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November 25, 2015

6pm Tonight: Emergency NYC Solidarity With Minneapolis BLM

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 10:28 am

From: Letwin, Michael
Date: Wed, Nov 25, 2015 at 10:28 AM
Subject: 6pm Tonight: Emergency NYC Solidarity With Minneapolis BLM

At Washington Square Park, in response to yesterday’s terrorist shooting of five Black Lives Matter protesters in Minneapolis: https://www.facebook.com/events/868886676513181/

NY Times report: http://nyti.ms/1P6qJXk

6pm Tonight: Emergency NYC Solidarity With Minneapolis BLM

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 10:28 AM
Subject: 6pm Tonight: Emergency NYC Solidarity With Minneapolis BLM

At Washington Square Park, in response to yesterday’s terrorist shooting of five Black Lives Matter protesters in Minneapolis: https://www.facebook.com/events/868886676513181/

NY Times report: http://nyti.ms/1P6qJXk

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November 23, 2015

FYI: New York Cannabis Bar Association – meeting Sat. Dec. 5 @ 2PM

Filed under: Civil Liberties,Criminal Justice,Drug Wars,Sentencing — nyclaw01 @ 10:44 am

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Monday, November 23, 2015 10:44 AM
To: CRIMINAL ATTYS ALL
Subject: FYI: New York Cannabis Bar Association – meeting Sat. Dec. 5 @ 2PM

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Deborah Hrbek
Date: Sat, Nov 21, 2015 at 11:13 PM
Subject: New York Cannabis Bar Association – meeting Sat. Dec. 5 @ 2PM

If you are receiving this email it is because you are already part of the NY Cannabis Bar Association, or you have expressed interest in getting involved, or you are being invited now!

Next meeting of the newly formed NY Cannabis Bar Association is on Saturday, December 5 @ 2PM at Debbie Hrbek’s office:

295 Madison Avenue, 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10017 – ENTRANCE ON E.41stSTREET between Madison & Park

PHOTO ID NEEDED to enter the building.

Founding members:

Margaret Kunstler

Deborah Hrbek

Sarah Kunstler

Gideon Oliver

Candace Martin

Amy Benjamin

Our goal is to develop a strong peer group of progressive New York attorneys from all backgrounds and areas of expertise, in order to:

–          expand the practice of cannabis law in New York;

–          share information about NYS medical marijuana regulations, including their application and potential for expansion of access to medical marijuana in New York;

–          collaborate on cannabis law and related cases;

–          provide a forum for intelligent discussion about how best to provide quality legal services to patients, doctors, investors, growers, dispensary applicants, ancillary business owners and activists in New York’s medical marijuana community and beyond.

Please forward this email to any New York attorneys, law students and legal workers who you think would be interested in getting involved.

Feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, agenda items, etc.

If you can’t make this meeting don’t worry, there will be more.  Just let us know if you want to be kept informed of meetings and other activities in this “growing” field of law.  And check out our new website: www.cannabar.org.

PLEASE RSVP by replying to this email to let me know if you are able to join us on December 5.

Best,

Deborah Hrbek

Hrbek Law LLC

www.hrbeklaw.com

295 Madison Avenue, 22nd Floor

New York, NY 10017

212.480.2400

This email may contain information that is protected by attorney-client privilege.  No one other than the intended recipient is authorized to read, copy, forward or otherwise review or communicate the contents of this email.  If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender immediately and delete this email.

4pm Today at the UN: #UNDropG4S: Tell the United Nations to cut ties with Israel prison contractor G4S

From: Letwin, Michael
Date: Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 10:32 AM
Subject: 4pm Today at the UN: #UNDropG4S: Tell the United Nations to cut ties with Israel prison contractor G4S

#UNDropG4S: Tell the United Nations to cut ties with Israel prison contractor G4S
Monday, November 23
4:00 PM
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1634714110122391/

United Nations agencies hold contracts worth over $22 million annually with G4S, a British-Danish company that is both the world’s largest security firm and its second-biggest private employer.

G4S also equips and maintains Israeli detention centers and jails where Palestinians are held and tortured, as well as training facilities that prepare occupation forces for their attacks on Palestinians.

The Palestinian prisoners’ movement recently issued an unprecedented appeal for escalated boycotts ofG4S over its participation in Israel’s colonial policies off occupation and repression.

As the UN marks its official International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, join us as we answer the prisoners’ call by launching a global wave of action demanding the UN end its contracts withG4S.

Organized by:

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

Endorsed by:

Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
BMCC Students Without Borders
CCNY Students Without Borders
International Action Center
Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
Labor for Palestine
Neturei Karta International
NYC Students for Justice in Palestine
NYU Students for Justice in Palestine
Students for Justice in Palestine at Brooklyn College
Students for Justice in Palestine at College of Staten Island
Students for Justice in Palestine at Hunter College
Students for Justice in Palestine at John Jay College
Students for Justice in Palestine at Pace University NYC
Students for Justice in Palestine at St. Joseph’s College

Background information:

“UN faces pressure over contracts with G4S”
http://www.bdsmovement.net/2015/un-faces-pressure-over-contracts-with-g4s-13291

“Over 220 Palestinian and international organizations demand United Nations cancel G4S contracts”
http://samidoun.net/2015/09/over-220-palestinian-and-international-organizations-demand-united-nations-cancel-g4s-contracts

“Palestinian Boycott National Committee calls for action, responds to prisoners’ movement call”
http://samidoun.net/2015/08/palestinian-boycott-national-committee-calls-for-action-responds-to-prisoners-movement-call

“Stop G4S: A call to the global boycott movement from Palestinian political prisoners”
http://samidoun.net/2015/08/stop-g4s-a-call-to-the-global-boycott-movement-from-palestinian-political-prisoners/

“Why does UN hire G4S, accomplice to Israeli torture?”
https://electronicintifada.net/content/why-does-un-hire-g4s-accomplice-israeli-torture/14661

“Why is the United Nations doing business with G4S, notorious prison supplier?”
http://mondoweiss.net/2014/09/business-notorious-supplier

November 12, 2015

FYI: 12:30 PM Saturday in Union Square: Free Rights Defenders in Egypt

From: Letwin, Michael
Date: Thu, Nov 12, 2015 at 2:04 PM
Subject: FYI: 12:30 PM Saturday in Union Square: Free Rights Defenders in Egypt

https://www.facebook.com/events/1511782065785681/

Free Rights Defenders in Egypt

UPDATE: SATURDAY IN UNION SQUARE. 12:30PM

Hossam is released but there are still thousands more in jail, imprisoned for years for expressing their opinions or doing their jobs as journalists.

We were going out to protest for Hossam and he’s now been released. But instead of quietening down, let’s keep the momentum up. Those of us in New York are able to protest freely and should let the governments of both Egypt and the US that we have not forgotten Shawkan or Alaa or Maheinour or any of the other human rights activists and journalists in jail in Egypt now.

So, see you on Saturday at Union Square for one hour. Let’s make this a bigger protest. We will prepare for some human rights defenders to speak and advocate on the draconian crackdown on activism and freedom of speech in Egypt. It is also good for all of us to meet and see how we can work together.

See you then.

**This action is endorsed by the following solidarity organizations**

National Lawyers Guild -MENA Solidarity
MENA Solidarity Network – US
al-Awda NY
Samidoun NY
Labor for Palestine
NYC Solidarity with Palestine/Palestine Direct Action Front
NYC Students for Justice in Palestine
International Socialist Organization

November 10, 2015

FYI: 5pm Tonight in Columbus Circle: Solidarity with Iraqi and Syrian Refugees

Filed under: Civil Rights,Immigrant Rights,International Human Rights,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 9:39 am

From: Letwin, Michael
Date: Thu, Dec 10, 2015 at 9:39 AM
Subject: FYI: 5pm Tonight in Columbus Circle: Solidarity with Iraqi and Syrian Refugees

Legal observers needed.

https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtf1/v/t1.0-9/12341098_998998393476691_5273420402448396677_n.jpg?oh=4b232dcd96726bfb5e39e721901a5d48&oe=56E247C5

Human Rights TRUMP Oppression: Solidarity with Iraqi and Syrian Refugees

On November 19, the House of Representative passed a bill (H.R. 4038) that would effectively bar Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering the country. This was one of the many public examples of the recent, recurring Islamophobic, Arabphobic, and xenophobic attacks against the Muslim members of our community.

In light of these events, we are organizing a rally to express our solidarity with Syrian and Iraqi migrants who are seeking refuge in the United States. The right to seek refuge (or asylum) in another country is an enshrined human right under international law. #HRTrumpsOppression#StandUp4Syrians #StandUp4Iraqis

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1001786739864398/

 

November 5, 2015

7pm Tonight at NYU Law School: UAW, Time to Stand Against Israeli Apartheid

Filed under: International Human Rights,Labor Solidarity,Palestine,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 3:37 pm

From: mletwin
Date: Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 3:37 PM
Subject: 7pm Tonight at NYU Law School: UAW, Time to Stand Against Israeli Apartheid]]
To: – – all-alaa

-Please forward widely-

An event organized by members of our sister local, UAW 2110:
https://www.facebook.com/events/710795095687178/

Labor and Palestine, Part II:
UAW, Time to Stand Against Israeli Apartheid

Thursday, November 5th at 7 pm
Vanderbilt Hall Room 210

In this teach-in, we will analyze the role of American organized labor in
the struggle for racial and economic justice, specifically looking at the
political economy of the Israeli occupation and the ways in which it is
analogous to the apartheid regime used in South Africa before 1994. We
will discuss how we as members can take action to advocate for justice
within our union.

Leila Farsakh is an Associate Professor at University of Massachusetts
Boston. She has worked with the OECD and the Palestine Economic Policy
Research Institute. Her work concerns Palestinian labor flows, the Oslo
Process, international migration and regional integration.

Suzanne Adely is a global labor rights activist, co-chair of the National
Lawyers Guild International Committee, and co-convener of Labor for
Palestine.

Co-sponsored by NYU Students for Justice in
Palestine<https://www.facebook.com/NYU.SJP/>, International Socialist
Organization – NYU Branch<https://www.facebook.com/nyusocialists/>, and
NYU Law Students for Justice in Palestine.

________________________________

Related:

Palestinian BDS National Committee: Popular Palestinian resistance against
Israeli oppression enters its second
month<http://www.bdsmovement.net/2015/popular-palestinian-resistance-against-israeli-oppression-enters-its-second-month-13509#sthash.VFNH8Txr.dpuf>

This uprising is led by a generation of fearless young Palestinian Davids
who are no longer intimidated by the brutality of the Israeli Goliath and
who are asserting their right to self-determination and freedom. It comes
as a response to the escalation of Israel’s criminal attacks on and ethnic
cleansing of Palestinians.
http://www.bdsmovement.net/2015/popular-palestinian-resistance-against-israeli-oppression-enters-its-second-month-13509#sthash.VFNH8Txr.dpuf

Connecticut AFL-CIO Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Resolution
http://laborforpalestine.net/2015/10/29/connecticut-afl-cio-bds-resolution/

Vigil for Palestine: 11/6, 1145-1215 at NYU
Please join the Law Students for Justice in Palestine and the National
Lawyers Guild for a silent vigil this Friday, 11/6, from 11:45am-12:15pm
in the Vanderbilt Courtyard, 40 Washington Square South. We will hold
signs, remember those who have been killed by Israeli forces, and oppose
the culture of dehumanization of Palestinians that has become pervasive on
US campuses.

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