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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!”
http://takeactionnyc.com/nyc-protest-event-calendar/

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December 4, 2014

December 4, 2014: NYC Protest for Eric Garner

UAW 2325 and 1199 union members from Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn office, stood with our clients and communities by leading a 100-strong contingent across the Brooklyn Bridge to rally with thousands tonight at Foley Square.

Chants included:
*Black Lives Matter: Justice for Eric Garner!
*No Justice, No Peace, No Racist Police!
*End Broken Windows: Fire Bill Bratton!
*The System is Racist!
*Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!
*Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Shut it Down, Shut it Down!
*Who’s Streets? Our Streets!
*NYPD, KKK, How Many Kids Did You Kill Today?
*What Do We Want? Justice!

#BlackLivesMatter#EricGarner#ICantBreathe#ShutItDown#FireBratton

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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.)

 

September 6, 2013

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

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

MENA Solidarity Network

Solidarity with Workers in the Middle East

Egypt: labour lawyer Haitham Mohamedain arrested by army

Posted on September 5, 2013

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

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

What you can do:

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

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

Sign and circulate our Emergency Statement on Egypt.

Freedom for Haitham Mohamedain

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

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

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

October 25, 2012

2012.10.25: Upcoming Social Justice Events

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2012 3:54 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Upcoming Social Justice Events

Tonight, Thurs., Oct. 25, 5-7 p.m.
Center for Constitutional Rights Press Conference & Rally to Support “The Holy Land 5” Prisoner’s Appeal
For over 5 years, 5 Palestinian Americans, known as “The Holy Land 5” have languished in Federal Prison. Victims to the ever-growing over-reach of counter-terrorism programs, the five were prosecuted under vague material support claims for their public philanthropic and charitable work to support children in Gaza each are serving between 15 and 65 years in Federal Prison. Ghassan Elashi is currently held in a secretive Federal Prison Program called the Communications Management Unit at USP Marion, IL.
Location: 26 Federal Plaza, Manhattan
Background: http://electronicintifada.net/content/let-us-not-be-brought-down-last-legal-recourse-holy-land-five/11805

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/480681535286018/

Fri., Oct. 26, 4 p.m.
Enemies of the State: Solidarity for Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, 14 Anonymous activists, and All Political Prisoners
It is important that everyone realize that the persecution of Manning, Anonymous, Assange, and wikileaks marks a dangerous time for our constitutional rights. We must speak out now, or else we may not have another chance.
Location: Bryant Park, Manhattan
Background & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/445608622147199/

Sat., Oct. 27, 5-9 p.m.
Justice For Reynaldo Cuevas
We are going to have Candlelight Vigil and march to the 42nd precinct to demand for justice.
Location: Betty Plaza, East 169th Street & Franklin Ave., Bronx

Background: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/10/reynaldo-cuevas-death-mother-of-slain-bodega-worker-faints-at-press-conference_n_1870253.html
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/502029956483260/

Sun., Oct. 28, 4-8 p.m.
Families & Communities Victimized by Police Brutality & Terrorism from the West Coast to the East Coast
Please join us on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at the Riverside Church in NYC, where The Campaign to End the New Jim Crow will host a panel of family members who have lost loved ones to police brutality, including families from the West Coast and the East. They will be joined by activists who facilitate a discussion about ways we can take action within our community to confront police terrorism and hold them accountable when they brutalize and murder citizens of the community.
Location: The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, Manhattan
Background & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/368722873209314/

Thurs., Nov. 1, 8 p.m.
Testify! A Benefit Concert for the National Lawyers Guild-NYC
A diverse group of performers will rise up in support of the NLG-NYC’s work defending robust political dissent in New York City.
Location: The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, Manhattan
Background & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/390800597659258/

Sat., Nov. 3, 2 p.m.
The Campaign to End the New Jim Crow will co-sponsor “BROKEN ON ALL SIDES” NYC Screening along with The National Lawyers Guild
Broken On All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration & New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S. is an hour-long independent documentary that explores the intersection of race and poverty within the criminal justice system.
Location: Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue (@2nd Street), Manhattan
Background & RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/247226372066385/

Sat., Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
NYC Marxism Conference: A World in Crisis A World in Struggle
Millions of people have come to the understanding that capitalism isn’t working. And millions of people around the world — from mine workers in South Africa to students in Quebec to teachers in Chicago to family members of victims of police violence — are coming to a day-long conference to discuss the history and politics that can help guide our fight for a different world.
Location: Columbia University Lerner’s Hall, Manhattan

Details: http://www.nycsocialist.org/
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/453413368044122/

 

November 18, 2011

2011.11.18: Reminder: STOP Stop & Frisk Rally and Action Tomorrow!

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Political Action,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 2:35 pm

From:    Gusberg, Jessica

Sent:   Friday, November 18, 2011 2:35 PM

To:     1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS

Subject:        Reminder: STOP Stop & Frisk Rally and Action Tomorrow!

 

Just a reminder that the rally/action tomorrow is at 1pm in Jamaica, Queens. This is a growing movement — your voices are important! Let’s all put our heads together to figure out how to end this racist practice that terrorizes so many people in this city!

 

Saturday, November 19th, 1:00 PM

Stop “Stop & Frisk” Goes to Jamaica, Queens.  Meet at King Park at 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, Queens for Opening Rally. Take the E/J/Z to Jamaica Center/Archer-Parsons.  We will then march to the 103rd Precinct at 91st Avenue and 168th Street, just above Jamaica Avenue, where participants will conduct non-violent civil disobedience to STOP ‘Stop & Frisk’!

 

Monday, November 21st, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Mass Follow-up Meeting in Jamaica, Queens.  Meet at the Afrikan Poetry Theatre, 176-03 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432-5503, (718) 523-3312.  Members of the Jamaica, Queens community and others are invited to get hooked up with the campaign, lending their ideas and voices to this important cause.

The Afrikan Poetry Theatre is located on Jamaica Avenue at 176th Street. Take the E/F to Jamaica-179th Street, and walk away from Hillside Avenue towards Jamaica Avenue.

 

October 18, 2011

2011.10.18: Addt’l agenda item for November 1st general membership and JC mtg: Formation of an ALAA “Action” Committee

From: Edwards, Lisa

Sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 11:06 AM

To: Wright, Deborah; Albro, George

Cc: ALAA MEMBERS

Subject: Addt’l agenda item for November 1st general membership and JC mtg: Formation of an ALAA “Action” Committee

Debbie and fellow ALAA members:

I propose that our union establish a committee to deal with external issues that directly affect our practice, our clients, and our livelihood.

It is wonderful that Julie Fry, Michael Letwin and others have mobilized our union to become active in the OWS movement and as a result there is now an ALAA sub-committee strategizing on what role we should have there.  An “action” committee is necessary in order to provide an immediate and appropriate response when events like OWS occur.  This committee would allow us to be at the forefront of relevant issues and to be pro-active rather than re-active. The committee would monitor ongoing issues that may require a public response and have immediate access to all media outlets.

For example, in addition to our involvement in the OWS movement, this committee would have been valuable in formulating an immediate response to Commissioner Kelly’s policy change on charging people for marijuana possession after a stop and frisk during which they are directed to empty their pockets.  This Friday there is a march opposing NYPD’s stop and frisk policy that starts at the Harlem State Office building at 1:30 p.m. Some of the protestors plan to participate in civil disobedience.  Shouldn’t our union have a role there by either declaring public support for the marchers and the cause, or by marching or by providing legal observers, or all three?  Debbie and George obviously have to spend a majority of their time addressing other issues relevant to our union.  However, these issues are also relevant and need to be supported.  An “action”  committee would be a great way of accomplishing this.

Also per Debbie, the November 1st meeting is a general membership meeting followed by the JC meeting.  Another item on the agenda besides those proposed by [M] is “complaints regarding the election process”(see excerpt below).  Please come and be heard on all these issues and/or share your views with your delegate.

“…1) hearing a report by the election committee about the election process, 2) hearing any protests or complaints about the election, and 3) swearing in the newly elected Executive Officers …””

October 14, 2011

2011.10.14: This morning at OWS

Filed under: Civil Liberties,Labor Solidarity,OWS,Political Action — nyclaw01 @ 11:00 am

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2011 7:51 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: This morning at OWS

Thousands turned out. The Square was packed. The Whole World was Watching. Bloomberg backed down (for now).

6 p.m. Tonight: OWS Labor Working Group Meeting, at DC 37, 125 Barclay Street, Room #4 (enter on Murray Street).

October 13, 2011

2011.10.13: RE: Saturday 10/15 Occupy Wall Street

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2011 2:06 PM
To: ALAA MEMBERS
Cc: 1199 Members
Subject: RE: Saturday 10/15 Occupy Wall Street

It’s hard to imagine an issue that isn’t labor related, and ALAA is on record about numerous issues that go beyond the workplace (e.g., racism, police abuse, etc., etc.). See: https://alaa2325.wordpress.com/

Moreover, you have the right to identify yourself as a UAW *member* in support of whatever you want.


From: S.
Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2011 2:00 PM
To: Albro, George; ALAA MEMBERS
Cc: 1199 Members
Subject: RE: Saturday 10/15 Occupy Wall Street

I guess the answer to my question is no.  If anyone is interested in joining a small group marching with messages

other than Union/Labor this Saturday, please feel free to meet with us in Times Square @ 5 PM.


From: S.
Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 4:09 PM
To: Albro, George; ALAA MEMBERS
Cc: 1199 Members
Subject: RE: Saturday 10/15 Occupy Wall Street

I will try to make the mtg tomorrow but one question I have is whether it would be okay to march with our Union holding signs with messages in support of issues other than labor related.


From: Albro, George
Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 11:13 AM
To: ALAA MEMBERS
Cc: 1199 Members
Subject: FW: Saturday 10/15 Occupy Wall Street

FYI, here are some details of Saturday’s mass action by the OWS movement. Please note that the UAW will be focusing on these actions, which are part of events that day which will be occuring throughtout the world.

Please also remember that an ALAA OWS support group will be meeting at the ALAA office (568 Broadway, Rm 702A) this Thurs., Oct. 13th, at 6 PM. Pizza served. Please RSVP Julie Fry.


From: Scott Sommer [ssommer@uaw.net]
Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 11:25 PM
Subject: Saturday 10/15 Occupy Wall Street

Hi all,

A few of us attended last night’s Occupy Wall Street Labor meeting downtown and in brief there are two actions we want to let you know about for this Saturday, October 15th.  Saturday is a day of action against the banks.  There will be actions all day all over town.  If we get a central list of them, we will share them with you.

1. The Labor Outreach Committee is organizing a march from Liberty Plaza (Zuccotti Park) to a nearby Chase branch.  We would like to make that the primary focus of our activities on Saturday.  Chase is one of the largest banks in the country (and a darling of Wall Street).  Chase has also been one of the most aggressive in NOT renegotiating speculative mortgages, many of which they acquired when the Bush Administration allowed them to acquire Washington Mutual on the very, very cheap (like ten cents, yes ten cents, on the dollar).  Also many of you remember from our Spring actions at JP Morgan Chase’s corporate HQ, that as the prime banker for Reynolds Tobacco (Camel, Salem, Winston, et al.) they have refused to exercise their influence to improve the pay and working conditions of the members of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC).

UAW members will be meeting at 10:45 AM at Zuccotti Park at Broadway and Liberty Street in Manhattan for the 11:00 AM march over to a nearby Chase branch, which is open on Saturday.  Some folks will be going in to close their Chase accounts and the rest of us will rally and leaflet out in front of the bank.  If you are interested in closing a Chase account on Saturday, let me know.

2.  At 5:00 PM there will be a mass convergence on Times Square.  This is not a rally with a permit as the Foley Square one last week was.  We do not have any more details on this convergence, but we did want to let you know of it.

Attached is photo of the leaflet for the Liberty Plaza Chase bank action.  I have reached out to get an electronic copy of the leaflet, when I do, I will share it with everyone.

Please RSVP if you will be mobilizing people for the 11 AM Chase bank action, and if you will be mobilizing people for the Times Square convergence.

The next meeting of the Occupy Wall Street Labor Committee will be Friday at 6:00 PM at DC37, 125 Barclay Street.

Finally, I did receive a call today from Brendan Griffith from the CLC and he informed me that Vinny Alvarez has assigned him to work on Occupy Wall Street and that he will be coming to Friday’s meeting.

Thanks,

Scott

2011.10.13: NYC Labor Against the War: 10.12 OWS Report: This is SO Not Over

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2011 10:28 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: NYC Labor Against the War: 10.12 OWS Report: This is SO Not Over

Reminder: OWS Support Meeting, 6pm at the ALAA headquarters, which is at 568 Broadway, Room 702A

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NYC Labor Against the War
10.12 Occupy Wall Street Report: This is SO Not Over

Occupy Cincinnati

OWS-NYC: INFORMATION & RESOURCES

OccupyWallStreet
The resistance continues at Liberty Square and Nationwide!
http://occupywallst.org/

Donate Money to #occupywallstreet
http://nycga.cc/donate/

NYC General Assembly
The Official Website of the GA at #OccupyWallStreet
http://nycga.cc/

Occupy Wall St.: Immediate Needs
Comfort Committee’s Current NEEDS: thermal wear (especially smaller sizes), blankets, toiletries (especially toothpaste), hats & gloves, towels for showers We do NOT need more ponchos or space blankets. All donations can be sent to: The UPS Store Re: Occupy Wall Street 118A Fulton St. #205 New York, NY 10038
https://www.facebook.com/OccupyWallSt/posts/213285578739214

OWS-NYC: UPDATE

Thurs., Oct. 13: Defenders of Mary Ward, 82-Year-Old Facing Eviction, Join with Occupy Wall Street to Fight Foreclosure
‎The group Organizing for Occupation will bring Occupy Wall Street to Downtown Brooklyn on Thursday, in a joint action from the two groups at Brooklyn Supreme Cout that will call for an end to foreclosure auctions.
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/10/defenders_of_ma.php

Sat., Oct. 15: Take Times Square: Massive convergence
You can come right to Times Square at 5pm or take part in one of many other earlier actions. Student meet up at 12pm, Washington Square Park, Labor March on the Banks 11am from Liberty Square.
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=159911157436152

Labor Solidarity; Video of cross trade solidarity and activists from Occupy Wall Street at the Sotheby’s auction today
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150340476012662

Occupy Wall Street protesters march past millionaires’ NYC homes
When the march reached Park Avenue and East 93rd Street, protesters stopped in front of a building where they said Dimon has an apartment. Marchers screamed, “Where’s our bailout?” and “How do we end this deficit? End the war, tax the rich!”
http://www.lohud.com/article/20111012/NEWS05/110120366/Occupy-Wall-Street-protesters-march-past-millionaires-NYC-homes

Building Bridges Radio: Occupy Wall Street plus Labor and Community Support Despite Police Repression
Occupy Wall Street, the movement whose organizational forms and demands are evolving continues to pick up support including organized labor. Transport Union Local 100, hospitals Local 1199, city workers’ DC 37 AFSCME, UAW Local 2110, Teamster Local 814 and building service workers Local 32-BJ and the United Federation of Teachers were just some of the unions which pledged solidarity at a massive support rally in NYC which drew tens of thousands.
http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2011/10/116464.html

#OWS Stands In Solidarity With 100 Arrested At Occupy Boston | OccupyWallSt.org
With each passing day, as the violence of the state continues to escalate, the myth of American “democracy” becomes further shattered.
http://www.occupywallst.org/article/ows-solidarity-100-arrested-occupy-boston/

BEYOND OWS-U.S.

About OCCUPY TOGETHER
Welcome to OCCUPY TOGETHER, an unofficial hub for all of the events springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall St.
http://www.occupytogether.org/

Downloadable Posters
The posters provided on this page are free for you to download, print, and hang up within your community, not only to promote local efforts, but the solidarity of all occupiers around the country. In fact, we highly encourage it as this will be a great means of spreading the word and getting others involved.
http://www.occupytogether.org/downloadable-posters/

Student/Worker March-Occupy Boston-Day 11-Oct. 10, 2011
Lost in the ruckus of yesterday’s police riot on Occupy Boston was the fact that earlier in the day, approximately 10,000 students marched through the streets of Boston in support of the “Occupy” movement.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIsDXx-pwAI&feature=share

Protesting a decade of war
Chants like, “Not another nickel, not another dime, no more money for Obama’s crimes,” and “They got bailed out, we got sold out,” reflected the diversity of demands among the crowd. Many carried signs opposing Obama’s increased use of unmanned aerial drones to carry out extra-judicial assassinations in places like Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia as part of a campaign across upstate New York called, “Ground the Drones.” Others brought attention to the $3 billion in direct aid that the U.S. gives Israel each year to enable to continued oppression of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
http://www.socialistworker.org/2011/10/12/protesting-a-decade-of-war

From Occupying the Financial Districts to Occupying the Goods in Our Hoods | Black Agenda Report
“We’ll see a lot more black people involved in this occupation stuff,” J.R. Fleming of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Movement told me, “when we start occupying these thousands of vacant bank-owned homes and apartments. You can take a day to protest downtown, and come back here and you’re still homeless or about to be homeless. When we occupy the goods in our hoods, that will be the occupation that means something to people out here. That will be the occupation that really makes a difference.”
http://www.blackagendareport.com/content/occupying-financial-districts-occupying-goods-our-hoods

A festival, a rebellion, an awakening
Of course they should stand with the workers, an exasperated young woman responded. The workers are the 99% who are ruled and oppressed by the 1% in American society, and that’s exactly with whom Occupy L.A. must stand.
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-1012-lopez-occupyla-20111011,0,6934158.column

Occupy the Hood Cleveland
Occupy The Hood stands in Solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement… It is imperative that the voice of POC is heard at this moment! We must not be forgotten as the world progresses to the next economical stage. We can all agree that the voices in our communities are especially needed in this humanitarian struggle. We are our future and we posses the energy needed to push the occupy movement to the next phase.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-the-Hood-Cleveland/233045550087249

UC Berkeley students demonstrate in support of Irvine 11 – The Daily Californian
“Awareness is the beginning of the process of getting people involved to express their concerns of the silencing of dissent and student protest,” said Hatem Bazian, a lecturer in the campus Department of Near Eastern Studies, who was present at the demonstration.
http://www.dailycal.org/2011/10/11/uc-berkeley-students-demonstrate-in-support-of-irvine-11/

High Court Allows Mumia to Breathe, But He is Still Condemned to Social Death | Glen Ford
The hunger strikers at California’s Pelican Bay prison and tens of thousands like them throughout the U.S. Prison Gulag have been marked for annihilation, in all the ways that matter for human beings. This is not an issue for reformist tinkering, but a fundamental question of human rights. Human rights goals cannot be effectively pursued within the context of institutions that are designed to destroy humanity.
http://www.blackagendareport.com/content/high-court-allows-mumia-breathe-he-still-condemned-social-death

ANALYSIS

OPERATION COOPTATION: THE DEMS TRY TO SEDUCE THE OCCUPATION MOVEMENT | Black Agenda Report
Any collaboration with Obama and his corporate Democrats means the instantaneous death of the movement – and rightly so. Ultimately, finance capital must be utterly destroyed, or it will kill us all. But that’s a truth that will be learned in struggle, once joined.
http://www.blackagendareport.com/content/operation-cooptation-dems-try-seduce-occupation-movement

Freedom Rider: Occupy Wall Street, Denounce the Democrats | Black Agenda Report
Mass action is the only way to prevent further inequality, and further American aggression around the world. Occupy Wall Street can be the beginning of a great movement, or a lost opportunity. The experiment may be in its beginning stages, but the learning curve has to be brief if OWS is to not only remain free from political interference, but make good on its claims of fighting for the interests of working people.
http://www.blackagendareport.com/content/freedom-rider-occupy-wall-street-denounce-democrats

Stepping up the struggle
In every city and town, there are teachers who are under attack, foreclosures mounting, instances of police violence. The Occupy movement can be a part of responding. We want to build the occupations and defend them against police attack. And we also want to build a political space that goes beyond the occupations–a new resistance that brings the spirit of the Occupy movement to workplaces, campuses and communities throughout society.
http://www.socialistworker.org/2011/10/12/stepping-up-the-struggle

Ex-SDS leader seeks to herd Wall Street protest behind Obama
The lineup couldn’t be clearer. The Democrats are seeking to co-opt the anti-Wall Street movement, lining it up behind a president who was elected with the largest campaign war chest ever funded by Wall Street and who has spent his first term in office defending the interests of the banks, finance houses and the top 1 percent. Ex-lefts like Gitlin are enlisted in this sordid operation to provide a “progressive” gloss to what amounts to a cynical attempt to hijack the protests.
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/oct2011/gitl-o12.shtml

We will be here tomorrow
The strength of the Occupy movement lies in the solidarity between all those involved, and this will continue to be the key to the movement’s longevity. “We need to get more workers and more people of color involved in the occupation and to take part in this movement,” Morrill said. “Some are saying that we brought on the police repression. That’s wrong. We have to defend the occupation–ideologically and in real terms.”
http://socialistworker.org/2011/10/12/we-will-be-here-tomorrow

BEYOND OWS: INTERNATIONAL

EGYPT: Egyptians Chant ‘Muslims Christians Are One’ as Military Viciously Attacks Protest
TRNN Report: Angry protestors call for overthrow of the Egyptian military regime as many are killed by Army.
http://www.therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=7439

KOREA: Occupy Wall Street protests spread worldwide as activists plan to take over Seoul, South Korea
The South Korean protest echoes the message of the hundreds camped out in Zuccotti Park for more than three weeks by inspiring the “99%” to stand up against the mega wealthy “1%” who benefit from an unjust, toxic financial system, they say. “We will join the global movement and gather the voices of desperate Koreans,” the group said in a release.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2011/10/12/2011-10-12_occupy_wall_street_protests_spread_worldwide_as_activists_plan_to_take_over_seou.html

LEBANON: Lebanon pushes ahead with general strike on Wednesday – Economy – Business – Ahram Online
The General Labour Confederation, Lebanon’s largest worker coalition, has spearheaded plans for the 12 October strike demanding a more than doubling of minimum wages in the public and private sectors. Employee unions across the board are vowing to participate in the strike.
http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/23868.aspx

PALESTINE: Hip-hop band DAM supports Palestinian prisoners’ actions with new track
If the swap deal materializes, about five-thousand Palestinian political prisoners still remain in Israeli jails. Every reason for the Hunger Strike for Palestine movement to continue its actions.
http://www.electronicintifada.net/blog/adri-nieuwhof/hip-hop-band-dam-supports-palestinian-prisoners-actions-new-track

UK: Thousands plan protest camp in London’s financial centre inspired by ‘Occupy Wall Street’ campaign
A Facebook page titled ‘Occupy London’s Stock Exchange’ has already amassed over 3,000 people who have agreed to attend the event on October 15 while ‘Occupy London’ on Twitter has over 1,000 followers.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2047277/Thousands-plan-protest-camp-Londons-financial-centre-inspired-Occupy-Wall-Street-campaign.html

 

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