May Day Greetings to ILWU Local 10

On May 1, 2015, Local 10 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) shut down the Port of Oakland, California and led a May Day march to “Stop Police Terror.” CSWP sent the following message of solidarity to Local 10.

Sisters and Brothers of ILWU Local 10:

Class Struggle Workers – Portland salutes your decision to shut down the Port of Oakland this May Day in protest against the deadly epidemic of racist police violence. Only the multiracial working class has the power to resist and defeat the terrorism that capitalist America wages daily against black people and immigrants. Today you are setting a great example for the rest of the labor movement by using union power in defense of the besieged black population from Ferguson to Baltimore.

In Portland, Oregon, three local unions have condemned the racist murder of Antonio Zambrano Montes, a Mexican agricultural worker, by the police in Pasco, Washington. Your action has inspired these Portland union locals (IATSE Local 28, IUPAT Local 10 and IWW Portland) to form a contingent in the May Day march under the banner “Labor Against Racist Police Murder.” Anti-police-brutality protesters from Pasco will address the rally.

Your courageous labor action, like the ILWU’s 2008 coastwise strike against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the 1999 work stoppage for Mumia Abu-Jamal, are shining examples that point to the only way out of what Malcolm X rightly called the “American nightmare” of endless war and barbaric racist oppression. Organized labor has the power, and must use it to strike against racist police terror, to fight for a society in which those who labor shall rule, where the nightmare of mass incarceration and police terror will be put in the past forever.

ILWU Local 10 marching against police terror on May Day 2015, Oakland, CA.
ILWU Local 10 marching against police terror on May Day 2015, Oakland, CA.
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Portland Unions Condemn Racist Police Murder in Pasco, WA

The following statement was endorsed by IATSE Local 28 on April 14, and by IUPAT Local 10 on April 15, 2015. What’s urgently needed is to mobilize the power of organized labor to protest the epidemic of racist murder by the police.

On February 11th, 2015 an unarmed Antonio Zambrano Montes was brutally murdered in a hail of police bullets after being accused of throwing rocks. The 35 year old apple picker and father of two was shown in videos of the incident to be running away from police, then turning with his empty hands outstretched as police opened fire.

Such cold disregard for human life is not out of the ordinary for Pasco police, as this became the third such incident in recent weeks. The nearly all-white police force in Pasco is used to getting its own way, and patrols a population that is at least 60% latino. In light of the recent protests in Ferguson, MO against the murder of Michael Brown and subsequent findings of thoroughly racist practices of the local police there, the rot at the core of policing in America has been laid bare.

As unionists and workers, we condemn the racist murder of a fellow worker, Antonio Zambrano Montes, and we call on all unions to mobilize with the people of Pasco against the racist bosses and their good ol’ boys in blue.

Statement on the police murder of Antonio Zambrano Montes

On February 11th, 2015 an unarmed Antonio Zambrano Montes was brutally murdered in a hail of police bullets after being accused of throwing rocks. The 35 year old apple picker and father of two was shown in videos of the incident to be running away from police, then turning with his empty hands outstretched as police opened fire.

Such cold disregard for human life is not out of the ordinary for Pasco police, as this became the third such incident in recent weeks. The nearly all-white police force in Pasco is used to getting its own way, and patrols a population that is at least 60% latino. In light of the recent protests in Ferguson, MO against the murder of Michael Brown and subsequent findings of thoroughly racist practices of the local police there, the rot at the core of policing in America has been laid bare.

As unionists and workers, we condemn the racist murder of a fellow worker, Antonio Zambrano Montes, and we call on our unions to mobilize with the people of Pasco against the racist bosses and their good ol’ boys in blue.

15 March 2015. This posting was updated to correct a typographical error.