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April 30, 2012

2012.04.30: Support our sisters and brothers at the Legal Services Staff Association at a morning picket tomorrow

Filed under: Labor Solidarity — nyclaw01 @ 12:12 pm

From: Herschel, Lucy
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2012 12:12 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Support our sisters and brothers at the Legal Services Staff Association at a morning picket tomorrow

LSSA is having a picket of one of their board members’ offices in Mid-town tomorrow a.m.. Anyone who can check it out, it’s a great way to kick off what should be a very exciting day of May Day protest!

Please consider the environment before printing this email message.

From: Gibb Surette []
Sent: Friday, April 20, 2012 4:49 PM
To: gibbsurette
Subject: Come out for LSSA 8a.m. May 1

Delegates, please forward.

Come out for a one-hour demonstration targetting LS-NYC vice-chair Michael Young.  Gather at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1, on the plaza in front of the New York Times building at 620 8th Avenue (between 40th & 41st Street, facing the Port Authority Bus Station).  LSSA members, wear the red shirts!

The UAW, Occupy, and others are kicking off May Day by dispatching people that morning from Bryant Park to join pickets, and they have offered to bolster our numbers if we have a target in mid-town.  We do, and the LSSA Executive Committee has voted unanimously to take advantage of this offer.    This is a great opportunity to make a one-two punch out of the highly successful (and fun, according to all reports) demo we did in front of Joe Genova’s firm the other day.  Delegates, please get, count, and report commitments from the folks in your shops.

Michael Young is a partner at JAMS (formerly Judicial Arbitration & Mediation Services), Inc., on the 34th Floor of the Times building.  He is the vice-chair of the LS-NYC board.  As such, he was involved in the secret meeting that voted to raid our bargaining unit, violate our contract, and lay off some of our most senior people out of order.  He is also to be the first member that the board has ever sent to the bargaining table, as they seek another round of healthcare givebacks while the management staff ratio (now one non-bargaining unit employee for every 2.4 bargaining unit employees) continues to worsen.  In addition, Young was the interim ED for LS-NYC under whom the infamous Quality and Impact memo (written by current ED Raun Rasmussen) instructed managers to identify staff for retirement or discipline.  Young was an active participant in implementing this policy when he offered an attorney with 27 years experience and no formal discipline (who happened to be a union delegate) the choice of retirement or discipline.  When the attorney declined retirement, Young signed off on targeting and then firing him.  At his recent arbitration (decision pending), Young testified under oath that he knew nothing about the Q&I memo.  Testimony was then taken that Young had been in meetings about the memo, and correspondence from Young about the memo was produced.

It is interesting to note that the website for JAMS mentions Seyfarth & Shaw LLP, which is located two floors down from JAMS in the same building.  It is not clear exactly what the relationship between the two organizations is, but Seyfarth is the firm with which Marshall Babson is, or was, a partner.  Babson was a Reagan appointee to the NLRB and is now a director on the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s litigation and policy arm.  He is the attorney that LS-NYC has said they are bringing to the bargaining table.  At a recent meeting in the Bronx, Michael Young announced to union members present that they should not be put off by the aggressive anti-union reputation of Babson’s firm.  (In fairness, it should be noted that more than one union side source has indicated that Babson actually is likely to be less problematic than some of the outside attorneys management has turned to in the past, in large part because he is smarter.)

P.S.  Don’t forget to join us again at the end of the day in Union Square and help us highlight our issues in the big march down Broadway to Wall Street, as recently voted by the Delegate Assembly. Look for us at the Northwest corner of Union Square.  If our contingent is elsewhere around the park, you will be redirected.  We will step off at 5:30.  For those who can take a couple of hours off work and wish to do so, there will be a rally and cultural event in Union Square starting at 4:00.  Again, LSSA members should come with their union tees.

Gibb Surette
President, Legal Services Staff Ass’n
UAW 2320
256 West 38 St. #705
New York, NY  10018
tel 212-228-0992 x7, fax 212-228-0097

April 18, 2012

2012.04.18: FW: mothers day speak out flyer

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

From: Bodden, Marlen
Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 12:12 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: FW: mothers day speak out flyer


From: Gabriel Torres-Rivera [mailto:grivera@CSSNY.ORG]
Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 11:06 AM
To: Gabriel Torres-Rivera
Subject: mothers day speak out flyer

Gabe: PROP is sponsoring a Mothers Speak Out on Thurs. May 10th which will feature mothers and other family members voicing their anger and anxiety about the all too often harassment by the NYPD of their sons, husbands, and brothers. Appreciate your using our flyer to help spread the news. Best, Bob

Robert Gangi, Director

Police Reform Organizing Project

Urban Justice Center

123 William Street, 16th Floor

NYC, NY 10038


April 13, 2012

2012.04.13: 8 p.m. Tonight: Harlem Cop Watch: Flood the Streets

Filed under: Civil Liberties,Criminal Justice,Police Abuse,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 10:47 pm

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Friday, April 13, 2012 3:07 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: 8 p.m. Tonight: Harlem Cop Watch: Flood the Streets

Harlem Cop Watch: Flood the Streets

Members of the Campaign Against the New Jim Crow, OWS, Liberation Summer, and other organizations against racial injustice are planning to flood Harlem streets with Cop Watchers on Friday the 13th.

The action will involve activists filming police as they engaging in stop-and-frisk or make arrests. After the police have left the scene, a media van will arrive to project videos about racial injustice and rights violations, hand out flyers on the subject, and generally speak with and reach out to people in the neighborhood.

The group is requesting legal observervation to discourage police from arresting filmers, as in the case of Jazz Hayden, who has been arrested for filming police and who will be participating in the event.

There will likely be multiple groups of Cop-Watchers working simultaneously.


April 10, 2012

2012.04.10: 6 p.m. tonight: No Justice! No Peace! 4 Trayvon Martin

Filed under: Criminal Justice,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 10:49 pm

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 1:14 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: 6 p.m. tonight: No Justice! No Peace! 4 Trayvon Martin

Please forward widely

(Flyer attached, below)

On April 10: No Justice! No Peace! 4 Trayvon Martin

Special prosecutor, Angela Corey, stated on April 9 that a grand jury will not hear the case of vigilante, George Zimmerman, who lynched by bullet our brother and son, Trayvon Martin, on Feb. 26. Therefore, the investigation will continue without an arrest.

Justice delayed = Justice denied



14th Street & Broadway, Manhattan in New York City


We demand the arrest of George Zimmerman and hold the police responsible for him walking the streets free.

  • JOBS NOT JAILS: A Massive Jobs Program for Youth,
  • STOP Deportations of Undocumented Workers
  • NO MORE CUTS in Education, School Closings, Teacher & Faculty layoffs; End tuition hikes

For more information and to get involved email:

April 9, 2012

2012.04.09: Victory for UAW 2110 at Columbia U.

Filed under: Labor Solidarity — nyclaw01 @ 3:11 pm

From:  Herschel, Lucy
Sent: Monday, April 09, 2012 3:11 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: Victory for UAW 2110 at Columbia U.

Always good to celebrate the victories.

The day before the union’s strike vote, Columbia finally offered a good contract to its 700 clerical workers represented by UAW 2110. The 100 workers at Teacher’s College also got a contract the same day. The contract at Barnard expires end of June and negotiations haven’t started.

The article below details some of the contract. They both defended their health care and got raises and other gains.


April 5, 2012

2012.04.05: OWS/Social Justice Events

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Thursday, April 05, 2012 2:55 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: OWS/Social Justice Events

Please repost and forward widely

Today: Thurs., April 5, 4-6 p.m. (erroneously listed for yesterday)
Emergency Rally: Activist Abdulhadi Al Khawaja May Die from Hunger Strike
We will be holding an Emergency Rally on Thursday from 4pm-6pm in front of the Bahrain Consulate in NYC to demand the release of Abdulhadi Al Khawaja who is now on his 56th day of a hunger strike and may soon die from organ failure.
Location: Consulate General of the Kingdom of Bahrain, 866 2nd Avenue (between 46th & 47th Streets), Manhattan.

Today: Thurs., April 5, 5 p.m.
Candlelight Vigil in memory of Ramarley Graham
STOP STOP & FRISK expresses our support for the family of Ramarley Graham, 18-yr-old killed in his home by police of the 47th Precinct in the Bronx, for the family of Jatiek Reed, beaten by officers from the 42nd Precinct in the Bronx, as well as for all of the countless families who have been victimized by police abuse, brutality, and unjust policies.
Location: 749 E. 229th St., Bronx

Today: Thurs., April 5, 6-9 p.m.
Film screening of the award winning documentary “To Shoot an Elephant”
“To Shoot an Elephant” is an eye witness account from the only foreigners who decided and managed to stay embedded in ambulances with Palestinian civilians during the 22-day Israeli military assault (Operation Cast Lead) on the people of Gaza that left more than 1400 people dead.
Location: Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, Manhattan.


Fri., April 6, 8:30-10 p.m.
Hijabs and Hoodies Against Hatred: Justice for Trayvon & Shaima
We invite all community members to participate in a Hoodies and Hijabs Against Hate Day on Friday, April 6. Wear your hoodies and head scarves to show your solidarity against the acts of violence committed against minority communities and your opposition to all forms of hatred and intolerance.
Location: Sundial, Columbia University, Manhattan.


Sat., April 7, 12 p.m.
Speak out for Trayvon Martin & Ramarley Graham, in Harlem
Come out this Saturday to show your outrage and demand justice, and get connected to the organizing happening around these and other cases of racist injustice.
Location: 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell, Manhattan

Sat., April 7, 2-4 p.m.
OWS Weekly Orientation
We’ll have a mix of newbies, occupiers and activists. Our hope is to give the lay of the land, discuss the issues we all care about and get people connected to groups and projects that they care about.
Location: Gandhi Statute, Union Square, Manhattan


Mon., April 9, 6 p.m.
Slain Youth Rally – A Gathering for Justice
The day after the Rally, April 10, 2012, it is RUMORED that George Zimmerman’s case will begin its processes and we want to make a FORCEFUL GESTURE IN THE NAME OF JUSTICE!, asking the grand jury to seriously consider the events that led to Trayvon’s untimely death when making its decision regarding a court trial. LET’S INFLUENCE THEIR DECISION AND FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT!
Location: Union Square, Manhattan

April 4, 2012

2012.04.04: 4-6 p.m. Today: Two OWS/Social Justice Events

Filed under: Antiwar,International Human Rights,Labor Solidarity,Palestine — nyclaw01 @ 10:58 pm

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2012 1:44 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: 4-6 p.m. Today: Two OWS/Social Justice Events

Emergency Rally: Activist Abdulhadi Al Khawaja May Die from Hunger Strike
We will be holding an Emergency Rally on Thursday from 4pm-6pm in front of the Bahrain Consulate in NYC to demand the release of Abdulhadi Al Khawaja who is now on his 56th day of a hunger strike and may soon die from organ failure.
Location: Consulate General of the Kingdom of Bahrain, 866 2nd Avenue (between 46th & 47th Streets), Manhattan.

Stand with TWU Local 100 to Defend Public Transit
On the anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination, as well as his groundbreaking speech “Beyond Vietnam: Breaking the Silence,” we honor Dr. King’s legacy by joining in direct action demanding public transportation for the 99% and advancing his vision for racial and economic equity.
Location: Bowling Green, Manhattan.


2012.04.04: Today, April 4: 44th Anniversary of MLK’s Assassination

Filed under: Antiwar,Civil Rights,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 10:55 pm

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2012 1:54 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Today, April 4: 44th Anniversary of MLK’s Assassination


Beyond Vietnam
Riverside Church, NYC, April 4, 1967
‘I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today, my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.’

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