Friday, April 24, 2009
Check the link for more info. A very busy and important week, indeed!
April 25th: March & Rally - 11am - 1pm. Gather @ 86th Street between Park and Lexington
April 25th: Exit Cuckoo benefit performance. $25 tickets (proceed portion goes to DWU). 410 W. 42 St.
April 27th: National Call-in Day of Action.
April 28th: Domestic Workers Take Action in Albany. ALBANY LOBBY DAY. Buses leave Union Square at 6:30am and return at 7:30pm.
More info here: http://www.domesticworkersunited.org/shownews/38
Thursday, February 12, 2009
This was the 5th legislative session that Domestic Workers United (DWU) has lobbied state legislators for passage of the Bill of Rights. For the first time in decades, the state legislature is controlled by the Democratic Party. Though many Democratic legislators still stand in the way of justice, dignity and reparations for domestic workers, it is our hope that the change in political party control will provide more space and chance for passage of the Bill of Rights THIS YEAR.
It was a cold, but exciting day as 4 buses filled up at 6:30am at Union Square in Manhattan and made the trip up to Albany. We met with over 50 state legislators, held a press conference and had a march around the capital square.
YOU CAN STILL SUPPORT THE DOMESTIC WORKERS BILL OF RIGHTS!
There are still a number of ways that you can support the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights:
- You can join IJSP members for our monthly phone outreach to help build the membership base of DWU
- You can help IJSP plan and conduct neighborhood canvassing in support of the Bill of Rights
- You can join IJSP, DWU and others for the NEXT Albany Action Day! The exact date is not set yet, but will occur in late April
- Have an idea or skill you'd like to share? Let us know! firstname.lastname@example.org
February 12, 2009
An Officer Is Accused of Beating a Suspect
By JOHN ELIGON
Last July, Police Officer David London arrested a man in the
But the building's surveillance video told a different story, District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau <http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/m/robert_m_m
orgenthau/index.html?inline=nyt-per> said Wednesday.
It showed Officer London pulling the man out of an elevator, Mr.
Morgenthau said, and beating him 18 to 20 times with a baton. The beating continued even after the man, Walter Harvin, fell to the ground, Mr. Morgenthau said. And even after Mr. Harvin was in handcuffs, Officer London delivered another eight to 10 blows, some with his feet, Mr.
Officer London, 43, has been indicted on charges of assault and filing false records and pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in State Supreme Court in
Stephen C. Worth
worth/index.html?inline=nyt-per> , his lawyer, said Officer London "maintains his innocence strenuously."
Mr. Worth said his client was a 16-year veteran of the force assigned to a housing unit and is married with three children. He also has an exemplary record as a police officer, Mr. Worth added.
Daniel J. Castleman, the chief assistant district attorney, said, "We will dispute that," but he declined to give details.
Mr. Worth said it was important to put the video of the beating in the context of what happened before and after it was captured.
"Oftentimes the videotape is the beginning of the story, not the end,"
Mr. Worth said.
Several officers have been indicted in recent months after videos contradicted their accounts of how they made arrests. In December an officer was indicted <http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/16/nyregion/16critical.html> on assault and other charges after a video showed him shoving a bicyclist in
In Officer London's case, prosecutors said they could not release the video, which came from surveillance cameras, to the public because it was part of the evidence. But they said it captured the episode in detail.
The confrontation took place on July 28, 2008, when Mr. Harvin, 29, an
Mr. Harvin made it to the elevator, where the assault began, Mr.
Morgenthau said. Mr. Harvin was arrested on charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, but prosecutors dropped the charges last September after the surveillance video contradicted Officer London's account.
Mr. Harvin suffered bruises and welts on his arms, back and head, Mr.
Morgenthau said. Afterward, Mr. Harvin became homeless and drifted about the country, and prosecutors could not find him, Mr. Morgenthau said.
But a lawyer representing Mr. Harvin informed the district attorney's office Wednesday that he was back in
"He's a fragile person," said the lawyer, Adam Orlow, who added that Mr.
Harvin suffered post-traumatic stress disorder from his time in
"He became only worse after this incident."
He said he would file a civil rights lawsuit in federal court in
Officer London was placed on modified duty shortly after the episode and was suspended without pay because of the indictment.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Particularly with the balance of power shift in the New York state legislature,
THIS IS THE YEAR to make the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights pass!
Help make it happen!