STATEMENT TO THE BAY AREA LABOR MOVEMENT
A CALL TO ACTION!
April 22, 2015
The membership of International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 10 has voted at its meeting on April 16, 2015 to call for a stopwork meeting on May 1st. It is fitting that on May Day, International Workers Day, Bay Area ports will be shut down to protest the racist police killing of mainly black and brown people. This is the first U.S. union to take such action. Local 10 took similar action on May Day 2008 to close Pacific Coast ports stopping all work to demand an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the first such anti-war union action in American labor history. Continue reading
Another lynching has happened. Troy Anthony Davis was an innocent victim of a corrupt and racist criminal justice system. Witnesses who recanted, lack of physical evidence, new witnesses who identified the real killer — none of this was enough for the capitalist “rule of law.” Tyranny prevailed, this time. Next time, us!
Black, brown and white working people: unite to end the racist death penalty, and Fight To Free Mumia and All Innocent Death Row Prisoners!
1. Oakland, October 23rd 2010:
PORT SHUTDOWN FOR OSCAR GRANT!
Rally: 12 Noon, City Hall, 14th and Broadway
An Innocent Black Man Shot in the Back by Police and…
Killed for No Reason!
Killer Cop Gets Off With Involuntary Manslaughter!
Photographic evidence Proves : It Was Murder!
Oscar Grant was a father of a young daughter, a working person in Oakland, and innocent of any crime! He was shot while he was held face-down with his hands behind him, by BART cop Johannes Mehserle!
January 7, 2009
As of this writing (late on January 7th, 09), young people from the Fruitvale neighborhood and around Oakland are in the streets protesting the outrageous shooting of Oscar Grant III, an unarmed man who was LYING ON HIS STOMACH on a BART (subway) platform in Oakland early on New Years day. He died a short time later at Highland hospital. The shooter was a BART cop who stood over the victim and fired the shot into Oscar at point blank range for no apparent reason. Cell phone video footage, now displayed at www.ktvu.com, a local tv station, shows clearly that Grant was flat on the ground and not resisting at the time of the shooting. Protesters have closed three BART stations, attacked police cars, and marched on city hall. The Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal (an Oakland-based defense organization), also protests this horrendous, barbarous act of murder. Justice for Oscar Grant! Jail killer cops!