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July 14, 2011

2011.07.14: LO Req. Tues. July 19 Adalah NY demo at TIAA-CREF

Filed under: Civil Liberties,International Human Rights,Palestine,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 2:41 pm

From: Morris, Susan
Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2011 2:41 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: LO Req. Tues. July 19 Adalah NY demo at TIAA-CREF

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

Who: Adalah-NY and others

What: Protest shareholders meeting

When: Tuesday, July 19, 4:30 – 6 PM

Where: TIAA-CREF headquarters 730 Third Ave (at 45th St)

Contact person: Patrick Connors

Contact number: (212) 380-6571

Why: July 19th is the day of TIAA-CREF’s annual shareholders’ meeting, held this year in Charlotte, NC. As part of a national campaign, human rights activists in cities across the US will protest to ask retirement-fund giant TIAA-CREF to divest from the Israeli occupation. TIAA-CREF’s motto is “For the Greater Good,” but this year, TIAA-CREF leadership refused to allow a shareholder resolution for divestment from Israeli occupation to be placed on the ballot at the annual shareholder meeting. Tell TIAA-CREF they can’t escape the call for divestment!

Organized by Adalah-NY: The NY Campaign for the Boycott of Israel; CODEPINK-NYC; Jewish Voice for Peace – NYC; Jewish Voice for Peace – Westchester; Brooklyn For Peace; WESPAC Foundation; Women in Black, Union Square (list in formation)

For more information, visit www.wedivest.org

* NLG Legal observers can now view a calendar of legal observer requests by going to

nycmassdefensecalendar

** Legal observers with gmail accounts can also request to share the calendar by replying to chapter.

Best regards,

Susan Howard

Chapter Coordinator

New York City Chapter

National Lawyers Guild

113 University Place, 8th fl.

New York, NY 10003

(212) 679-6018

nlgnyc@igc.org

Now you can Join or Renew your membership online

by going to: http://nlgnyc.org/how-to-join

 

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2011.07.14: LO Req: Fri. July 15 Solidarity With Pelican Bay Prisoner Hunger Strike

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Prisoners' Rights,Racism,Sentencing — nyclaw01 @ 2:40 pm

From: Morris, Susan
Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2011 2:40 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: LO Req: Fri. July 15 Solidarity With Pelican Bay Prisoner Hunger Strike

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

Who: Revolution Books

What: Demonstration & Speak Out in Solidarity with Pelican Bay Hunger Strike

When: Friday, July 15 – 12 noon

Where: Federal Building – 26 Federal Plaza (Broadway & Duane)

Contact person: Janet Yip

Contact number: 917-586-9010

Details:

About 400 inmates in the Security Housing Units at Pelican Bay State Prison (California) initiated the hunger strike on July 1st. They are now in their 14th day and according to advocates working on behalf of the prisoners, medical conditions for many strikers have deteriorated to critical levels, with fears that some prisoners may die if immediate action isn’t taken.

All people and voices of conscience need to step forward now! By standing up and resisting, these prisoners are asserting their own humanity; and by doing so, their action challenges others to reclaim their humanity by standing with the prisoners. This is the most significant resistance by prisoners in the U.S. to torture and inhumane and barbaric conditions since Attica—40 years ago.

* Spread the word about Friday’s emergency demonstration and speak out.

* NLG Legal observers can now view a calendar of legal observer requests by going to

nycmassdefensecalendar

** Legal observers with gmail accounts can also request to share the calendar by replying to chapter.

Best regards,

Susan Howard
Chapter Coordinator
New York City Chapter
National Lawyers Guild
113 University Place, 8th fl.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 679-6018
nlgnyc@igc.org

Now you can Join or Renew your membership online
by going to: http://nlgnyc.org/how-to-join

 

July 1, 2011

2011.07.01: Gaza Boat Addendum: National Lawyers Guild International Committee: The Flotilla Must Sail Freely

From:  Letwin, Michael
Sent: Friday, July 01, 2011 1:49 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Gaza Boat Addendum: National Lawyers Guild International Committee: The Flotilla Must Sail Freely

National Lawyers Guild International Committee: The Flotilla Must Sail Freely!

NLG IC calls on US government end its pressure on the Greek government and demand that Israel refrain from attacking the flotilla

July 1, 2011 – Today, the U.S. Boat to Gaza, the Audacity to Hope, was stopped by the Greek Coast Guard as it attempted to begin its journey to Gaza, apparently as a result of U.S/Israeli pressure. The National Lawyers Guild International Committee called on the US government to end its pressure on the Greek government to act against the Flotilla and demand that Israel refrain from violence against peaceful protesters soon to be embarking on Freedom Flotilla Two – Stay Human, an international civilian seaborne freedom ride to Gaza that seeks to break Israel’s illegal siege on Gaza. The IC also urged that Greece provide free passage to the flotilla boats to Gaza.

The “Audacity of Hope,” is an American flagged vessel and is expected to carry 36 passengers, including the well-known author and poet Alice Walker. One quarter of its passengers are Jewish Americans. The Audacity of Hope is currently held by the Greek Coast Guard just off the Greek coast. The Greek government is widely reported to be under massive U.S. and Israeli pressure to stop the flotilla from sailing and is reported, in response to this pressure, to have issued a statement that no ship may leave its harbor for Gaza.

The Israeli government has recently made outrageous allegations against the flotilla, accusing the boats of carrying sulfur and other weapons to attack Israeli military forces.  The “Audacity of Hope” opened itself yesterday to public media inspection in order to disprove such claims.

Rather than defend U.S. citizens’ right to travel freely and to participate in humanitarian activities, the U.S. State Department has participated instead in justifying Israeli attacks and threatening flotilla members. At a news conference in the White House <http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/06/166868.htm>  last Wednesday Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that “we think that it’s not helpful for there to be flotillas that try to provoke actions by entering into Israeli waters and creating a situation in which the Israelis have the right to defend themselves.”

“Rather than using US influence to protect peaceful demonstrators, including American citizens, Clinton signals advance approval for Israel to violently attack them,” said Audrey Bomse, co-chair of the Free Palestine Subcommittee (FPSC) of the National Lawyers Guild. “What is illegal and provocative is the Israeli siege. The only action the freedom riders in the flotilla are trying to provoke is change in Israeli policy–ending its illegal siege on Gaza. The Israeli government has not and cannot defend its illegal collective punishment of more than one million civilians living in Gaza. And piling on the crime of attacking civilian protesters as they sail through international and Gazan waters–not Israeli waters–can never be justified. We call on the State Department to clearly demand that Israel refrain from any and all threat or use of violence and allow the boats to proceed to Gaza.”

The State Department also attempted to use material support laws to threaten flotilla participants, stating, “delivering or attempting or conspiring to deliver material support or other resources to, or for the benefit of, a designated foreign terrorist organisation, such as Hamas, could violate US civil and criminal statutes and could lead to fines and incarceration,” in a statement on the flotilla. Since the only cargo the US Boat to Gaza is carrying is letters of solidarity, to carry out its threat of prosecution the US government will have to define even letters supporting Palestinian civilians in Gaza as support for Hamas. said FPSC co-chair Jimmy Leas.

Two of the boats in the flotilla, a Norwegian boat in a Greek harbor and an Irish boat in a Turkish harbor, have been damaged in the past days, apparently due to sabotage. The U.S. boat is currently in a Greek harbor, being held up by a spurious complaint about its seaworthiness by an Israeli organization, as the Greek government is reported to be under high pressure from the Israeli and U.S. governments to prevent the flotilla’s sailing.

The International Committee of the Red Cross declared <http://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/documents/update/palestine-update-140610.htm>  the siege of Gaza illegal, stating that “the whole of Gaza’s civilian population is being punished for acts for which they bear no responsibility. The closure therefore constitutes a collective punishment imposed in clear violation of Israel’s obligations under international humanitarian law.” Amnesty International reported <http://blog.amnestyusa.org/escr/the-crisis-in-gaza-and-the-rafah-crossing-how-much-has-changed/>  last week that “the humanitarian crisis in Gaza hasn’t changed significantly at all” despite changes during the past year, including Egypt’s opening of the Rafah crossing.

A National Lawyers Guild delegation to Gaza after the December 27, 2008 Israeli attack there found overwhelming evidence of violations of international law by the Israeli military, and the Guild reiterated its call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, as well as calling for an immediate investigation of the actions of the Israeli military and prosecution of the perpetrators of these latest crimes against humanity, after the May 2010 assault on the first Freedom Flotilla to Gaza.

ACTIONS: Please contact the Greek Embassy immediately and ask that the US Boat delivering letters to Gaza be granted passage out of Greek waters at (202) 939-1300 <tel:%28202%29%20939-1300> .

Call the State Department at  202-647-4000 and demand that the U.S. State Department stop its threats and pressure against the flotilla.

Charlotte Kates

Coordinator

National Lawyers Guild International Committee

international@nlg.org

http://www.nlginternational.org <http://www.nlginternational.org/>

Facebook <http://www.facebook.com/#%21/pages/National-Lawyers-Guild-International-Committee/247094041973194>  + Twitter @NLGIC <http://twitter.com/#%21/nlgic>

2011.07.01: 5 p.m. Today: Emergency Response to Attack on U.S. Boat to Gaza

Filed under: Antiwar,International Human Rights,Palestine — nyclaw01 @ 1:40 pm

From:  Letwin, Michael
Sent: Friday, July 01, 2011 1:40 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: 5 p.m. Today: Emergency Response to Attack on U.S. Boat to Gaza

Under intense U.S.-Israeli pressure, Greek government stops humanitarian aid boat to Gaza, carrying Alice Walker and other U.S. activists

Emergency Response

TODAY, 5 PM, TIMES SQUARE, BETWEEN 46TH AND 47TH ON BROADWAY.

ANYONE AVAILABLE PLEASE GO AT 3 PM TO THE GREEK CONSULATE, 69 E. 79th

Also: Americans please contact the Greek Embassy immediately and ask that the US Boat delivering letters to Gaza be granted passage out of Greek waters at (202) 939-1300

Details: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=121057491314371

News Updates: http://ustogaza.org/latest-posts/

Background

Breaking: Greek Authorities Intercept U.S. Boat For Gaza Minutes After It Set Sail (Audio Report)
Democracy Now! producer Aaron Mate files exclusive audio reports on board the Gaza-bound “Audacity of Hope”. The ship set sail from Greece at approximately 9:30 a.m. EDT but was soon stopped by Greek authorities. Listen to Aaron’s reports as the scene develops.
http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2011/7/1/breaking_greek_authorities_intercept_us_boat_for_gaza_minutes_after_setting_sail_audio_report

Watch: Palestinians await the Gaza flotilla
Gaza residents say the hope the current attempt of pro-Palestinian activists to breach the blockade will bring international attention to their situation.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/watch-palestinians-await-the-gaza-flotilla-1.370458

The audacity of Alice Walker: Author joins the “freedom ride of this generation”
Reflecting on her years of activism, it is clear that Walker sees a connection between civil rights in America, liberation from apartheid in South Africa and the Palestinian cause.
http://www.nowtoronto.com/daily/news/story.cfm?content=181574

Live Update From Jewish Holocaust Survivor on U.S. Ship in Gaza Flotilla
Hedy Epstein, 86-year-old Jewish Holocaust survivor and longtime activist with the International Solidarity Movement.
http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/30/live_update_from_jewish_holocaust_survivor

Irish Ship to Gaza release documentation of boat sabotage
The Irish Ship to Gaza campaign released documentation today that they say shows the MV Saoirse, docked in the Turkish coastal port of Gocek, was sabotaged in way “intended to endanger and/or inflict injury or death on Irish citizens as they went about their lawful right to sail on the high seas.
http://electronicintifada.net/blog/maureen/irish-ship-gaza-release-documentation-boat-sabotage

Israel army uses fabrications to assert flotilla financial links to Hamas
The Israeli military claimed today that it had “uncovered financial links” between the Gaza-bound flotilla and the Palestinian movement Hamas. But their claims are based on unsubstantiated assertions and outright fabrications.
http://electronicintifada.net/blog/ali-abunimah/israel-army-uses-fabrications-assert-flotilla-financial-links-hamas

AFP: Israel ministers slam flotilla threat as ‘spin’
JERUSALEM — Several Israeli ministers have accused the army of “spin” over its claims that activists on board a Gaza-bound flotilla plan to harm Israeli soldiers, Maariv newspaper reported on Wednesday.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5i_rSy5S3uj9XOgll1F9UIsd47qDQ?docId=CNG.041943dc452c61a507ee986061b49f2d.671

The blockade on Gaza began long before Hamas came to power
While organizers of the flotilla emphasize that they are attempting to challenge the Israeli blockade of Gaza, unpacking the blockade itself points to urgent questions that must be resolved: the status of Palestinian refugees; the disastrous and unrelenting effects of over 40 years of occupation; and Israel’s utter lack of respect for the human rights of non-Jews. And that’s the discussion the Israeli government doesn’t want any of us to have.
http://972mag.com/the-blockade-on-gaza-began-long-before-hamas-came-to-power/

Petition from Gaza: Break the Siege; Support Freedom Flotilla II
Please, tell as many people as possible about this petition. The more signatures this petition gets, the more attention it will get from the media and the decision-makers.
http://www.petitions24.com/break_the_siege_support_freedom_flotilla_ii

Former Israeli combat pilot takes part in Freedom Flotilla 2
Reports in Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth claim that a former Israeli Air Force commander is taking part in Freedom Flotilla 2 heading for Gaza.
http://www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/news/middle-east/2527-former-israeli-combat-pilot-takes-part-in-freedom-flotilla-2

June 27 Press Statement: GAZA, WE ARE COMING
Despite intimidation, pressure, and threats of violence from the Israeli government, which is not ashamed to boast that it will use snipers and attack dogs against unarmed civilians, we will sail.
http://www.freedomflotilla.eu/en/information/3-freedomflotilla-announcements/133-june-27-press-statement

US government moves to criminalize Palestine solidarity
The use of counterterrorism tools against social justice acts is nothing new. But it poses a special threat to the growing Palestine solidarity movement in the US, which is increasingly challenging the US government’s military aid to Israel and its diplomatic cover for Israeli war crimes and apartheid.
http://electronicintifada.net/blog/maureen/us-government-moves-criminalize-palestine-solidarity

Israel warns foreign journalists: Joining Gaza flotilla is illegal
Haaretz correspondent Amira Hass will be joining the flotilla, along with several dozen other journalists and several hundred activists from some 20 countries. Also joining the flotilla will be American writer Alice Walker, despite an American advisory that doing so could be a violation of U.S. law.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-warns-foreign-journalists-joining-gaza-flotilla-is-illegal-1.369684/

Analysis: Of course the Flotilla is a political provocation
We stand with the people of Palestine in their struggle for equality and self-determination. And unlike architects of Operation Cast Lead and apologists for the Nakba, we have nothing to hide.
http://freedomflotilla.eu/en/home/groups/viewdiscussion/1732-Analysis:+Of+course+the+Flotilla+is+a+political+provocation?groupid=4

A moment before boarding the next flotilla
I am one of a growing number of young American Jews who are determined to shake off an assumed – and largely imposed – association with Israel.
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/a-moment-before-boarding-the-next-flotilla-1.369336

Hillary Clinton gives green light for Israeli attack on Gaza flotilla
In comments yesterday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seemed to lay the ground – indeed almost provide a green light – for an Israeli military attack on the upcoming Gaza Freedom Flotilla, which will include the US Boat to Gaza.
http://electronicintifada.net/node/10106

Blockaded Gaza Strip nears ‘medical crisis’
Territory running out of medical supplies due to major delays in West Bank deliveries.
http://english.aljazeera.net/video/middleeast/2011/06/20116248514672596.html

Israel escalates pressure, threats against flotilla
In the early hours of the morning on 31 May 2010, Israeli commandos firing machine guns air-dropped from helicopters onto the first Freedom Flotilla’s flagship Mavi Marmara, killing nine and injuring more than fifty of the civilians on board.
http://electronicintifada.net/content/israel-escalates-pressure-threats-against-flotilla/10101

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