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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. 

_______________

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

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.

June 10, 2014

2014.06.10: MORE OF THE SAME: The NYPD’s Marijuana Arrests in 2014

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 12:02 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: MORE OF THE SAME: The NYPD’s Marijuana Arrests in 2014
______________________________

Data Update, June 2014  / from Marijuana Arrest Research Project
Contact Loren Siegel: 917-584-0869
______________________________

80 MARIJUANA POSSESSION ARRESTS A DAY
IN THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF 2014 IS

MORE OF THE SAME:

NYPD daily marijuana possession arrest numbers are the same under
de Blasio and Bratton as they were under Bloomberg and Kelly

In the first four months of 2014, the NYPD under Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bratton arrested an average of 80 people a day for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

This is virtually the same as the NYPD’s average of 78 marijuana possession arrests a day in all of 2013 under Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly.

The most recent data from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) shows that marijuana arrest patterns in the first four months of 2014 under de Blasio and Bratton are indistinguishable from those of their predecessors in 2013.

See graphs and this release online at:
http://marijuana-arrests.com/docs/MORE-OF-THE-SAME–NYC-Marijuana-Arrests-June2014.pdf

In 2013 blacks and Latinos were 87% of the people arrested for marijuana possession.
In the first four months of 2014, blacks and Latinos were 86% of the people arrested.

In 2013 teenagers between 16 and 20 were 29% of the people arrested.
So far in 2014 teens are also 29% of arrestees.

In 2013 young people between ages 21 and 25 were 27% of those arrested for marijuana possession, exactly the same as in the first third of 2014.

In 2013 people between the ages of 26 and 29 were 12% of those arrested.
In the first four months of 2014 they were 13% of those arrested.

In 2013, young people between the ages of 16 and 34 comprised 78% of all people arrested forsimple marijuana possession.
In 2014 so far, they are 79% of those arrested.

In 2013, 72% of those arrested for marijuana possession had no prior convictions of any kind, not even for a single misdemeanor. In 2014, the comparable figure is 73%.

In short, the NYPD is primarily arresting ordinary high school students, college students and young workers, most of whom are blacks and Latinos.  Yet young people of color use marijuana less than young whites, as U.S. government studies have long shown.  At the current pace, New York City’s number of marijuana possession arrests in 2014 will match the number made in 2013.

Although Commissioner Bratton has stated that marijuana arrests have dropped under his command, the numbers provided by the NYS DCJS do not support that claim.

In fact, in March and April of 2014 the number of people arrested for simple marijuana possession was higher than in March and April of 2013:

In March 2013, the NYPD made 2,438 arrests, an average of 79 marijuana arrests a day.
In March 2014, the NYPD made 2,657 arrests, an average of 86 marijuana arrests a day.

In April 2013, the NYPD made 2,578 arrests, an average of 86 marijuana arrests a day.
In April 2014, the NYPD made 2,619 arrests, an average of 87 marijuana arrests a day.

In the first four months of 2014 the NYPD’s marijuana possession arrests were still primarily concentrated in neighborhoods where most residents are blacks and Latinos, and not in neighborhoods where most residents are whites and all others.

For example, in Manhattan police made a total of 8 possession arrests in the Upper East Side (Pct. 19) and 8 in the Upper West Side (Pct. 20).  But in East New York in Brooklyn (Pct. 75), police made 500 possession arrests, and in Morris Heights in the Bronx (Pct. 44), police made 392 such arrests.  The NYPD also made 371 lowest-level marijuana arrests in Washington Heights (Pct. 33) which is more marijuana possession arrests than in 20 other precincts throughout the city combined.  Thus far in 2014, the policing of marijuana possession remains concentrated in just one of what Mayor de Blasio has called “the two New Yorks.”

There is also still no evidence that 80 arrests a day for possession of small amounts of marijuana makes New York safer.  Indeed, as Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries has pointed out, the arrests take police officers off the streets and away from other crime fighting work. Further, as candidate de Blasio said during his mayoral campaign:

“Low-level marijuana possession arrests have disastrous consequences for individuals and their families. These arrests limit one’s ability to qualify for student financial aid and undermine one’s ability to find stable housing and good jobs. What’s more, recent studies demonstrate clear racial bias in arrests for low-level possession… This policy is unjust and wrong.”

________________________

Loren Siegel and Harry Levine,  Marijuana Arrest Research Project / http://marijuana-arrests.com/

This Data Update Report and accompanying charts is on the web at:
http://marijuana-arrests.com/docs/MORE-OF-THE-SAME–NYC-Marijuana-Arrests-June2014.pdf

Our previous Data Report showing the marijuana arrests in the first three months of 2014 is here:
http://marijuana-arrests.com/docs/NYC-First-quarter-2014-marijuana-arrests-Press-Release-with-graphs.pdf

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