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Following the nationally-coordinated police evictions last month of Occupy Wall Street and encampments across the country, on December 12 the Occupiers struck back. Ports up and down the West Coast were blockaded, from Seattle to San Diego. Despite a barrage of hostile propaganda in the media, opposition from union bureaucrats and heavy police repression in some places, overall the blockade was successful -- this time.

The blockade was called in solidarity with longshore workers fighting a union-busting assault in Longview, Washington and port truckers seeking union recognition in the ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach. This support should have been greeted. But now the class war on the West Coast docks is coming to a head, and it can't be waged from the outside. Bay Area labor has called for a caravan to Longview. The goal should be a real occupation of the terminal by the workers to prevent the loading of the scab cargo. Longshore militants have called on the longshore unions to shut down every port on the West Coast, and the East and Gulf Coasts, to smash EGT's union-busting. Can it be done? Yes, but only though sharp struggle against the pro-capitalist labor bureaucracy.
 

December 2011
Following Dec. 12 West Coast Port Blockade
Longshore Workers, Truckers: Shut the Ports, Coast to Coast!

Occupy protesters blockade the port of Oakland, California, December 12. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Class War on the West Coast Docks
DECEMBER 28 – Following the nationally coordinated police evictions last month of Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Oakland and encampments across the country, on December 12 the Occupiers struck back. Ports up and down the West Coast were blockaded, from Seattle to San Diego and the port of Houston on the Gulf of Mexico. In Oakland, California, where 30,000-40,000 marchers shut down the port on the evening of November 2, this time hundreds blocked port entrances in the early morning and several thousand demonstrators occupied the dock area in the evening, shutting down shipping for the entire day. Key terminals were blockaded in Seattle and Portland. Solidarity rallies were held from New York to Honolulu and Tokyo, Japan. Despite a barrage of hostile propaganda in the media, opposition from union bureaucrats and heavy police repression in some places, overall the blockade was successful – this time.

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All across the world now ordinary people are rising up against repressive regimes which rob from them the ability to live free lives and have true multi-party democracies. People who no longer wish to have their voices silenced by governments repressing dissent or alternate views with torture, imprisonment and blacklisting/ social isolation have begun to rise up across the world. The ugly response from the powerful elite has been clear for people across the globe to see. They wanted the people that sweep and sell fruit and cater to their needs to be kept quiet, knowing their place and that they should shut up and stay there, but people are saying they have had enough.

      They rose up in Tunisia and demanded an oppressive dictator and his cronies give in and allow real democracy to take root.  There ordinary people that never felt they had a voice found the courage to summon up their strength and try.  They found the will to press forward for the kind of nation they always felt they had a right to.  Repression, extremism and bigotry were not called for, but the demands were sounded for basic opportunities and the right to live free from oppression.

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On the evening of May 20, the notorious Shock Force of the Puerto Rican Police brutally attacked a demonstration of hundreds of students and workers protesting against Governor Luis Fortuño. The assault took place in the luxurious Sheraton Hotel, where the privatizing, anti-worker governor was presiding over a fancy fundraising dinner. As our reporter recounts, the police brutally beat demonstrators with riot clubs and pepper-sprayed everyone with tear gas and pepper gas. This was the response of the government to the workers strike two days ago in support of the student strike at the University of Puerto Rico, which has lasted almost a month. It is urgently necessary to translate the worker-student unity that was on display on May 18 into powerful strike actions that shut down key sectors of the economy of the U.S.' Caribbean island economy. We publish here the on-the-spot report from our correspondent who witnessed and participated in the protest.

The Internationalist
May 2010

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When The Fear of Unions Trumps FEAR of Terrorism Its Time To Send Your Dirty Underwear To Senator Jim DeMint to Remind Him Whats at Stake!

 
 
 
Sen. Jim DeMint at recent Tea Party rally. Collective action good for Tea Partiers but bad for TSA?
Sen. Jim DeMint at recent Tea Party rally.

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The threat to Mumia Abu-Jamal's life is increasingly ominous. His lead attorney, Robert Bryan, warns: "There is an escalated effort by the authorities to see him die at the hands of the executioner. This is the most dangerous time for Mumia since his 1981 arrest." The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down Jamal's two appeals. If it were to rule in favor of the prosecution's appeal, this would open the way for Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell to issue a third warrant of execution, which he has vowed to do. Contrary to the misplaced expectations of many, the Obama administration is not about to save Mumia. Around the world, hundreds of thousands have marched for this courageous champion of oppressed. Trade unions representing millions of members have rallied to the defense of Mumia. It is urgent to expand this support into powerful labor/black action, appealing to the integrated union movement to join with the black, Latino and immigrant poor to demand that he be liberated.

Appeals to Obama’s Top Cop Eric Holder Spread Deadly Illusions

Mumia’s Life Is On the Line:
Mobilize Labor/Black Power to Free Him Now!

Internationalist Group at Harlem rally for Mumia Abu-Jamal, 8 May 2009. (Internationalist photo)

Internationalist Group at Harlem rally for Mumia Abu-Jamal, 8 May 2009. (Internationalist photo)

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What's Going on at the United Government Security Officers of America UGSOA? Why are hundreds of UGSOA Members Filing Decertification Election Petitions to get rid of UGSOA in recent weeks?

 

 

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Adam Turl explains how Corporate America is outmaneuvering organized labor in the battle over a law that would make it easier for workers to join unions.

SocialistWorker.org
 
 
Analysis: Adam Turl
 

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Hello? These are Pennsylvania residents whom the senator represents. This is the way you treat your constituents?

Specter Staff Threatens to Trash Letters in Support of Employee Free Choice
by Pennsylvania Worker News Monday, Apr. 20, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Hello? These are Pennsylvania residents whom the senator represents. This is the way you treat your constituents?

 

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The cloture vote (which requires 60 votes) and the vote on the final legislation (which requires 50 votes)are two completely separate things, and they should be treated separately.

 

 

 

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The Time Has Come: Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) !

 

 
By Mike Link

Breaking News: Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) Introduced Tomorrow in House, Senate

The Politico reports that tomorrow both houses of Congress will introduce the Employee Free Choice Act, which allows workers to decide for themselves how they'd like to form a union -- rather than management making that decision for them. It's critical legislation that would restore workers' freedom to form unions and bargain for better wages, health care, and working conditions.

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