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joeycola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:58 AM
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Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 08:58 AM by joeycola

I have been following this story:

On Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 6:01 AM, The New Agenda < > wrote:

September 16, 2009

Dear Friends:

Let's Join NOW NY and Take Action!

Next Monday, NY State Senator Hiram Monserrate stands trial for slashing his girlfriend's face -- an attack captured by video cameras in the apartment lobby. Sen Monserrate continues to serve in public office despite being indicted on six counts of assault!

Read more about this horrific case in Amy's Daily Beast article Did This Senator Beat Up His Girlfriend?.

Now it's time for action!

Write or call the judge and let him know how important it is that perpetrators of violence against women be punished:

Hon. William M. Erlbaum
Supreme Court, Queens County
125 01 Queens Blvd.
Kew Gardens, NY 11415
(718) 298-1401
(And let us know that you did by leaving a comment on our blog!)

From the link above: /

by Amy Siskind

A New York state senator faces felony charges for allegedly slashing his girlfriends faceand some of the assault was caught on camera. So why is he still welcome in the state senateand why are Democrats still holding fundraisers for him?

Which is worse: political leaders remaining silent about a colleague who slashes his girlfriends face, or political leaders actively funding and supporting the criminal slasher? Well, in the Empire State, we have both!

In the past few months, our country has witnessed two high-profile cases of violence against womenChris Browns alleged assault of Rihanna and the beheading of Aasiya Hassan. In the aftermath, advocates for reducing domestic violence saw a ray of hope: Could our country finally start a much-needed dialogue about violence against women, bring it into the light of day, and work toward solutions? When New York State Senator Hiram Monserrate (D-Queens) was indicted and arraigned last week on six counts of assault for allegedly beating up his girlfriend, we stepped back into the darkness.

At least four security cameras in the Jackson Heights apartment building where the incident allegedly occurred caught parts of the attack on tape.

Members of the Democratic Party should have demanded that Monserrate step down immediately. Instead, not only have the Democrats in the New York State Senate stayed silent, they are also working to establish a legal defense fund for Monserrate.

Violence against women is wrong. Its a despicable crime. Criminals who hurt women should be punished. So why is New York, purported state of enlightenment and sophistication, being so cowardly? Where is the national outrage?................
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