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April 19, 2013

2013.04.19: Video of Yesterday’s Stop and Frisk Press Conference

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Drug Wars,Police Abuse,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 1:16 pm

From:    Letwin, Michael

Sent:   Friday, April 19, 2013 1:16 PM

To:     1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS

Subject:        Video of Yesterday’s Stop and Frisk Press Conference

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtCrqYbJrkI

Lawyers Against Stop and Frisk

On April 18, 2013 NYC Public Defenders, Attorneys Call for End to Illegal, Discriminatory Policing and Stop & Frisk Practices outside Stop-and-Frisk Trial

Group expresses support for federal lawsuit, stresses need for reforms

Today, lawyers from all over New York City came to the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Courthouse inLower Manhattan to show their support for the Floyd plaintiff’s challenging the NYPD’s unconstitutional stop-and -frisk policing practices in a class-action lawsuit. The attorneys called foran end to illegal discriminatory policing and expressed support for the Community Safety Act reforms that would protect New Yorkers from being profiled and unlawfully searched by police, while increasing accountability and transparency for the police department.

“The NYPD acts with a culture of impunity,” said Jason E. Starr, Esq. “This undermines the ability of the community to trust and respect the Police Department, making all New Yorkers less safe. How much longer does this need to go on? It is time for New York City and the Bloomberg administration to admit that it has to a stop-and-frisk problem, to settle it’s stop-and-frisk cases, and to agree to serious reforms, including passage of the Community Safety Act.” Everyday, both criminal and civil lawyers represent clients who have been unlawfully stopped, harassed, searched, and arrested b the NYPD throughout New York City. Many lawyers have themselves been the targets of the same wrongheaded policing that has been on trial in Federal court for weeks.

“One would expect, or at least imagine, that in a city with more than 685,000 stop-and-frisks per year, there would be innumerable suppression hearings with police officers called under oath about they did and why they did it,” said Steve Zeidman, a Clinical Professor at CUNY School of Law. “This is precisely the role imagined for the criminal court by the U.S. Supreme Court when it established the exclusionary rule for Fourth Amendment violations. However, suppression hearingsin the criminal court are few and far between. Just as the criminal court’s longstanding and overarching emphasis on efficiency and plea bargains trumps trials and meaningful determinations of guilt or innocence, it also ignores, if not abhors, suppression hearings and careful examinations of the legality of everyday police conduct on the street.”

Read: Floyd v. New York City Trial Updates: http://ccrjustice.org/floyd-trial-updates

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Lawyers Against Stop and Frisk

April 18, 2013

2013.04.18: Lawyers Against Stop and Frisk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtCrqYbJrkI
Lawyers Against Stop and Frisk
 
On April 18, 2013 NYC Public Defenders, Attorneys Call for End to Illegal, Discriminatory Policing and Stop & Frisk Practices outside Stop-and-Frisk Trial
 
Group expresses support for federal lawsuit, stresses need for reforms
 
Today, lawyers from all over New York City came to the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Courthouse in Lower Manhattan to show their support for the Floyd plaintiff’s challenging the NYPD’s unconstitutional stop-and -frisk policing practices in a class-action lawsuit. The attorneys called for an end to illegal discriminatory policing and expressed support for the Community Safety Act reforms that would protect New Yorkers from being profiled and unlawfully searched by police, while increasing accountability and transparency for the police department.
 
“The NYPD acts with a culture of impunity,” said Jason E. Starr, Esq. “This undermines the ability of the community to trust and respect the Police Department, making all New Yorkers less safe. How much longer does this need to go on? It is time for New York City and the Bloomberg administration to admit that it has to a stop-and-frisk problem, to settle it’s stop-and-frisk cases, and to agree to serious reforms, including passage of the Community Safety Act.” Everyday, both criminal and civil lawyers represent clients who have been unlawfully stopped, harassed, searched, and arrested b the NYPD throughout New York City. Many lawyers have themselves been the targets of the same wrongheaded policing that has been on trial in Federal court for weeks.
 
“One would expect, or at least imagine, that in a city with more than 685,000 stop-and-frisks per year, there would be innumerable suppression hearings with police officers called under oath about they did and why they did it,” said Steve Zeidman, a Clinical Professor at CUNY School of Law. “This is precisely the role imagined for the criminal court by the U.S. Supreme Court when it established the exclusionary rule for Fourth Amendment violations. However, suppression hearings in the criminal court are few and far between. Just as the criminal court’s longstanding and overarching emphasis on efficiency and plea bargains trumps trials and meaningful determinations of guilt or innocence, it also ignores, if not abhors, suppression hearings and careful examinations of the legality of everyday police conduct on the street.”
Read: Floyd v. New York City Trial Updates: http://ccrjustice.org/floyd-trial-updates

April 15, 2013

2013.04.15: Correction: THURS.: Intersections Between The ‘War on Crime’ & The ‘War on Terror’

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Monday, April 15, 2013 10:17 AM
To: Letwin, Michael; 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Correction: THURS.: Intersections Between The ‘War on Crime’ & The ‘War on Terror’
Intersections Between
The ‘War on Crime’ &
The ‘War on Terror’

April 18th, 2013

6:30-8:30pm
At The Riverside Church Assembly Hall
(490 Riverside Dr New York,  NY / On 120th and Claremont)

Free Admission

Join….

Constance Malcolm / Mother of Ramarley Graham, who was killed by the NYPD in his own home

Jazz Hayden / Community activist & founding member of the Campaign to End The New Jim Crow

Faisal Hashmi / Brother of Fahad Hashmi, who was accused of providing material support to Al-Qaeda

Ramzi Kassem / Lawyer representing multiple detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Bagram Air Force Base, & other US “Black Sites

Yusef Salaam / Wrongfully convicted in the Central Park jogger case

Noor Elashi / Daughter of Holy Land Five political prisoner, Ghassan Elashi

Shaheena Parveen / Mother of Matin Siraj, who was charged as a terrorist in a fabricated NYPD plot

Andy Stepanian / Convicted as a terrorist for his animal rights activism

Amir Varick / Community Activist sentenced to 25 years to life for a non violent drug offense

Alicia McWilliams / Activist & Aunt of Newburgh 4 defendant, David Williams.

Sohail Daulatzai / Author of “Black Star, Crescent Moon”

Steve Downs / Former lawyer in the ‘US vs. Yassin Aref’ case

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The US’ “War on Drugs” and “War on Terror” have produced a parallel system of state violence and social control, manifested through unjust prosecutions and the mass incarceration of people of color.

Join us on April 18th from 6:30-8:30pm for a town hall discussion as we hear first-hand stories from former prisoners, family members, lawyers, intellectuals, historians and activists about excessive sentences, discriminatory policing, suppression of political dissent, and mass incarceration.

After the event, if a consensus is reached, we will hit the streets for a solidarity march through Harlem!

Event flyer is attached, please print, copy and distribute.

This FREE event is presented by
CTENJC, The Campaign to End The New Jim Crow
In partnership with:
NCPCF-National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms
CAIR-Council on American Islamic Relations
DRUM, Desis Rising Up and Moving
Justice by the Pen

Lean more about:
The Campaign to End The New Jim Crow www.endnewjimcrow.org <http://www.endnewjimcrow.org/>

For more information about this event, contact:
hodayesha@gmail.com or justicebythepen@gmail.com

———-
في أمان الله

Fahd Ahmed

Legal and Policy Director
DRUM- Desis Rising Up & Moving
72-18 Roosevelt Avenue
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Tel (718) 205-3036 / Fax (718) 205-3037
www.drumnyc.org <http://www.drumnyc.org/>  / fahd@drumnyc.org
<http://www.nycharities.org/donate/c_donate.asp?CharityCode=3584>

April 10, 2013

2013.04.10: Death of Ben Sullivan

Filed under: Criminal Justice,Indigent Defense — nyclaw01 @ 11:06 am

Ben Sullivan

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 11:06 AM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members; CRIMINAL PRACTICE ALL
Subject: Death of Ben Sullivan

On March 30, Ben Sullivan, an investigator at Orleans Public Defender and recent Manhattan CDD intern, was killed in an automobile accident.

http://blog.nola.com/updates/2013/04/tulane_law_student_killed_in_b.html

http://obits.nola.com/obituaries/nola/obituary.aspx?n=benjamin-levick-sullivan&pid=164005678#fbLoggedOut

Ben’s mother, Sandra Levick, is chief of special litigation at the Public Defender Service in DC. His father, John Sullivan, is an attorney at the SEIU.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Ben’s memory to the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP), which helps New Orleans juveniles transition from detention to the community: youthempowermentproject.org

April 5, 2013

2013.04.05: Please help spread the word about the social justice caucus running in the UFT elections

Filed under: Labor Solidarity — nyclaw01 @ 1:52 pm

From:    Herschel, Lucy

Sent:   Friday, April 05, 2013 1:52 PM

To:     ALAA MEMBERS

Subject:        Please help spread the word about the social justice caucus running in the UFT elections.

Hey ALAA folks, I already shared this w/ 1199ers, but thought some you might also be interested to know about the Movement of Rank and File Educators, a social justice caucus running in the United Federation of Teachers elections.  They are modeled after the caucus that took over the Chicago teachers union that led a very successful (and very militant and mobilized) strike last Fall.  This is the kind of organizing the labor movement needs if it’s going to reverse the attack on working people in this country.

Check out their campaign video for yourself.  And PLEASE pass it on to any teachers you know (friends, family, your kids teachers, etc). They are getting their ballots in the mail this week and they should at least know that they have an option in this year’s election and who these folks are.

Thanks!

MORE campaign video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XusIasWTHrg&feature=player_embedded

For more on MORE:

http://morecaucusnyc.org

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XusIasWTHrg&authuser=0 

April 4, 2013

2013.04.04: 45 Years After: Honoring the Real MLK

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Thursday, April 04, 2013 10:48 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: 45 Years After: Honoring the Real MLK
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7 p.m. Tonight: Honoring The Radical MLK
Creating the Beloved Community
Redemption. Forgiveness. Atonement.
From MLK to Immortal Technique
Location: Riverside Church, Manhattan
http://www.theriversidechurchny.org/events/index.php?event=12975&filter=ALL

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.”
http://www.aavw.org/special_features/speeches_speech_king01.html

King’s unfinished struggle
THE SANITATION workers were carrying out, in many ways, precisely the kind of movement that Martin Luther King Jr. was struggling to organize in the last year of his life.
http://socialistworker.org/2012/12/07/kings-unfinished-struggle

Memphis sanitation workers fighting for jobs, 45 years after King was killed supporting them
“They’re trying to take everything (King) did for us, they’re trying to take it all back,” Moore said. “I don’t think it’s right.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/45-years-after-king-was-killed-supporting-them-memphis-sanitation-workers-fighting-for-jobs/2013/04/03/c8f790f0-9c3d-11e2-9219-51eb8387e8f1_story.html

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