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September 26, 2013

2013.09.26: Take action: Palestinian lawyer arrested by Israeli occupation

From: Letwin, Michael
Date: Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 2:36 PM
Subject: Take action: Palestinian lawyer arrested by Israeli occupation
To: 1199 Members, ALAA MEMBERS

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Palestinian lawyer Anas Barghouti was seized by Israeli forces on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at the Container checkpoint near Ramallah. Anas is 30 years old and a lawyer and human rights defender.

Click here to take action now and demand Israeli officials free Anas Barghouti.

Further information: http://samidoun.ca/2013/09/take-action-palestinian-lawyer-anas-barghouti-arrested-by-israeli-occupation/

 

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2013.09.26: Take action: Palestinian lawyer arrested by Israeli occupation

From: Letwin, Michael
Date: Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 2:36 PM
Subject: Take action: Palestinian lawyer arrested by Israeli occupation
To: 1199 Members

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Palestinian lawyer Anas Barghouti was seized by Israeli forces on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at the Container checkpoint near Ramallah. Anas is 30 years old and a lawyer and human rights defender. 

Click here to take action now and demand Israeli officials free Anas Barghouti.

Further information: http://samidoun.ca/2013/09/take-action-palestinian-lawyer-anas-barghouti-arrested-by-israeli-occupation/

September 24, 2013

2013.09.24: 9/27-9/28: CopWatch Conference 2013 in the Bronx

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Police Abuse,Racism,Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 10:54 am

From: Letwin, Michael
Date: Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 10:54 AM
Subject: 9/27-9/28: CopWatch Conference 2013 in the Bronx
To: 1199 Members

cw_conference_2013_flyerThis September 27-28, Cop Watchers and police accountability organizers from across the country will converge to share skills, practices, resources, and ideas. Over the course of two days of skills-building workshops, panels, performances and collective visioning, we will envision and develop a Cop Watch community that is stronger, more unified and better prepared to affect real change for & with our communities. 

This Conference is specifically aimed at bringing together groups and individuals from WITHIN communities highly targeted by police abuse & violence, in order for our own communities to be empowered & organized to change the way our peoples are policed ourselves.

September 27-28, 2013

– Friday 9/27: 7-10pm – Saturday 9/28: 9am-6pm

@ The Point, 940 Garrison Ave
Hunts Point, in the South Bronx NYC
*6 train to Hunts Point

To Register for the Conference: http://bit.ly/14DM2nl

*Deadline to apply for travel stipends has now passed, but general registration is still open!*

*$25 Registration Fee (*Nobody turned away, waiver available)

**Travel scholarships, housing support & registration fee waivers available to those in need!

For more info: PeoplesJustice.org
Email: Info@PeoplesJustice.org
Call: (212) 614-5343

Details: http://www.peoplesjustice.org/site/index.php/Latest/Peoples-Justice-presents-Cop-Watch-Conference-2013.html

FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/211130079050007/

2013.09.24: 9/27-9/28: CopWatch Conference 2013 in the Bronx

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Police Abuse,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 10:54 am
From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 10:54 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: 9/27-9/28: CopWatch Conference 2013 in the Bronx

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This September 27-28, Cop Watchers and police accountability organizers from across the country will converge to share skills, practices, resources, and ideas. Over the course of two days of skills-building workshops, panels, performances and collective visioning, we will envision and develop a Cop Watch community that is stronger, more unified and better prepared to affect real change for & with our communities.

This Conference is specifically aimed at bringing together groups and individuals from WITHIN communities highly targeted by police abuse & violence, in order forour own communities to be empowered & organized to change the way our peoples are policed ourselves.

September 27-28, 2013
– Friday 9/27: 7-10pm    – Saturday 9/28: 9am-6pm

@ The Point, 940 Garrison Ave
Hunts Point, in the South Bronx NYC
*6 train to Hunts Point

To Register for the Conference: http://bit.ly/14DM2nl

*Deadline to apply for travel stipends has now passed, but general registration is still open!*
*$25 Registration Fee (*Nobody turned away, waiver available)
**Travel scholarships, housing support & registration fee waivers available to those in need!

For more info: PeoplesJustice.org
Email: Info@PeoplesJustice.org
Call: (212) 614-5343

Details: http://www.peoplesjustice.org/site/index.php/Latest/Peoples-Justice-presents-Cop-Watch-Conference-2013.html
FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/211130079050007/

September 23, 2013

2013.09.23: 2:30 Today: Defend CUNY Students’ Right to Protest

From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Monday, September 23, 2013 9:45 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: 2:30 Today: Defend CUNY Students’ Right to Protest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPtn5–IVDo

-Please forward and circulate widely-

LABOR’S HELP NEEDED THIS MONDAY, SEPT. 23, IN DEFENSE OF CUNY STUDENTS’ RIGHT TO PROTEST

When: Monday, September 23, 2:30 p.m.

Where: Macaulay Honors College, 35 West 67th St. (between Central park West and Columbus Ave.)

What: Protest called by the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Militarization of CUNY

Dear sisters and brothers:

This coming Monday, September 23, CUNY students need labor’s support in defense of the basic right to protest. This right is vital for the labor movement, whose members’ daughters and sons are also a big part of the predominantly working-class, immigrant, African American, Latino and Asian CUNY student body.

Many of you are already aware of the violent, unprovoked police attack on CUNY students at last Tuesday’s protest in front of a fundraiser where former Iraq/Afghanistan war commander David Petraeus was a keynote speaker.

As CUNY’s faculty/staff union points out in the “PSC Resolution in Protest of Violent Police Response to Peaceful Protest by CUNY Students” (reproduced below for reference):

“On September 17, 2013, the New York Police Department arrested six people, including four

CUNY students, in an unprovoked police attack against a peaceful protest by students and

faculty against CUNY’s appointment of former CIA chief ex-General David Petraeus. CUNY

students were punched, slammed against vehicles and against the pavement by NYPD officers.

Documentary video evidence shows a plainclothes police officer gratuitously kidney-punching a

protester who was already held down by other police officers and immobilized.”

Scenes of this gratuitous brutality are vividly shown in videos which have circulated widely on the Internet. Here is just one of them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPtn5–IVDo

Will NYC labor stand aside as our CUNY students, faculty and university workers have their rights trampled, and our students are violently assaulted in a brazen attempt to stifle their voice of protest against the drive to militarize our university?

To this we must answer together with a resounding “No!” CUNY’s students are the hope and pride of tens of thousands of working-class families in our city. Defending their rights is crucial to us all — and New York is a union town. Workers here have tremendous potential power.

Let’s put these facts together and bring out significant union and community support this Monday at the protest that the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Militarization of CUNY has called on the basis of the following demands: “CUNY Must Not Be a War College! War Criminal Petraeus, ROTC, Military Contracts and Military recruiters: Out of CUNY! Defend the CUNY 6! Drop All the Charges Now!”

Sisters and brothers: Please help bring out a real showing from the unions, immigrant rights, community, anti-racist and other concerned and activist groups this Monday — in defense of CUNY students’ rights to protest, and to defend the City University itself against militarization and police brutality. Together we can make a real difference in a situation where the rights of us all are at stake.

When: Monday, September 23, 2:30 p.m.

Where: Macaulay Honors College, 35 West 67th St. (between Central park West and Columbus Ave.)

What: Protest called by the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Militarization of CUNY

The committee may be contacted by writing adhoccunycommittee@gmail.com

In solidarity,

Sándor John
s_an@msn.com 917-520-5368
Adjunct Associate Professor of History, Hunter College
Union delegate (writing in a personal capacity); member Class Struggle Education Workers

September 20, 2013

2013.09.20: 7 p.m. Tonight: I Am Troy Davis: 2 Years Later

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Prisoners' Rights,Racism,Sentencing — nyclaw01 @ 11:08 am
From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Friday, September 20, 2013 11:08 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: 7 p.m. Tonight: I Am Troy Davis: 2 Years Later

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I Am Troy Davis: 2 Years Later

On September 21, 2011 Troy Anthony Davis was put to death by the State of Georgia.

On the eve of the second anniversary of Troy’s execution, the Davis family, AI USA, NAACP, EJUSA, NCADP, and Haymarket Books (Endorsed by: NCBL, CENJC, IAC, NLG (NY) and others) invite you to join the Davis family at St. Mary’s in Harlem, where the community came together two years ago in the hope that Troy’s life would be spared.

We will reflect on Troy Davis’ legacy, remember Martina Davis-Correia, discuss the movement to abolish the death penalty, and launch the book “I Am Troy Davis”, co-authored by Jen Marlowe and Troy’s sister Martina Davis-Correia, with the participation of Troy himself.

Participants include (list in formation):
*Kimberly Davis (Troy’s sister)
*Jen Marlowe (author of “I Am Troy Davis”)
*Eve Ensler (playwright & activist)
*Yusef Salaam (Central Park 5 and death penalty abolitionist)
*Lawrence Hayes (death row exonoree)
*Cherrell Brown (Equal Justice USA)
*Wende Gozan Brown (formerly from AIUSA)
*Laura Moye (AIUSA former death penalty abolition campaign director)

and emcee Thenjiwe McHarris (AIUSA).

**Endorsing Organizations (list information):

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About the stunning new Haymarket title, “I Am Troy Davis”:

“Here is a shout for human rights and for the abolition of the death penalty. This book, I Am Troy Davis, should be read and cherished. It will inspire courage in the heart of those who are willing to use their efforts to save lives and increase the quality of life for all people.”
—Maya Angelou

“Like Trayvon Martin’s monumental murder, the execution of Troy Davis was a historic awakening for this country — an awakening of the deadly consequences of white supremacy. Don’t miss this book!”
—Cornel West, Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice, Union Theological Seminary

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More on the new book, “I am Troy Davis”: http://bit.ly/1fCxNUR <http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1fCxNUR&h=7AQEvy908&enc=AZOCAhvBzsAOQR7HzpADu3It7PXHoMXs_yDv9UCyj5qNGzRJeD2SId8-tTrwD5OlB0I&s=1>

September 18, 2013

In Memoriam: Steven Sindos (1959-2013)

Filed under: 1994 Strike,Criminal Justice,Indigent Defense,Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 8:16 pm

Steve PictureSteve Sindos, public defender at the New York Legal Aid Society since 1987, died suddenly on September 17, 2013 in Supreme Court at 320 Jay Street, Brooklyn.

Steve, 53-years-old, was a highly respected trial attorney and mentor to many colleagues. He spent his entire career defending indigent Legal Aid clients, first in Complex 1, Manhattan, and since 1999 in Complex 3, Brooklyn.

In that capacity, Steve was a member of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW Local 2325, and a veteran of the 1994 Legal Aid strike, as reflected in his later endorsement of this statement.

Steve was the son of Henry and Louise Sindos and was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on December 12, 1959. He was raised in New Rochelle, graduated from New Rochelle High, Boston University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Law School (1986).

Steve is survived by his mother Dr. Louise Sindos, sisters Catherine Sindos and Dr. Maria Sindos-Parker, his brother-in-law Joseph Parker, his nephew Brandon Sindos, and niece Maya Sindos. He was predeceased by both his father Henry Sindos and brother Anthony Sindos.

Steve’s death is a great loss to all who knew him, and he will be sorely missed.

To donate to the Steven Henry Sindos Scholarship fund, select “School of Law” from the drop down menu and select “Steven H. Sindos Legal Aid Internship (253625).”

September 6, 2013

2013.09.06: Urgent Action: Free Egyptian labor lawyer arrested by army

From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Friday, September 06, 2013 12:55 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: Urgent Action: Free Egyptian labor lawyer arrested by army

MENA Solidarity Network

Solidarity with Workers in the Middle East

Egypt: labour lawyer Haitham Mohamedain arrested by army

Posted on September 5, 2013

Haitham Mohamedain, one of Egypt’s leading labour lawyers and an activist with the Revolutionary Socialists, has arrested on his way to meet clients in Suez. He was detained by the Army near Suez and has been transferred to a police station in the city. According to the latest information from Egypt, he has been charged with assaulting an army officer.

Haitham has played a leading role for years in defending workers in struggle, both in the police station and in the streets as a revolutionary activist. He was at the forefront of the massive protests against Mohamed Morsi on 30 June, but has also been one of the few voices condemning the military’s crackdown and the killing of hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters since the Army takeover.

What you can do:

Sign the statement below calling for Haitham’s release and the dropping of all charges. Add you name here

Write urgently to the Egyptian authorities calling for his release and an end to the harassment and prosecution of the military’s political opponents. Rush messages of protest to General Abd-al-Fattah al-Sisi, Commander in Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces. Email General al-Sisi here mod@afmic.gov.eg copy in Kamal Abu Aita, Minister of Labour (minoffice@mome.gov.eg) and the Egyptian Ambassador to the UK (eg.emb_london@mfa.gov.eg) or your country.

Sign and circulate our Emergency Statement on Egypt.

Freedom for Haitham Mohamedain

We condemn the arrest and detention of Haitham Mohamedain by the Egyptian army on 5th September in Suez. Haitham is a well known labour lawyer and revolutionary activist who has represented hundreds of workers arrested on picket lines or facing court hearings as a result of victimisation by their bosses or assaults by the police. Just two weeks ago he was in Suez defending steel workers whose strike for higher wages was broken up by the Army.

As a leading member of the Revolutionary Socialists, Haitham has also been one of only a small number of revolutionary activists prepared to publicly condemn the brutal crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood by the Army in recent weeks, including the killing of hundreds of protesters on 14th August.

We call for Haitham’s immediate release and the withdrawal of any charges against him.

September 3, 2013

2013.09.03: Rally for Ramarley Graham: Join us as we rally for the Justice Department’s help

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Drug Wars,Police Abuse,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 10:45 am
From: Arafa, Noha
Sent: Tuesday, September 03, 2013 10:45 AM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: Rally fpor Ramarley Graham: Join us as we rally for the Justice Department’s help
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Ramarleyscall graham <ramarleyscall@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Aug 31, 2013 at 6:32 PM
Subject: Join us as we rally for the Justice Department’s help
To: Ramarleyscall graham <ramarleyscall@gmail.com>

Hello everyone,

We are at the stage where we need your help as much as we need to see Richard Haste pays for the crime he committed.  The Justice Department agreed that they will look into the case involving the murder of Ramarley Graham and we need to show them that while we appreciate them looking into the case, we need them to take the case and show the nation and NYPD that Richard Haste VIOLATED Ramarleys Civil Rights.

If the corrupt Judicial System of the Bronx County cannot see that Richard Haste killed Ramarley forabsolutely NO Reason, then We are asking the Justice Department to Let Richard Haste Go to Jail fora Reason.

Please join us as we rally and raise our voices on September 6th at 5:00pm at 110th Street and Lenox avenue to the State Office Building at 125th Street.

Thank you for your continuous support in the fight for Justice for Ramarley

Ramarleys Call

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