Community Picket and Labor Shutdown War Profiteers at the Oakland Port

  • Posted on: 19 May 2007
  • By: pirate
Sun May 13 2007 Indybay

Breaking News: Activity at the Port of Oakland was successfully halted this morning after the ILWU locals chose not to cross the community picket lines. Pickets will continue throughout the day and organizers are calling for urgent support for picketing before a second shift of longshoremen arrive. Audio

On Saturday, May 19th, the Oakland Port Action Committee will hold a direct action to block war shipments at the Port of Oakland. Starting at 6:30 AM, community members will picket the gates of war profiteers APL and SSA so that business is shut down at both shipping companies. The Port of Oakland is a departure point for military shipments destined for the war in the Middle East. The day-long blockade will highlight the longlasting struggle of the independent truckers, the environmental damage caused by the activities of the port and the lack of financial contribution to the city despite the $33 billion dollar annual profit, some of them from war shipments.