this blog is maintained by Magdalena Zurawski,
minor american writer,
author of the novel The Bruise.
dear kate,i have a favor to ask.i'd do it back-channel, but i don't have your e-mail.would you consider forwarding the below message to conrad?all best,judyPRESS RELEASE:FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContacts:Jack Aponte (email@example.com, 347-247-1526)Naomi Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org, 917-907-4870)Police Brutality Strikes Fifth Anniversary of Sylvia Rivera Law ProjectNEW YORK - On the night of Wednesday, September 26, officers from the9th Precinct of the New York Police Department attacked withoutprovocation members of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and of itscommunity. Two of our community members were violently arrested, andothers were pepper sprayed in the face without warning or cause.The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (www.srlp.org) is an organization thatworks on behalf of low-income people of color who are transgender,gender non-conforming, or intersex, providing free legal services andadvocacy among many other initiatives. On Wednesday night, the SylviaRivera Law Project was celebrating its fifth anniversary with acelebration and fundraising event at a bar in the East Village.A group of our community members, consisting largely of queer andtransgender people of color, witnessed two officers attempting todetain a young Black man outside of the bar. Several of our communitymembers asked the officers why they were making the arrest and usingexcessive force. Despite the fact that our community was on thesidewalk, gathered peacefully and not obstructing foot traffic, theNYPD chose to forcefully grab two people and arrested them. Withoutwarning, an officer then sprayed pepper spray across the group in awide arc, temporarily blinding many and causing vomiting and intensepain."This is the sort of all-too-common police violence and overreactiontowards people of color that happens all the time," said Dean Spade,founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. "It's ironic that we werecelebrating the work of an organization that specifically opposesstate violence against marginalized communities, and we experienced apolice attack at our celebration.""We are outraged, and demand that our community members be releasedand the police be held accountable for unnecessary use of excessiveforce and falsely arresting people," Spade continued.Damaris Reyes is executive director of GOLES, an organization workingto preserve the Lower East Side. She commented, "I'm extremelyconcerned and disappointed by the 9th Precinct's response to thesituation and how it escalated into violence. This kind of aggressivebehavior doesn't do them any good in community-police relations."Supporters will be gathering at 100 Centre Street tomorrow, where thetwo community members will be arraigned. The community calls forcharges to be dropped and to demand the immediate release of thosearrested.- END -j
kate you make me feel so happy today, which is terribly gray and awful in SF, and coldit's just so nice to be thought of by you, and especially in this way.this place is lonely without you
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