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November 29, 2017

Tonight FYI: The Criminalization of Home: Organizing to Protect Communities from NYC to Palestine

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 10:49 AM
Subject: Tonight FYI: The Criminalization of Home: Organizing to Protect Communities from NYC to Palestine

Moderated by Bina Ahmad (CDP Manhattan). Sponsors include the Center for Constitutional Rights.

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 Criminalization

The Criminalization of Home: Organizing to Protect Communities from NYC to Palestine

https://www.facebook.com/events/513700239003246/

Wednesday, November 29 at Verso Books, 20 Jay St., Suite 1010, Brooklyn, NY
Doors open at 7 p.m., panel begins at 7:30

With
Sahar Francis of Addameer
Darializa Avila-Chevalier of Black Youth Project–100
Mujahid Farid of Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP)
And moderated by Bina Ahmad

This panel explores the different ways criminalization fractures communities and separates people from the place(s) they call home. Bringing together activists from New York City to Palestine, it looks at how state violence enforces a system of racialized dispossession, whether through eviction, deportation, incarceration, or colonization and ethnic cleansing. We’ll also learn how people are protecting their communities by fighting back against the increasingly militarized policing of their neighborhoods, supporting prisoners’ rights, and advancing a vision of freedom and self-determination.

DARIALIZA AVILA-CHEVALIER is an organizer with the NYC chapter of Black Youth Project 100, a member-based organization of radical 18-to-35-year-old people that work toward the liberation of Black people. BYP100 works to center the most marginalized, which includes incarcerated people and trans/gender non-conforming people. Their work is done via direct action, political education, and internal leadership development. Their current long-term project is Campaign H.O.M.E. (Housing Over Monitoring and Evictions), which seeks to end the racist NYCHA policy of Permanent Exclusion. Before joining BYP100, Darializa organized with Students for Justice in Palestine and helped launch the Columbia University Apartheid Divest campaign.

MUJAHID FARID is the lead organizer for the Release Aging People in Prison Campaign (RAPP), which aims to decarcerate US prisons by accelerating the release rate of elderly people. Farid himself was confined for 33 years in New York State and released in 2011, after entering the system in 1978 with a sentence of 15 years to life. While confined, Farid earned four college degrees, including two Master’s, and was part of a trio that created the first HIV/AIDS peer education program in NYS prisons, which later developed into the widely acclaimed PACE (Prisoners AIDS Counseling & Education) program. In 2013 he was awarded an Open Society Soros Justice Fellowship, a joint NYS legislative commendation, and a Citizens Against Recidivism, Inc. award for social activism. In 2016 RAPP was awarded the New York Nonprofit Media’s Cause Award.

SAHAR FRANCIS has been the director of Addameer (Arabic for conscience), a prisoner support and human rights advocacy organization, since 2005, and has been a human rights legal advocate since 1994. She specializes in issues of Palestinian political prisoners, including ill treatment and torture, administrative detention, prison conditions, and prisoners’ rights. She has extensive litigation experience in the Israeli military court system as well as in Israeli civil courts.

Co-organized by Adalah-NY: Campaign for the Boycott of Israel, Addameer Prisoner Support & Human Rights Association, BYP100 NYC chapter, and the Center for Constitutional Rights

Verso Books is wheelchair accessible.

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November 13, 2017

FYI: Tues. 11/14: Reimagining Justice Towards a World Without Prisons

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Racism,Sentencing — nyclaw01 @ 9:21 am

From: Letwin, Michael 
Date: Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 9:21 AM
Subject: FYI: Tues. 11/14: Reimagining Justice Towards a World Without Prisons

Walls

https://www.facebook.com/events/1934498340136702

Please join CUNY School of Law’s Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild in an open conversation with community members critical in the movement towards Prison Abolition. It is our objective to hold an honest and intersectional discussion that encourages our communities to reflect on the challenges facing the movement for prison abolition. In this space, we will strive to imagine a world without prisons, and inspire those wary of prison abolition to reconsider a punitive paradigm to problems that largely have their root in social and economic systems of oppression.

Speakers:

Abraham Paulos, Communications Director, Black Alliance for Just Immigration

Cory Greene, Co-Founder, H.O.L.L.A. (How Our Lives Link Together!)

Justine “Taz” Moore, Co-Founder/Member, National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls

Tray “Rock” Johns, National Director, Black and Pink; Member, National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls

Gabriel Arkles, Core Collective Member, Sylvia Rivera Law Project and Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU LGBT & HIV Project

Register here: http://bit.ly/breakingdownwallscunynlg
*Food will be provided*

Access Notes: CUNY School of Law has a wheelchair/mobility device accessible entrance, and there is elevator access to the 2nd floor. The Auditorium is also accessible, but there is a slight decline from the entrance of the Auditorium towards the front. CUNY Law is unfortunately not a scent-free building, but we are encouraging attendees to create a scent-free atomopshere in the auditorium.

If any interpretation or visual/audio support is needed, please reach out to nlg@mail.law.cuny.edu!

Co-sponsored by: Outlaws, Labor Coalition, Police Accountability Organization, Students for Justice in Palestine, Luis DeGraffe Racial & Social Justice Orientation, CUNY Law Review, Parole Preparation Project, NLG NYC, Brooklyn Law School NLG, Cardozo Law School NLG, and National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls

February 6, 2017

Here To Stay Rally – Feb. 11th!

From: Wright, Deborah
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2017 11:58 AM
To: ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Here To Stay Rally – Feb. 11th!
Importance: High
Sisters and Brothers,

ALAA, ICE FREE NYC, and community Allies are calling for a rally to push back on any extension of the City’s collaboration with ICE, to end Broken Windows policing and the policies of mass incarceration in our city and our country.  Please join us at a citywide rally onSaturday, February 11th to challenge the criminalization of immigrants under the NYPD’s current Broken Windows policy, before it worsens under Trump’s far-right administration.  We demand NYC to:  #EndBrokenWindows  #EndDeportations  #EndIncarceration!
When: Saturday, Feb. 11th
Where: Washington Square Park
Time: 2 pm

https://www.facebook.com/ events/987262324752094/
One of our very own, Alma Magaña, was quoted in the Village Voice this week at a press conference leading up to Saturday’s rally, announcing community groups’ rejection of the continued criminalization of immigrants and collaboration with ICE:

http://www.villagevoice.com/ news/immigrants-to-de-blasio- get-off-your-soapbox-and-stop- helping-the-feds-deport-us- 9637719

Please let Alexi know if you are planning to attend at ashalom@alaa.org
In Solidarity,
Debbie

June 30, 2016

FYI: The Fining of Black America

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Police Abuse,Racism,Sentencing — nyclaw01 @ 10:16 am

From: Letwin, Michael
Date: Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 10:16 AM
Subject: FYI: The Fining of Black America

Fining of Black America

The Fining of Black America
In states like Maryland, Missouri and New York, municipalities with large African American populations are more likely to have an unusually high amount of revenues from fines, even after accounting for poverty rates.
http://priceonomics.com/the-fining-of-black-america/

NYPD Chopper

New York police deploy helicopters and K-9 units to find teen who skipped $2.75 subway fare
He’s been charged with escape and theft of services.
https://www.rawstory.com/2016/06/new-york-police-deploy-helicopters-and-k-9-units-to-find-teen-who-skipped-2-75-subway-fare/

 

May 10, 2016

FYI: Gary Tyler’s Road Back to Freedom

From: Letwin, Michael
Date: Tue, May 10, 2016 at 3:45 PM
Subject: FYI: Gary Tyler’s Road Back to Freedom

Gary Tyler

After a wrongful conviction in 1975, Gary Tyler spent 41 years behind bars – notwithstanding his innocence — notwithstanding that the 5th Circuit deemed his trial “fundamentally unfair” — notwithstanding that the Pardon Board three times recommended he be pardoned. Gary, who entered prison at age 16 under threat of the death penalty, is finally a free man at the age of 57. Gary never belonged in prison. Let’s support his transition back to life on the outside.

Please LIKE and SHARE on Facebook: Gary Tyler’s Road Back to Freedom

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May 4, 2016

ACLA MAY DAY THANK YOU!

From: Sampeur, Jane-Roberte
Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2016 4:41 PM
To: CRIMINAL ATTYS ALL; 1199 Members; CIVIL BENEFITS CHAT GROUP; CIVIL BKLYN AGING ALL; CIVIL BNO ALL; CIVIL BRONX ALL; CIVIL CONSUMER LAW CHAT GROUP; CIVIL DAP CHAT GROUP; CIVIL EMPLOYMENT LAW ALL; JUVENILE ATTYS ALL; JUVENILE APPEALS ALL; CIVIL EXTERN ATTYS ALL; CIVIL FAMILY CHAT GROUP; CIVIL HCLO ALL; CIVIL HEALTH LAW ALL; CIVIL HOMELESS RIGHTS ALL; CIVIL HOUSING ADVOCATES CHAT GROUP; CIVIL IMMIGRATION ALL; CIVIL LAW REFORM ALL
Subject: ACLA MAY DAY THANK YOU!

Thanks to everyone who came out in support of fair treatment for our clients, justice for Akai Gurley and ending mass criminalization and state sanctioned violence against communities of color. For those of you who weren’t able to make it, see links below recapping Monday’s powerful protest.

To be continued…

http://www.hotindienews.com/2016/05/02/48358

https://alaa2325.wordpress.com/2016/05/02/may-2-2016-acla-protest-for-akai-gurley/

May 2, 2016

FYI: Black Lives Matter: Gary Tyler Finally Free After 41 Years at Angola Penitentiary

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Racism,Sentencing — nyclaw01 @ 1:07 pm

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Monday, May 02, 2016 1:07 PM
To: CRIMINAL ATTYS ALL; 1199 Members; CIVIL BENEFITS CHAT GROUP; CIVIL BKLYN AGING ALL; CIVIL BNO ALL; CIVIL BRONX ALL; CIVIL CONSUMER LAW CHAT GROUP; CIVIL DAP CHAT GROUP; CIVIL EMPLOYMENT LAW ALL; JUVENILE ATTYS ALL; JUVENILE APPEALS ALL; CIVIL EXTERN ATTYS ALL; CIVIL FAMILY CHAT GROUP; CIVIL HCLO ALL; CIVIL HEALTH LAW ALL; CIVIL HOMELESS RIGHTS ALL; CIVIL HOUSING ADVOCATES CHAT GROUP; CIVIL IMMIGRATION ALL; CIVIL LAW REFORM ALL
Subject: FYI: Black Lives Matter: Gary Tyler Finally Free After 41 Years at Angola Penitentiary

GaryTyler

GARY TYLER: LOUISIANA PRISONER WALKS FREE AFTER 41 YEARS OF ‘UNCONSTITUTIONAL LIFE SENTENCE’ (Inquisitr)
“Although Tyler agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge in order to get out of prison, there are numerous issues that arose from his case. Along with his attorneys and Louisiana Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) activist Walter Collins, a group of supporters spent years gathering information to help get him out of jail.”
http://www.inquisitr.com/3051287/gary-tyler-louisiana-prisoner-walks-free-after-41-years-of-unconstitutional-life-sentence/#kB02EUOj1ByDqlwA.99

Background: Gary Tyler still sits in Angola prison: Three decades of injustice (International Socialist Review)
“To understand the case of Gary Tyler, we must go back to a largely forgotten episode in American politics-the battle over the desegregation of public schools in the 1970s, and the eruption of racist violence that occurred in reaction to it across the country.”
http://www.isreview.org/issues/49/garytyler.shtml

Background: The Case of Gary Tyler: Despite Witness Recantations and No Physical Evidence, Louisiana Prisoner Remains Jailed After 32 Years (DemocracyNow!)
“The case of Louisiana’s Gary Tyler has been called one of the great miscarriages of justice in the modern history of the United States. Tyler, an African American, has been jailed since he was 16 years old for a 1974 murder that many believe he did not commit. An all-white jury convicted him based entirely on the statements of four witnesses who later recanted their testimony. We speak with Tyler’s mother, Juanita, and his sister, Bobbie McCray. We’re also joined by New York Times columnist Bob Herbert, who has been covering Tyler’s case. And we hear Tyler in his own words in an unaired interview from prison.”
http://www.democracynow.org/2007/3/1/the_case_of_gary_tyler_despite

Background: The Case of Gary Tyler, A Legal Lynching In Louisiana with Jared Feurer, Southern Regional Director, Amnesty International (Building Bridges)
“Summary:  49 year old political prisoner Gary Tyler, has been imprisoned since he was 17. Tyler, arrested during a white mob’s terror attack on black students being bused during school desegregation was wrongfully charged with the death of a white youth.”
http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=22078

More: http://freegarytyler.com/

 

 

April 27, 2016

TIME: ACLA MAY DAY PROTEST MAY 2 5PM

From: Sampeur, Jane-Roberte
Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 1:51 PM
To: CRIMINAL ATTYS ALL; 1199 Members; CIVIL BENEFITS CHAT GROUP; CIVIL BKLYN AGING ALL; CIVIL BNO ALL; CIVIL BRONX ALL; CIVIL CONSUMER LAW CHAT GROUP; CIVIL DAP CHAT GROUP; CIVIL EMPLOYMENT LAW ALL; JUVENILE ATTYS ALL; JUVENILE APPEALS ALL; CIVIL EXTERN ATTYS ALL; CIVIL FAMILY CHAT GROUP; CIVIL HCLO ALL; CIVIL HEALTH LAW ALL; CIVIL HOMELESS RIGHTS ALL; CIVIL HOUSING ADVOCATES CHAT GROUP; CIVIL IMMIGRATION ALL; CIVIL LAW REFORM ALL
Cc: Narumanchi, Bharati
Subject: TIME: ACLA MAY DAY PROTEST MAY 2 5PM

**ACLA invites all of Legal Aid to join us in our May Day Protest** 

*End the Mass Criminalization of Black and Brown Communities* 

Let’s express our outrage  over:

–        The disparate treatment given to Peter Liang in sentencing

–        NYPD killing of black men.

–        Injustice and indignities caused by the actions of the NYPD and supported by the criminal justice system.

 

Let’s demand D.A. Thompson and the NYPD:

–        Increase alternatives to incarceration

–        End  outrageous offers given to our clients

–        End unfair and unjust sentencing recommendations

–        End Vertical Patrol

–        End Broken Windows

–        End Operation Spotlight

–        End The War on Drugs

 

When: Monday May 2 at  5PM

Where: In Front of the Brooklyn D.A.’s office

350 Jay Street, Brooklyn

April 19, 2016

FYI: 2-4 pm today, 320 Jay Street : Brooklyn Rally for Akai Gurley at Liang Sentencing

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Police Abuse,Racism,Sentencing — nyclaw01 @ 12:57 pm

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Letwin, Michael
Date: Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 12:57 PM
Subject: FYI: 2-4 pm today, 320 Jay Street : Brooklyn Rally for Akai Gurley at Liang Sentencing

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1587990664848177/

April 11, 2016

FYI: Vigil Tuesday for NYPD Entrapment Victim, Now in Coma

From: Letwin, Michael
Date: Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 11:32 AM
Subject: FYI: Vigil Tuesday for NYPD Entrapment Victim, Now in Coma

https://www.facebook.com/events/1735738103322377/

 

https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpl1/v/t1.0-9/13006473_1047564445283007_6587644375617062135_n.jpg?oh=97a2a1f8043f99dc6e34933710a7bfad&oe=5785C5FB

 Targeted & Entrapped: Ahmed Ferhani fights for his life 

Vigil, Press Conference
Tuesday, April 12th
1 Police Plaza
3:00 pm  

NYPD Undercover Detective Ilter Ayturk & his CIA Trained Handler, Detective Steve Pinkall infiltrated our community organizations with the intent of entrapping those organizing for the human rights of Palestinians. They failed miserably.  

They would instead target, Ahmed Ferhani, a young man, son, who escaped civil war and has been enduring life-long mental illness and poverty.  

Ahmed attempted suicide in prison last week and remains in a coma. 

Join us in vigil to support our brother Ahmed and to express our anger at the NYPD for their complicity. 

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Press Release: 

A coalition of civil rights and human rights and community based groups across New York are hosting a rally and vigil for Ahmed Ferhani outside One Police Plaza on Tuesday April 12, 2016 at 3 p.m. to rally against the pervasive abuse of Ferhani, and other inmates by the Department of Corrections, and to pray Ferhani’s recovery. 

Ahmed Ferhani, who was prosecuted by way of an embarrassing entrapment case run by the NYPD’s secret surveillance unit is in the Intensive Care Unit of the Eerie County Medical Center after attempting suicide while in the custody of the infamous Attica Prison in Buffalo New York. After months of complaining of abuse at the hands of Attica to the DOC’s Superintendent and to the Attorney General, Ferhani threatened to and did attempt to take his own life to end the abuse.

Ferhani had not been placed on suicide watch but had made prior attempts to harm himself, while he was in custody and before he was entrapped by the NYPD. Ferhani’s attorneys maintain that Ferhani was targeted specifically because he struggled with mental health issues since he was a child. “When the NYPD had so miserably failed to find any unlawful activity after years of pouring countless resources into an illegal surveillance project they sent an undercover to manipulate and essentially bribe the young Ferhani into parroting the words they needed to justify the sham and unconstitutional investigation.” The actions of the NYPD have come under heavy attack since AP leaked the details of the secret surveillance unit and the NYPD now faces litigation brought by victims of the mass surveillance project post 9-11. 

“If it were not enough that he was targeted and preyed upon by the NYPD, the Department of Corrections unleashed its worst predatory practices against Ferhani. Ferhani was repeatedly harassed, abused and beaten by his jailers who believed he was a terrorist without having the facts of his case. He was neither protected nor acknowledged by the Department, now he is dying at the tender age of 30, after a lifetime of hardship and abuse. It is an outrage and justice will be served. It may be late, but it will be had.” Said counsel for Ferhani’s family, Lamis Deek. 

The Press Conference is expected to start at 3pm outside One Police Plaza and will be followed by a vigil. 

Media Inquiries Contact: Lamis Deek, 917-607-0072, 212-226-3999; Fahd Ahmed 917-744-5526 and Gideon Oliver 1646-263-3495, Dima Abi Saab 646-920-7114

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