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June 22, 2010

2010.06.22: Two Protests Today

Filed under: Criminal Justice,Labor Solidarity,Police Abuse,Racism,Sentencing — nyclaw01 @ 9:57 am

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 9:57 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Two Protests Today

4:30: TWU Layoff Protest

The TWU is sponsoring a demonstration against cuts and layoffs this Tuesday, June 22nd at 4:30 pm. It will be at the MTA, which is located at 347 Madison Avenue between 44th and 45th streets. Take any train to Grand Central.

See flyer below and/or open attachment. Forward everywhere!!

We are reaching out to all other unions, community activists and students for this important protest.

While the protest is going on outside, inside the MTA while be having a public hearing starting at 4:30 pm on finances, that is, capital projects. You can sign-up to speak until 6pm.

The protest will be the afternoon before the last MTA Board meeting before implementation of the massive cuts and layoffs on June 27th. Students should be there too.

You can also sign-up to speak the next morning at the Wednesday MTA Board meeting until 9:00 am. Other TWU members will be there.

These layoffs and cuts will affect every transit worker, whether or not you yourself are being laid off. Everyone’s seniority, wages and benefits will be affected by this unprecedented attack.

Make sure that you and your co-workers get to the protest Tuesday and the Board meeting Wednesday morning, if you can.

PS We learned Monday that Jay Walder is moving later this month. Sounds like our daily protests may have taken their toll! Congratulations to everyone that participated!

Until Walder moves, we will protest there daily from 4 to 6 at 105 Duane Street near Chambers St., except for the Tuesday demonstration. Join us!


5:30-7:30: Troy Davis Death Penalty




Troy Davis, as African American man was convicted of murdering a white police officer in Georgia in 1991.

Nearly two decades later, Davis remains on death row- even though the case against him has fallen apart.

The supreme Court has mandated that a court in Georgia provide him with an evidentiary hearing on June 23rd.

With its ruling, the nations highest court decided that Davis should have a chance to prove his innocence before the state of Georgia puts him to death.


On June 22nd in New York, Amnesty International USA, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Free Mumia Coalition, International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal and New Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death Penalty join with groups and individuals worldwide for an International Day of Action for Troy Davis to send the message:

All eyes are on Georgia!

Join us in Union Square, NYC, on June 22 from 5:30PM-7:00PM For a demonstration in solidarity with Troy!

A list of endorsing organizations is being formed.

To add your organization, please contact Colleen ( <> ) or Thenjiwe ( <> )

If you are unable to join us in Union Square, consider mobilizing at other sites in NY. Contact <>  for support.


June 16, 2010

2010.06.16: LOs needed for rally re: cute to childcare at CUNY.

Filed under: Austerity and Budget Cuts,Civil Liberties — nyclaw01 @ 1:49 pm

From: Morris, Susan
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 1:49 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: LOs needed for rally re: cute to childcare at CUNY.

LOs needed for rally re: cute to childcare at CUNY.

From: [] On Behalf Of nlgnyc
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 12:37 PM
Subject: [nycmassdefense] LO Request Thurs. June 17 – 8am – 120 Broadway

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

Who: Hunter student-parents, children, supporters

What: Press Conference/rally

When: Thursday, June 17 at 8:00am

Where: 120 Broadway (AG Cuomo’s office)

Why: Childcare cuts to Hunter College and CUNY

Hunter parents have filed suit against Hunter College and CUNY for cutting space for childcare.

Contact person: Claudia O’Brien

Contact number: (201) 772-4500

June 15, 2010

2010.06.15: FW: [nycmassdefense] Request for on call Attorneys Thurs. June 17 – Gaza Flotilla

Filed under: Civil Liberties,International Human Rights,Palestine — nyclaw01 @ 1:16 pm

From: Morris, Susan
Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 1:16 PM
Subject: FW: [nycmassdefense] Request for on call Attorneys Thurs. June 17 – Gaza Flotilla

From: [] On Behalf Of nlgnyc
Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 11:26 AM
Subject: [nycmassdefense] Request for on call Attorneys Thurs. June 17 – Gaza Flotilla

If you can volunteer to be an attorney on call,  please contact the Chapter office (212) 679-6018

What: Request for on call attorneys for survivors of Gaza flotilla returning to New York
When: Thursday, June 17 – arrival JFK approx. 2:45pm


Dear all:

This Thursday, June 17th in NYC there will be an event featuring three
passengers on the Mavi Marmara (see below for the flyer).  In light of
the threats of denial of entry or prosecution made against the
passengers by US congresspersons, it would be good to have some NLG
attorneys in the NYC area on call in case the three experience any
problems when they arrive from overseas.  Please reply if you would
like to put your name on such a list.



Welcome and Support the Survivors of the Israeli Massacres on the High Seas

Mavi Marmara Passenger, former Turkish MP and IHH activist to Provide
Eyewitness Accounts, Background on the Events
Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 7p.m.

House of the Lord Church, 415 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

(Take any train to Atlantic/Pacific subway stops)

On May 31,2010, Israeli forces raided the Mavi Marmara, along with
several other boats that were travelling as part of a flotilla
carrying humanitarian supplies to Gaza in international waters. Within
minutes nine passengers were killed, five of whom were shot in the
head, and dozens more were injured. The Israeli raid provoked outrage,
protests, and international condemnation over the past week.

On June 17th, Former Turkish Member of Parliament, Ahmet Faruk Unsal,
who is also a member of the Turkish charitable organization IHH and
was a participant in an earlier land convoy to Gaza, will discuss the
implications of Turkish involvement in the Break the Siege Efforts,
the Impact of the attacks on the Mavi Marmara on Turkish domestic and
foreign policy vis-à-vis the US, Israel, and the Arab world, and the
huge outpouring of outrage and determination within Turkey after the

Also speaking will be Kevin Ovenden, aide to British MP George
Galloway and a lead organizer of all the Viva Palestina convoys to
Gaza. Mr. Ovenden was on board the Mavi Marmara during the attack, and
in interviews since then has described how Israeli commandos\
surrounded and attacked the ship, firing live rounds of gunshots as
they boarded before any attempt at self-defense was made by any of the
flotilla participants.
Hearing the testimonies of these two eyewitnesses to events in Turkey,
Palestine and on the high seas is crucial given the disinformation
about the events and the motivations behind them which has been spread
by the Israeli government and is only just now beginning to be
challenged in the mainstream US media. Organizers say they hope that
this event will set the record straight.

The Gaza Freedom flotilla was part of an international attempt to end
the ongoing Israeli siege of Gaza which began in June of 2007,
following internationally monitored elections by the Palestinians
which put Hamas into office.  The siege has caused the Palestinians of
Gaza to live in what the UN High Commission on Human Rights called
conditions of unacceptable suffering.  While numerous UN bodies and
International governments have called for an immediate end to the
Israeli blockade, none have actively worked to end the siege.

The event is cosponsored by a wide range of Arab and Muslim community
groups and others, including Al-Awda-New York: The Palestine Right to
Return Coalition, International Socialist Organization, Muslim
American Society, International Action Center, FIST, American Muslims
For Palestine, NYC Labor Against the War, International Jewish
Anti-Zionist Network, Arab Muslim American Federation, Labor For
Palestine, Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine, Action for a
Progressive Pakistan, ANSWER Coalition, Anakbayan, Bayan USA, Creative
Nonviolent Resistance against Injustice, Gabriela USA, International
League of Peoples Struggle–NY/LOC, Middle East Crisis Response, El
Beireh Society, The Indypendent, Socialist Action, WESPAC

Admission is $20, $15 for Students. All proceeds will go to support
families of the martyrs of the Mavi Marmara.
For Further Information:

or (718) 228-8636

June 1, 2010

2010.06.01: Legal Observers Needed

Filed under: Antiwar,Civil Liberties,International Human Rights,Palestine — nyclaw01 @ 9:11 am

From: Morris, Susan
Sent: Tuesday, June 01, 2010 9:11 AM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members

Susan Howard (listed below) is also the contact person if you want to be involved in a Legal Observer Training.

From: [] On Behalf Of Bruce Bentley
Sent: Monday, May 31, 2010 5:47 PM
Cc: NLG NYC Chapter
Subject: [nycmassdefense] LegObsReq: Tues, 6/1, 5pm: Protest at Israeli Mission

Legal Observers Request:

Contact Susan Howard at the NLG-NYC office at (212) 679-6018 if you can help.

Protest Israeli Massacre and Piracy –
10 killed, 50 injured in Israeli attack in international waters on unarmed Free Gaza Flotilla

Emergency demonstrations in NYC

Tuesday: 5pm – Israeli Mission 42nd St & 2nd Ave.

Emergency protests Tuesday in response to the brutal Israeli attack on 600 unarmed Palestine Solidarity activists from 40 countries participating in the Free Gaza Flotilla.

The Free Gaza Flotilla, comprised of 6 ships with nearly 7bringing emergency supplies to the Palestinians held under Israeli siege in Gaza , was attacked in international waters by 14 Israeli ships, helicopters and masked Israeli commandos.  Ten activists were reportedly killed and 50 injured.

Sponsored by International Action Center, Gaza Freedom March, Al Awda Palestine Right to Return Coalition NY and a number of Palestine solidarity and human rights activists and organizations.  AlAwda NYC points out that live footage from one of the boats reveals the Israeli soldiers were heavily masked and carrying live ammunition which they used on the unarmed passengers. None of the passengers or activists were armed.

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