From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Monday, January 05, 2009 9:25 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Updated Signers (26) of Gaza Statement & Protests This Week
The Israeli ground invasion has pushed to more than 500 the number of Palestinian dead in Gaza since December 27.
Below is the final version of the statement. Additional signers are indicated by **
–To add your name, please reply to this message by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 6. Please include your union position (if any).
Protests this week listed below***
Stop Israel’s Massacre in Gaza and End the Siege Now
By Union Members at the Legal Aid Society in New York City*
December 31, 2008
“For the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.”
–Martin Luther King Jr., Beyond Vietnam (April 4, 1967)
The undersigned members of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW Local 2325 and 1199SEIU join millions around the world — many of whom are Jewish — to condemn, in the strongest possible terms, Israel’s ongoing massacre of hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza.
Already, more than 400 Palestinians have been killed and thousands injured. Under international law, the vast majority are civilians.
Israel’s massacres are carried out with F-16s, Apache helicopters and other advanced U.S. weapons — part of $30 billion in military funding for Israel that will be paid for by our tax dollars over the next ten years.
We cannot turn a blind eye.
We ask all who agree with this statement to participate in upcoming protests.
*Signers (list in formation; affiliations listed for identification only)
Noha Arafa (Criminal Defense-Brooklyn)
Julie Fry (Criminal Defense-Brooklyn)
Michael Letwin (Criminal Defense-Brooklyn)
Azalia Torres (Criminal Defense-Brooklyn)
Bahar Mirhosseini (Criminal Defense-Brooklyn)
Mimi Rosenberg (Civil-Brooklyn Neighborhood Office)
Patrick Langhenry (Civil-Brooklyn Neighborhood Office)
Antonia Codling (Criminal Defense-Bronx)
Lucy Herschel (Criminal Defense-Queens)
Steve Terry (Criminal Defense-Brooklyn)
Rebecca Kurti (Criminal Defense-Brooklyn)
Kate Fitzer (Criminal Defense-Brooklyn)
Andrea Ibrahim (Criminal Defense-Brooklyn)
Roslyn Morrison (Criminal Defense-Brooklyn)
**Jamie Kauget (Juvenile Rights-Queens)
**Daniella Korotzer (Criminal Defense-Brooklyn)
**Bharati Narumanchi (Criminal Defense-Brooklyn)
**Tajuana B. Johnson (Juvenile Rights Practice-Bronx)
**Steven Wasserman (Criminal Defense-Special Litigation)
**Richard Blum (Civil)
**Laurie Dick (Criminal Defense-Brooklyn)
**Sigmund Israel (Criminal Defense-Brooklyn)
**Clarissa M. Gomez (Civil-Harlem Community Law Office)
**Mia Eisner-Grynberg (Criminal Defense-Bronx)
**Reda Woodcock (Criminal Defense-Brooklyn)
**Jessica Goldthwaite (Criminal Defense-Brooklyn)
Protests This Week
Today, Monday, Jan. 5, 1 p.m., SW Corner of Union Square
Jews Speak Out Against Gaza Massacre
Wednesday Jan. 7, 4 p.m., City Hall
Rally and Shoe-In to Protest Mayor Bloomberg’s support for Israel’s massacre in Gaza
Saturday, Jan. 10, D.C.
NYC Buses for Let Gaza Live! National March in DC to Stop the U.S./Israeli War Against the Palestinian People
Sunday Jan. 11, 1 p.m. Times Square
Coverage of Last Saturday’s Protest
Union Free Speech Notice
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.”).