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February 16, 2011

2011.02.16: Thur, Feb 24, 12 pm at City Hall: Rally to Demand Jobs, Schools and Services–called by DC 37

Filed under: Austerity and Budget Cuts,Labor Solidarity — nyclaw01 @ 9:58 am
From: Herschel, Lucy
Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 9:58 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Thur, Feb 24, 12 pm at City Hall: Rally to Demand Jobs, Schools and Services–called by DC 37
And just maybe the fightback will come to NY. I’ve heard there are a couple different protests and actions in the works.  Here’s a DC37 rally for next Thursday.
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tell the mayor
GET YOUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT

Rally To Demand    JOBS  SCHOOLS  SERVICES

Thursday, February 24, 12 to 2
CITY HALL PARK

Centre St. Plaza, #6 subway entrance, across from Brooklyn Bridge

NO CUTS TO CITY SERVICES
Tax Wall St.–$19 billion in profits
End Overpriced City Contracts–$9 billion
Cut The War Budget–$190 million a day
Make The Corporations Pay Their Fair Share

KEEP NEW YORK WORKING

Local 154, 375, 768, DC 37 AFSCME
212-815-1375 | www.local375.org

2011.02.16: 10,000+ protest attack on public sector union in Wisconsin

Filed under: Austerity and Budget Cuts,Labor Solidarity,Political Action — nyclaw01 @ 9:35 am

From:  Herschel, Lucy
Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 9:35 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: 10,000+ protest attack on public sector union in Wisconsin

http://www.thenation.com/blog/158609/more-10000-protest-wisconsin-governor-hosni-walkers-move-destroy-public-sector-unions

Tens of Thousands Protest Move by Wisconsin’s ‘Dictator’ Governor to Destroy Public-Sector Unions

February 15, 2011

More than 10,000 Wisconsinites marched on the state Capitol Tuesday, as crowds rallied in cities around the state, students walked out of high schools and public employees lined roadways holding aloft banners declaring their determination to battle an attempt by Republican Governor Scott Walker to strip state workers of their collective bargaining rights and pack state government positions with political patronage appointees.

Another huge crowd — numbering perhaps 8,000 — surrounded the Capitol for a Tuesday night rally. Protests spread to the Milwaukee area, where hundreds of workers massed outside Walker’s suburban home.

The crowds in Madison will swell Wednesday. The city’s schools are closing, as teachers take sick days to join the protests and buses packed with public employees roll into the city.

The protests, unprecedented in recent Wisconsin history, are being organized by union—the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, the Wisconsin Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers-Wisconsin and others—in anticipation of a Thursday vote on whether to give the governor powers that the senior member of the state legislature describes as nothing short of dictatorial.

Many of those who showed up for one of the first of what expected to be days of ever-expanding protests borrowed themes language and themes from the crowds that filled the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities to call for the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s dictatorial reign.

Signs at Tuesday’s rally — which the AFL-CIO said attracted a crowd of 15,000 and which news outlets broadly reported drew more 10,000 state and local employees and their backers— referred to the governor as “Hosni Walker” and declared: “Protest Like an Egyptian.”

Another asked: “If Egypt Can Have Democracy, Why Can’t Wisconsin?”

One senior state employee had gone online to find the Arabic words for “Remove Walker” and made a picket sign with the message.

Police barricades were erected on streets around the state capitol as uniformed officers were posted to block protesters from entering parts of the building where a day-long hearing on the governor’s proposal was being held. But the crowd surged into the building after a rally that featured, among others, AFSCME President Gerald McEntee, who identified the Wisconsin fight as a “ground zero” struggle for organized labor.

As evidence of the dawning recognition that the Wisconsin fight is an essential one for organized labor—and that Walker’s union-busting strategy poses a threat that could spread to other Republican-dominated states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania—unions that the governor had tried to break off with sweetheart deals began to break with the conservative governor. Hundreds of firefighters, whose contracts would be protected under the plan Walker proposes, showed up at the Tuesday’s rally and were drew roars of approval.

McEntee, the firefighters and others showed up not merely to protest but to lobby. While Republicans control the governorship and both houses of the state legislature, some veteran Republican legislators, such as state Sen. Luther Olsen, who represents many unionized workers, have suggested that the governor’s power grab is simply too “radical.” The longest serving member of the legislature, state Senator Fred Risser, a Madison Democrat well liked by senior Democrats and Republicans, has said: “Without a willingness to even discuss what concessions need to be made with state employees, the governor comes across more like a dictator and less like a leader.”

AFSCME put Republican members of the union front and center Tuesday, with Mike Recklies, a correctional officer from from Republican-leaning Walworth County, reminding conservatives that “there is no bigger government than the one that takes away an individual’s rights and freedom—and that’s exactly what we’re seeing going on in Madison right now. The legislature needs to think hard about what it means to be an American and stop this Big Government power grab against individual rights.”

Brenda Klein, a food service worker from Green Bay, said: “I went to the polls last November and voted to protect our freedoms from government threat and to create jobs. I never dreamed that this would be the result. The bill being rammed through the legislature does the opposite and it must be stopped.”

A shaken Walker, conscious that he has stirred up unprecedented anger, has threatened to call out the National Guard to put down protests.

But an archivist for the Wisconsin Historical Society showed up at Tuesday’s rally wearing a white T-shirt on which she had written: “I am not afraid of the National Guard.”

Progressive legislators raised an outcry about the governor’s threats and, as the workers rallied outside the Capitol, a cheer went up when the crowd saw three legislators—Democrats Mark Pocan, Cory Mason and Sondy Pope-Robert—come to the window of a hearing room and unfurl a banner that declared: “Solidarity!”

Pocan has taken the lead in detailing how Walker is not just attempting to gut union contracts but also moving to create dozens of new patrionage positions in state government.

A private-sector union member, Pocan has cheered on the demonstrations, arguing that they could yet turn needed votes against the governor’s plan.

On Tuesday, Pocan said: “The governor is trying to ram this through the legislature. But the people of Wisconsin aren’t just saying ‘no,’ they’re saying: ‘Hell no!’ ”

February 7, 2011

2011.02.07: Egypt

Filed under: International Human Rights,Political Repression — nyclaw01 @ 5:19 pm

From:  Letwin, Michael
Sent: Monday, February 07, 2011 5:19 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Egypt

Sign on to NLG National Statement: Cut US Military Aid to Mubarak Regime, Support the Egyptian People
United States aid to the Mubarak regime is illegal and must end immediately.”
http://www.nlginternational.org/news/article.php?nid=381

Solidarity with Tahrir Square
“Thousands turned out to demonstrate their solidarity on a pivotal weekend for the Egyptian revolt.”
http://socialistworker.org/2011/02/07/solidarity-with-tahrir-square

Egypt, Imperialism, Wikileaks: Mustafa Omar
Saturday night in NYC, analysis by an Egyptian activist.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mup4PBH2_y8

February 3, 2011

2011.02.03: FW: 1 MILLIION EMAILS TO PRES. OBAMA TO STOP MASSACRE IN EGYPT

Filed under: International Human Rights,Political Repression — nyclaw01 @ 2:17 pm

From: Codling, Antonia
Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2011 2:17 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: FW: 1 MILLIION EMAILS TO PRES. OBAMA TO STOP MASSACRE IN EGYPT

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Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2011 9:59 AM
To: rware10709@aol.com
Subject: 1 MILLIION EMAILS TO PRES. OBAMA TO STOP MASSACRE IN EGYPT
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION AGAINST TORTURE (IAAT-AICT)
ASOCIATION INTERNATIONALE CONTRE LA TORTURE (AICT)
P.O. BOX 693 – Lincolnton Station
New York, NY 10037
(718) 230-5270 (tel) – (718) 230-5273 (fax)
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DECEMBER 12th MOVEMENT INTERNATIONAL SECRETARIAT
456 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216, USA
(718) 398-1766 (tel) – (718) 623-1855 (fax)
D12M@aol.com (e-mail)
http://www.D12M.org

February 3, 2011
URGENT ACTION CALL OUT!
THE REPRESSIVE MUBARAK REGIME HAS BEGUN ITS COUNTER-ATTACK AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF EGYPT. PROTESTORS IN TAHRIR SQUARE AND AROUND THE COUNTRY ARE BEING BEATEN. REPORTERS ARE BEING DETAINED.
CONTACT PRESIDENT OBAMA IMMEDIATELY TO DEMAND THAT THE US DO EVERYTHING IN ITS POWER TO STOP THE IMPENDING MASSACRE. THIS INCLUDES IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION OF ALL MILITARY AID TO EGYPT.
CONTACTS:
Email: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/whitehouse
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/whitehouse
Phone: (202) 456-1111; 456-1414
Fax: (202) 456-2461
A MILLION CALLS, EMAILS, TWEET, FAXES TO SAVE THE PEOPLE OF EGYPT!!!
Roger Wareham
International Secretary-General
International Association Against Torture
Viola Plummer
President
December 12th Movement International Secretariat

2011.02.03: Egyptian Solidarity March, FRI Feb 4, 3:30pm, 42 St & 7th Ave

Filed under: International Human Rights — nyclaw01 @ 9:56 am

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2011 9:56 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Egyptian Solidarity March, FRI Feb 4, 3:30pm, 42 St & 7th Ave

Egyptian Solidarity March

Friday, February 4, 2011

 TIMES SQUARE, NYC ~ 3:30 pm

42nd St. & 7th Ave.

MARCH ~ 5:30 pm to:

Egyptian Mission to the UN

44th St. & 2nd Ave.

In Egypt this is called the

DAY OF DEPARTURE

On Friday, February 4: Come March in Solidarity with millions of Egyptian People in their struggle for democracy and human rights as they demand the immediate DEPARTURE of the repressive U.S. backed Mubarak regime.

February 2, 2011

2011.02.02: RE: URGENT: support the revolution in Egypt TONIGHT 5:30pm UNION SQ

Filed under: International Human Rights — nyclaw01 @ 12:50 pm

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2011 12:50 PM
To: Herschel, Lucy; 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: RE: URGENT: support the revolution in Egypt TONIGHT 5:30pm UNION SQ

Reports of at least 1500 protesters injured by Mubarak forces so far: http://www.youtube.com/aljazeeraenglish

2011.02.02: URGENT: support the revolution in Egypt TONIGHT 5:30pm UNION SQ

Filed under: International Human Rights,Palestine — nyclaw01 @ 12:45 pm

From: Herschel, Lucy
Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2011 12:45 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: URGENT: support the revolution in Egypt TONIGHT 5:30pm UNION SQ

From an Egyptian activist friend of mine:

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Dear friends, supporters of the Egyptian Revolution.

Existence is Resistance ( A Palestine Solidarity Group) had called
yesterday for a demonstration at Union Square today at 5:30 PM to
support the democracy movement in Egypt. The situation has changed
rapidly as Mubarak’s thugs (under the yes of the military which
supports his regime) have violently attacked Tahrir Square protesters
with hundreds of injuries reported by Al Jazeera.

Therefore, I hope that all organizations and individuals who are on
the side of the Egyptian protesters and want to see this revolution
victorious will attend and in numbers.

1- As the internet is reportedly back in Egypt our solidarity and news
of it will be a tremendous source of moral and political support to
the protesters.
2- We could also organize a mass calling operation to the White House
to demand Obama end his support for Mubarak.
3- The State department has offices on Varick Street nearby. We could
discuss and vote on a peaceful march on their office to demand that
they condemn the attack by Mubarak’s thugs on the Democracy movement.

I send this email in my personal capacity as an Egyptian and an
activist. And I hope as many groups and individuals unite tonight to
send a clear and loud message of solidarity

Mostafa Omar

2011.02.01: Egypt: 2 million demanding democracy, see for yourself

Filed under: International Human Rights — nyclaw01 @ 12:00 pm

From:  Letwin, Michael
Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2011 12:00 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Egypt: 2 million demanding democracy, see for yourself

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