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January 6, 2009

2009.01.06: RE: Clarification: Updated Signers (27) of Gaza Statement & Protests This Week

From: Arafa, Noha
Sent: Tuesday, January 06, 2009 5:26 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: RE: Clarification: Updated Signers (27) of Gaza Statement & Protests This Week

If speaking on behalf of 600 Palestinians being killed and 1000 being wounded is “harassment” well then I consider that pure racism.   This is a humanitarian issue.  I do not side with this issue simply because I am an Arab.  I am against all murder and violence towards any people.  Can you say the same about yourself?  I think the answer is no since you consider e-mails in support of Gazans to be harassment.

I also have to say that as attorneys, who are supposed to believe in the freedom  of expression and speech, that once you do not agree with something that is said that you want to shut that person up.  I find that a bit hypocritical.  Does this relate to our job.  I believe it does.  Our clients do not get quality representation because money is being sent to Israel from this government to arm the Israeli army.  Israel receives the most in aid than any other country from the US while our clients cannot get quality representation, housing, education and health care.  Mr.. Bloomberg practically ran to Israel to show his support.  Can you tell me when Mr.. Bloomberg has ever visited Rikers Island, a homeless shelter, a battered women’s shelter, the projects, or the dilapidated schools our clients attend?  Just because you don’t like what I have to say because of your loyalties please do not try to shut me down or shut me up.  And I can promise you this, I will not be dissuaded so don’t even try.  If you do not like my e-mails, don’t read them.  I am protected under the union contract to express my political views.  My advocacy towards my clients does not stop once I leave the court or my desk at 5pm.   I am not neutral as to our country putting the funding of war above the funding of legal services for our clients.

From: [O.]
Sent: Tuesday, January 06, 2009 1:59 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: RE: Clarification: Updated Signers (27) of Gaza Statement & Protests This Week

i find it interesting that michael letwin sends out these inflammatory anti-america or anti-israel e-mails and nobody is bothered by the political nature of it. not until there is a reply that does not conform to radical political correctness are you concerned with political e-mails. too bad. next time send your e-mail right after michael letwin sends his.

From: [J.]
Sent: Monday, January 05, 2009 3:52 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: RE: Clarification: Updated Signers (27) of Gaza Statement & Protests This Week

Actually, why don’t YOU get over YOURSELF??!!   How dare you use our work email to sent these inflammatory political emails to everyone.  If you feel that your personal political views are so important,  start a blog.   Or will that take all the fun out of harassing your co-workers?

From: Arafa, Noha
Sent: Monday, January 05, 2009 3:23 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: RE: Clarification: Updated Signers (27) of Gaza Statement & Protests This Week

Get over yourself

From: [O.]
Sent: Monday, January 05, 2009 12:39 PM
To: Letwin, Michael; 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: RE: Clarification: Updated Signers (27) of Gaza Statement & Protests This Week

i sure would not want these 27 signers to represent me where i had a self defense-justification defense case. israel unilaterally left the gaza strip to the palestinians. hamas, even before they actually took over in the 2007 elections started sending rockets and mortars into israel.since 2005 when israel left they have attacked israelli towns with 6000 rockets. no country would have tolerated that for as long as israel did. hamas only attacks civilians. israel attacks hamas militantants who hide behind civilians in mosques schools and apartment buildings. president-elect obama while visiting sderot a town in southern israel that has been shelled frequently said i would do anything it takes to protect my daughters if they were in a similar situation.

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Monday, January 05, 2009 10:30 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Clarification: Updated Signers (27) of Gaza Statement & Protests This Week

Clarification: The statement below has already contained two disclaimers that the signers did not purport to speak on behalf of all members of ALAA or 1199. To further emphasize that fact, the subtitle also now includes the word “undersigned.”

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 Undersigned 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)
**Ellen S. Sacks (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,0,

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.”).

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