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March 10, 2017

Re: Joint Statement From the LGBTQ and ACLA Caucuses: We don’t need your permission to exist

From: Torres, Azalia
Sent: Friday, March 10, 2017 10:22 AM
Subject: Re: Joint Statement From the LGBTQ and ACLA Caucuses: We don’t need your permission to exist.

As someone who’s been at LAS for 6 months short of 30 yrs, I’ve experienced a lot of the conditions which have driven so many of my colleagues of color away. I’ve chosen to stay and address and struggle w colleagues and management to bring about change in an org which has often been insensitive to the needs of those of us who are not white or heterosexual or different in any way fr their  definition of normal and acceptable. Unlike many of you, I’ve personally experienced the type of exchanges that occurred via email to Jason. I’ve also throughout these years attempted to struggle to address those incidents with patience and with the goal of changing minds. Because of course it always falls on “us” different folks to educate and be sensitive to ignorance and indifference.

I’M TIRED!!  The burden is on all of you who have historically ignored the disrespect, ignorance, insensitivity, and hurtful behavior of not only the idiot who wrote the disgusting email but of many others in our midst: throughout the entire staff of LAS. I’m not going to be tolerant or willing to educate at all any individual who demonstrates repeatedly their disdain for all that doesn’t conform to their idea of “acceptable”. Individuals who view any efforts to educate them as a waste of time:  sensitivity or anti bias trainings. Even being disrespectful during the process. ENOUGH!

Things have to change around here in a dramatic way. Expressing views in statements is not enough. You who are not folks of color, LGBTQ, or different in so many ways, have to take responsibility for addressing your fellow colleagues when a wrong is committed. Stop looking to us to do the hard work. YOU MUST BEAR THE BURDEN. STOP GETTING OFF SO EASY BY JUST AGREEING WITH US. DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS UGLINESS WHICH JUST MAKES OUR LIVES HERE AT LAS LESS THAN WONDERFUL.

This does not reflect the opinions of anyone but me. I take all responsibility for the above sentiments. Especially if someone is offended by them.

February 6, 2017

Fw: Strikers have a message for Trump & Schwarzman

Filed under: Labor Solidarity,Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 11:34 am

From: Wright, Deborah
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2017 11:34 AM
Cc: Alexi Shalom
Subject: Fw: Strikers have a message for Trump & Schwarzman
FYI.  Let’s also not forget our very own sisters and brothers in UAW Local 1508 in Green Island, NY who have been locked out by Honeywell since last May!



From: Blum, Richard
Sent: Monday, February 6, 2017 11:04 AM
To: Wright, Deborah; Taylor, Bret
Cc: Hofmeister, Beth
Subject: FW: Strikers have a message for Trump & Schwarzman


FYI. Please distribute.


700 striking workers at Momentive in Waterford, NY have a message for Donald Trump and Steve Schwarzman: What about us? *

Trump promised to restore good jobs for millions of American workers, and picked Wall Street billionaire Stephen Schwarzman to Chair his “Strategic and Policy Forum” to help create jobs and boost economic growth.

But Schwarzman isn’t a champion for working people. He’s a Wall Street billionaire with a personal fortune of $11.1 billion and has a history of driving down workers’ standard of living at the companies he owns.

Momentive fell prey to Schwarzman’s Wall Street financial interests that destroyed good jobs, and cut pay and benefits. Apollo Global Management – the firm that owns the bulk of Momentive –  has also been one of the puppet masters driving down workers’ standard of living at Momentive for years. Workers are paying the price for their greed, but they are standing strong and making sacrifices on the picket line to protect their livelihoods.

Stand with the working families on strike at a rally on February 9th right outside Schwarzman’s posh Park Avenue apartment to demand good jobs in upstate New York.

The Details:
When: February 09, 2017 • 5:30 PM
Where: Steve Schwarzman’s Apartment • 740 Park Avenue , New York, NY
RSVP: SchwarzmanRally

“They’ve been doing this to us for years. We aren’t greedy, we aren’t asking for much — just a fair contract, and some decent benefits for the younger guys,” said Momentive worker John DeSantis.

Let’s make sure Schwarzman and Trump hear us loud and clear Feb 9: If you really want to support good jobs and benefits for workers, start in Waterford.


Bob Master
Communications Workers of America

* Check out the article in the NY Daily News: new-york/n-y-plant-workers- hope-trump-honors-promise- create-jobs-article-1.2963002
CWA District 1
80 Pine Street, 37th Floor
New York NY, 10005

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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***

July 14, 2016

FYI: Friday: Imprisoned Resistance — Politics of Incarceration in the U.S. and Palestine

Filed under: Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 2:42 pm

From: Sampeur, Jane-Roberte
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 2:42 PM
Subject: FYI: Friday: Imprisoned Resistance — Politics of Incarceration in the U.S. and Palestine

As the Black Lives Matter movement continues to grow, Mumia Abu-Jamal and other speakers will discuss how the military, police, prisons, mass displacement, and other forms of racialized state terror are used against communities of color in both the U.S. and Palestine. Join us on July 15 for this timely conversation.

Friday, July 15, 6:30 pm

Imprisoned Resistance: Politics of Incarceration in Palestine & the U.S.

Members of two recent delegations to Palestine—a prison, labor and academic delegation and a Dream Defenders delegation—will report on what they saw and heard, and discuss parallels mass incarceration, and struggles for justice.

Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center
3940 Broadway, NYC 
Organized by the 2016 U.S. Prison, Labor, & Academic Delegation to Palestine

Imprisoned Resistance Green


Video: Palestinians and Blacks in the US Fight the Same Battle
Palestinians aren’t strangers to racial persecution, and although they are miles away they can empathize with the Black struggle in the US.

Video: When I See Them I See Us (Video)
From Ferguson to Gaza, from Baltimore to Jerusalem, from Charleston to Bethlehem. . . . No one is free until we all are free.

U.S. Police Routinely Travel to Israel to Learn Methods of Brutality and Repression
If we are to end the militarization of U.S. law enforcement, one of the most important parts of that will be stopping the training of police by the Israeli military and intelligence apparatus.  We do not want their methods of repression and brutality replicated here.

Israel’s export of occupation police tactics
The training of foreign police and security forces in the methods used to pacify resistance to apartheid, military occupation and the warehousing of the Palestinians should give pause as to what these tools of Israel’s pacification industry will be deployed against in countries receiving the training.

Modern-day lynchings: an international view
It is not an accident that equipment frequently used by the Israeli military for (read Palestinian) crowd control, such as tear gas grenades, triple chaser gas canisters, stun grenades and LRAD (long-range acoustic devices), are now part of the US police force armamentarium.

2015 Black Solidarity Statement with Palestine
Israel’s widespread use of detention and imprisonment against Palestinians evokes the mass incarceration of Black people in the US, including the political imprisonment of our own revolutionaries.

Black Solidarity Statement for Bilal Kayed & All Palestinian Political Prisoners
This week in particular, we grieve the further loss of Black lives to extrajudicial killings by the state. We express our solidarity in the midst of immense pain because we understand that these violent acts are not “isolated incidents” for us or Palestinians, but systemic to the US and Israel.

The Greatest was a black man who supported Palestinians
Many of those who got up to praise and eulogise him would be among the first to persecute a contemporary athlete if he/she would dare to embark on the moral path Ali walked decades ago when he went to a Palestinian refugee camp and said openly, “I declare support for the Palestinian liberation struggle”.

FYI: Today’s Black Lives Matter Events

Filed under: Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 10:13 am

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2016 10:13 AM
Subject: FYI: Today’s Black Lives Matter Events

5 pm: Defend the Black Lives Matter Movement
Confront racism! Confront Giuliani!
[Note: Giuliani’s union-busting attacks on LAS and its unions are discussed here.]

Legal Observers
6:30 pm: Nlg-Nyc Legal Observer Training
The Legal Observer program is part of a comprehensive system of legal support coordinated by the National Lawyers Guild designed to enable people to express their political views as fully as possible, without unconstitutional disruption or interference by the government and with the least possible consequences from the criminal justice system.

Alton Philando
7 pm: #AbolishThePolice – Justice for #AltonSterling & #PhilandoCastile #BlackLiv
Justice for Philandro, Alton, and all victims of racist police violence is the elimination of this carceral state.

July 13, 2016

FYI: 6:30 tonight: Justice for Sandra Bland and All Black Women Killed by Police

Filed under: Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 10:11 am

From: Letwin, Michael
Date: Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 10:11 AM
Subject: FYI: 6:30 tonight: Justice for Sandra Bland and All Black Women Killed by Police

Sandra Bland

Justice for Sandra Bland and All Black Women Killed by Police
Please join us in honoring the life of Sandra Bland and letting the community know we are still in the streets, fighting for Sandra Bland and other Black women who were killed by police or who died in police custody.
Wednesday, July 13 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM in EDT
Church Avenue train station B/Q trains
1896 Caton Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11226

July 7, 2016

FYI: 5pm Today Union Square: Protest Police Shootings

Filed under: Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 2:48 pm

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Thursday, July 07, 2016 2:48 PM
Subject: FYI: 5pm Today Union Square: Protest Police Shootings

Solidarity with Baton Rouge #AltonSterling #BlackLivesMatter
Justice for Alton Sterling & Philando Castile #StopPoliceTerror-Which Side Are You On?

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