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January 31, 2017

FYI: NYC Protest Calendar

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 2:41 PM
Subject: FYI: NYC Protest Calendar

“Event calendar of NYC protests, political actions, protests, demonstrations, workshops, organizing trainings, and planning meetings. Attend, act, and create social change!”

January 30, 2017

Call for a Moratorium on Broken Windows Prosecutions!

Filed under: Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 3:23 pm

From: Smith, Alexandra H
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2017 3:23 PM
Subject: Call for a Moratorium on Broken Windows Prosecutions!

New York family, want something concrete to do to protect your immigrant neighbors from Trump?

We are calling on you to contact your borough’s District Attorney, and ask them for amoratorium on broken windows prosecutions. These include offenses like: jumping the subway turnstile, selling DVD’s on the street, forgetting to pay a fine, trespassing in a NYCHA building and having a small amount of marijuana.

These arrests and prosecutions do not make us safer, and already disproportionately burden poor communities of color. But now under Trump these prosecutions are having devastating consequences for our non-citizen community members. In fact, under the new Executive Order, just being accused of a crime could lead to deportation. Until we know what this means for Trump’s immigration enforcement, we are asking the District Attorneys to stop prosecuting broken windows offenses.

Recent reports from public defenders around the city indicate that the NYPD, which largely supports Trump, has been disproportionately arresting undocumented individuals for these minor crimes since the Executive Order came out last week.The only institutional actor in the criminal legal system who has the power to decide to bring or halt charges is the District Attorney. As long as the DA’s offices continue to prosecute broken windows offenses, the NYPD will continue to make these arrests.

New York has promised to be a sanctuary city and the DA’s offices need to do their part to deliver on that promise by exercising their discretion for the community. Halting broken windows prosecutions is the most immediate way of resisting Trump’s plan for mass deportation.

  1. Please call your District Attorneys and ask for a moratorium on broken windows prosecutions!
  • Manhattan: Cyrus Vance* (Dem) 212-335-9000 – press 0
  • Bronx: Darcel D. Clark (Dem) 718-590-2000 – Front Desk
  • Brooklyn: Eric Gonzalez* (Dem) 718-250-2340 – Citizens Action Center
  • Queens: Richard Brown, (Dem) 718-286-6000 – press 0
  • Staten Island: Michael McMahon (Dem) 718-876-6300 – Front Desk

*District Attorneys up for re-election this year (all NYC DAs are elected officials).  

Sample script

  • [Ask to speak to the District Attorney listed above or their deputy]
  • Hi, my name is _____ . Your office represents “the people of the state of NY” in the borough of ______ and I’m calling as one of your constituents. With Donald Trump’s latest Executive Order, all non-citizen New Yorkers face new and grave threats of deportation just by being charged with a crime. I’m calling on you to uphold your duty to protect the people of New York with a moratorium on prosecuting broken windows offenses and quality of life crimes. The harm of deportation now arises at the charging stage, even if the case is later dismissed or the person given a non-criminal violation offer. The DA’s office has enormous discretionary power to act on behalf of the people of this state, and we ask you to use your discretion in service of our collective interests for a strong, diverse and welcoming New York.
  1. Please Tweet your District Attorney


Sample Tweets:

Stop Trump from tearing New York families and communities apart. #NYCdontprosecute #heretostay

Stop deportations before they start! Don’t prosecute broken windows for immigrant and all New Yorkers. #NYCdontprosecute #heretostay

You represent us, the People of the State of NY, and we say no to broken windows prosecutions. #NYCdontprosecute #heretostay

Under Trump, more than ever, broken windows = broken lives. #NYCdontprosecute #heretostay

Five Borough Defenders is an informal association of public defenders, civil rights attorneys, law students, academics, and all those who advocate on behalf of the civil rights of indigent New Yorkers.  Since 2006, Five Borough Defense has provided a forum for the public defense community to discuss, strategize, and encourage the vigorous defense of indigent New Yorkers.  To join our google-group, please send a request to

“Public Defenders stand alone, armed only with their wits, training and dedication. Inspired by their clients’ hope, faith and trust, they are the warriors and valkyries of those desperately in need of a champion. Public Defenders, by protecting the downtrodden and the poor, shield against the infringement of our protections and, in reality, protect us all.” -Hightower v. State, 592 So.2d 689 (Fla. 3d DCA, 1991)(Gersten J., dissenting.)

FYI: #DeleteUber to Protest Anti-Muslim Strikebreaking at JFK Protests

Filed under: Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 2:51 pm

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2017 2:51 PM
Subject: FYI: #DeleteUber to Protest Anti-Muslim Strikebreaking at JFK Protests

To join the #DeleteUber boycott, please click here.


Anti-Trump protesters are refusing to use Uber (NY Post)

Disgusted Uber customers are deleting the ride-sharing app in droves after learning that the company defied Saturday’s taxi strike at JFK Airport, which was aimed at protesting President Trump’s newest controversial immigration policy.

The New York Taxi Workers Alliance had asked drivers to protest Trump’s agenda — effectively a ban on Muslims entering the US — by not picking up fares at the airportSaturday night.

January 29, 2017

Right Now: Urgent JFK: Stand Against DHS & CBP Refusing Judge’s Orders!

Filed under: Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 12:22 pm

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2017 12:22 PM
Subject: Right Now: Urgent JFK: Stand Against DHS & CBP Refusing Judge’s Orders!
Importance: High

Today at 12 PM – 9 PM
Happening Now · 43° Mostly Cloudy
Terminal 4 – John F. Kennedy International Airport
Jamaica, New York 11430

We now have confirmations that CBP (Customs and Border Protection) has been violating the judge’s stay order, DHS issued a statement in clear defiance of the judge’s order ( , and they are putting people on planes back for deportation. At least 5 people are scheduled to be put on a plane for 1:30pm

As we have said before, this isn’t a matter of “bad policy”, but rather an administration and their aligned forces that are committed to an ideological agenda of white supremacy, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and bigotry

We need people back at JFK Terminal 4 outside the arrivals section (at the last/furthest area of the passenger island) at Terminal 4 to show that our people remain vigilant

January 28, 2017

2pm Sunday: March & Rally: We Will End the Refugee & Muslim Ban

Filed under: Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 11:13 pm
From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2017 11:13 PM
Subject: 2pm Sunday: March & Rally: We Will End the Refugee & Muslim Ban

On Saturday, in a show of force, thousands of people descended upon JFK calling for the release of dozens of refugees and immigrants who were being detained, questioned, and refused entry to the United States.

Due to the collective efforts of advocacy groups and organizers in New York, the Federal Court for the Eastern District of New York has now issued a temporary stay halting President Donald Trump’s executive order.

Since the signing of President Trump’s executive order, mothers and fathers are not being able to reunite with their families, visa holders are not being allowed to go back to school or work, and refugees who are fleeing persecution are being told to get back on planes. We are outraged and horrified by the blatant religious discrimination that is being mandated by President Trump’s executive orders.


Let’s make it clear that we don’t just want a temporary halt, we want human rights and dignity for refugees and immigrants and we want a reversal of these inhumane executive orders NOW.

JOIN US ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 29TH at Battery Park to march to the offices of Customs and Border Patrol in Manhattan.

WHERE: Battery Park (West Side of Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park near Statue of Liberty Viewpoint)


CO-SPONSORS (list in formation):
The New York Immigration Coalition
Make the Road New York
DRUM – Desis Rising Up & Moving
MPower Change
African Communities Together
National Immigration Law Center
New York City Anti-Violence Project
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice [JFREJ]

**more information coming soon***

FYI: ACTION ALERT TODAY: Demonstration at JFK International Airport to defend detained immigrants

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2017 1:58 PM
Subject: FYI: ACTION ALERT TODAY: Demonstration at JFK International Airport to defend detained immigrants

There are reports of refugees, immigrants, visa holders being denied entry & detained at JFK after Trump’s Executive Order issued yesterday). Greencard holders are also being questioned. Most without access to legal council.

There is a general call for people to show up at JFK Terminal 4 starting now and going into the evening. Especially US citizens. If you are a non-citizen or concerned about your status, organizers suggest that you sit this one out.

There are two calls, but it looks like there will be people there all day:

o There are reports of dozens of people (refugees, visa holders) being denied entry at JFK because of the #MuslimBan executive order. Greencard holders are also being questioned. The New York Immigration CoalitionArab American Association of New YorkDRUM – Desis Rising Up & MovingAfrican Communities Together,Make the Road New York are official endorsers of rapid response action TODAY 11AM at JFK Terminal 4 outside arrivals. We encourage our allies (especially U.S citizens) to take part. If you are a non-citizen or concerned about your status, we are suggesting to sit this one out for safety reasons. This is a non-permitted action. Please spread the word: 11AM, outside arrivals at Terminal 4, JFK. Legal observers will be present.

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