The DSA International Committee stands in solidarity with the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys (ALAA) UAW Local 2325, who have been wrongfully silenced by the New York State Supreme Court which barred Local 2325 from voting on a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza and an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The IC calls on Judge Felice Muraca of the Nassau County Supreme Court to immediately lift the Temporary Restraining Order and allow the ALAA to fairly and democratically vote on this resolution. Additionally, the IC affirms its support for the passing of the resolution, which uplifts Palestinian trade unions’ calls for divestment from the Israeli military, condemns the Israeli government’s genocidal actions and rhetoric since October 7, demands an immediate ceasefire, calls for the end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and rejects craven attempts to silence and repress support for Palestine among workers’ organizations.
Supporters of the Palestinian people have long faced unjust retaliation for voicing their support in the US. As a result of a ceasefire resolution even being considered, two of ALAA’s shops, The Bronx Defenders and the Legal Aid Society are now facing threats of defunding from management and private individuals that would put their ability to operate at risk. The IC calls on the management of these shops and their legal counsel to immediately retract these repressive threats which undermine their workers’ right to democracy and free expression.
Since October 2023, the Israeli Occupation Forces have relentlessly bombarded and invaded Gaza, killing over 15,000 Palestinians including at least 5,000 children. An additional 7,000 are missing. This invasion has come with the full backing of the United States government, despite strong majority support among the American public for a ceasefire.
The NYSSC’s decision to prevent ALAA UAW Local 2325 from voting on a resolution in support of a ceasefire and an end to the death and destruction being carried out in Gaza, and the threats to defund both The Bronx Defenders and the Legal Aid Society are but two of many instances we have seen across the past two months wherein supporters of the Palestinian people are being wrongfully repressed and retaliated against. We express our support and solidarity with ALAA UAW 2325 members attempting to pass the resolution, with the people of Palestine, and with the workers around the world calling for a ceasefire, the end of the occupation, and total divestment from the Israeli war machine.