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February 28, 2012

2012.02.28: FW: Racism, Resistance, and Workplace Organizing: Workers of Color and OWS – March 7th

Filed under: Labor Solidarity,OWS,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 12:57 pm

From: Blum, Richard
Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 12:57 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: FW: Racism, Resistance, and Workplace Organizing: Workers of Color and OWS – March 7th



Racism, Resistance, and Workplace Organizing:

Workers of Color and OWS


Wednesday, March 7, 2012.

6:00pm until 8:30pm

CWA Local 1180, 6 Harrison St

Following up from the December Racial Justice Workshop, organizers from the People of Color Caucus have joined with the Rank and File Committee (of the Labor Outreach Committee) for an exciting event on how racism has been essential to Wall Street’s historic roles in the US economy, and how workers of color have fought back throughout. Ai-jen Poo (Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance) will lead us through this history, highlighting the key roles that workers of color have played in the US Labor Movement, even when they had to fight racism within the movement.

The second half will be a panel discussion with rank and file leaders from New York’s labor struggles and how Occupy Wall Street can help them win against the corporations that profit off of their labor: Sotheby’s Workers (Teamsters, Local 814), Domestic Workers United and others!

How can OWS support those on the front-lines of the fight-back against the corporate attack? Join us to help OWS and the Labor Movement build together!

February 24, 2012

2012.02.24: Next Friday 3/2: Youth Speak-Out Against Incarceration! (Rebecca Kurti)

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Drug Wars,Police Abuse,Sentencing — nyclaw01 @ 12:57 pm

From: Kurti, Rebecca

Sent: Friday, February 24, 2012 12:57 PM

To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS

Subject: Next Friday 3/2: Youth Speak-Out Against Incarceration!

For the young people that might be interested!!!


From: Lee Wengraf []

Sent: Friday, February 24, 2012 12:53 PM

To: Kurti, Rebecca

Subject: Fwd: Next Friday 3/2: Youth Speak-Out Against Incarceration!


For your clients …


———- Forwarded message ———-

From: “Tanisha Douglas” <>

Date: Feb 24, 2012 11:27 AM

Subject: Next Friday 3/2: Youth Speak-Out Against Incarceration!




Join the new youth group, YOUTH GENERATION, for a youth speak-out on police, the courts and other issues.

FRIDAY MARCH 2ND, 4:45-6:30 PM



Flyer attached.

Gift bags, snack and metrocards will be provided.

Adult attendees must be accompanied by a youth.

Call 917-605-0625 or email


February 22, 2012


From: Peppito, Mary
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 1:35 PM


The court has sent notification that the argument will now be
on February 29, 2012 at 9 AM and not 2PM as originally
scheduled.  Same place: ceremonial (9th floor) courtroom
at 500 Pearl St.

It remains open to all and folks are encouraged to attend.

Bob Boyle


From: [] On Behalf Of Robert Boyle
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2012 9:00 AM

The argument will take place February 29, 2012 at 2PM in the 9th floor
ceremonial courtroom located at 500 Pearl St.  The following is a statement
from Lynne:

About the Court Argument on the 29th of February

January 31st, 2012

About the Court Argument on the 29th of February
By Lynne Stewart

After the disaster in July 2010, when Judge Koeltl, following the directives of the Second Circuit increased my sentence from 28 months to 10 years, our righteous indignation fueled this appeal.  The government’s argument will center on my testimony at trial and the alleged perjury.  All of those facts were before the Court at the time of the 28 month sentence and were not the basis then of  a double digit sentence.

Our Brief attacks the increased sentence on two different fronts –one on a doctrine of “substantive unreasonableness”  meaning it’s just too much of an increase, five fold — given the circumstances. Secondly, we argued that the only “new” information before the Judge were my statements after my first sentence in October of 2008 and remarks I made on the Courthouse steps before I surrendered to prison.  We contend strongly that this is protected speech under the First Amendment of the Constitution, and cannot be used to increase or as a  basis for sentencing.  (even if they hate it !!!)

The same group of 3 Judges that heard and decided the original appeal will also hear the argumentson the 29th. The government is not asking for more time; they are satisfied with their pound of flesh but it is not likely that this Court will take any action that will help me. The times are askew forprisoners and their lawsuits.

The lawyers that argued in July of 2010 will be on board with the addition of Herald Price Fahringer, an eminent attorney in the First Amendment field (the win in the Larry Flynt Hustler case in the US Supreme Court was his. He was also in the line of fire (no injuries) when the shooting took place.) He will enthusiastically present our case. I will not be present –not unusual once imprisoned.  But my spirit will be there to inspire !!!

Of course, my case has always been government firing  warning shots  to Lawyers, that a vigorous defense, of certain clients, if not conforming to government specifications,  will be punished severely .  This chill effect in these days that we are confronted with Grand Jury investigations and dismantling of Occupations is not something we should contemplate with anything less than alarm.  I have just finished David Gilbert’s book (Love Struggle) and the intercession of lawyers when there are arrests of designated enemies of the “state” are the only  meaningful protection available.

A Large Outpouring of Support in Foley Square and Tom Paine Park and in the Courtroom will signal to these arbiters of “Justice” that attention must be paid, the 99% are watching them with suspicion and tallying up the roads not taken.

February 16, 2012

2012.02.16: LOs NEEDED: Protest Prison Industrial Complex

From: Morris, Susan
Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2012 3:51 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: LOs NEEDED: Protest Prison Industrial Complex

If you can legal observe for this event, please contact NLG-NYC at (212) 679-6018


From: [] OnBehalf Of nlgnyc
Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2012 3:02 PM
Subject: [nycmassdefense] 2nd LO Req. Mon. Feb. 20, 2pm Protest Prison Industrial Complex



Monday, Feb 20, 2pm


If you can legal observe for this event, please contact NLG-NYC at (212) 679-6018 or


MASS ACTION Against the


MONDAY, Feb. 20 – 2 PM

Lincoln Correctional Facility

31 West 110th Street (btw. Lenox & 5th), NYC

The Occupy Wall Street Prisoner Solidarity Subcommittee answers Occupy Oakland’s call to action and march in solidaritywith the Pelican Bay hunger strike, with brothers and sisters who are dispossessed by the criminal INJUSTICE system, and with political prisoners everywhere.

The Prison Industrial Complex = Capitalism on Steroids

Mass incarceration is the New Jim Crow. Between 1970 and 1995, the jailing of African Americans increased seven fold. African Americans make up 12% of the U.S. population – and 53% of the nation’s prison population. There are more African Americans enslaved under correctional control today – in prison or jail; on probation or parole – than there were in 1850.

Brick by brick, wall by wall…

Contact_Person: Lee Wengraf, OWS Prisoner Solidarity Committee

February 9, 2012

2012.02.09: STOP Stop & Frisk 1/10/12 Agenda Minutes & Handouts

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Drug Wars,Police Abuse,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 11:29 am

From:  Edwards, Lisa
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2012 11:29 AM
To: Gusberg, Jessica; Codling, Antonia; Edwards, Lisa
Subject: STOP Stop & Frisk 1/10/12 Agenda Minutes & Handouts

Thanks for attending the first LAS Organizing Meeting for STOP Stop & Frisk on January 10, 2012.

Attached is a copy of the agenda and minutes for the meeting we had on 1/10/12, and the handouts that were distributed for those who attended and for those who have expressed interest in becoming involved but could not attend.  Sorry for the delay in getting these out to everyone.

We originally had set March 8th as our next meeting date, however, we have to reschedule to Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. (location to be announced)

As you all are probably well aware, a lot is going on in the community and with the STOP Stop & Frisk movement.

UPDATES since January 10th meeting

–ALAA Executive Board voted to support LAS STOP Stop & Frisk Campaign and to fund ALAA legal observer hats at its January 10, 2012 executive board meeting

–Email from Steve to ALAA re. public housing trespass cases & Stop & Frisk policy (attached)

–New website launched for STOP Stop & Frisk Campaign     Check it out!!

–STOP Stop & Frisk Campaign organizing protest rallies and civil disobedience in support of  family & community against NYPD brutal beating of Jatiek Reed and murder of  Rahmarley Graham. Actions planned email forthcoming


2/14 at  Bronx Criminal Court: 265 E. 161st Street  for one activist

2/15 at  Manhattan Criminal Court: 346 Broadway for one activist

2/16 at Manhattan Criminal Court: 100 Centre Street  for all of the rest of the Manh. activists

2/24 at Queens Criminal Court: 125-01 Queens Blvd.  (all activists)

2/24, 2/27 and 3/9  at Brooklyn Criminal Court: 120 Schermerhorn Street

4/13  at Bronx Criminal Court: 265 E. 161st Street for one activist

(Reminder a lot of the activists have committed civil disobedience in more than one county)

We will send out the agenda for our next meeting in advance of March 15th.

Hope to see everyone soon.

Jessica, Antonia and Lisa

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