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June 28, 2011

2011.06.28: Anti-austerity protests TODAY at NOON & 7 p.m.

Filed under: Austerity and Budget Cuts,Labor Solidarity,OWS — nyclaw01 @ 9:47 am

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 9:47 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Anti-austerity protests TODAY at NOON & 7 p.m.

New Yorkers Against the Budget Cuts:

Students•Labor•Communities United

nocutsny.wordpress.com <http://nocutsny.wordpress.com/>  | nocutsny@gmail.com

MEDIA ADVISORY: JUNE 28, 2011

CONTACT: DEE KNIGHT 646-271-4158 OR DOUG SINGSEN 917-494-5587

Bloombergville Anti-austerity Protest to confront City Council & Mayor Tuesday, June 28, at noon and 7pm

WHAT: Two protests against City Council vote on Mayor Bloomberg’s budget deal

WHERE: First protest at “Bloombergvile,” Park Place and Broadway

Second protest in front of Emigrant Savings Bank, 51 Chambers St.

WHEN:   First protest at noon Tuesday, June 28

Second protest 7:30 pm Tuesday, June 28

WHY: The Council vote was originally scheduled for 1:30pm, Wednesday, but shifted to Tuesday, then announced for 8pm. So protest originally scheduled for noon will proceed, but a second protest will take place from 7 pm until after the vote happens.

The Bloombergville protesters denounced the tentative budget deal late Friday night, June 24:

“While teacher layoffs were apparently avoided, more than 1,000 city jobs in health care will still be cut. Childcare programs will be de-funded. City libraries, which thousands of New Yorkers rely on for job help and computer access, will still face cutbacks. Tuition for CUNY students is set to rise continuously for years.

The Bloombergville coalition has called on all its supporters to join this protest, and make plans for continued efforts to force the Bloomberg administration to use the $3 billion+ “rainy day fund” to serve the interests of New Yorkers, instead of merely serving the interests of the banks.”

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2011.06.28: Anti-austerity protests TODAY at NOON & 7 p.m.

Filed under: Labor Solidarity — nyclaw01 @ 9:47 am

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 9:47 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Anti-austerity protests TODAY at NOON & 7 p.m.

New Yorkers Against the Budget Cuts:

Students•Labor•Communities United

nocutsny.wordpress.com <http://nocutsny.wordpress.com/>  | nocutsny@gmail.com

MEDIA ADVISORY: JUNE 28, 2011

CONTACT: DEE KNIGHT 646-271-4158 OR DOUG SINGSEN 917-494-5587

Bloombergville Anti-austerity Protest to confront City Council & Mayor Tuesday, June 28, at noon and 7pm

WHAT: Two protests against City Council vote on Mayor Bloomberg’s budget deal

WHERE: First protest at “Bloombergvile,” Park Place and Broadway

Second protest in front of Emigrant Savings Bank, 51 Chambers St.

WHEN:   First protest at noon Tuesday, June 28

Second protest 7:30 pm Tuesday, June 28

WHY: The Council vote was originally scheduled for 1:30pm, Wednesday, but shifted to Tuesday, then announced for 8pm. So protest originally scheduled for noon will proceed, but a second protest will take place from 7 pm until after the vote happens.

The Bloombergville protesters denounced the tentative budget deal late Friday night, June 24:

“While teacher layoffs were apparently avoided, more than 1,000 city jobs in health care will still be cut. Childcare programs will be de-funded. City libraries, which thousands of New Yorkers rely on for job help and computer access, will still face cutbacks. Tuition for CUNY students is set to rise continuously for years.

The Bloombergville coalition has called on all its supporters to join this protest, and make plans for continued efforts to force the Bloomberg administration to use the $3 billion+ “rainy day fund” to serve the interests of New Yorkers, instead of merely serving the interests of the banks.”

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June 27, 2011

2011.06.27: LOs NEEDED

Filed under: Antiwar,Austerity and Budget Cuts,International Human Rights — nyclaw01 @ 1:46 pm

From: Morris, Susan
Sent: Monday, June 27, 2011 1:46 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: LOs NEEDED

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

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No to the US/NATO War on Libya!

Stop Funding War – Start Funding Jobs & People’s Needs!

June 27 is the end date for NATO’s 90 day no-fly zone in Libya.

But NATO has extended it and expanded it: 10,000 bombing sorties attacking and killing civilians and destroying a country.

The destruction hits here at home when the bombs drop overseas.

No to $trillions for war, & destruction of jobs & services!

Emergency Protest

Monday, June 27 4:30 to 6pm

From City Hall (Broadway & Park Place)to Wall Street & Back.

Also supporting Bloombergville – New Yorkers Against Budget Cuts students, unionists, homeless & others, camped at City Hall to oppose the cuts,

More than 60% of the U.S. population is against the U.S/NATO war on Libya… The U.S. Conference of Mayors said: Redirect the billions now spent on war toward urgent domestic needs. STOP the budget cuts.

NYC does NOT have a deficit – it has a surplus the mayor refuses to use!

Let’s force the politicians to stop funding war and fund human needs – Now!

Self-determination for the nations of the Middle East, South West Asia & North Africa!

Money for Jobs and Education, Not for War!

Called by:United National Antiwar Committee (UNAC) www.UNACpeace.org <http://www.unacpeace.org/> Endorsed by:

• Bloombergville – New Yorkers Against Budget Cuts: Students•Labor•Community United, • Freedom Party, • Bailout the People Movement, • BAYAN – USA, • Colia Clark for Senate (NY, Green Party), • December 12 Movement, • FIST (Fight Imperialism Stand Together), • Green Party Manhattan, • Haiti Liberté, • Harlem Fightback Against War at Home & Abroad, • Harlem Tenants Council, • Honduras Resistencia USA, • IAC (International Action Center), • ILPS (International League of Peoples Struggle), • ISHN (International Support Haiti Network), • ISO (International Socialist Organization), • Jersey City Peace Movement, • May 1 Workers and Immigrants Rights Coalition, • NY Free Mumia Abu Jamal Committee, • NY Power to the People Committee, • Pakistan USA Freedom Forum, • Park Slope Greens, • People Power Movement, • SI (Solidarity Iran), • Socialist Action, • Veterans for Peace, Chapter 021, NY, • Workers World Party, • World Can’t Wait,

The bombs fall both on Libya and NYC – we say NO!

June 17, 2011

2011.06.17: FYI: Evaluating the Drug War on Its 40th Birthday, by the Numbers

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Drug Wars,Police Abuse,Sentencing — nyclaw01 @ 1:31 pm

From:  Letwin, Michael
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2011 1:31 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: FYI: Evaluating the Drug War on Its 40th Birthday, by the Numbers

Not that we didn’t already know this, but it’s still sobering (and sickening): http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/06/drug_war_turns_40.html

2011.06.17: FYI: Evaluating the Drug War on Its 40th Birthday, by the Numbers

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Drug Wars,Racism,Sentencing — nyclaw01 @ 1:31 pm

From:  Letwin, Michael
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2011 1:31 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: FYI: Evaluating the Drug War on Its 40th Birthday, by the Numbers

Not that we didn’t already know this, but it’s still sobering (and sickening): http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/06/drug_war_turns_40.html

June 13, 2011

2011.06.13: Antiwar Bulletin: Upcoming Events

From:  Letwin, Michael
Sent: Monday, June 13, 2011 1:34 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Antiwar Bulletin: Upcoming Events

Today (Mon., June 13) 5-7 p.m.

Support Palestinian Workers: End U.S. Labor Complicity With Apartheid Israel

(Endorsed by National Lawyers Guild-New York City Chapter). Please support Palestinian workers by picketing labor officialdom’s support for Israeli ethnic cleansing, racism and apartheid. Picket NYC Israel Bonds “Celebration.”

Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway (@36 St.)

http://www.laborforpalestine.net/wp/2011/05/22/june-13-picket-israel-bonds-celebration-in-new-york-city/

Related: Sign on: Stop Scabbing for Apartheid — Withdraw From Israel Bonds “Celebration”

Rather than being used to secretly finance racism, ethnic cleansing, apartheid and colonialism, union members’ funds should be transparently invested in justice for all workers.

http://www.laborforpalestine.net/wp/2011/06/07/sign-on-stop-scabbing-for-apartheid/

Tues, June 14

Call U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder: Drop the Charges, FBI Hands Off Carlos Montes

Stop FBI attacks on the Chicano and immigrants’ rights movements, Stop FBI repression of anti-war and international solidarity activists NOW. In an expansion and intensification of FBI repression of political activists, a SWAT Team along with the FBI smashed down the door and rushed in with automatic weapons as Carlos Montes’ slept in his home on May 17, 2011 at 5:00 AM. Carlos is a longtime Chicano activist and active member of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression.

http://www.stopfbi.net/events/committee-stop-fbi-repression/6-14-11/call-ag-holder-june-14-drop-charges-against-carlos-mont

Tues., June 14

Fight NYC Budget Cuts

4:30 p.m.: city Hall Rally

6:30 p.m.-??: City Hall Park: Bloombergville: Sleep Out, Speak Up and Fight Back against Budget Cuts

http://nocutsny.wordpress.com/2011/06/13/362/

Fri., June 17 · 3:30-5:30 pm

NYC Construction Workers Rally Against 20% Pay Cut

Construction workers and our allies have to take a stand. Please join us at our rally!

W. 40 St & Broadway

https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=154238551311048

Fri., June 17, 6-9 p.m.

An Evening in Support of Civil Liberties & Justice

Minneapolis anti-war and international solidarity activists whose home was raided by the FBI on September 24, 2010 and who were subpoenaed to testify by a Grand Jury in Chicago. This is an educational event on the criminalization of dissent, and a fundraiser for the legal defense of the 23 raided Midwest activists who have stood together and refused to testify.

Home of Jill Dowling at 389 Parkside Avenue in Brooklyn

http://www.stopfbi.net

Weds., June 22,  7 pm

Panel Discussion: Detained Without Cause: Muslims’ Stories of Detention and Deportation in America after 9/11

The stories of fellow New Yorkers disappeared from our communities during the first months after the terrible events of 9/11. “If we do not learn the lessons of the Past…”

Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor (between Broad Street & Broadway)

http://alwanforthearts.org/event/755

June 8, 2011

2011.06.08: Sign on: U.S. Labor Officials: Stop Scabbing for Apartheid — Withdraw From 13 June NYC Israel Bonds ‘Celebration’

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Wednesday, June 08, 2011 7:10 PM
To: Letwin, Michael
Subject: Sign on: U.S. Labor Officials: Stop Scabbing for Apartheid — Withdraw From 13 June NYC Israel Bonds ‘Celebration’

Several ALAA members have already signed the statement below, which protests the collaboration of labor officials in the Israel Bonds dinner on Monday, at which there will be a picket line.

Among the growing list of subsequent signers not yet added is the NLG-NYC Chapter.

Please consider signing, posting and forwarding widely.

Thanks!


Please post and forward widely!

http://www.laborforpalestine.net/wp/2011/06/07/sign-on-stop-scabbing-for-apartheid/

Sign on: U.S. Labor Officials: Stop Scabbing for Apartheid — Withdraw From Israel Bonds “Celebration”

June 7, 2011

Click here to sign on: http://www.laborforpalestine.net/wp/2011/06/07/sign-on-stop-scabbing-for-apartheid/#signon, or email info@laborforpalestine.net

“[All of Palestinian labor] calls on trade unions around the world to actively show solidarity with the Palestinian people by. . . . divesting from Israel Bonds and all Israeli and international companies and institutions complicit in Israel’s occupation, colonization and apartheid.” Palestinian Trade Union Coalition for BDS (PTUC-BDS), May 4, 2011[1]

The undersigned labor, anti-apartheid and human rights activists call on you — Dennis Hughes (President of the New York State AFL-CIO) and Stuart Appelbaum (President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and head of the Jewish Labor Committee) — to respect the above call from Palestinian labor by withdrawing as “Honoree” and “Chair,” respectively, of the “State of Israel Bonds” fundraiser in New York City on June 13, 2011.[2]

For decades, top U.S. labor officials have effectively scabbed on Palestinian workers by investing billions — the exact amount has not been made public — from union members’ pension funds in State of Israel Bonds, a pillar of apartheid that enjoys tax-exempt status from the U.S. government.

Whitewashing this betrayal is the Histadrut, the Zionist labor federation[3], and its “progressive” U.S. mouthpiece, the Jewish Labor Committee.[4]

Obscenely, the Israel Bonds “celebration” on June 13 follows the May 15 Israeli massacre of unarmed Palestinian refugees exercising their right to return, the first anniversary of the deadly May 31, 2010 Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, and Israeli prime minister Netanyahu’s arrogant U.S. tour.

Meanwhile, the world is inspired by mass, democratic revolutions in the Middle East that challenge U.S./Israeli-backed neoliberalism, dictatorship and oppression. At the heart of this revolution, Palestinian labor has reiterated its longstanding appeal for unions everywhere to support the growing movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).

The BDS campaign demands that Israel acknowledge the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination, and fully complies with international law by:

* Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied since 1967 (including East Jerusalem), as well as dismantling of the illegal wall and colonies;

* Recognizing the fundamental right of the Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality, as well as ending the system of racial discrimination against them; and

* Respecting, protecting and supporting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.

BDS has been endorsed by labor bodies around the world, including the trade union congresses of South Africa, Brazil, Ireland, Scotland and the UK, and labor bodies in Australia, France, Canada, Norway, Catalunya, Italy, Spain and Turkey.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), which plays a leading role in the BDS movement, hasn’t forgotten Israel was apartheid South Africa’s closest ally. And as veteran South African freedom fighters have observed, Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is “worse than apartheid.”

US workers have particularly strong reasons to support the movement against apartheid Israel. In the past ten years alone, the US government — with overwhelming bipartisan support — has given Israel $17 billion in military aid; over the next decade, it will give another $30 billion.

As a result, Palestinian workers are killed by US-supplied naval vessels, jet fighters, Apache helicopters, white phosphorous and other weapons. In 2008/2009 alone, such weapons killed 1400 people in Gaza, most of them civilians — a massacre condemned by the UN, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other human rights organizations, including those that are Israeli.

Meanwhile, amidst spiraling economic crisis, workers in this country pay a staggering human and financial price for US-Israeli war and occupation from Palestine to Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.

Thus, following the May 31, 2010 Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, members of ILWU Local 10 in Oakland courageously followed the South African dockers’ example by refusing to handle Israeli cargo.

Their solidarity stands in the proud tradition of West Coast dock-workers who refused to handle cargo for Nazi Germany (1934) and fascist Italy (1935); those in Denmark and Sweden (1963), the San Francisco Bay Area (1984) and Liverpool (1988), who refused shipping for apartheid South Africa; those in Oakland who refused to load bombs for the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile (1978); and those at all twenty-nine West Coast ports who held a May Day strike against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (2008).

Respecting the BDS call is a matter of basic labor solidarity. Indeed, just as trade unionists fight “replacement” of striking workers, we stand against the dispossession, occupation and inequality inflicted on millions of Palestinian working people and their descendants for more than six decades.

Rather than being used to secretly finance racism, ethnic cleansing, apartheid and colonialism, union members’ funds should be transparently invested in justice for all workers.

An essential first step is labor divestment from “State of Israel Bonds.”

Notes

[1] http://www.bdsmovement.net/2011/ptuc-bds-formed-6912

[2] http://broadwayworld.com/article/Neuwirth-Mazzie-Danieley-Lead-SPOTLIGHT-ON-ISRAEL-BONDS-June-13-20110513

[3] http://www.laborforpalestine.net/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Histadrut-Briefing.pdf

[4] http://www.laborforpalestine.net/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/JLC-Briefing-Paper.pdf


Signers (List in formation — ALL UNION BODIES LISTED FOR IDENTIFICATION ONLY.)
Endorse this statement: http://www.laborforpalestine.net/wp/2011/06/07/sign-on-stop-scabbing-for-apartheid/#signon

Monadel Herzallah, Arab American Union Members Council, San Francisco, CA

Larry Adams, Former President, NPMHU L. 300; Co-Convener, New York City Labor Against the War; People’s Organization for Progress

Michael Letwin, Labor for Palestine; Former President, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW Local 2325

Brenda Stokely, Former President, AFSCME DC 1707; Co-Convener, New York City Labor Against the War; Co-Chair, Million Worker March Movement

Mohammad Jawabreh, Palestinian Progressive Labor Action Front, Ramallah, Palestine

Progressive Labor Action Front – Palestine

Sameer Matar, Union of Agricultural Engineers, Jenin, Palestine

Sam Weinstein, Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA), Washington DC

Marty Goodman, Transport Workers Union Local 100, former Executive Board member, New York, NY

Stanley Heller, AFT L. 1547, Delegate, CT Central Labor Council; New Haven, CT

Joe Iosbaker, SEIU Local 73, Executive Board Member, Chicago, IL

Azalia Torres, Former Executive Bd. Member, ALAA/UAW L. 2325, Brooklyn, NY

Lee Sustar, NWU/UAW L. 1981; Chicago, IL

Steve Zeltzer, Producer, Labor Video Project

Noha Momtaz Tahrir Arafa, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW 2325, Brooklyn, NY

Steve Terry, ALAA/UAW L. 2325, Brooklyn, NY

Steve Gillis, Vice President, USW Local 8751, The Boston School Bus Drivers’ Union

Sherna Berger Gluck, former vice-president, CFA/SEIU 1983

Roger Dittmann, Ph.D., Former Secretary, United Professors of California, Member, SEIU

Jeff Klein, President (retired), SEIU/NAGE Local R1-168

Joe Lombardo, CSEA and Troy Area Labor Council

Bill Preston, President of American Federation of Government Employees, Local 17, Washington, DC

Bill Bateman, Coordinator, RI Unemployed Council

Burnis E. Tuck, AFL-CIO, AFGE, Local 3172, retired, IWW (International Workers of the World), current member

Mike Gimbel, Retired member of Local 375, AFSCME exective Board

Joe Balkis, Teamsters Local 705

Nathaniel Miller, IWW International Solidarity Commission

Howard B. Lenow, Union Attorney, Wayland, MA

Anthony Arnove, National Writers Union

Frank Couget, Shop Steward, National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO

Martha Grevatt, Former Chair, Civil and Human Rights Committee, UAW Local 122

Carl Gentile, National Representative, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) AFL-CIO

Jim Holstun, UUP Buffalo Center Chapter, NYSUT, AFT

Mary Scully, IUE-CWA Local 201 (retired)

Mark Clinton, Massachusetts Community College Council, Massachusetts Teachers Association, National Education Association

Marvin Cohen, American Federation of Teachers (retired)

Patrick J, Finn, Ph. D., UUP United University Professions SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Mary E. Finn, Ph. D., UUP United University Professions SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Manzar Foroohar, Delegate Assembly, California Faculty Association (CFA), Former Chapter President, CFA, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Former State-wide Membership Committee Chair and member of the state-wide bargaining team, CFA

Mark Richey, retired member, United Teachers of Richmond, California

Leslie Cohen, former SEIU Local 285 member

Dave Slaney, former President, USWA Local 2431 (retired)

Dr. Sue Blackwell, member of National Executive Committee, University and College Union, UK

Mike Treen, National Director, Unite Union, Auckland, NZ

Brian Kelly, Belfast Branch Committee UCU (N. Ireland: personal capacity); formerly IUMSWA L 25 (Boston), Carpenters L 33 (Boston)

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