San Francisco Port Workers Shutting Down Docks To Protest Iraq War!

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    Defending labor's right to protest the war
    Jack Heyman
    Jack Heyman is a longshoreman who was a union official(International Longshore and Warehouse Union) when he was arrested during the 2003 anti-war demonstration at the Port of Oakland.


    San Francisco Chronicle
    March 16, 2005

    There's a rising tide of workers' anger against the war in Iraq and the cuts in government programs to pay for it -- in enforcement of worker- safety laws, health care, Social Security, education and jobs. The recent victory of the nurses' union over Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's attempt to deny adequate staffing ratios in hospitals shows that labor can turn the tide.

    The local International Longshore and Warehouse Union will protest the war in Iraq and the deadly cuts it has forced by holding a stop-work meeting, shutting down all Bay Area ports on Saturday, the second anniversary of the Iraq war. It will then lead the labor contingent in the anti-war march in San Francisco under its banner, "An injury to one is an injury to all."

    The ILWU has a proud history of defending workers' rights, civil rights and civil liberties. Repressive legislation like the Patriot Act and Transportation Security Act shackle everyone by gutting the Bill of Rights. A waterfront saying is "If you don't know your rights, you don't have any. And if you don't use 'em, you lose 'em." The ILWU has always led by example.


    Despite adversity posed by employers and the government, the ILWU has persevered in the struggle for justice for all workers. On Saturday, longshore workers are encouraging others to follow their lead in protesting the war and occupation and in defense of civil rights and social gains.

    Please read the entire statement at:

    http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/03/16...
     
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    Go ahead.
     
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    Just more work to do on Monday... whatever. :rolleyes:
     
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    Traffic jams and increased litter, off the top of my head.
     
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    A nation-wide strike would be interesting indeed.
     
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    Maybe but its never going to happen cause the nation supports the President. Hence why he was reelected.
     
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    Which nation you talking about this time, Bully ?
     
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    You haven't been reading the polls lately, have you? And he was elected by a 3% margin...hardly a mandate. Unless you count Jim/Jeff Guckert/Gannon... :)
     
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    Soldiers' families to hold anti-war rally at Ft. Bragg
    By Charisse Jones, USA TODAY
    March 17, 2005

    Military families and veterans are helping organize a major anti-war rally outside Fort Bragg in North Carolina that could draw several thousand people Saturday, the second anniversary of the Iraq war.

    Groups such as Iraq Veterans Against The War and Gold Star Families for Peace, whose members have lost relatives in Iraq, will play a prominent role.
    "We figured if we formed and used our grief in a positive way that could be very powerful," says Cindy Sheehan, a member of Gold Star Families For Peace from Vacaville, Calif., near San Francisco.

    Sheehan says U.S. soldiers in Iraq need to come home, but she knows her son will not be among them. Casey Sheehan, a 24-year-old Army specialist, was killed in April during an ambush in the Sadr City section of Baghdad.

    Nancy Lessin of Military Families Speak Out says the march outside Fort Bragg this weekend could draw several thousand people to nearby Fayetteville, N.C. The Army base is home to the 82nd Airborne Division and has 46,000 active-duty soldiers. Fifty-three soldiers from the base have died in Iraq.

    "We're showing folks all over the country and the world that even in the military community, there's huge opposition to the continuation of the Iraq war," Pearson says.


    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-03-17-bragg--rally_x.htm
     

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