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February 14, 2017

FYI: Urgent Appeal From Standing Rock

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 12:43 PM
Subject: FYI: Urgent Appeal From Standing Rock

(Latest news bulletin: Judge rejects Standing Rock request to block Dakota Access pipeline drilling)

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Labor for Standing Rock Emergency #NoDAPL Support

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FEB 14, 2017 — Labor for Standing Rock has been asked to recruit skilled volunteers to help clean up Oceti camp and move to higher ground. Please fill out the form at https://tinyurl.com/L4SR-Survey to indicate your skills and availability to help. Water is life!

Appeal from www.NoDAPLSolidarity.org: ‘We are calling all able bodied, prepared Water Protectors to the frontlines! Come to camp prepared! The conditions are hazardous and North Dakota State Legislature is passing laws that target Water Protectors! Be prepared for these conditions. Several contingents of US Veterans are on their way back to camp. Join us! We need you now! This is our last stand!’
#NoDAPL #L4SR #MniWiconi

February 8, 2017

FYI: 4-7pm Today: #NoDAPL ! No Dakota Access Pipeline

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2017 2:15 PM
Subject: FYI: 4-7pm Today: #NoDAPL ! No Dakota Access Pipeline

Legal observers please!

No Dakota Access Pipeline
Today at 4 PM – 7 PM
Thomas Paine Park (Foley Square)
Worth St, New York, New York 10013

water-protectors

Water Protectors Call for Global Mass Mobilizations as Army Plans to Approve Dakota Access Pipeline (Democracy Now)
On Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday it will greenlight the final phase of construction of the pipeline. Amnesty International called the announcement “an unlawful and appalling violation of human rights.” In recent months, police have launched an escalating and violent crackdown against the resistance at Standing Rock. Last week, more than 70 people were arrested after militarized police raided a new resistance camp set up on historic Sioux treaty land. Among those arrested was award-winning Pueblo journalist Jenni Monet, who was on assignment for Indian Country Media Network.

February 7, 2017

FYI: Urgent Response to Trump’s Easement for Dakota Access Pipeline

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Tuesday, February 07, 2017 2:42 PM
Subject: FYI: Urgent Response to Trump’s Easement for Dakota Access Pipeline

-Please share widely-

ABC NEWS: “The Army Corps of Engineers could reach a decision as early as this week on whether to grant an easement to the Dakota Access pipeline, according to an attorney for the government.”

Call the Army Corps now: 202-761-8700
Tell them to deny permit: #NoDAPL


**And to join Labor for Standing Rock call 8pm tomorrow (Weds.) night with Native leaders, please register here.

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

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
To: ALAA MEMBERS
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.

Richard,

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: MomentiveWorkers.com/ 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.

Thanks,

Bob Master
Communications Workers of America

* Check out the article in the NY Daily News: http://www.nydailynews.com/ 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
cwad1.org

Text CWAD1 to 69866 to Join Our Text List.

 

February 2, 2017

FYI: Two More Events Today: Protest Uber & Labor for Standing Rock

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Thursday, February 02, 2017 10:59 AM
Subject: FYI: Two More Events Today: Protest Uber & Labor for Standing Rock

Thursday, 5-6pm in NYC:
Protest at Uber’s Headquarters NoBanNoWall
Location: 3100 47th Ave, Long Island City, NY
Facebook event page

Join us to protest Uber on the day before Uber CEO Travis Kalanick meets with Donald Trump as part of his advisory council.

**** PLEASE NOTE: We’ve updated the our protest end time to 6 PM so that folks can head over to Foley Square for the Rise Up for #RamarleyGraham protest****

Now is the time for all those who value justice and equality to join together in holding Uber accountable, not only for its complicity with Trump’s hateful policies but also for impoverishing workers.

Backed by billions from Wall Street, gig economy corporations like Uber and Lyft are upending labor standards for which workers have spent centuries fighting.

Let’s send Uber and its gig-lord allies a message: workers’ rights and democracy come before profit. #NoBanNoWall

LIST OF SPONSORS IN PROGRESS

32BJ SEIU

ALIGN New York

Black Lives Matter Greater New York

Center for Popular Democracy

DRUM – Desis Rising Up & Moving

Labor for Palestine

Make the Road New York

Muslim Democratic Club

National Lawyers Guild Labor and Employment Law Committee

New York Communities for Change

New York Immigrant Action Fund

New York Immigration Coalition

New York Progressive Action Committee

New York Taxi Workers Alliance

New York Worker Center Federation

New York Working Families Party

Strong Economy for All

 


Thursday 8-9pm EST:
Urgent Labor for Standing Rock Conference Call with Water Protectors 

In recent days, Donald Trump has met with pro-DAPL building trade leaders and AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, and pressured the Army Corps of Engineers to grant a final easement for DAPL. Today, highly militarized police made mass arrests of 76 water protectors.

In response, Chase Iron Eyes of the Lakota People’s Law Project and Last Real Indians will speak about what those of us in organized labor can do at this point to support water protectors at Standing Rock.

Call times in US/Eastern: Thursday, Feb 02, 2017, 8pm (1 hour). To participate, please register here.

 

Immigrant-led coalition demands an end to broken windows policing

From: Sampeur, Jane-Roberte
Sent: Thursday, February 02, 2017 12:02 AM
Subject: Immigrant-led coalition demands an end to broken windows policing

See press release below. Events today and Saturday.

Immigrant-led coalition demands an end to broken windows policing and further criminalization of immigrants.

On Thursday, February 2nd, an immigrant-led coalition will gather outside City Hall at 12:15pm to announce their city-wide rally on Saturday, February 11th to directly challenge the criminalization of immigrants under the NYPD’s current broken windows policing before it worsens under Trump’s fascist administration.

Elected officials are talking up NYC’s sanctuary status and lining up to say they will do whatever it takes to protect “law-abiding” families and ensuring public safety. However, sanctuary under Trump’s “law and order” administration requires ending NYPD’s broken windows practices and dismantling the current policing apparatus that acts as a funnel to mass incarceration and the deportation machine.

Broken Windows strategies, and decades of over-policing, continue unabated in this city and has led to the targeting of some of New York City’s most vulnerable populations — including Black immigrants, Central and South American immigrants, and transgender immigrants.

Sanctuary, as elected officials are claiming, cannot exist without acknowledging that criminalization and deportation begins as soon as immigrants engage with the NYPD. Everyone it arrests, charged or not, has their fingerprints sent to the FBI, where ICE can use them to locate people for deportation proceedings.

These include offenses like jumping the subway turnstile – which led to over 29,000 arrests and 124,000 summonses in 2015 alone – as well as 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, specifically black people.

The term “sanctuary” most recently refers to policies that limit when and if NYPD communicates with, or submits to, (often unconstitutional) requests from federal immigration agents. But in a country where over-policing results in 1 in 3 people being arrested at least once by the age of 23, during a time when evolving technology places fingerprint scanners in the palm of every law enforcement officers’ hand, and as we anticipate the growth in federal agents active in our cities, sanctuary in practice, and as a movement, must evolve.

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito have largely ignored community concerns with the IDNYC program and have prioritized maintaining power within the NYPD. Their consistent disregard, plus their willingness to expand criminalization, will only lead to more deportations which divide our families and communities.

Immigrant New Yorkers have more to fear from an increasingly militarizedpolice department than they have to gain from them. As immigrants in this city, we know far too well how the NYPD preys upon our communities, entraps, detains and kills people of color. Last week the Mayor claimed to be worried about immigrants when he was in fact worried about potential cuts to federal funding for the NYPD. Enhanced surveillance capabilities of NYPD counterterrorism have targeted Muslim communities in the past–a population that the city now purports to want to protect from harm.

We seek public safety and protection for and defined by all: immigrants—documented or undocumented, people with criminal convictions, workers, gender nonconforming folks, the poor, people with disabilities, Muslims, women, and all people of color. This requires a moratorium on broken windows strategies, divestment from the NYPD, an end to willful collaboration between police and ICE, and the city’s investment in our communities.

ICE FREE NYC, Coalition to End Broken Windows, Families For Freedom, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Equality for Flatbush, ANSWER Coalition, El Grito de Sunset Park, Why Accountability

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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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
To: CRIMINAL ATTYS ALL
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

@QueensDABrown
@BrooklynDA
@BronxDAClark
@StatenIslandDA
@ManhattanDA

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 5borodefense@gmail.com.

“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.
#NoBanNoWall


Background:

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.

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