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July 31, 2014

2014.07.31: Urgent Action: Please Join UAW Local 2865 Joint Council in Opposing War on Gaza

Filed under: Antiwar,International Human Rights,Key Documents,Palestine,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 3:04 pm

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2014 3:04 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: Urgent Action: Please Join UAW Local 2865 Joint Council in Opposing War on Gaza

With the Gaza death toll now at 1100+ and still rising, and the US government replenishing Israel’s supplies of lethal weapons, a growing number of trade unionists around the world are speaking out.

At the forefront is one of our sister units, 13,000-member UAW Local 2865, whose Joint Council has issued Student Workers at the University of California Support Palestine.

To take a stand, please endorse the new Labor for Palestine statement below, already signed by hundreds of trade unionists, (including members of ALAA and 1199), specifying your union membership in the box labeled “Why is this important to you.”

Please also:

1. Forward this message to interested members of other unions.

2. Endorse a parallel statement by Jews for Palestinian Right of Return.

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LFP
Labor for Palestine

Stop the War on Gaza: No Arms for Apartheid Israel — Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions!

July 28, 2014

“We call on the UN and governments across the world to take immediate steps to implement a comprehensive and legally binding military embargo on Israel, similar to that imposed on South Africa during apartheid.”

Palestinian Trade Unions and Civil Society, Stop Arming Israel, July 20, 2014

“For the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.”

Beyond Vietnam, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., April 4, 1967

* * *

As workers and trade unionists, we join with Palestinian trade unions, the Congress of South African Trade Unions, Unite (UK/Ireland), and labor organizations around the world to urgently condemn Israel’s barbaric war on Gaza, which has taken thousands of lives since 2006, including many hundreds in recent weeks.

With them, we stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people against more than a century of Zionist colonialism, dispossession, ethnic cleaning, racism, apartheid and genocide — including Israel’s very establishment through the uprooting and displacement of over 750,000 Palestinians during the 1947-1948 Nakba. Indeed, eighty percent of the 1.8 million people sealed into Gaza are refugees.

With them, we support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), which demands an end to Israeli military occupation of the 1967 territories; full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel; and the right of return for Palestinian refugees, as affirmed by UN resolution 194.

Therefore:

• We call on the US government and its allies to end all aid to Israel.

• We call on workers to emulate dockers in South Africa, India, Sweden, Norway, Turkey, the US west coast, and elsewhere, by refusing to handle military or any other cargo destined for Israel.

• We call on labor bodies to divest from Israel Bonds, and cut ties with the Histadrut, Israel’s racist labor federation. (See model resolution, below.)

Initial Signers (List in formation)

Labor Bodies

NC Public Service Workers Union-UE Local 150

Unite Union NZ

Individuals (Affiliation shown for identification only // *Labor for Palestine co-conveners)

*Suzanne Adely, U.S.-MENA Global Labor Solidarity Network; Former Staff, Global Organizing Institute, UAW

*Monadel Herzallah, former member, Arab American Union Members Council, San Francisco, CA

*Michael Letwin, former President, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW L. 2325; co-founder, Jews for Palestinian Right of Return, NYC Labor Against the War; US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel

Prof. Rabab Abdulhadi, California Faculty Association SFSU

Judith Ackerman, 1199SEIU, AFT, UFT, AFTRA, SAG, New York NY

Larry Adams, former President, NPMHU L. 300; co-founder, NYC Labor Against the War; People’s Organization for Progress

Joseph Agonito, former President, L. 1845-NYSUT, AFT

Bina Ahmad, ALAA/UAW L. 2325, NYC Legal Aid Society

Sameerah Ahmad, Executive Director, Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center; former member, GEO/UAW L. 2322

Faiz Ahmed, Chairperson/président Canadian Union of Public Employees L. 3903

Tanya Akel, IBT L. 2010, AFT L. 1521

Noha Arafa, ALAA/UAW L. 2325, NYC Legal Aid Society

Anthony Arnove, National Writers Union/UAW L. 1981, Brooklyn NY

B. Ross Ashley, SEIU L. 204 (retired), Toronto ON

John Bail, National Director, Pacific Region Canadian Union of Postal Workers

Harry Baker, Former Executive Board member, SEIU L. 1021, N. CA
Sarah Barker, Organiser, New Zealand Nurses Organisation

Julia Barnett, Steward, CUPS, L. 79

Thomas F. Barton, L. 768, DC 37, AFSCME

Bill Bateman, Laborers L. 271; Coordinator, RI Unemployed Council, RI Campaign for Work & Wages

Richard Berg, Past President, IBT L. 743

Michael Billeaux, Co-President, Teaching Assistants’ Association/AFT L. 3220, Madison WI

Walter Birdwell, Retired Steward, National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 283

Richard Blake, IBT L. 512, Jacksonville FL

Dana Blanchard, Berkeley Federation of Teachers, AFT L. 1078

Dave Bleakney, National Union Representative, CUPW, Ottowa ON

Rebecca Bor, Chicago Teachers Union, AFT L. 1

Alexandra Bradbury, co-editor, Labor Notes

Larry Bradshaw, VP SEIU L. 1021, San Francisco

Gloria Brandman, UFT/NYC-MORE Caucus

Deena Brazy, Steward/VP, AFSCME L. 60, Madison WI

Tibby Brooks, National Writers Union/UAW L. 1981

Gene Bruskin, Founder, US Labor Against the War

Gabriel Camacho, UNITE HERE L. 66L Cambridge MA

Chris Carlsson, Co-Director, Shaping San Francisco; SEIU L. 1021; adjunct faculty, San Francisco Art Institute

Nora Carroll, ALAA/UAW L. 2325, NYC Legal Aid Society

David Chavez, UAW L. 2865, UC Riverside

Edward Childs, Chief Steward, Unite-Here L. 26

Jan Clausen, Goddard College faculty; UAW L. 2322 Liaison to U.S. Labor Against the War, NYC Chapter

Mary Clinton, Organizer, CWA District 1

L. Antonia Codling, Alt. VP & Former Rep., Attorneys of Color of Legal Aid, ALAA/UAW L. 2325, NYC Legal Aid Society

Len Cooper, Victorian Secretary, Communication Workers Union, Australia

Krista L. Cortes, Unit Chair, UAW L. 2865, UC Berkeley

Heather Cottin, Professional Staff Congress, NYC

Mike Cushman, Membership Secretary, London School of Economics, University and College Union branch (UCU)

Denise D’Anne, SEIU L. 1021

Joe Davies, Organizer, Southern Local Government Officers Union, Christchurch NZ

Warren Davis, Exec. VP (Retired), AFGE L. 2006, Philadelphia

Richard Deaton, Ph.D., LL.B., Asst. Director of Research, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)(retired)

Francisco Martin del Campo, Head Steward, UAW L. 2685, UC Berkeley Unit

Jacob Denz, GSOC/UAW L. 2110; NYU; Brooklyn, NY

Roger Dittmann, PhD, Former Secretary, United Professors of California

Monique Dols, UFT, NYC

Greg Dropkin, Unison; Liverpool Friends of Palestine, UK

Tim Dubnau, Organizing Coordinator, CWA District One

Arla S. Ertz, SEIU L. 1021 San Francisco

Shelley Ettinger, AFT L. 3882, NYC

Mark Evard, National Director, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Ottawa ON

Mikos Fabersunne, Professional Engineers in California Government (retired)

Jessica Feldman, UAW L. 2110, NYC

Chris Ferlazzo, Portland Jobs with Justice

Prof. Mary E. Finn, Ph. D., United University Professionals, State University of New York at Buffalo

Prof. Patrick J. Finn, Ph. D., United University Professionals, State University of New York at Buffalo

Gord Fischer, National Director, CUPW Prairie Region, Winnipeg MB

Jon Flanders, Past President, IAM 1145

Prof. Manzar Foroohar, former Chapter President, California Faculty Association-Cal Poly

Sheena Foster, Global Labour University Alumni

Andre Francois, Recording Secretary, USW L. 8751

Carol Gay, President, NJ State Industrial Union Council

Maxine Gay, Retail Finance & Commerce Secretary, FIRST Union New Zealand

Carl Gentile, National Representative, American Federation of Government Employees

Christine Geovanis National Writers Union/UAW L. 1981

Alborz Ghandehari, Recording Secretary, San Diego Unit, UAW L. 2865 (UC Student-Worker Union)

Hadi Gharabaghi, GSOC-UAW L. 2110; Cinema Studies, NYU

Steve Gillis, VP USW L. 8751 (Boston School Bus Drivers’ Union)

Mike Gimbel, Chairperson, Labor/Community Unity Committee, L. 375, AFSCME

Greg Giorgio, Delegate, Upstate NY Regional Branch, Industrial Workers of the World

Nathan Goldbaum, Member Communications Coordinator, Chicago Teachers Union, AFT L. 1

Marty Goodman, former Executive Board member, Transport Workers Union L. 100

Erik Green, UAW L. 2865, Financial Secretary, Santa Cruz CA

Ira Grupper, Delegate (retired), Greater Louisville (KY) Central Labor Council, BCTGM L. 16T

Maria Guillen, SEIU L. 1021

Gabriel Haaland, CWA L. 9404

Jesse Hagopian, Seattle Education Association/NEA

Denise Hammond, Unifor 591 G

David Heap, University of Western Ontario Faculty Association

Jenny Heinz, 1199SEIU

Stanley Heller, 40-year AFT member, West Haven, CT, now AFT 933 (retired)

Lucy Herschel, Delegate, 1199SEIU, NYC

Fred Hirsch, VP, Plumbers and Fitters L. 393, San Jose CA

Michael Hirsch, National Writers Union/UAW L. 1981
Bridgett Holloman, 1199SEIU, Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn NY

Alexandra Holmstrom-Smith, Chair, UCLA Unit, UAW L. 2865 (UC Student-Worker Union)

Jim Holstun, UUP Buffalo Center Chapter, NYSUT, AFT

Evert Hoogers, National Union Rep., CUPW (retired)

Cherrene Horazuk, President, AFSCME L. 3800

Jonathan House, President (1979-1981), Executive Director (1982-1989), Committee of Interns and Residents, SEIU

Sean Howard, Shop Steward, IBT L. 559, Hartford CT

Janet Hudgins, CUPE (retired)

Ren-yo Hwang, S. VP, UAW 2865, Los Angeles

Joe Iosbaker, Executive Board, SEIU L. 73

Malathi Iyenga, San Diego Unit Chair, UAW L. 2865

Joe Jamison, TWU L. 100 (retired)

James Jordan, National Co-Coordinator, Alliance for Global Justice

Michael P. Kaehler, President, APWU L. 647, Saint Cloud MN Area

Marianne Kaletzky, Head Steward, UAW L. 2865 Berkeley CA

Dan Kaplan, Executive Secretary, AFT L. 1493, San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers

Jim Kaplan, former member, Somerville Teachers Association, MA

Wendy Kaufmyn, Executive Board, AFT L. 2121 (faculty union of City College of San Francisco)

Brian Kelly, UCU Belfast (formerly Carpenters L. 33 Boston and IUMSWA L. 25 East Boston)

Sue Kelly, OPEIU L. 334 (retired)

Russell Kilday-Hicks, VP, California State Employees Association

Ed Kinchley, San Francisco Committee on Political Education; Co-chair, SEIU L. 1021, San Francisco

John Kirkland, Carpenters L. 1462, Bucks County PA

Steve Kirschbaum, Grievance Committee Chair, USW L. 8751

David Klein, California Faculty Association

Jeff Klein, Retired President, NAGE/SEIU L. R1-168

Cindy Klumb, OPEIU L. 153

Richard Koritz, Former President, NALC Branch 630, Greensboro NC

Dennis Kortheuer, California Faculty Association

Bud Korotzer, Shop Steward, AFSCME District Council 37, L. 371 (retired)

Daniella Korotzer, Former VP & Health & Safety Rep., ALAA/UAW L. 2325, NYC Legal Aid Society

Francine Korotzer, Shop Steward, AFSCME District Council 37, L. 2054 (retired)

Dennis Kosuth, Shop Steward, Convention Delegate, National Nurses Organizing Committee, National Nurses United

Rebecca Kurti, 1199SEIU

Elizabeth Lalasz, Steward & Bargaining Team Rep., National Convention Delegate, District 13, National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses Unites (NNOC/NNU)

Zoe Lawlor, Unite Teacher, University of Limerick, Ireland

Howard Lenow, American Jews For A Just Peace, trade union lawyer

Kristin Lew, 1199SEIU

Stephen Lewis, SEIU L. 509

Joe Lombardo, CSEA L. 999, Troy Area Labor Council

Marsha Love, UALE, Chicago

Michael Lyon, AFT L. 2121 (retiree)

John McColgan, SENA 9158, United Steelworkers of America

Maureen McDermott, UFT, NYC

Henry Maar, Trustee, UAW L. 2865

Amir M. Maasoumi, former member, Federation des travailleurs du Quebec (FTQ)

Shafeah M’Balia, National Assn. of Letter Carriers, Greenville, NC Branch 1729; Black Workers For Justice

Cindy McCallum Miller, President, Castlegar Local Canadian Union of Postal Workers, BC

Edward Miller, Strategic Adviser, FIRST Union, Auckland NZ

Gail Miller, UFT, NYC

Nathaniel Miller, Industrial Workers of the World

Susan Olivia Morris, Alternate VP, ALAA/UAW L. 2325, NYC Legal Aid Society

Irene Morrison, Recording Secretary, UAW 2865, UC Riverside

Hlokoza Motau, National Union of Metalworkers’ Union (Numsa), Johannesburg, South Africa

Kenneth Myers, United Federation of Teachers, NYC

Ken Nash, AFSCME L. 1930, DC 37

Lisa North, AFT L. 2, Brooklyn NY

Raquel Pacheco, UAW L. 2865, San Diego CA

Meredith Palmer, Head Steward, UAW L. 2865, UC Berkeley

Jackson Pitts, Head Steward, UAW L. 2865, UC Riverside

Maria Pizarro, AFSCME L. 2081

Marion Pollack, retiree, Vancouver BC

Jay Poppa, VP, Bridgeport Education Association, Bridgeport, CT

Dr. Anna Potempska, PhD, PEF (retired), NY

Andre’ Powell, AFSCME Delegate, Baltimore Central Labor Council

Peter Rachleff, Labor Educator; UALE

Natasha Raheja, Bargaining Committee, GSOC-UAW L. 2110, NYC

Melissa Rakestraw, Executive Board and Shop Steward, National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 825, Oakbrook IL

Croft Randle, Retired Local Officer and Provincial Representative, Telecommunications Workers Union, BC Canada

Ben Ratliffe, Steward, AFSCME L. 60, WI

Dominic Renda, Chief Shop Steward, CWA L. 1105

Eric Robson, Steward and Trustee, AFSCME L. 171, Madison WI

Marco Antonio Rosales, Unit Chair, UAW L. 2865, UC Davis

Mimi Rosenberg, ALAA/UAW L. 2325, NYC Legal Aid Society
Keith Rosenthal, AFSCME L. 3650, Somerville MA

Prof. Emerita Marguerite G. Rosenthal, Massachusetts State College Association/Mass. Education Assn./NEA

Andrew Ross, AAUP, NYU

Janice Rothstein, AFSCME L. 3299, San Francisco

Christina Rousseau, CUPE 3903, Toronto ON

David Russitano, Executive Board, United Educators of San Francisco, AFT/CFT L. 61

Gillian Russom, Board of Directors, United Teachers Los Angeles, AFT L. 1021

Carl Sack, AFT L. 3220, UW-Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association

Keith Sadler, UAW L. 2, Toledo OH

Lauren Schaeffer, Head Steward, UAW L. 2865, Los Angeles CA

Charity Schmidt, Former Co-President, University of Wisconsin-Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA)

Robert M. Schwartz, National Writers Union/UAW L. 1981, Boston MA

Helen Scott, United Academics AAUP/AFT L. 4996, Burlington VT

Mary Scully, IUE-CWA L. 201 (retired)

Snehal Shingavi, Texas State Employees Union/CWA L. 6186, Austin TX

Tyler Shipley, CUPE L. 3903; Toronto ON

Ahmad Shirazi, Former Board Member, IATSE L. 700, NYC

Sid Shniad, Former Research Director, Telecommunications Workers Union, Vancouver BC

Jerry Silberman, Senior Staff Rep., Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals

Lorrie Beth Slonsky, SEIU L. 1021; Paramedic (retired)

Larry Smallwood, former Telecommunications Workers Union of Canada; Volunteer President L. 7; human rights officer; union activist for equity rights

Nancy Snyder, Recording Secretary Emeritus, SEIU L. 1021

David Sole, Past President, UAW L. 2334, Detroit

Peter Spitzform, AFT/AAUP, University of Vermont

Brenda Stokely, former President, AFSCME DC 1707; co-founder, NYC Labor Against the War; Co-Chair, Million Worker March Movement

Alan Stolzer, Bakers L. 3 (retired)

Susan Stout, Unifor 2002, Canada (retired)

Dante Strobino, UE L. 150, North Carolina Public Service Workers Union, Durham

Brian J. Sullivan, LSSA/UAW L. 2320, NYC

Rick Sullivan, BC Retired Teachers’ Association, Parksville BC

Lee Sustar, NWU/UAW L. 1981; Chicago IL

Alice Sturm Sutter, NYSNA (retired), NYC

Team Solidarity – the Voice of United School Bus Workers

Steve Terry, ALAA/UAW L. 2325, NYC Legal Aid Society

Clarence Thomas, Co-Chair, Million Worker March; Executive Board, ILWU L. 10

Elizabeth Thornton, Head Steward, UCLA Unit, UAW L. 2865 (UC Student-Workers Union)

Joanne Tien, Head Steward, UAW L. 2865, Oakland CA.

Azalia Torres, Former Executive Board Member, ALAA/UAW L. 2325, NYC Legal Aid Society

Mike Treen, National Director, Unite Union NZ

Corey Uhl, IBT L. 79, Tampa FL

Jaime Veve, Transport Workers Union L. 100, NYC (retired)

Nantina Vgontzas, GSOC/UAW L. 2110, NYU

Sabina Virgo, Founding and Past President, AFSCME L. 2620

Kay L. Walker, SEIU L. 1021, San Francisco (retired)

Peter Waterman, Researcher/writer on labour internationalisms; ABVA-KABO, The Hague, Netherlands

Dave Welsh, Delegate, San Francisco Labor Council

Nancy Welch, Delegate, UVM United Academics AFT/AAUP

Bruce Wolf, Social Justice Committee, OPEIU L. 2

Sherry Wolf, CWA L. 1032

Cynthia Wright, CUPE 3903

Garrett Wright, National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW L. 2320, NYC

Eddie Yood, CWA L. 1180 Liaison to US Labor Against the War

Carol F. Yost, Organization of Staff Analysts, NYC (retired)

Steve Zeltzer, CWA L. 39521; Pacific Media Workers; KPFA WorkWeek Radio

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Labor for Palestine Model Resolution
Stop the War on Gaza: No Arms for Apartheid Israel — Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions!

Whereas, Israel is committing yet another series of massacres in Gaza, many victims of which include workers, children, entire families the elderly, and the disabled; and

Whereas, Palestinian workers and their families continue to be killed and maimed by naval vessels, jet fighters, Apache helicopters, white phosphorous and other weapons supplied by the US and its allies; and

Whereas, during 2009-2018, the US government is set to provide military aid to Israel worth $30 billion; and

Whereas, Israel claims of “self-defense” are a thinly disguised pretext for more than a century of Zionist colonialism, dispossession, ethnic cleaning, racism, and genocide against the Palestinian people — including Israel’s very establishment through the uprooting and displacement of over 750,000 Palestinians during the 1947-1948 Nakba. Indeed, eighty percent of the 1.8 million people sealed into Gaza are refugees; and

Whereas, veteran South African freedom fighters have observed that Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is “worse than apartheid”; and

Whereas, on July 12, 2014, Gaza civil society issued an urgent appeal for solidarity, calling for an arms embargo and full Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against apartheid Israel, which demands an end to Israeli military occupation of the 1967 territories; full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel; and the right of return for Palestinian refugees, as affirmed by UN resolution 194; and

Whereas, on July 10, 2014, the Congress of South African Trade Unions denounced the latest Israeli massacres in Gaza, and called “on the international trade union movement, various civil society organisations, international religious bodies and even business to speak out against savagery and barbarism against fellow human beings”; and

Whereas, on July 11, 2014, Unite, the biggest union in the UK and Ireland, stated that it “unreservedly condemns the continuing Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people and calls for the military strikes and the military build up to be halted immediately,” and reiterated its support for BDS; and

Whereas, the campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against apartheid Israel has been endorsed by numerous labor bodies around the world, including the trade union congresses of South Africa, Egypt, Brazil, Ireland, Scotland and the UK, and labor bodies in Australia, France, Canada, Norway, Catalunya, Italy, Spain and Turkey; and

Whereas, top U.S. labor officials nonetheless continues to invest billions of from union members’ pension funds in State of Israel Bonds, a pillar of apartheid that enjoys tax-exempt status from the U.S. government; and

Whereas, in opposing the Vietnam War, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. declared: “For the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent”; and

Whereas, Nelson Mandela declared: “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians”;

Therefore:

• We endorse Labor for Palestine’s statement Trade Unionists Say: Stop the War on Gaza: No Arms for Apartheid Israel — Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions!

• We call on the US government and its allies to end all aid to Israel.

• We call on workers to emulate dockers in South Africa, India, Sweden, Norway, Turkey, the US west coast, and elsewhere, by refusing to handle military or any other cargo destined for Israel.

• We call on labor bodies to divest from Israel Bonds, and cut ties with the Histadrut, Israel’s racist labor federation.

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LaborforPalestine.net
LaborforPalestine.us@gmail.com

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July 29, 2014

2014.07.29: Updated Signers (173) of Mass Free Speech Grievance

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Friday, August 08, 2014 1:25 PM
To: ALAA Members, 1199 Members
Subject: Updated Signers (173) of Mass Free Speech Grievance

­On July 29, 2014, the ALAA Joint Council voted to “authorize this grievance to proceed through the third step of the grievance process.”

Additional individual endorsers from both ALAA and 1199 will continue to be listed below.

 

Mass Free Speech Grievance
July 15, 2014
List in formation: 173 Signers: 130 ALAA members (including 54 ACLA members*) and 43 1199/SEIU members

The undersigned members of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW Local 2325 and 1199SEIU Healthcare Workers East hereby join in grieving Legal Aid Society management’s attempt to ban “non-work-related matter involving the current situation in the Middle East,” as reflected in the two warnings (attached below), concerning messages to the ALAA email discussion list.

This censorship is just the most recent reflection of more than twelve years of pandering to complaints and threats by those seeking to silence antiwar and Palestine human rights opinion at Legal Aid.

Regardless of our individual political views, the targeted speech — like earlier opposition to racial segregation, the Vietnam War, or South African apartheid — is protected under ALAA Collective Bargaining Agreement §§ 3.5 (“Free Speech”) and 1.5. (“Union Activities”), and under relevant 1199SEIU contractual provisions.

In addition, such discrimination contributes to a broader hostile work environment for Arabs, Muslims, Palestinians and other people of color, in violation of ALAA Collective Bargaining Agreement § 3.1.1. (“Non-Discrimination”), CBA § 3.1.2. (“Affirmative Action”), relevant 1199SEIU contractual provisions, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq.

It is irrelevant that ALAA has agreed to eventually relocate its discussion list from the Society’s email system. As long as the current list exists, management may not selectively censor particular views or entire topics, while at the same time turning a blind eye to innumerable political and “non-work-related” messages — often sent by the very same list members who demand censorship of others.

There is no “heckler’s veto” or “Palestine exception” when it comes to free speech.

Moreover, since recipients can easily delete, or configure their individual Outlook settings to automatically “opt-out” of, Palestinian rights (or any other) messages, management may not engage in selective censorship under the guise of additional, unfathomable, unspecified “op-out” procedures.

We call on management to rescind this ban, and respect our free speech rights.

Signers (List in Formation)
*Denotes Attorneys of Color of Legal Aid (ACLA) member

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

Noha Arafa*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

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

Noor Ahmad*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

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

Jane Sampeur*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Pooja Kothari*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Lucy Herschel
Criminal Defense-Queens
Delegate, 1199SEIU

Marlen S. Bodden*
Criminal Defense-Special Litigation
ALAA/UAW 2325

Nora Carroll
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Antonia Codling*
Criminal Defense-Bronx
Affirmative Action Rep., ALAA/UAW Local 2325

Laurie Dick
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Monica D. Dula*
Criminal Defense-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325

Lisa Edwards*
Civil-Harlem
ALAA/UAW 2325

Taylor James*
Housing Help Program, Civil-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Daniella Korotzer
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Former Vice President and Health & Safety Rep., ALAA/UAW 2325

Rebecca Kurti
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Patrick Langhenry
Civil-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Kristin Lew
Criminal Defense-Manhattan
Former Negotiating Committee Member, 1199SEIU

Florence Morgan*
Criminal Defense-Queens
ALAA/UAW 2325

Mimi Rosenberg
Civil-Brooklyn Neighborhood Office
ALAA/UAW 2325

Steve Terry
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Alexandra Smith
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Bahar Ansari*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Luke Schram
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Stephanie Pope
Criminal Defense-Staten Island
ALAA/UAW 2325

Brittany Thomas*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Antonio Villaamil*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Claire Nicolay
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Antoinette Kirwan*
Juvenile Rights-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325

Kathryn Thiesenhusen
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Lauren Katzman
Juvenile Rights-Broklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Elena Roberts
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Aurea Gonzalez
Paralegal 1
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Rigodis Appling*
Criminal Defense-Manhattan
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Donella Green*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Dale Ventura*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Jawaid Stationwala*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Greg Johnston
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Katherine Fitzer
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

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

ManI Tafari*
Criminal Defense-Queens
ALAA/UAW 2325

Ferdinand Cesarano
Criminal Defense-Central Admin.
1199SEIU

Eric Meggett*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Steven Wasserman
Criminal Defense-Special Litigation
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Willliam Brosh, LCSW
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Roslyn Morrison*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Lisa Pitts*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Titus Mathai*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Hilary Dowling
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Bridgett Holloman
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Anna Boksenbaum
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Alternate Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Steven Kliman
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Bernadette Jackson
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Joseph Lavine
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Asmika Dangol
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Claudia Diez
Paralegal II
Criminal Appeals
1199SEIU

Jeffrey Sugarman
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Adrian Lesher
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Grover Francis
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Alternate Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Scott Rudnick
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn|
ALAA/UAW 2325

Warren Deans
Criminal Defense-Central Admin.
1199SEIU

Steven Douglas Levine
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Lois Jackson
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Cynthia Pong*
Criminal Defense-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325

Erin M Bannister
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Genesis Fisher*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Tajuana B. Johnson*
Criminal Defense-Manhattan
ALAA/UAW 2325

Bina Ahmad*
Criminal Defense-Staten Island
ALAA/UAW 2325

Naila Siddiqui*
Parole Revocation Defense
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Marie Mombrun*
Civil-Queens
Alt. Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Stephanie J. Fields
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Jacob Rolls
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Rumzi Araj
Criminal Defense-Bronx
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Fazeela Siddiqui*
Civil-Queens
ALAA/UAW 2325

Zoie T. Mair*
Criminal Defense-Staten Island
ALAA/UAW 2325

Jeremiah Schlotman*
Civil-Brooklyn Neighborhood Office
ALAA/UAW 2325

Rodrigo Santelices*
Civil-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325

Anne Oredeko*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Junior Attorney Rep., ALAA/UAW 2325

Samantha Seda*
Criminal Defense-Queens
ALAA/UAW 2325

Ivan Pantoja*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Middle Attorney Rep., ALAA/UAW 2325

Shahar Azoulay*
Parole Revocation Defense
ALAA/UAW 2325

Andrea Ibrahim*
Criminal Defense-Staten Island
ALAA/UAW 2325

Femi Disu*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Affirmative Action Rep., ALAA/UAW 2325

Robert Newman
Criminal Defense-Special Litigation
ALAA/UAW 2325

Bobby Codjoe*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Cory Walker
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Daniel Moore
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Jason Wu*
Civil-HCLO
ALAA/UAW 2325

Mark Weiner
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Laura Rose Bull
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Delegate and Junior Attorney Alt. Rep., ALAA/UAW 2325

Alison Schill
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Kayla Simpson
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Bridgette Bissonnette
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
LGBT Caucus Alternate Rep., ALAA/UAW 2325

Alma Magaña*
Criminal Defense-Manhattan
Vice President, ALAA/UAW 2325

Candace Graff
Paralegal II
Juvenile Rights-Special Litigation
1199SEIU

Amy Dallas
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Susan Light
Criminal Defense-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325

Nadine Griffin
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Imtiaz Hossain*
Criminal Defense-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325

Svetlana M. Kornfeind
Criminal Appeals
ALAA/UAW 2325

Frederic Pratt
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Former Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Hernscica Vincent
Paralegal
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Joshua Carrin
Criminal Defense-Manhattan
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Madeline Porta
Criminal Defense-Queens
ALAA/UAW 2325

Lori Masco
Juvenile Rights-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Melissa Leigh Ballowe
Criminal Defense-Manhattan
Alternate Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Alicia Thomas*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Cynthia LaCaprucia Taylor
Civil-Harlem
Alternate Vice President (Civil Div.), ALAA/UAW 2325

Juan Charbonier
Criminal Defense-Queens
1199SEIU

Hasan Shafiqullah*
Civil-Immigration Law
LGBT Caucus
Former delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Helen Frieder
Civil-Bronx
LGBT Caucus Alternate Rep., ALAA/UAW 2325

Nada Geha
Civil-Staten Island
ALAA/UAW 2325

Richard Blum
Civil-Employment Law
ALAA/UAW 2325

Young Woo Lee
Civil-Employment Law
Alternate Vice President (Civil Div.), ALAA/UAW 2325

Jane Fox
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Todd Smith
Juvenile-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Felicia Leak
Criminal Defense-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325

Jeremy E.W. Fredericksen
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Bridgett Holloman
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Mitchell Paolo Esteller*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Jodi Smith*
Criminal Defense-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325

Vanita Martin
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Monique Fleury-Brown
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Rachel Messer
Juvenile Rights-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Robert Soriano-Hewitt*
Civil-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325

Lauren Monosoff
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Margaret Garrett
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Crystal Baker-Burr
Juvenile Rights-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325

Genitha Wint
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Deborah Pollack|
Criminal Defense-Manhattan
1199SEIU

Bharati Narumanchi*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Grace Oboma-Layat*
Juvenile Rights-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325

Robin Gordon Leavitt
Criminal Defense-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325

Erin Tomlinson
Criminal Defense-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325

Alix Willard
Criminal Defense-Bronx
Delegate, 1199SIEU

Makeysha Woodman
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Lejla Bajrami
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Leah Maloney
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Michelle McGrath
Criminal Defense-Manhattan
ALAA/UAW 2325

Yvonne Nix
Criminal Defense-Manhattan
ALAA/UAW 2235

Alyssa Cose-Primus
Forensic Social Worker
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Diane Akerman
Queens CDP
ALAA/UAW

Anthony Posada*
Queens CDP
ALAA/UAW

Valerie LeBrew
Civil-Queens
1199SEIU Delegate

Omar Garcia
Civil-Brooklyn
1199SEIU Delegate

Jamaal Burnside
Juvenile Rights-Brooklyn
1199SEIU Delegate

Aisha King
Criminal Defense-Staten Island
1199SEIU Delegate

Javier Chuck
Civil-Harlem
1199SEIU Delegate

Magnus Mukoro
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU Delegate

Shawn Bosler
Juvenile Rights-Bronx
1199SEIU

Terence Davidson
Criminal Defense-Central Admin.
1199SEIU

Anastasia Taketomo
Juvenile Rights-LGBT Law and Policy Initiative
1199SEIU

Mily Rosa
Criminal Defense-Queens
1199SEIU

Lasalle Jones
Criminal Defense-Bronx
1199SEIU

Adriano De Gennaro
Civil-Prisoners’ Rights
1199SEIU

Abida Chaudhry
Criminal Appeals
1199SEIU

Phillip Guttman
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Susan Yousefi
Civil-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Joseph Rivera
Criminal Defense-Queens
1199SEIU

Liliana Canela
Civil-Queens
1199SEIU

Michael Pate
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Pauloma Martinez*
Criminal Defense-Queens
ALAA/UAW

Cheryl Williams*
Criminal Appeals
ALAA/UAW 2325

Emily Poppish
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Sarah Marie Young
Parole Revocation Defense
ALAA/UAW 2325

Jess Braverman
Juvenile Rights-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Catheranne Wyly
Juvenile Rights-Manhattan
ALAA/UAW 2325

Susan Sternberg
Civil-Lower Manhattan
Alternate Senior Attorneys Representative, ALAA/UAW 2325

Joshua Norkin, Esq.
Criminal Defense-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325

Bridget McDevitt
Criminal Defense-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325

Catherine Norris
Civil-Harlem Community Law Office
ALAA/UAW 2325

Alexander Smith
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

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ATTACHMENTS

From: Fox, Allan
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2014 4:16 PM
To: Letwin, Michael
Cc: Wright, Deborah
Subject: The Society’s email policy

In 2009 and 2013, The Legal Aid Society entered into agreements with the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys to achieve compliance with the Society’s longstanding e-mail policies and to clarify the parameters of Article 1.5 of the collective bargaining agreement with respect to ALAA’s use of the Society’s e-mail system.  (See copies of the attached agreements.)  The 2009 agreement provides that on an interim basis, the Society agrees to permit ALAA members to create personal e-mail groups, provided however that before and after setting up a personal e-mail group any and all potential or existing members of the personal e-mail group must be given an opportunity to opt out of the personal mail group.  Yesterday and today, we received several e-mails to ALAA members about a non-work-related matter sent by you involving the current situation in the Middle East, along with complaints from several ALAA members who received such communications who have elected to opt out of receiving them under the 2009 agreement.  As we have previously advised you, it is a violation of the Society’s e-mail policy and the 2009 agreement to send unwanted non-work-related communications to Society employees who have opted out of receiving such communications.  We are directing you to cease such actions and expect you to abide by your obligations under the 2009 agreement with ALAA and the Society’s e-mail policy. (Emphasis added.)

______________________________________________

From: Fox, Allan
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2014 3:05 PM
To: Herschel, Lucy
Subject: Email Policy & Usage

 

As we reiterated in an e-mail to all staff on June 26, The Legal Aid Society’s e-mail system is to be used for work-related communications. Our e-mail policy is clearly set forth in the Employee Handbook, which has been posted on LASnet for many years. Relevant portions were quoted in an e-mail today to all LAS staff. You recently sent a non-work-related e-mail communication to all ALAA and 1199 staff about recent events in the Middle East, and we have received a number of complaints from staff members who object to the communication. We are directing you to cease sending non-work-related communications that violate the policy and expect you to abide by your obligations under the Society’s e-mail policy. (Emphasis added.)

 

July 24, 2014

2014.07.24: ALAA Rule Applicable to Mass Free Speech Grievance

From:  Letwin, Michael
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:11 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: ALAA Rule Applicable to Mass Free Speech Grievance

As Azalia Torres pointed out yesterday, ALAA should, on principle, adopt the Mass Free Speech Grievance.

But she is also correct that, under our own rules, official ALAA approval of grievances is not required to file a grievance, but only for submitting it to outside arbitration. (“No grievance will be arbitrated without [the Joint Council’s] approval.” ALAA Bylaws, Art. V, § 1.)

For example, pursuant to this rule:

1. In 2003, Staff Attorney [T] filed an individual grievance to challenge his termination for sending racist and sexist e-mails to a top LAS official. Even though his behavior was indefensible, the grievance went forward until blocked by the union (upon counsel’s advice) in response to his arbitration request.

2. In 2013-2014, ALAA members in Criminal Defense and Civil offices filed two separate grievances concerning the distribution of office space. Although these grievances opposed each other, union leadership did not seek to block either from being filed.

Thus, *requiring* approval of this particular grievance as a precondition of going forward would violate both ALAA’s own Bylaws (above), and its legal duty of fair representation to refrain from “conduct toward a member of the collective bargaining unit is arbitrary, discriminatory, or in bad faith.” Vaca v. Sipes, 386 U.S. 171, 190 (1967).

July 23, 2014

2014.07.23: Urgent Action: 600+ Palestinians Killed (Including 157+ children)

Filed under: Antiwar,Free Speech,International Human Rights,Palestine,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 4:33 pm

From: Torres, Azalia
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:33 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: Urgent Action: 600+ Palestinians Killed (Including 157+ children)
Importance: High

 

Notice: This is Protected Speech: ALAA Collective Bargaining Agreement §§ 3.5 (“Free Speech”), 1.5. (“Union Activities”),  3.1.1. (“Non-Discrimination”), 3.1.2. (“Affirmative Action”); Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq.

 

JFPROR
Sign: 200 Jews Say: End the War on Gaza — No Aid to Apartheid Israel! BDS!
In response to this crisis, we urgently reaffirm our support for a ban on all military and other aid to Israel.”

 

 

Stop Arming Israel
Sign
: Stop Arming Israel
“We call on the UN and governments across the world to take immediate steps to implement a comprehensive and legally binding military embargo on Israel, similar to that imposed on South Africa during apartheid.”

 

 

You Don't Have to be Human
Friday, 4:30 on, Times Square: Protest & March for Palestine

 

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Related

 

Jewish activists arrested in civil disobedience action at Friends of the IDF offices in NYC protesting the assault on Gaza 

“We are demanding an end to funding of Israel’s war crimes, from the US government to so-called charitable organizations like the Friends of the IDF, which fundraises for a foreign military complicit in on-going occupation and a war of destruction against the Palestinian people.”

 

Bishop Demond Tutu and Other Nobel Laureates: The arms trade and Israel’s attack on Gaza

“We call on the UN and governments across the world to take immediate steps to implement a comprehensive and legally binding military embargo on Israel, similar to that imposed on South Africa during apartheid.”

 

Israel is being defeated in Gaza as it was in Lebanon

“Palestinians are resisting tenaciously on the ground, as is their right, and globally, a growing movement understands that Israel will continue to commit its massacres with impunity until we stop it.”

 

2014.07.23: Joint Council Discussion of Mass Free Speech Grievance

Filed under: Free Speech,International Human Rights,Key Documents,Palestine — nyclaw01 @ 3:39 pm

From: Torres, Azalia
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 3:39 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: Joint Council Discussion of Mass Free Speech Grievance

Those of us who signed  the Mass Free Speech grievance are not asking the Joint Council’s permission to grieve management’s discriminatory warnings against ALAA and 1199 members who speak out for Palestinian human rights. The grievance has already been filed, by nearly 150 ALAA and 1199 members, consistent with our union’s practice. Each grievant signed as an individual, not as representative of any caucus and/or executive body. Affiliations were listed to identify them in ALAA and LAS.

While grievants are not all of one mind regarding what is presently happening in the Middle East, we are ALL of one mind in our opposition to management’s decision to selectively strip the freedom of expression from only those members who stand up for Palestinian human rights.  We are also ALL of one mind that management may not pander to those threatening lawsuits against free discussion.

I certainly hope the JC will take a stand against discrimination. But at the very least, it has no right to stand in the way of those of us who do so as a point of principle.

Finally, this is not a personal attack on any one person — not at all. It simply calls on the union to meet its legal and moral duty of fair representation.

Azalia Torres, Esq.

July 22, 2014

2014.07.22: RE: [nycmassdefense] LO Req. Thurs. July 24 (5-7pm) Call for Action against Israeli Attack on Gaza – Foley Sq.

Filed under: Antiwar,International Human Rights,Palestine,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 11:19 am

From: Morris, Susan
Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 11:19 AM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: RE: [nycmassdefense] LO Req. Thurs. July 24 (5-7pm) Call for Action against Israeli Attack on Gaza – Foley Sq.

If you can legal observe for this event, please reply to nlgnyc@igc.org or contact the chapter office at (212) 679-6018.

Sent on the new Sprint Network from my Samsung Galaxy S®4.

——– Original message ——–

From: nlgnyc

Date:07/22/2014 11:09 AM (GMT-05:00)

To: nycmassdefense@lists.riseup.net

Subject: [nycmassdefense] LO Req. Thurs. July 24 (5-7pm) Call for Action against Israeli Attack on Gaza – Foley Sq.

If you can legal observe for this event, please reply to nlgnyc@igc.org or contact the chapter office at (212) 679-6018.

Who: Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel
What: National call for action against Israeli attack on Gaza
When: Thursday, July 24  2014   5:00-7:00 pm
Where: Gather at Foley Square
Contact person: Patrick Connors
Contact number: (212) 380-6571

Permits: applying for parks and sound permit

Details: Adalah-NY and allied groups call for supporters of human rights to protest the Israeli assault on Gaza. As part of a national day of action, we will march to Lower Manhattan government buildings to demand that our local and national governments end their support of Israel’s current massacre in Gaza and its ongoing occupation and colonization of Palestine. Details will be forthcoming at adalahny.org, and on Facebook.  Co-organizing groups include (list in formation): Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel, CodePink, Jewish Voice for Peace NYC & Westchester, Jews Say No!, New Yorkers Against the Cornell-Technion Partnership (NYACT), NYC Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QAIA), Woman in Back Union Square, WESPAC Foundation.

Best regards,

Susan Howard
Executive Director
New York City Chapter
National Lawyers Guild
113 University Place, 8th fl.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 679-6018
nlgnyc@igc.org

July 21, 2014

2014.07.21: Special appeal to 1199 members regarding free speech grievance

Filed under: Free Speech,International Human Rights,Palestine,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 1:44 pm

From:    Herschel, Lucy
Sent:   Monday, July 21, 2014 1:44 PM
To:     1199 Members
Cc:     ALAA MEMBERS
Subject:        Special appeal to 1199 members regarding free speech grievance
Importance:     High

Dear 1199 sisters and brothers, folks probably have seen this grievance that Michael Letwin from ALAA sent out (below).

In addition to Michael, I also received a personal email warning from Management after posting information about a protest regarding the current situation in Israel/Palestine.  (also below)

I understand that this is a controversial topic and that people have a very strong emotions on both sides of this issue.  However, there is a fundamental problem if this one issue is singled out to be silenced.  Not only do people regularly post all sorts of political and non-political stuff to our union list serves, I myself have posted over the years on a range of humanitarian topics from the death penalty, police brutality, immigration issues, public education, labor issues and more.  However, it is only when I post on Palestine that I am silenced by Management.

This is an issue that effects both our unions and we are going to need solidarity to prevail.  Thirty three 1199 members, including 8 of our 12 elected 1199 delegates, have signed on so far. I would like to encourage other 1199 members at this point to consider signing on in support. You can respond to me directly to add your name.

This about defending the space for our members to engage in world around us and share info onimportant issues that impact our lives.  We are not always going to agree on those issues, but better to be engaged in what’s going on than have our heads in the sand.

In Solidarity,
Lucy Herschel, Paralegal
1199SEIU Delegate, Queens Criminal Defense Practice

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

Mass Free Speech Grievance
July 15, 2014 (151 Signers)
 
The undersigned members of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW Local 2325 and 1199SEIU Healthcare Workers East hereby join in grieving Legal Aid Society management’s attempt to ban “non-work-related matter involving the current situation in the Middle East,” as reflected in the two warnings (attached below), concerning messages to the ALAA email discussion list.
 
This censorship is just the most recent reflection of more than twelve years of pandering to complaints and threats by those seeking to silence antiwar and Palestine human rights opinion at Legal Aid.
 
Regardless of our individual political views, the targeted speech — like earlier opposition to racial segregation, the Vietnam War, or South African apartheid — is protected underALAA Collective Bargaining Agreement §§ 3.5 (“Free Speech”) and 1.5. (“Union Activities”), and under relevant 1199SEIU contractual provisions.
 
In addition, such discrimination contributes to a broader hostile work environment forArabs, Muslims, Palestinians and other people of color, in violation of ALAA Collective Bargaining Agreement § 3.1.1. (“Non-Discrimination”), CBA § 3.1.2. (“Affirmative Action”), relevant 1199SEIU contractual provisions, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq.
 
It is irrelevant that ALAA has agreed to eventually relocate its discussion list from the Society’s email system. As long as the current list exists, management may not selectively censor particular views or entire topics, while at the same time turning a blind eye to innumerable political and “non-work-related” messages — often sent by the very same list members who demand censorship of others.
 
There is no “heckler’s veto” or “Palestine exception” when it comes to free speech.
 
Moreover, since recipients can easily delete, or configure their individual Outlook settings to automatically “opt-out” of, Palestinian rights (or any other) messages, management may not engage in selective censorship under the guise of additional, unfathomable, unspecified “op-out” procedures.
 
We call on management to rescind this ban, and respect our free speech rights.
 
Signers (List in Formation)
*Denotes Attorneys of Color of Legal Aid (ACLA) member
 
Michael Letwin
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Former President, ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Noha Arafa*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Azalia Torres*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Former Sr. Attorney & Attorneys of Color (ACLA) Rep., ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Noor Ahmad*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Susan Olivia Morris
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Alternate Vice President, ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Jane Sampeur*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Pooja Kothari*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Lucy Herschel
Criminal Defense-Queens
Delegate, 1199SEIU
 
Marlen S. Bodden*
Criminal Defense-Special Litigation
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Nora Carroll
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Antonia Codling*
Criminal Defense-Bronx
Affirmative Action Rep., ALAA/UAW Local 2325
 
Laurie Dick
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Monica D. Dula*
Criminal Defense-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Lisa Edwards*
Civil-Harlem
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Taylor James*
Housing Help Program, Civil-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Daniella Korotzer
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Former Vice President and Health & Safety Rep., ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Rebecca Kurti
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU
 
Patrick Langhenry
Civil-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Kristin Lew
Criminal Defense-Manhattan
Former Negotiating Committee Member, 1199SEIU
 
Florence Morgan*
Criminal Defense-Queens
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Mimi Rosenberg
Civil-Brooklyn Neighborhood Office
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Steve Terry
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Alexandra Smith
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Bahar Ansari*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Luke Schram
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Stephanie Pope
Criminal Defense-Staten Island
ALAA/UAW 2325

Brittany Thomas*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Antonio Villaamil*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Claire Nicolay
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

D. Antoinette Kirwan*
Juvenile Rights-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325

Kathryn Thiesenhusen
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Lauren Katzman
Juvenile Rights-Broklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Elena Roberts
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Aurea Gonzalez
Paralegal 1
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Rigodis Appling*
Criminal Defense-Manhattan
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Donella Green*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Dale Ventura*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Jawaid Stationwala*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Greg Johnston
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Katherine Fitzer
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Julie Fry

Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Vice President, ALAA/UAW 2325
 
ManI Tafari*
Criminal Defense-Queens
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Ferdinand Cesarano
Criminal Defense-Central Admin.
1199SEIU
 
Eric Meggett*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Steven Wasserman
Criminal Defense-Special Litigation
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Willliam Brosh, LCSW
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Roslyn Morrison*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Lisa Pitts*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Titus Mathai*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Hilary Dowling
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Bridgett Holloman
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Anna Boksenbaum
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Alternate Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Steven Kliman
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn

ALAA/UAW 2325

Bernadette Jackson
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Joseph Lavine
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Asmika Dangol
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Claudia Diez
Paralegal II
Criminal Appeals
1199SEIU

Jeffrey Sugarman
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Adrian Lesher
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Grover Francis
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Alternate Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Scott Rudnick
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Warren Deans
Criminal Defense-Central Admin.
1199SEIU

Steven Douglas Levine
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Lois Jackson
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Cynthia Pong*
Criminal Defense-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325

Erin M Bannister
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325

Genesis Fisher*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Tajuana B. Johnson*
Criminal Defense-Manhattan
ALAA/UAW 2325

Bina Ahmad*
Criminal Defense-Staten Island
ALAA/UAW 2325

Naila Siddiqui*
Parole Revocation Defense
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Marie Mombrun*
Civil-Queens
Alt. Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Stephanie J. Fields
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Jacob Rolls
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Rumzi Araj
Criminal Defense-Bronx
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325

Fazeela Siddiqui*
Civil-Queens
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Zoie T. Mair*
Criminal Defense-Staten Island
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Jeremiah Schlotman*
Civil-Brooklyn Neighborhood Office
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Rodrigo Santelices*
Civil-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Anne Oredeko*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Junior Attorney Rep., ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Samantha Seda*
Criminal Defense-Queens
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Ivan Pantoja*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Middle Attorney Rep., ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Shahar Azoulay*
Parole Revocation Defense
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Andrea Ibrahim*
Criminal Defense-Staten Island
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Femi Disu*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Affirmative Action Rep., ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Robert Newman
Criminal Defense-Special Litigation
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Bobby Codjoe*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Cory Walker
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Daniel Moore
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Jason Wu*
Civil-HCLO
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Mark Weiner
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Laura Rose Bull
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Delegate and Junior Attorney Alt. Rep., ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Alison Schill
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Kayla Simpson
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Bridgette Bissonnette
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
LGBT Caucus Alternate Rep., ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Alma Magaña*
Criminal Defense-Manhattan
Vice President, ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Candace Graff
Paralegal II
Juvenile Rights-Special Litigation
1199SEIU
 
Amy Dallas
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Susan Light
Criminal Defense-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325

Nadine Griffin
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Imtiaz Hossain*
Criminal Defense-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325
Svetlana M. Kornfeind
Criminal Appeals
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Frederic Pratt
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Former Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Hernscica Vincent
Paralegal
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU
 
Joshua Carrin
Criminal Defense-Manhattan
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Madeline Porta
Criminal Defense-Queens
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Lori Masco
Juvenile Rights-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Melissa Leigh Ballowe
Criminal Defense-Manhattan
Alternate Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Alicia Thomas*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Cynthia LaCaprucia Taylor
Civil-Harlem
Alternate Vice President (Civil Div.), ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Juan Charbonier
Criminal Defense-Queens
1199SEIU
 
Hasan Shafiqullah*
Civil-Immigration Law
LGBT Caucus
Former delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Helen Frieder
Civil-Bronx
LGBT Caucus Alternate Rep., ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Nada Geha
Civil-Staten Island
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Richard Blum
Civil-Employment Law
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Young Woo Lee
Civil-Employment Law
Alternate Vice President (Civil Div.), ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Jane Fox
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Todd Smith
Juvenile-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Felicia Leak
Criminal Defense-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Jeremy E.W. Fredericksen
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
Delegate, ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Bridgett Holloman
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU
 
Mitchell Paolo Esteller*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Jodi Smith*
Criminal Defense-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Vanita Martin
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Monique Fleury-Brown
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU
 
Rachel Messer
Juvenile Rights-Brooklyn
1199SEIU
 
Robert Soriano-Hewitt*
Civil-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Lauren Monosoff
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Margaret Garrett
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Crystal Baker-Burr
Juvenile Rights-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Genitha Wint
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU
 
Deborah Pollack
Criminal Defense-Manhattan
1199SEIU
 
Bharati Narumanchi*
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Grace Oboma-Layat*
Juvenile Rights-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Robin Gordon Leavitt
Criminal Defense-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Erin Tomlinson
Criminal Defense-Bronx
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Alix Willard
Criminal Defense-Bronx
Delegate, 1199SIEU
 
Makeysha Woodman
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU
 
Lejla Bajrami
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU
 
Leah Maloney
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Michelle McGrath
Criminal Defense-Manhattan
ALAA/UAW 2325
 
Yvonne Nix
Criminal Defense-Manhattan
ALAA/UAW 2235
 
Alyssa Cose-Primus
Forensic Social Worker
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU

Diane Akerman
Queens CDP
ALAA/UAW
 
Anthony Posada*
Queens CDP
ALAA/UAW
 
Valerie LeBrew
Civil-Queens
1199SEIU Delegate
 
Omar Garcia
Civil-Brooklyn
1199SEIU Delegate
 
Jamaal Burnside
Juvenile Rights-Brooklyn
1199SEIU Delegate
 
Aisha King
Criminal Defense-Staten Island
1199SEIU Delegate
 
Javier Chuck
Civil-Harlem
1199SEIU Delegate
 
Magnus Mukoro
Criminal Defense-Brooklyn
1199SEIU Delegate
 
D. Shawn Bosler
Juvenile Rights-Bronx
1199SEIU
 
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ATTACHMENTS
 
From: Fox, Allan
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2014 4:16 PM
To: Letwin, Michael
Cc: Wright, Deborah
Subject: The Society’s email policy
 
In 2009 and 2013, The Legal Aid Society entered into agreements with the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys to achieve compliance with the Society’s longstanding e-mail policies and to clarify the parameters of Article 1.5 of the collective bargaining agreement with respect to ALAA‘s use of the Society’s e-mail system.  (See copies of the attached agreements.)  The 2009 agreement provides that on an interim basis, the Society agrees to permit ALAA members to create personal e-mail groups, provided however that before and after setting up a personal e-mail group any and all potential or existing members of the personal e-mail group must be given an opportunity to opt out of the personal mail group.  Yesterday and today, we received several e-mails to ALAA members about a non-work-related matter sent by you involving the current situation in the Middle East, along with complaints from several ALAA members who received such communications who have elected to opt out of receiving them under the 2009 agreement.  As we have previously advised you, it is a violation of the Society’s e-mail policy and the 2009 agreement to send unwanted non-work-related communications to Society employees who have opted out of receiving such communications.  We are directing you to cease such actions and expect you to abide by your obligations under the 2009 agreement with ALAA and the Society’s e-mail policy. (Emphasis added.)
______________________________________________
From: Fox, Allan 
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2014 3:05 PM
To: Herschel, Lucy
Subject: Email Policy & Usage
 
As we reiterated in an e-mail to all staff on June 26, The Legal Aid Society’s e-mail system is to be used for work-related communications. Our e-mail policy is clearly set forth in the Employee Handbook, which has been posted on LASnet for many years. Relevant portions were quoted in an e-mail today to all LAS staff. You recently sent a non-work-related e-mail communication to all ALAA and 1199 staff about recent events in the Middle East, and we have received a number of complaints from staff members who object to the communication. We are directing you to cease sending non-work-related communications that violate the policy and expect you to abide by your obligations under the Society’s e-mail policy. (Emphasis added.)
 

2014.07.21: RE: Unions Traditional Involvement In Social Issues

Filed under: Antiwar,Free Speech,International Human Rights,Palestine — nyclaw01 @ 11:08 am

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Monday, July 21, 2014 11:08 AM
To: Fry, Julie; [R]; [A]
Cc: Rosenberg, Mimi; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: RE: Unions Traditional Involvement In Social Issues

Just for example:

July 12, 2014: Palestinian Trade Unions (July 12, 2014)
We Palestinians trapped inside the bloodied and besieged Gaza Strip call on conscientious people all over the world to act, protest and intensify the boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel until it ends this murderous attack on our people and is held to account.
http://laborforpalestine.net/2014/07/12/urgent-call-from-gaza-civil-society-act-now/

July 11, 2014: UNITE (Largest union in UK/Ireland)
“Unite unreservedly condemns the continuing Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people and calls for the military strikes and the military build up to be halted immediately.
http://laborforpalestine.net/2014/07/11/unite-ukireland-statement-of-solidarity-with-the-palestinian-people/ 

July 10, 2014: Congress of South African Trade Unions
Now is the time for the world to stop words of pity and lamentation, but take action by doing what it did to apartheid South Africa when its policies were declared a crime against humanity. Indeed, apartheid remains a crime against humanity wherever it happens. If apartheid cant outrage us, our humanity is called into question and our morality is hollow.
http://laborforpalestine.net/2014/07/10/cosatu-statement-on-israel-bombings-of-gaza-do-unto-apartheid-israel-what-you-did-to-apartheid-south-africa/

June 7, 2011: Sign on: U.S. Labor Officials: Stop Scabbing for Apartheid — Withdraw From Israel Bonds “Celebration”
BDS has been endorsed by labor bodies around the world, including the trade union congresses of South Africa, Brazil, Ireland, Scotland and the UK, and labor bodies in Australia, France, Canada, Norway, Catalunya, Italy, Spain and Turkey.
http://www.laborforpalestine.net/wp/2011/06/07/sign-on-stop-scabbing-for-apartheid/

July 9, 2010: Blockade: Dockers respond to Israel’s Flotilla Massacre and Gaza Siege
On the 5th Anniversary of the United Palestinian Call for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions, Israel faces the prospect of targetted industrial action to implement boycotts. How did it happen, what does it mean, and how can the solidarity movement respond to the new opening?
http://laborforpalestine.net/2010/07/10/blockade-dockers-respond-to-israel-flotilla-massacre-and-gaza-siege/

January 13, 2009: Legal Aid NYC Union Members: Stop Israel’s Massacre in Gaza and End the Siege Now
The undersigned members of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW Local 2325 and 1199SEIU join millions around the world – many of whom are Jewish – to condemn, in the strongest possible terms, Israel’s ongoing massacre of hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza.
http://laborforpalestine.wordpress.com/2009/01/13/legal-aid-nyc-union-members-stop-israel%E2%80%99s-massacre-in-gaza-and-end-the-siege-now/

September 27, 2001: New York City Labor Against the War
NYCLAW’s initial statement of September 27, 2001 was ultimately signed by 1,254 trade unionists, including fifty-eight union presidents (three from the UAW); fifty-eight ALAA members; and twenty-three Legal Aid 1199 members. 9.11 5th Anniversary: NYC Labor Against the War (9.27.01)
http://nyclaw01.wordpress.com/2006/09/10/911-5th-anniversary-nyc-labor-against-the-war-92701/.

 

January 1991: Legal Aid Workers Against the War
On January 18, 1991, Zuss was amongst a majority of ALAA’s Delegate Council that voted to oppose the imminent Gulf War. When the resolution was subsequently tabled, Zuss and otherALAA/1199 members formed Legal Aid Workers Against the War, an ALAA caucus which attended protests in NYC and DC.
http://bobzuss.wordpress.com/2007/05/31/january-1991-legal-aid-labor-against-the-gulf-war/

 

May 2, 1971: Cesar Chavez: (May 2, 1971)
On May 2, 1971, about 200 uniformed police surrounded the perimeter of Exposition Park while 30-odd plainclothes officers circulated through the crowd as farm labor leader César Chávez delivered a brief but impassioned speech decrying the Vietnam War at a rally sponsored by the People’s Coalition for Peace and Justice.|
http://articles.latimes.com/2008/jul/19/entertainment/et-huron19

 

1968: UAW President Walter Reuther
He was second in power to George Meany at the AFL-CIO; however, their repeated clashes, partly stemming from Reuther’s strong support for civil rights and opposition to the Vietnam War, resulted in Reuther’s leading the UAW out of the AFL-CIO in 1968 and forming a short-lived federation with the Teamsters Union.
http://www.answers.com/topic/walter-reuther#ixzz37qHgu7Nc

 

February 4, 1968: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Drum Major Instinct
“God didn’t call America to engage in a senseless, unjust war as the war in Vietnam. And we are criminals in that war. We’ve committed more war crimes almost than any nation in the world, and I’m going to continue to say it.”
http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/publications/sermons/680204.000_Drum_Major_Instinct.html

 

April 4, 1967: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Beyond Vietnam
“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

 

June 16, 1918: Eugene Debs
Debs was noted for his oratory, and his speech denouncing American participation in World War Iled to his second arrest in 1918. He was convicted under the Espionage Act of 1917 and sentenced to a term of 10 years.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_V._Debs

 

From: Fry, Julie
Sent: Friday, July 18, 2014 12:28 PM
To: [R]; [A]
Cc: Rosenberg, Mimi; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: RE: Unions Traditional Involvement In Social Issues

What about the anti-apartheid movement?  And all the unions that passed resolutions against the Iraq war (like basically all the unions in the city except us?)  1199 sent dozens of buses to anti-war demonstrations.

 

From: [R]
Sent: Friday, July 18, 2014 12:05 PM
To: [A]
Cc: Rosenberg, Mimi; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Re: Unions Traditional Involvement In Social Issues

But not re international disputes. You miss the point.

Sent from my iPhone
On Jul 18, 2014, at 11:42 AM, “[A] wrote:

Eugene Debs and Cesar Chavez are additional  examples of union leaders who did not shrink from political activism. .

 

_____________________________________________

From:    Rosenberg, Mimi
Sent:   Thursday, July 17, 2014 7:52 PM
To:     ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject:        Unions Traditional Involvement In Social Issues

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

Just a reminder that unions have historically, from the left and the right taken positions on social issues.  The labor press frequently issues aggressive broadsides or political concerns and bodies have formed within unions explicitly created around social issues.  There are labor groups with our unions with standing with the AFL-CIO such as the Jewish Labor Committee, there is AFILD, which worked with the CIA around the world, whose financial support for was drawn from unions.  There are union groupings such as CLUE and CBTU, the A Philip Randolph Institute, all of which formed around extremely controversial Issues was drawn from our unions and represented them.  ALAA is a vociferous supporter of the Working Families Party, with its support of Cuomo.

Indeed our own UAW’s website promotes Freedom Summer and links it to their organizing protests at the Nissan Plant ideologically and methodologically and District 1199 supported Martin Luther King Jr. in his opposition to the war in Viet Nam.  Goodness, controversial speech and positions from union members is as American as apple pie.  Unions historically relate to and work around and expound on issues that may not appear to be directly connected to the day to day activities in the work place.  The West Coast Longstore union supported the Occupy Movement   But, one thing is for sure union leadership neither acquires to management taking disciplinary action against its membership, such as dictating the issues for discussion and expression by them on a union list serve.

July 17, 2014

2014.07.17: LOs NEEDED: Today at 5 and upcoming dates this week

Filed under: Antiwar,International Human Rights,Palestine,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 4:13 pm

From: Morris, Susan
Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2014 4:13 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject: LOs NEEDED: Today at 5 and upcoming dates this week

 

If you can legal observe for this event, please reply to nlgnyc@igc.org  

or contact the chapter office at (212) 679-6018. 

 

Times Square • 42nd St & 7th Ave • NYC 

Thurs July 17 5 pm – 6:30 pm

Stop the war on children, from Gaza to the US/Mexican border! Rally July 17
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STOP THE WAR ON CHILDREN
From Gaza to the U.S./Mexican Border

Say NO to RACISM & WAR!

STAND WITH CHILDREN & YOUTH UNDER ATTACK!
Solidarity with Palestine & the People of Central America

  A Call  for a National Week of Actions  JULY 17 – 25

Times Square • 42nd St & 7th Ave • NYC
Thurs ►July 17     5 pm – 6:30 pm

A united action initiated by AlAwda NY -The Palestine Right To Return Coalition, May 1st Coal­i­tion for Worker & Immigrant Rights, International Action Center & Peoples Power Assembly
Supported by:  American Muslims for Palestine   ♦ American Islamic Committee for ­Women & Child  ♦ BAYAN USA – Philippine Coalition  ♦ Bolivaran Circle NYC  ♦ Venezuela, Egyptian Americans for ­Democracy & Human Rights, NY/NJ  ♦ Fight Imperialism, Stand ­Together  ♦ Haiti Liberte’ ♦ Honduras Resistencia USA  ♦ International League for ­Peoples Struggle   ♦ Jews for Palestinian Right of Return  ♦ La Pena del Bronx   ♦ Occu-Evolve  ♦ Pakistan USA Freedom Forum ♦ Peace Action – Manhattan ♦ Peoples Organization for Progress ♦ Peoples ­Video ­Network  ♦ SI Solidarity Iran  ♦ U.S. Peace Council  ♦ Veterans For Peace/Chapter 021 (Northern NJ)

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July 14, 2014

2014.07.14: Today and Tomorrow: Urgent Rallies for Gaza, Palestine in NYC

From: Torres, Azalia
Sent: Monday, July 14, 2014 9:32 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Today and Tomorrow: Urgent Rallies for Gaza, Palestine in NYC

Protected Speech: ALAA Collective Bargaining Agreement §§ 3.5 (“Free Speech”) and 1.5. (“Union Activities”).

 

Bombs are falling on Gaza! Rally July 14 & 15 to demand justice forPalestine!
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Please join Al-Awda NY for the following two urgent protests for Gaza, Palestine – stand for Palestine as Israel’s bombs are dropping, killing over 172 Palestinians including dozens of children with US-made weaponry, and wounding well over 1200.  As occupation forces intensify their murderous attacks, we must be seen and heard and take action to end this onslaught. 

MONDAY, JULY 14
9:30 AM
Protest Against NY City Council’s Press Conference “New York Stands With Israel”
New York City Hall – ON THE STREET FACING BROOKLYN BRIDGE NEAR 4/5TRAINS BROOKLYN BRIDGE/CITY HALL STOP
Gather at 9:30 AM!
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The New York City Council is planning a press conference on Monday titled “New York Stands With Israel.”

As we witness Israel’s continuous occupation and terrorism against innocent people in Palestine since 1948, and following the latest Israeli assaults and massacres against Palestinians in Gaza, New Yorkers refuse to have the city council speak ontheir behalf in supporting Israel’s atrocities in the past week where more than 156 of Palestinians were killed and thousands injured.

Please invite friends and family, share this event, and post about in social media with this hashtag: #NY4Palestine!

We are meeting in front of the City Hall. ON THE STREET FACING BROOKLYN BRIDGE NEAR 4/5TRAINS BROOKLYN BRIDGE/CITY HALL STOP The press conference is starting at 10am.

TUESDAY, JULY 15
NYC EMERGENCY PROTEST FOR PALESTINE
3:00 PM
47th St & 1st Avenue – United Nations Plaza, NYC
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RAIN OR SHINE!!! A protest against the Isreali government and against the killings of innocent Palestinian lives. If you believe in peace, love and equality for all humans, then join me and use your voice to speak for the oppressed people.

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