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July 18, 2012

2012.07.18: 1199 Executive Committee passes resolution for Ramarley Graham

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Drug Wars,Police Abuse,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 4:53 pm

From: Herschel, Lucy
Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 4:53 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: 1199 Executive Committee passes resolution for Ramarley Graham

Just wanted to inform you all that the Executive Committee of the 1199SEIU United Health Care Workers East, passed the resolution several of us members submitted to them (with a few edits), condemning the killing Ramarley Graham and the aggressive police tactics and policies that led to it, and pledging support for the ongoing campaign.

Again, I want to encourage folks to attend the last of the weekly vigils tomorrow up at Constance Malcolm’s house (see below).

And while I’m already sending an email out to everyone, I just have to say, I think anyone in the DA’s office should be held to the same unyielding scrutiny they subject our clients.  The racism endemic in the criminal justice system has tragic consequences, both big and small, in the lives of million of people around this city every day.

—–Original Message—–

From: Gusberg, Jessica
Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 9:14 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS

Hi All,

This is a reminder that TOMORROW, Thursday, July 19th will be the LAST of the weekly 18 vigils for Ramarley Graham, who was murdered by the police in his home in front of his grandma and 6 year old brother. His family has been unimaginably strong during this traumatic and awful time as they have planted the seeds of an entire movement, organizing powerful vigils each week in their community, supporting other families who’ve been effected by police violence… Please join us!


749 E 229th Street (right off White Plains Rd), BRONX

2 train to 225th St

5pm and through the evening until 9:30 or 10pm

We will be gathering in front of Ramarley’s home, where he was killed, starting at 5pm, where there will be a community speak out. After this, we will march though the neighborhood, ending at the 47th precinct (the precinct responsible for his murder), where more folks will have a chance to speak. Please, if you can, drop everything and come to this important event tomorrow evening! It will be all night long, so come whenever you can. The family needs our support. Let’s stand with a community that has been devastated by violence — let’s support community led responses to the violence that we fight in the court system each day. Let’s listen to members of this community as they share their perspective with us, in hopes that this strengthens our own perspectives and abilities to effectively advocate in our day-to-day work…

Please let me know if you have any questions or thoughts about the vigil tomorrow. I hope to see many of you there.

Peace people,


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