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June 24, 2012

2012.06.24: How the US Government, Banks, Prison-Industrial Complex, Corrupt Officials, Businesses, Law Enforcement, Racists and the CIA Profit From Illegal Drugs

Filed under: Criminal Justice,Drug Wars,International Human Rights,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 5:29 pm

From: Richard, Aisha
Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2012 5:29 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: How the US Government, Banks, Prison-Industrial Complex, Corrupt Officials, Businesses, Law Enforcement, Racists and the CIA Profit From Illegal Drugs

How the US Government, Banks, Prison-Industrial Complex, Corrupt Officials, Businesses, Law Enforcement, Racists and the CIA Profit From Illegal Drugs
http://truth-out.org/news/item/9937-how-the-us-government-banks-prison-industrial-complex-corrupt-officials-businesses-law-enforcement-racists-and-the-cia-benefit-from-illegal-drugs

 

June 22, 2012

2012.06.22: RE: Bronx Defenders expanding?

From:  Letwin, Michael
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2012 1:56 PM
To: Wright, Deborah;
Cc: ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: RE: Bronx Defenders expanding?

Background on Bronx Defenders and the other scab (nonunion) defense contractors.

(*NB: The $160m in cumulative cuts to LAS criminal funding in 2001 totals far more today, as the Bloomberg administration continues to increase funding to such nonunion agencies as Bronx Defenders, Brooklyn Defender Services, et al.)

Union Members Protest Award to Schreibersdorf (April 16, 2008)
“While management at the nonunion contractors has profited, Legal Aid staff and clients have paid the price: deep personnel cuts, sharply-escalating workloads and near-institutional bankruptcy. As the New York Times reported in 2001, Giuliani’s cuts — which by then totaled a cumulative $160 million* — had “hobbled” the Society.”
https://alaa2325.wordpress.com/2008/04/16/union-members-protest-award-to-schreibersdorf/

Labor Resolution to Defend Legal Aid (September 10, 2001)
“These new contracts are designed to insulate and/or extend seven existing runaway shops funded out of the $160 million* already cut by this administration from Legal Aid, whose unionized UAW attorneys and 1199 (SEIU) support staff have long championed high-quality legal representation for poor people.”
https://alaa2325.wordpress.com/2001/09/10/labor-resolution-to-defend-legal-aid-september-10-2001/

Bronx Defenders Peddle a Myth (February 28, 2000)
“No amount of hype can alter the collaboration of Bronx Defenders with Mayor Giuliani’s assault on indigent criminal defense. Bronx Defenders has chosen to be part of the problem, not part of the solution.”
https://alaa2325.wordpress.com/2000/02/28/michael-z-letwin-bronx-defenders-peddle-a-myth-february-28-2000/

History of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys UAW Local 2325 (August 1999)
“This asphyxiation of Legal Aid has seriously weakened vertical continuity and other essential elements of high-quality representation. Staff Attorneys’ ability to resist has been further undermined by the runaway defenders’ willingness to curry favor with the administration by abandoning vertical continuity; participating in arraignment body count contests; pandering to judges, court administration and even district attorneys; replacing seniority with “merit”-based salaries unilaterally set by management; and, in some offices, permitting part-time private practice.”
https://alaa2325.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/history-of-the-association-of-legal-aid-attorneys-uaw-local-2325/

June 21, 2012

2012.06.21: RE: Family Members and Activists Speak Out: The Fight Against Police Violence – This Saturday!!!

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Drug Wars,Police Abuse,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 11:06 am

From:  Herschel, Lucy
Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2012 11:06 AM
To: Kurti, Rebecca; 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: RE: Family Members and Activists Speak Out: The Fight Against Police Violence – This Saturday!!!

This is story is so crazy..

NYPD Kills again

Gina Sartori reports on the latest New York police murder of an unarmed victim.

http://socialistworker.org/2012/06/21/nypd-kills-again

June 21, 2012

TENSIONS ARE running high in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn after NYPD narcotics detective Phillip Atkins shot and killed an unarmed woman, 23-year-old Shantel Davis, on June 14.

Atkins and his partner say they spotted Davis and followed her after she allegedly drove a stolen car erratically through red lights. Davis crashed her vehicle into a parked mini-van.

According to witnesses, Atkins arrived at the scene and attempted to drag Davis out of the passenger side of the vehicle with his gun drawn. Trapped in the car by an airbag and fearing for her life, Davis cried out, “Don’t shoot me! Please don’t shoot me!” Seconds later, Atkins fired his gun into her chest at point-blank range. The officers then pulled her out of the car–and attempted to handcuff her as she lay in a pool of her own blood in the middle of the intersection.

As shocked onlookers surrounded the scene, they began shouting, “Murderer! Murderer!” Atkins and his partner proceeded to collect video surveillance tapes and cameras from all of the businesses surrounding the intersection.

Garth Thomas Messiah, an eyewitness to the incident, described what he saw:

Two police officers approached a young 23-year-old woman, and murdered and slaughtered our sister in cold blood. And the cover-up is that it’s an accident. It wasn’t an accident. They were trailing her and following her. They got dirt on this woman. They cornered her right there, and the car crashed into the post. The airbags were deployed. There’s no way that she could run or get away. There were no weapons in the car–no gun, no nothing.

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IN THE days after the killing, the mainstream media slandered Shantel, implying that her criminal record was justification for her killing. Davis was due in court the next day on charges of attempted murder and kidnapping. But one member of the community said what many have repeated in the days since: “People around here don’t really care to know her criminal history because of what they saw. We saw her being murdered here.”

There are also questions about the allegation that Davis was driving a stolen car–other accounts say the vehicle was borrowed from someone Shantel knew. In fact, the car Shantel used to own was recently seized by the NYPD and put up for sale on the department’s sales lot. According to the Wall Street Journal, hours before Shantel was killed, the Wall Street Journal reported, Shantel was online looking up a GED class to enroll in. Her friend explained, “She was trying to change.”

In contrast to the smear campaign about Shantel Davis, the media failed initially to report that the officer, Phillip Atkins, has a reputation for aggressive violent behavior in the East Flatbush area of Brooklyn. When word spread about Shantel’s death, everyone seemed to know who Atkins was–since he was known for terrorizing the same streets Shantel died on.

Atkins, who is recently returning from an official suspension, has his own record of “priors.” He has had six federal civil rights lawsuits filed against him and numerous complaints of misconduct registered with the Civilian Review Board. In his 12 years on the force, the majority of charges against him were for illegal arrests, using excessive force and falsification of evidence. He has cost the city $224,000 so far to settle just four of the cases against him. Among the lawsuits against Atkins:

— In 2003, Vincent Burgesses filed suit against Atkins after Atkins struck Burgesses with his walkie-talkie and arrested him without cause. Two years later, Burgesses was awarded $50,000 in damages from the city.

— In 2007, Atkins illegally arrested and charged 39-year-old Margaret Ferguson with marijuana possession. Ferguson lost her job–although the charges were eventually dropped, the damage had already been done.

— In 2008, a local business owner was awarded $15,000 after suing Atkins for illegally searching his car and business.

— In 2009, Atkins was sued for strip-searching a woman he had arrested for marijuana possession.

— In July 2010, Atkins arrested a stay-at-home father for doing nothing more then riding his bicycle. After being handcuffed tightly enough to cause severe bruising, the man, too, was strip-searched, held for 24 hours, and denied food and water. The city settled the suit for $20,000.

As Chevon Messiah, an East Flatbush community member and witness to the crime, said:

We call him Bad boy Atkins. He harasses people around here. His stop-and-frisk is not your typical stop-and-frisk. His stop-and-frisk is at gunpoint. He’s quick to draw his gun. He threatens a lot of people around here–people are scared of him. When you see Atkins come out the car, go in your house, you might get shot.

But of course, fellow police are backing Atkins to the hilt. Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association, declared, “Based on the facts and circumstances, I am confident our detective’s actions were appropriate and justified.” This from the same man who said that the charges filed against the officers who killed Sean Bell in a hail of 50 bullets in 2006 were “disgraceful, excessive, unprecedented.”

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LESS THAN 48 hours after Shantel was gunned down, family members, local activists, churches and community members called a vigil and march to the 67th Precinct where Detective Atkins is still on duty. On June 16, some 150 people came out to rally and march against this injustice.

The event began with a press conference. Speakers included progressive City Council member Jumaane Williams, representatives of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, and members of the clergy. The parents of Ramarley Graham and Tamon Robinson, two families whose sons were also murdered by the NYPD this year, joined the parents of Shantel Davis.

A representative of the National Action Network spoke about the hypocrisy that the police used to justify their actions: “You want us to be responsible for our actions. Well doggone it, you have to be held accountable for yours. We are not going to be quiet. We are not going to roll over. There is a hedge of protection around this family.”

Jumaane Williams demanded that Bloomberg come down and address the community to begin a conversation about how to address the racist practices of the NYPD. “They ask that we give the NYPD the benefit of the doubt,” Williams said. “There are communities that can do that. It is hard in my community to give the NYPD the benefit of the doubt. My community elected me to tell the truth. I challenge the mayor and the commissioner to come speak to the community. But if you won’t come speak to us, we’ll come speak to you.”

Williams went on to tell the press that he intends to hold a rally every Saturday at the intersection where Shantel was killed until Bloomberg contacts them.

Williams also focused on the racism that permeates the NYPD: “If we took the same exact background, actions, same car, same history and changed the complexion of their skin, moved it to the Upper West Side, would the result have been the same? Yes, 99.9 percent of the time, the answer is the result would different.”

As each speaker spoke about Davis’ case, it became clear that the story of Ramarley Graham, the story of Tamon Robinson and now the story of Shantel Davis are connected. The role of the NYPD is the same in every Black and brown neighborhood of New York City–to intimidate, terrorize and kill with impunity.

But the vigil in Flatbush and the next day’s 15,000-strong march against stop-and-frisk, initiated by the NAACP, show that such blatant injustice is boiling over into resistance.

As Chevon Messiah, who organized the Saturday vigil, said:

We are not going to be passive about this. We are going to make sure that something comes out of this, and we’re not stopping here. We are going to continue fighting against what they have done in the neighborhood–treating us like animals. We are not animals. We are humans.

Blair Ellis contributed to this article.

 

Lucy Herschel, Paralegal

_____________________________________________

From:  Kurti, Rebecca
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2012 3:54 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Family Members and Activists Speak Out: The Fight Against Police Violence – This Saturday!!!

Family Members and Activists Speak Out: The Fight Against Police Violence

SATURDAY, JUNE 23

6 PM

The Riverside Church

Assembly Hall

490 Riverside Drive, New York

Speakers:

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, JR.

Son of Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr., 68-year old man killed by White Plains police after he accidentally set off his medical alert pendant, when police broke down his door, hurled a racial epithet, tasered him and shot him twice in the chest.

DANETTE CHAVIS

Mother of Gregory Chavis, left to bleed to death by police after suffering a gun shot wound on October 9, 2004.

LAVERNE DOBBINSON

Mother of Tamon Robinson, who was tragically run down by an NYPD police cruiser and died six days later on April 18, 2012.

JENNIFER GONZALEZ

Partner of Kenny Lazo, beaten to death by police on April 12, 2008.

BRIAN JONES

Educator; actor; member, International Socialist Organization. Contributing author to the book, Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation

CONSTANCE MALCOLM

Mother of 18-year old Ramarley Graham, killed by police on Feb 2, 2012, in his Bronx home in front of his grandmother and 6-year old brother.

Endorsers (list in formation): American Friends Service Committee (NY office), Campaign to End the New Jim Crow, Correctional Association of NY, DecoloNYC, Families Against Stop & Frisk, Free Mumia Coalition NYC, International Socialist Organization, Haymarket Books, Labor for Palestine, Mission & Social Justice of The Riverside Church, Mothers Resisting Racist Policing, NYC Labor Against War, Stop Stop and Frisk, The New Press, Urban Rebuilding Initiative, VOCAL-NY.

June 18, 2012

2012.06.18: Family Members and Activists Speak Out: The Fight Against Police Violence – This Saturday!!!

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Drug Wars,Police Abuse,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 3:54 pm

From:  Kurti, Rebecca
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2012 3:54 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Family Members and Activists Speak Out: The Fight Against Police Violence – This Saturday!!!

Family Members and Activists Speak Out: The Fight Against Police Violence

SATURDAY, JUNE 23

6 PM

The Riverside Church

Assembly Hall

490 Riverside Drive, New York

Speakers:

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, JR.

Son of Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr., 68-year old man killed by White Plains police after he accidentally set off his medical alert pendant, when police broke down his door, hurled a racial epithet, tasered him and shot him twice in the chest.

DANETTE CHAVIS

Mother of Gregory Chavis, left to bleed to death by police after suffering a gun shot wound on October 9, 2004.

LAVERNE DOBBINSON

Mother of Tamon Robinson, who was tragically run down by an NYPD police cruiser and died six days later on April 18, 2012.

JENNIFER GONZALEZ

Partner of Kenny Lazo, beaten to death by police on April 12, 2008.

BRIAN JONES

Educator; actor; member, International Socialist Organization. Contributing author to the book, Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation

CONSTANCE MALCOLM

Mother of 18-year old Ramarley Graham, killed by police on Feb 2, 2012, in his Bronx home in front of his grandmother and 6-year old brother.

Endorsers (list in formation): American Friends Service Committee (NY office), Campaign to End the New Jim Crow, Correctional Association of NY, DecoloNYC, Families Against Stop & Frisk, Free Mumia Coalition NYC, International Socialist Organization, Haymarket Books, Labor for Palestine, Mission & Social Justice of The Riverside Church, Mothers Resisting Racist Policing, NYC Labor Against War, Stop Stop and Frisk, The New Press, Urban Rebuilding Initiative, VOCAL-NY.

2012.06.18: 1199 LASer’s at Sunday’s march

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Drug Wars,Police Abuse,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 11:43 am

From: Herschel, Lucy
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2012 11:43 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: 1199 LASer’s at Sunday’s march

Some pictures from Sunday’s march, thanks to Ellen Sandhaus from Bronx CDP! The crowds being what there were, we weren’t able to gather all the 1199 Legal Aiders together. We did have a few people march together w/ a banner, though. Other member marched w/ our ALAA sisters and brothers, with the Ramarley Graham contingent, and elsewhere in the crowd. The important thing is that folks came out to protest the extreme racial profiling tactics of the NYPD.

(Though I totally understand for all those who had important father’s day obligations. Happy belated Father’s day to all!)

Lucy Herschel, Paralegal

The Legal Aid Society

Queens Criminal Defense Practice

June 15, 2012

2012.06.15: Upcoming Social Justice Events

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Friday, June 15, 2012 10:49 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Upcoming Social Justice Events

TODAY: Friday, June 15, 10 a.m.
Michael Williams Trial
Third day of jury deliberations in prosecution of Michael Williams, an important test of the rights of all to demonstrate without fear of attack by racist bigots and of frame-up charges. Defense attorney is human rights advocate Lamis Jamal Deek of the National Lawyers Guild NYC Executive Committee and the NLG Muslim Defense Project.
Location: 111 Centre Street, Part 48 (Room 631)
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/424429504257246/

TODAY: Friday, June 15, 4:30 pm
Emergency Protest in Solidarity with the Egyptian Revolution
No! to the “soft military coup”
As Americans whose government supports and defends dictators throughout the Middle East, we have a special responsibility to say, “No return to tyranny!” Bring a sign, a friend and post this announcement to lists and social media.
Location: Egyptian Consulate, 58th and 2nd Ave.
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/356357064433337/

Saturday, June 16, 1 p.m.
Father’s Day Vigil and Speak Out v. Deportation
On the day before Father’s Day, Families for Freedom’s Youth Committee along with adult nembers and allies will hold our annual vigil to raise awareness about American kids whose families are ripped apart due to the federal government’s draconian deportation policies.
Location: Union Square, 14 st & Broadway
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/240553199394269/

Sunday, June 17, 3 p.m.
Following Yet Another Fatal NYPD Shooting: End Stop and Frisk
Join 1199 SEIU, the NAACP, National Action Network, civil rights, faith, labor and community groups in a silent march against NYC’s “Stop and Frisk” policy! On Father’s Day, let’s stand together to show that New Yorkers refuse to let our children be victimized by racial profiling.
Location: 110 St. west of Fifth Ave.
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/341929132541010/
Details:
http://www.silentmarchnyc.org/#section7

2012.06.15: LAS 1199 info for Sunday’s Silent March to End Stop and Frisk

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Drug Wars,Police Abuse,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 12:16 pm

From: Herschel, Lucy
Sent: Friday, June 15, 2012 12:16 PM
To: 1199 Members
Cc: ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: LAS 1199 info for Sunday’s Silent March to End Stop and Frisk

1199 Members, obviously the 1199 contingent is going to be enormous on Sunday  We’d like to try to gather 1199 Legal Aiders to march together, if possible.  To that end, I am making a cardboard banner that will say “Legal Aid Society Chapter/ 1199 SEIU”  Also, Magnus Mukoro from Bklyn and myself (from Queens) are happy to give our cell phone numbers to anyone who’s trying to locate us.  Please email me directly if you want our numbers.

1199 will be gathering on 110th between 5th Ave. and Lenox.  Looks for us there, probably closer to Lenox.  The march doesn’t step off until 3pm, so we’d like to try to assemble our Legal Aid group at 2pm (though I’ll be there from 1).

See you out there!

Lucy Herschel, Paralegal
The Legal Aid Society
Queens Criminal Defense Practice
120-46 Queens Boulevard
Kew Gardens, NY  11415
(718) 286-2337


From: Albro, George
Sent: Friday, June 15, 2012 11:07 AM
To: ALAA MEMBERS
Cc: 1199 Members
Subject: FW: details of Sunday’s Silent March to End Stop and Frisk

Please read below re important details concerning Sunday’s March. Note UAW is between 7th & 8th Aves on 110th St. and SEIU/1199 is between 5th and Lenox.

George Albro

galbro@legal-aid.org

917-864-9443


From: Leslie Cagan [lesliecagan@igc.org]
Sent: Friday, June 15, 2012 7:26 AM
Subject: details of Sunday’s Silent March to End Stop and Frisk

6/15/12 Update on June 17th Silent March to End Stop and Frisk
(Please share this with others.)

DETAILS FOR SUNDAY

Here is an overview of the plans for Sunday. The more this information gets out to people before then, the smoother the day will go! Thanks for whatever you can do to share this with people who are coming to the march.

Silent March

Once people turn onto Fifth Ave. they will be asked to be silent…and to remain silent for the length of the march.

March

* The march will begin promptly at 3 pm.

* We will march south on Fifth Ave. to 77th St.

* The Mayor’s mansion is on 79th Street.

Assembly – list of how the contingents will assemble is below
* Contingents will assemble on West 110th Street between Central Park West and Fifth Ave.
* People should enter the assembly from the west and the north, not from the east, and can start to assemble as early as 1 pm.
* There will be signs along 110th St. letting people know the best way to enter to get to their contingent, as well as Marshals helping people find their contingents.

Access to the assembly area
* Everyone should enter the assembly area from the west or from the north, NOT from the east!
* People can begin gathering as early as 1pm.
* Closest subway stops: Cathedral Parkway (110 St) on the B and C trains, Central Park North (110 St.) on the 2 and 3 trains.

What to Bring

* Wear comfortable walking shoes.

* Put on sun screen and/or wear a hat, especially if it is a sunny day.

* Carry a bottle of water.

* Posters, signs, banners – but remember that you cannot use wooden or metal sticks!
What Not to Bring

* Do not bring any noise makers or musical instruments!

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Thanks again for all of the incredible work everyone is doing. We are confident that Sunday will be a powerful expression of the citywide opposition to the police department’s use of stop and frisk and the practice of racial profiling. Please check your email over the weekend, just in case we need to send you any additional information!

Leslie Cagan

Lead Organizer, June 17th Silent March

Tumblr:  http://silentmarchnyc.tumblr.com/
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/events/341929132541010/
Hash tags: #silentmarchnyc, #changethenypd, #racialprofiling

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WHERE CONTINGENTS WILL ASSEMBLE
The groups on the first 1/2 of each blocks’ list will assemble on the eastern 1/2 of that block, the others will be on the western 1/2 half of that same block.

On 110th Street between Fifth Ave. and Lenox Ave.
1. NAACP
2. 1199SEIU
3. NAN
4. NEA/UFT
5. Faith and Clergy
6. CPR and Anti-Violence Organizations
7. NYCLU

On 110th Street between Lenox Ave. and 7th Ave.
8. Youth/Students Organizations
9. TWU Local 100 and African Diaspora/Caribbean Organizations
10.  SEIU32BJ, Immigration Organizations and Latino/Hispanic Organizations
11. Arab-American Association and Asian American Organizations
12. RWDSU and LGBT Organizations
13. CWA 1180

On 110th Street between 7th Ave.  and 8th Ave.
14. New York City Central Labor Council and other labor unions
15. Working Families Party
16. Islamic Leadership Council of Metropolitan New York
17. Peace, Global Justice and Anti-War Organizations
18. Prison Justice Table
19. Community Organizations
20. Occupy Wall Street Contingents
21. Community At-Large

If the turn out is so large that we need more area to assemble in, we will have people go further west on 110th Street.

June 11, 2012

2012.06.11: Continuing Today: Manhattan Anti-Muslim Bigotry Trial

Filed under: Civil Liberties,Islamophobia,Palestine,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 9:07 pm

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2012 9:59 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Continuing Today: Manhattan Anti-Muslim Bigotry Trial 

Human rights advocate Lamis Jamal Deek of the National Lawyers Guild executive committee is defending him. The trial continues Monday. Please come to court to show your concern and solidarity.

https://www.facebook.com/events/426465040710316/

Show your support for defender of young women against antiMuslim bigotry!

Today
        9:30am until 4:00pm in EDT
       111 CENTRE STREET ROOM 631 PART 48 MANHATTAN

The trial of Michael Williams continues Monday. Please come and show your support for Michael and the girls testifying in his defense. One of the many young Muslim women Michael defended from the racist complainant on Jan. 11, 2010, took the stand on Friday. Despite the assistant DA’s bullying, her words and photographs clearly refuted the false and illogical chain of events presented by the prosecution, which sought to portray Michael, the hero of the day, as the aggressor.

But the Manhattan DA’s office is unfazed by the truth. Guided by a blatantly political agenda, the state is still trying to send Michael to prison for up to 15 years. On Monday June 11, a Muslim teenage girl attacked by the complainant will take the stand to tell the Jury what really happened. Please come to the trial and show your support.

Financial donations are also urgently needed for Michael’s defense. If you can help,please go to paypal.com, click “Send Money” then “Send Money Online.” On the right put “acpollack2@juno.com” in the “To [email]” field.

MICHAEL WILLIAMS SPOKE OUT WHEN HE SAW A BIGOT HARASSING YOUNG MUSLIM WOMEN.

HE WAS ASSAULTED! HE NOW FACES A MINIMUM OF 5 YEARS IN PRISON!

COME TO COURT AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

MONDAY JUNE 11th, 9:30 AM, 111 CENTRE STREET ROOM 631 PART 48

Michael Williams is a hero. On Jan.9, 2011, this gentle father of two, a union painter, saw Muslim-hating bigot Joe Kenny harassing and abusing a group of teenage Arab women who were going for pizza after a rally commemorating the massacre of Gaza.

Michael, a passionate believer in human rights, had traveled all the way from his home near Boston to take part in that rally. He had a bullhorn. When he heard the bigot harassing young women, Michael said over his bullhorn that they had a right to be here and say what they believed. The outraged bigot then followed Michael into the street,physically assaulted Michael and left with his bullhorn. Despite the pleas of the girls he was protecting, Michael was arrested and charged with Assault in the First Degree, a B Felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, because the Kenny’s son had watched his father assault Michael .

For carrying out his civic duty, Michael faces up to 15 years in prison. The DA is carrying out a blatantly political prosecution, based on anti-Muslim and anti-Arab prejudice rather than the facts of the case.

Human rights advocate Lamis Jamal Deek of the National Lawyers Guild executive committee is defending him. The trial continues Monday. Please come to court to show your concern and solidarity.

Please refrain from political signs or clothing, but please come show your solidarity.

June 7, 2012

2012.06.07: Justice for Ramarley Graham

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Drug Wars,Police Abuse,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 3:09 pm

From:  Rosenberg, Mimi
Sent: Thursday, June 07, 2012 3:09 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: Justice for Ramarley Graham

PLEASE JOIN US TO DEMAND JUSTICE FOR RAMARLEY GRAHAM
FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 12:00PM
CITY HALL PARK (Park Row Side)

RAMARLEY GRAHAM IS AN 18-YEAR-OLD, UNARMED, BLACK MALE WHO WAS KILLED BY AN NYPD OFFICER IN FRONT OF HIS GRANDMOTHER AND 6-YEAR-OLD BROTHER IN THE BATHROOM OF HIS FAMILY’S APARTMENT ON FEBRUARY 2, 2012. THE NYPD OFFICERS’ ILLEGAL ENTRY INTO THE APARTMENT WAS CAPTURED BY SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS. RICHARD HASTE, THE OFFICER WHO SHOT RAMARLEY, AND THE OTHER MEMBERS OF HIS TEAM ARE STILL ON DUTY AND HAVE NOT BEEN CHARGED FOR RAMARLEYS DEATH

The following message is from the family of Ramarley Graham:

Good Day Everyone,

I hope that this day finds you in the best of health. We the parents of Ramarley Graham and the community are planning a rally on Friday June 8th, 2012 12 noon in front of City Hall (Park Row side) and then to Foley Square to demand justice for Ramarley. The rally should last no later than 4 hours, so please join us if you can.

Thank you again for all your time and effort in this cause

Have a Blessed day.

June 4, 2012

2012.06.04: Tomorrow, 6/5: Stand Against Bigotry, Come to Court for Michael Williams

Filed under: Civil Liberties,Palestine,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 9:09 pm

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2012 11:39 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Tomorrow, 6/5: Stand Against Bigotry, Come to Court for Michael Williams

Request for support from human rights attorney and National Lawyers Guild officer Lamis Jamal Deek.

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Please forward widely

MICHAEL WILLIAMS SPOKE OUT WHEN HE SAW A BIGOT HARASSING YOUNG MUSLIM WOMEN.

HE WAS ASSAULTED! HE NOW FACES A MINIMUM OF 5 YEARS IN PRISON!

COME TO COURT AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!

TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 9:30 AM, 111 CENTRE STREET  ROOM 631, PART 48

Michael Williams is a hero. On Jan. 11, 2010, this unemployed father saw Muslim-hating bigot Joe Kenny harassing and abusing a group of teenage Arab women who were warming up in a pizzeria after a human rights rally.

When the bigot called the young women “terrorists” and told them to “go home”, Michael, who had been at the rally and had a bullhorn, walked out into the street and began speaking on it to divert the hater’s attention. Denny followed him into the street, grabbed the bullhorn and punched it into Michael’s face. But Michael was arrested and, for carrying out his civic duty, he faces 5 years in prison. The DA is carrying out a blatantly political prosecution, based on anti-Muslim and anti-Arab prejudice rather than the facts of the case.

Michael’s trial begins on Tuesday, June 5, at 9:30. Human rights advocate Lamis Jamal Deek of the National Lawyers Guild executive committee will be defending him. The trial is expected to last all week. Please come to court to show your concern and support.

For complex legal reasons surrounding the case, the defense is requesting that no political t-shirts, keffiyehs or insignia be worn in court. But please be there if you can.

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