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September 28, 2012

2012.09.28: RE: Stop and Frisk History

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Drug Wars,Police Abuse,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 9:47 am

From:    Letwin, Michael

Sent:   Friday, September 28, 2012 9:47 AM

To:     Wasserman, Steven; Ballowe, Melissa

Cc:     ALAA MEMBERS; Gorfinkel, Martin

Subject:        RE: Stop and Frisk History

 

And these:

https://alaa2325.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/digest-of-alaa-related-statements-on-social-justice-issues-1986-2010-2/

http://bobzuss.wordpress.com/

https://alaa2325.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/history-of-the-association-of-legal-aid-attorneys-uaw-local-2325/

_____________________________________________

From:    Wasserman, Steven

Sent:   Thursday, September 27, 2012 3:41 PM

To:     Ballowe, Melissa

Cc:     ALAA MEMBERS; Gorfinkel, Martin

Subject:        Stop and Frisk History

Here is a  piece of Stop-and-Frisk memorabilia that Marty Gorfinkel gave me years ago, that I use in my teaching:  The original 1963 arrest report submitted in Terry v. Ohio   I am delighted that scholars are getting interested in writing about this.

<< File: SKMBT_60112092715210.pdf >>

 

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2012.09.28: RE: Stop and Frisk History

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Police Abuse,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 9:37 am
From:    Letwin, Michael 
Sent:   Friday, September 28, 2012 9:47 AM
To:     Wasserman, Steven; Ballowe, Melissa
Cc:     ALAA MEMBERS; Gorfinkel, Martin
Subject:        RE: Stop and Frisk History
 
And these:
 
https://alaa2325.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/digest-of-alaa-related-statements-on-social-justice-issues-1986-2010-2/
http://bobzuss.wordpress.com/
https://alaa2325.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/history-of-the-association-of-legal-aid-attorneys-uaw-local-2325/
 
_____________________________________________
From:    Wasserman, Steven 
Sent:   Thursday, September 27, 2012 3:41 PM
To:     Ballowe, Melissa
Cc:     ALAA MEMBERS; Gorfinkel, Martin
Subject:        Stop and Frisk History
 
Here is a  piece of Stop-and-Frisk memorabilia that Marty Gorfinkel gave me years ago, that I use in my teaching:  The original 1963 arrest report submitted in Terry v. Ohio   I am delighted that scholars are getting interested in writing about this.
   << File: SKMBT_60112092715210.pdf >>

September 17, 2012

2012.09.17: Chicago Teachers: Your Fight is Our Fight: Solidarity Message from NYC Legal Aid Society Union Members

Filed under: Labor Solidarity,Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 11:45 am
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Chicago Teachers: Your Fight is Our Fight
Solidarity Message from NYC Legal Aid Society Union Members
September 17, 2012

As members of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW Local 2325 and 1199SEIU Healthcare Workers East at The Legal Aid Society in New York City, we stand in solidarity with the Chicago Teachers Union strike against Rahm Emanuel’s attack on children, teachers, public education, and labor rights.

We well know that your fight is our fight.

As parents, we too have seen the bipartisan power elite write off children thorough an apartheid of budget cuts to public schools, nonunion charter schools for the few, and the school-to-prison pipeline for the rest.[1]

As providers of legal representation to poor people and communities of color, we have seen the devastating results of those policies in the New Jim Crow.

We too have faced mayoral bullies, including Rudolph Giuliani, who threatened to fire us in 1994 for striking to defend those services, and then retaliated by slashing our funding in favor of nonunion contractors.[2]

Like the rest of the 99%, we are told there “is no money” for essential services, while trillions are squandered to bail out the 1% and to fund endless wars of empire.

Like you, we remember that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered in 1968 after denouncing an “illegal, unconstitutional injunction” against striking sanitation workers in Memphis.[3] And we believe that his words to those strikers ring true for teacher strikers in Chicago 2012:

“You’ve been out now for a number of days. But don’t despair. Nothing worthwhile is gained without sacrifice. The thing for you to do is stay together. Say to everybody in this community that you’re going to stick it out to the end until every demand is met. And that you’re going to say, ‘We ain’t going to let nobody turn us around.’ “[4]

Just as in Memphis 1968, we know that your victory is critical in the battle for social justice, and we vow to uphold the most fundamental labor principle: “An Injury to One is an Injury to All.”

Contribute to the CTU Solidarity Fund:

https://afl.salsalabs.com/o/4013/c/468/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=7204

Notes

[1] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prM0HWKrWVI

[2] https://alaa2325.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/history-of-the-association-of-legal-aid-attorneys-uaw-local-2325/

[3] http://www.hark.com/clips/wrycvzqpjx-ive-been-to-the-mountain-top-part-3

[4] http://www.aft.org/yourwork/tools4teachers/bhm/mlkpeech031868.cfm

Signers (Affiliations listed for identification only)

Michael Letwin
Criminal Defense‑Brooklyn
Former President, ALAA/UAW Local 2325

Lucy Herschel
Criminal Defense-Queens
Delegate, 1199/SEIU

Noha Arafa
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Delegate, ALAA/UAW Local 2325

Melissa Ballowe
Juvenile-Staten Island
ALAA/UAW Local 2325

Lina Del Plato
Juvenile Rights-Bronx
Delegate, ALAA/UAW Local 2325

Lisa Edwards
Civil-Harlem
ALAA/UAW Local 2325

Nicholas Frayn
Criminal Defense-Queens
ALAA/UAW Local 2325

Jonathan Garelick
Criminal Appeals
ALAA/UAW Local 2325

Chandra Gomes
Criminal Defense-Queens
ALAA/UAW Local 2325

Jessica Gusberg
Juvenile-Brooklyn
1199/SEIU

Anna Kalliagas
Criminal Defense-Queens
1199/SEIU

Pooja Kothari
Criminal Defense‑Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW Local 2325

Rebecca Kurti
Criminal Defense‑Brooklyn
1199/SEIU

Kristin Lew
Criminal Defense-Manhattan
Negotiating Committee, 1199/SEIU

Susan Olivia Morris
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Alternate Vice President, ALAA/UAW Local 2325

Stephanie Pope
Criminal Defense-Staten Island
ALAA/UAW Local 2325

Mimi Rosenberg
Civil-Brooklyn Neighborhood Office
ALAA/UAW Local 2325

Hannah Shapiro
Civil-Brooklyn Neighborhood Office
ALAA/UAW Local 2325

Jodi Smith
Criminal Defense-Bronx
ALAA/UAW Local 2325

Steve Terry
Criminal Defense‑Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW Local 2325

Azalia Torres
Criminal Defense Division-Brooklyn
Former Sr. Attorney & Attorneys of Color (ACLA) Representative, ALAA/UAW Local 2325

Carol J. Hochberg
Juvenile Rights-Queens
Alternate Delegate, ALAA/UAW Local 2325

Julie Fry
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Vice President, ALAA/UAW Local 2325

Aisha Lewis-McCoy
Criminal Defense-Immigration Unit
Trustee, ALAA/UAW Local 2325

Jessica Warner
Juvenile Rights-Brooklyn
1199/SEIU

Steve Wasserman
Criminal Defense-Special Litigation Unit
Delegate, ALAA/UAW Local 2325

Jacob Rolls
Criminal Defense‑Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW Local 2325

Florence Morgan
Criminal Defense‑Queens
ALAA/UAW Local 2325

September 7, 2012

2012.09.07: Saturday Night: Occupied Photography

Filed under: Civil Liberties,Labor Solidarity,OWS — nyclaw01 @ 8:48 pm

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Friday, September 07, 2012 10:31 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Saturday Night: Occupied Photography

Featuring a cast of thousands*

Marking the first anniversary of the occupation of Wall Street, the Brecht Forum is proud to host “Occupying Photography: Documenting The Year of the 99%.”

http://brechtforum.org/civicrm/event/info?id=12307&reset=1

(*including Noha Arafa, CDD-Brooklyn).

 

September 5, 2012

2012.09.05: Support Justice for Ramarley Graham

Filed under: Criminal Justice,Police Abuse,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 2:19 pm

From:    Codling, Antonia
Sent:    Wednesday, September 05, 2012 3:20 PM
To:        1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject:            Support Justice for Ramarley Graham

Hi All,

We are in the process of requesting union release time for staff to attend the next court date for Richard Haste, the police officer who shot 18 year old Ramarley Graham in his home.  This is a major event for Ramarley’s family and they would like a strong showing of their supporters to attend.

The case will be heard on Thursday, September 13, 2012, @ 9:30 a.m., in Part 60, Room 210 in the lower level of the Bronx Hall of Justice.

As with any union activity, if release time is approved, your name must be on the list submitted to management.  If you wish to support the Graham family and would like your name to be on the list for approved union release, please submit your name to me, and/or Jessica Gusberg and Lucy Herschel. You will be notified if and when release time is granted.

Thank you!

Antonia

Bronx-CDD

September 4, 2012

2012.09.04: New & Exciting ALAA t-shirts coming this Fall

Filed under: Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 5:16 pm

From:    Codling, Antonia

Sent:   Tuesday, September 04, 2012 5:16 PM

To:     ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members

Subject:        New & Exciting ALAA t-shirts coming this Fall

 

Hi All,

 

A few of us in Bronx CDP have come together and created 3 t-shirts that we will be printing up this fall. All of the t-shirts will have the ALAA logo on the back. These shirts have been created to increase our visibility, especially at community-centered events.

All shirts cost $10. Proceeds will go towards printing up more t-shirts that can be given out to our clients and community members. Buying a t-shirt for a community member and/or any donations towards shirts for community members are strongly encouraged and greatly appreciated.

Please buy a t-shirt. Buy several. Buy them for family members, friends, enemies, former LAS colleagues, etc. Then, wear them!  🙂

 

The 3 designs – for all sensibilities – See PDF file attached:                           Colors of shirt/writing

1) Defend New York       –                                                                        military green shirt w/black writing

2) Get Out of Jail Free (a remake of the original from years ago)                                black shirt w/white writing

3) I do not consent to this search (in solidarity with the Stop Stop & Frisk movement)           bright blue shirt w/black writing & blue shirt w/orange writing

 

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HOW TO ORDER, IN 4 EASY STEPS:

1) Forward this email to: defendny@gmail.com.

2) Complete the Order Form below before sending the email.

3) Submit payment, see below for payment instructions.

4) Wait for your t-shirts to be delivered later in the fall! We will be contacting you via the contact information you include on the Order Form.

 

********************************************************************************************

T-SHIRT ORDER FORM  (all shirts are $10 each)

Name:

Contact # or Email:

Borough/Office/Complex:

Please indicate how many t-shirts you would like and in what size:

Qty/Size: _______/_______ Defend New York

Qty/Size: _______/_______ Get out of jail free

Qty/Size: _______/_______ I do not consent to this search

I would like to donate ___ shirt(s) to the community!

I would like to contribute $___________ towards donating shirts to community members!

Total:                      $___________

 

********************************************************************************************

PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS:

If you are in the Bronx, please give money to Antonia Codling, Josh Norkin, Robin Frankel, or Cynthia Pong.

If you are in Brooklyn, please give money to Jessica Gusberg (Brooklyn JRP).

If you are in Manhattan, Queens, or Staten Island, please await a response to your Order email with instructions on how to submit payment.

BONUS: If you’d like to help us take orders and collect money in your office, we need volunteers, especially in Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, as well as Brooklyn. Please contact Joshua Norkin or Antonia Codling if you are interested.

 

Thanks, everyone!

 

2012.09.04: New & Exciting ALAA t-shirts coming this Fall (Antonia Codling)

Filed under: Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 5:16 pm

From:   Codling, Antonia

Sent:   Tuesday, September 04, 2012 5:16 PM

To:     ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members

Subject:       New & Exciting ALAA t-shirts coming this Fall

Hi All,

A few of us in Bronx CDP have come together and created 3 t-shirts that we will be printing up this fall. All of the t-shirts will have the ALAA logo on the back. These shirts have been created to increase our visibility, especially at community-centered events.

All shirts cost $10. Proceeds will go towards printing up more t-shirts that can be given out to our clients and community members. Buying a t-shirt for a community member and/or any donations towards shirts for community members are strongly encouraged and greatly appreciated.

Please buy a t-shirt. Buy several. Buy them for family members, friends, enemies, former LAS colleagues, etc. Then, wear them! 🙂

The 3 designs – for all sensibilities – See PDF file attached:                           Colors of shirt/writing

1) Defend New York       –                                                                       military green shirt w/black writing

2) Get Out of Jail Free (a remake of the original from years ago)                               black shirt w/white writing

3) I do not consent to this search (in solidarity with the Stop Stop & Frisk movement)           bright blue shirt w/black writing & blue shirt w/orange writing

( )

HOW TO ORDER, IN 4 EASY STEPS:

1) Forward this email to: defendny@gmail.com.

2) Complete the Order Form below before sending the email.

3) Submit payment, see below for payment instructions.

4) Wait for your t-shirts to be delivered later in the fall! We will be contacting you via the contact information you include on the Order Form.

**************************************************************************

T-SHIRT ORDER FORM (all shirts are $10 each)

Name:

Contact # or Email:

Borough/Office/Complex:

Please indicate how many t-shirts you would like and in what size:

Qty/Size: _______/_______ Defend New York

Qty/Size: _______/_______ Get out of jail free

Qty/Size: _______/_______ I do not consent to this search

I would like to donate ___ shirt(s) to the community!

I would like to contribute $___________ towards donating shirts to community members!

Total:                     $___________

**************************************************************************

PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS:

If you are in the Bronx, please give money to Antonia Codling, Josh Norkin, Robin Frankel, or Cynthia Pong.

If you are in Brooklyn, please give money to Jessica Gusberg (Brooklyn JRP).

If you are in Manhattan, Queens, or Staten Island, please await a response to your Order email with instructions on how to submit payment.

BONUS: If you’d like to help us take orders and collect money in your office, we need volunteers, especially in Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, as well as Brooklyn. Please contact Joshua Norkin or Antonia Codling if you are interested.

Thanks, everyone!

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