pm

From: Morris, Susan
Sent: Monday, June 27, 2011 1:46 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: RE: And another demo

If you can legal observe for this event, please contact the NYLG Chapter office (212) 679-6018


NEW DATE: TUESDAY, JUNE 28 – 12:00pm


Meet at Broadway & Park Place,

then march to 49 Chambers Street

City Council ‘Stated Meeting’ for Budget vote is at 1:30pm

Attend the City Council Meeting

or Join the Protest Outside

Note: We will also protest the sellout budget deal on Monday June 27, at 4pm, Broadway & Park Place.

Mayor Bloomberg:

Use the $3 billion surplus for people’s needs – not for giveaway contracts like CityTime, or debt service that isn’t due yet


Spread the word – Come to Bloombergville – Endorse the Protest Time is short:

All who oppose Bloomberg’s anti-people, pro-banker budget must get involved.

Union leaders and rank-and-file: mobilize now!

Students: get organized and mobilize!

Community organizations: endorse the protest ― join the struggle!

Bloombergville: New Yorkers Against Budget Cuts•Students•Labor•Communities United

Web: | Blog: | Phone: 212-633-6646

NUEVA FECHA: MARTES, 28 de junio – 12:00pm PROTESTAR LOS RECORTES PRESUPUESTARIOS DE BLOOMBERG Júntense en Broadway y Park Place, entonces marchar a 49 Chambers Street

La ‘reunión citada’ del Consejo Municipal para votar el presupuesto es a las 1:30pm

Asiste en el reunion del Consejo

o asiste en la Protesta Afuera

Nota: También protestaremos el pacto engañoso del presupuesto el Lunes 27 de junio, a las 4pm, Broadway y Park Place.

Alcalde Bloomberg:

Use el superavit de $3 billones para las necesidades populares – no para contratos millonarios como CityTime, o servicios financieros que ni se deben todavia.


Difunden – Vengan a Bloombergville – Endolsen la Protesta El tiempo es corto:

Todos que se opongan al presupuesto anti-popular pro-banco de Bloomberg tienen que movilizarse.

Sindicalistas: ¡que se mobilizen yá!

Estudiantes: ¡organizense y mobilizense!

Organizaciones Comunitarias: ¡endolsen la protesta, júntense a la lucha!

Bloombergville: Neoyorquinos en Contra de los Recortes •Estudiantes•Sindicalistas•Comunidades Unidos

Web: | Blog: | Tel: 212-633-6646

June 25, 2007

2007.06.25: Anti-war Soldier Speaks Out @ Book Launch Event Tomorrow Nite

Filed under: Antiwar,International Human Rights — nyclaw01 @ 1:44 pm

From: Rebecca L Kurti
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2007 1:44 PM
To: 1199 Members
Subject: Anti-war Soldier Speaks Out @ Book Launch Event Tomorrow Nite

Road from ar Ramadi:

The Private Rebellion of Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejía by Camilo Mejia

Camilo Mejia, the first Iraq soldier to publicly refuse to fight, has written a powerful and moving book about his experiences in Iraq and why he decided to become a war resister.  At a time when a majority opposes the war and more soldiers are beginning to speak out, his experience speaks to the possibility of building a movement of soldiers themselves to stop this war.  Join him at the NYC launch of his book this Tuesday to hear first-hand about his experiences.

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

6:30 pm Reading

7:30 pm Reception


451 West Street

(between Bank & Bethune Streets)

New York, NY 10014

The issues [Mejía] has raised deserve a close reading by the nation as a whole . . . he has made a contribution to the truth about Iraq.


This is the extraordinary journey–geographical, intellectual, moral–of a U.S. soldier, from the front lines of Iraq to a military prison. Camilo Mejia, the first Iraqi veteran to refuse to return to Iraq, gives us a close look at the day-to-day brutality of the war. We learn what happens when a young man decides to challenge the entire military establishment in order to follow his conscience. It is an inspiring memoir.


Sergeant Mejía served his country bravely and well in Iraq; but he is serving his country better, and just as bravely, in his publicly announced refusal to participate further in what he correctly identifies as an illegal war using illegal means.


Sgt. Mejía and his 600 co-deserters could well be the harbingers of a new GI movement.


2007.06.25: Police Abuse: Warren Update

Filed under: Criminal Justice,Police Abuse,Racism,Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 11:23 am

From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2007 11:47 AM
To: Graciela Lopez; 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS; James Bernal
Subject: Police Abuse: Warren Update

[As noted below, Brooklyn CDD attorneys Marisa Benton and Reginald Haley helped negotiate the Warrens’ release.]

June 23, 2007 05:47PM EDT

NYC Police Brutalize Human Rights Attorney

A human rights attorney known for handling cases of police brutality became a victim of police abuse

By Amadi Ajamu

A human rights attorney known for handling cases of police brutality became a victim of police abuse last Thursday evening in Brooklyn. Attorney Michael Tarif Warren and his wife Evelyn, who is also an attorney, were driving along Vanderbilt Ave around 6:00 pm, when they witnessed NYPD officers “kicking and stomping” a handcuffed young black man. The Warrens pulled over to help.

Keywords: Analysis, Brooklyn, Government, Human Rights, Race, Police & Prisons, Attys Michael Tarif and Evelyn Warren leave 77th Precinct with supporters.

Attys Michael Tarif and Evelyn Warren leave 77th Precinct with supporters.
NYPD Brutalize Human Rights Attorney
By Amadi Ajamu

A human rights attorney known for handling cases of police brutality became a victim of police abuse last Thursday evening in Brooklyn. Attorney Michael Tarif Warren and his wife Evelyn, who is also an attorney, were driving along Vanderbilt Ave around 6:00 pm, when they witnessed NYPD officers “kicking and stomping” a handcuffed young black man. The Warrens pulled over to help.

Warren, a high profile attorney who has been practicing law for 28 years, said “We saw a young kid being chased by a horde of policemen across a McDonald’s parking lot. They tackled him and immediately put handcuffs on him. Then Sergeant Talvy, who appeared to be in charge, began kicking him in the head and ribs, and stomping him on the neck.” The other police officers followed suit. “They literally gave this kid a beating which was unconscionable.”

“Not only as people of conscience and moral decency, but as lawyers, we said this is outrageous.” They arrived and stood “more than ten feet away,” he said. Mr. Warren told Sergeant Talvy they were lawyers, and told him to stop and just take the young man to the precinct. In response he said, “Talvy shouted, I don’t give a f**k who you are, get the f**k back in your car!”

They returned to their car, and Mr. Warren began to write down the license plate numbers of the police vehicles as they watched them put the bleeding young man in a car. “Then Talvy comes to my car and viciously attacks me, repeatedly punching me through the window. Shouting, ‘Get out of the car!’ He dragged me out of the car, ripping my shirt and pants. My wife, very upset, asked him why are you doing this? He then punched her in the face.” Both were arrested and taken to the 77th precinct charged with obstruction, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

Michael Tarif Warren, has handled many police misconduct cases in the black community, including the shocking police murder of graffiti artist Michael Stewart, and Yvonne Smallwood, who was beaten to death by police in the Bronx. He also handled the case exonerating the five young black teenagers falsely convicted of raping the white bank executive “Central Park Jogger.”

Quickly, word of the Warrens arrest spread, and several hundred people descended on the 77th Precinct demanding his release. Organizations including the December 12th Movement, 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, Malcolm X Grassroots, International Action Center, CEMOTAP, the Muslim community, the Haitian community and many others were present and several media outlets were on hand.

NYC Councilman Charles Barron, Attorneys Roger Wareham, Reginald Haley, and Marisa Benton began negotiating their release with Brooklyn’s top brass, including Community Affairs Chief Douglas Zeigler, Brooklyn Borough Commander Chief Gerald Nelson, and 77th Precinct Executive Officer Michael Marino. At approximately 10:30 PM Evelyn Warren was released with a DAT (desk appearance ticket), Michael Warren was released with a DAT at 11:30 PM.

Councilman Barron and other community activists are demanding Talvy be fired and that Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hines “drop the charges (against the Warrens) and charge the police.”

Barron further criticized recent NYPD policy of making cops who kill or assault people take Breathalyzer tests for alcohol. “We need to stop the killing. Police who murder and assault us must be charge with crimes and put in jail. That is the only deterrent.”

Evelyn Warren added, “We are professionals, if they do this to us in broad daylight on a crowded street, what do they do in the dark when no one is around? That’s what I’m concerned about. Officer Talvy must go and Police Commissioner Kelly must go, because his policy allows this behavior to continue.”

If charges against them are not dropped, Michael and Evelyn Warren vow to take the case to trial and use it as a community mobilizing and educating tool to fight police brutality.

June 22, 2007

2007.06.22: Police Abuse: NYPD Beats and Arrests Civil Rights Lawyer

Filed under: Criminal Justice,Police Abuse,Racism,Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 11:23 am

From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2007 10:33 AM
To: Graciela Lopez; 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS; James Bernal
Subject: Police Abuse: NYPD Beats and Arrests Civil Rights Lawyer

Rights lawyer, wife busted


Posted Friday, June 22nd 2007, 4:00 AM

A well-known civil rights lawyer and his wife were busted in Brooklyn last night for allegedly interfering in an arrest they witnessed, authorities said.

Attorney Michael Warren, who has represented rapper Tupac Shakur and members of the Black Panthers and worked on the Abner Louima trial, said cops punched him and his wife during the incident.

The arrests brought more than 200 angry supporters to the 77th Precinct stationhouse in Crown Heights, where they stood vigil for nearly five hours until Warren and his wife, Evelyn, also a lawyer, were released.

As the crowd chanted “freedom fighter,” Warren, who specializes in police misconduct cases, declared, “We are just an example of what is happening in this city every day.”

“I got hit in the jaw, upside the head and on my lip a few times, and you can can see that my pants are torn, but I’m fine. I’m great,” he said.

After he and his wife left in their SUV, the crowd slowly dispersed.

Police declined to address the allegations of violence at the hands of the arresting officers. Warren was charged with obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.

His wife got a ticket for disorderly conduct, Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said.

Cops were collaring a man wanted on drug possession and auto theft charges about 6p.m. when the lawyers stopped their car at Atlantic and Vanderbilt Aves. in Prospect Heights and began criticizing the officers, a police source said.

Evelyn Warren scratched a female cop’s face as she and her husband later were being taken into custody, the source said.

June 19, 2007

2007.06.19: Police Abuse: 3 p.m. Protest Today

Filed under: Criminal Justice,Police Abuse,Racism,Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 11:24 am

From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2007 10:42 AM
To: Graciela Lopez; 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS; James Bernal
Subject: Police Abuse: 3 p.m. Protest Today

Media Advisory

*For Immediate Release*

*WHEN*: 3:00 PM, Tuesday, June 19, 2007

*WHERE*: 350 Jay St. in front of Charles Hynes’ Office

*City Councilman Charles Barron and the Student Coalition Against Racial Profiling (S.C.A.R.P) Meet with District Attorney Hynes In Response To Mass Assault on Black and Latino Students in Bushwick*

Media Advisory

*For Immediate Release*

Contact: Kevin McCall 646 584 7148, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff to Councilman Barron Lurie Daniel-Favors – 917.326.0615 Oona Chatterjee � 347.268.1892

*City* *Councilman Charles Barron,* *Black and Latino Students Wrongfully Arrested En Route to Funeral and Community Members to Meet with DA Hynes to Demand All Charges be Dropped.*

*Community Outraged Over Continuing Pattern of Racial Profiling by the NYPD 83 rd Precinct in Targeting Bushwick Youth of Color.

In response to the arrest of over 70 students en route to the wake of a recently deceased friend, City Councilman Charles Barron, members of the Student Coalition Against Racial Profiling and concerned community members will meet with District Attorney Charles Hynes to demand that all charges against the students be dropped and that the police involved in the wrongful arrests face charges.

The Coalition further demands that the police officers involved be fired, that the precinct issue a public apology, and that Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Kelly and Chancellor Klein commit to ending police misconduct and racial profiling.

Councilman Charles Barron and the S.C.A.R.P. members will hold a press conference after meeting with the District Attorney. “We are calling for District Attorney Charles Hynes to drop the charges and to charge the police,” said Councilman Barron.

“These young people were unable to mourn their friend’s death because of the outrageous police department and ongoing police harassment in our communities. We must demand that all the charges be dropped and all the police officers who were involved are themselves charged to the fullest extent of the law.”

The community insists that this is only the latest example of how youth are under attack from the NYPD, an organization charged to serve and protect.

Local teacher Tabari Bomani stated, “This is one of the worst cases of police racially profiling innocent people and the media has largely ignored the true story. We can’t allow this to be pushed under the rug.”

June 13, 2007

2007.06.13: Police Abuse: Dispute Over Arrest Pattern at the Puerto Rican Parade

From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 9:16 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Police Abuse: Dispute Over Arrest Pattern at the Puerto Rican Parade

June 13, 2007
Dispute Over Arrest Pattern at the Puerto Rican Parade By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS

Details of the complaints by police against the people arrested at the Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday outline a pattern in the way they were arrested, according to documents released yesterday.

Criminal complaints filed against 10 defendants show that the police were concerned about the risk that those arrested would engage in violent or threatening behavior or cause some public inconvenience.

The complaints also indicate that the police were looking for signs of gang identification, like clothing colors and hand signals, when they arrested people.

Police officials said yesterday that everyone arrested on Sunday was arrested for engaging in specific illegal behavior, like pushing or blocking pedestrian traffic, not for something they had not yet done or for circumstantial reasons like wearing gang colors.

“It’s situational — officers reacted to the situation,” Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said yesterday of Sunday’s arrests. “They made, in my judgment, appropriate arrests. It doesn’t seem to me to be out of the ordinary in terms of the numbers that we’ve had associated with parades in the past.”

Civil liberties experts said the pattern of the complaints suggested that the police might have been arresting people en masse and swept up some innocent bystanders along the way.

Similar concerns have been raised by civil liberties advocates about other group arrests in recent years, as happened at the Republican National Convention in 2004, the World Economic Forum in 2002 and a gathering of young people last month in Bushwick, Brooklyn, when the police arrested about 30 people on the way to a friend’s wake.

Christopher Dunn, a lawyer for the New York Civil Liberties Union, said that when there are “indiscriminate mass arrests,” you have “innocent bystanders being arrested,” and that may have happened at the Puerto Rican Day Parade. He added, “These same tactics tarnished the policing of the Republican National Convention.”

Paul J. Browne, a deputy police commissioner, defended the arrests. “There were no pre-emptive arrests made at the Republican National Convention, none made in Bushwick, and there were none made here,” he said.

The police said they arrested 208 people at this year’s parade, including 132 who were charged with unlawful assembly. Mr. Dunn said it was customary for people charged with minor offenses to be given summonses and allowed to go home. Instead, dozens were arrested, jailed overnight and fingerprinted before being released, according to a supervisor with the Legal Aid Society.

Mr. Browne said most of the people the police suspected of being gang members were from out of town, and so did not qualify for desk appearance tickets.

The number of arrests made at last year’s parade was also in dispute yesterday. News reports of the 2006 arrests said at the time that roughly 50 to 60 people were arrested, and yesterday’s New York Times report on Sunday’s parade adopted the figure of “at least 50” used in The Times’s 2006 account.

But Mr. Browne said yesterday that there were actually 151 arrests made at the parade last year. He also said there were 223 arrests at the parade the year before, in 2005.

But in describing the 2006 arrests, the Manhattan district attorney’s office yesterday gave a number much lower than the Police Department’s. “We were informed by the Police Department that there were 64 arrests last year,” Barbara Thompson, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, said yesterday.

Later, Mr. Browne said that the 64 arrests were processed at Police Headquarters but that 87 more arrests were processed at precinct stations or went directly to court.

The police acknowledged that the number of people suspected of being gang members arrested at the parade this year rose sharply to 198 from 69 last year.

Mr. Browne said that although the parade committee had expressed concern that a gang, the Latin Kings, might try to crash the parade, the police were not acting on an order from any public official like the mayor or the police commissioner.

Edward McCarthy, a Legal Aid Society lawyer, said during the arraignments on Monday that most of the defendants did not appear to have prior criminal records. Mr. Browne said he could not confirm or deny that.

In interviews on Monday, many of those arrested at the parade said they were not gang members. Although a few of those who were arraigned on Monday were wearing yellow or gold and black, the colors of the Latin Kings, many more people were wearing red, blue and white, the Puerto Rican flag colors.

Even some of those wearing yellow and black denied that they were gang members, and Panama Vicente Alba, a Puerto Rican activist, said yesterday that the black and gold beads and clothing associated with Latin Kings were popular for other reasons as well.

“The use of beads is particularly prominent amongst the many thousands (perhaps millions) in our community who practice the Yoruba religion,” Mr. Alba wrote in an e-mail message. “Many such individuals were either arrested or ordered to remove their beads during this year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade.”

Al Baker and Thomas J. Lueck contributed reporting.

June 11, 2007

2007.06.11: Oral Arguments for Agent Orange Suit

Filed under: Antiwar,International Human Rights — nyclaw01 @ 5:30 pm

From: Julie N. Fry
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2007 5:30 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Oral Arguments for Agent Orange Suit

The Plaintiffs are flying in from Vietnam to attend the oral arguments in their lawsuit against the U.S. chemical companies who created and distributed Agent Orange and other toxins used during the Vietnam war.  Please try to attend the hearing to show your support.

Saturday, June 16 – All Out to Greet the Delegation of Agent Orange Survivors 6:30 pm at the Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Center

1199 SEIU, 310 W. 43rd St. (8th & 9th Ave), Organized by the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign, PO Box 303, Prince St, NY, NY 10012

Monday, June 18  – Appeal for Justice ; Fill the Courtroom

12 Noon – Gather at Foley Square

1 pm – Attend the oral arguments, Federal Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, 500 Pearl St. in lower Manhattan, just off Foley Square.  Hear the Appeal to continue the civil suit against 37 U.S. companies that produced toxins used against the people of Vietnam.


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