End the Siege of Gaza! Picket the Zim Shanghai
Israel and Hamas agreed to a set of conditions for a ceasefire on August 26th, after Israel had killed more than 2,100 Palestinians in Gaza – the majority civilians, more than a quarter of them children – and destroyed much of Gaza’s infrastructure, housing, hospitals and schools.
Israel claims it does not “occupy” Gaza, however it has complete control of Gaza’s land crossings, seacoast and air space and severely restricts the movement of people and the amount of food, medical supplies, and construction materials.
In 1984, in protest against South African Apartheid, the Bay Area longshore workers union, ILWU Local 10, went on strike for 11 days against the Nedlloyd Kimberly, a ship carrying South African cargo. In 2010, in response to the deadly Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Local 10 honored a picket by 1,200 community and labor activists of an Israeli-owned ZIM ship, refusing to unload the ship for 24 hours. And in August 2014, in a historic victory, community and labor activists blocked the Zim Piraeus from loading and completely unloading for five days, until it left the Bay.
We ask the ILWU to carry on its long historical tradition of opposing injustice and honoring community picket lines. Let’s keep the pressure on and continue this tradition of labor blockades against imperialist war and genocide.
Please come to a sustained community and labor activist picket beginning on September 27th to stop the Zim Shanghai from loading or unloading any cargo, from when it arrives in Oakland until it leaves. This will also send a message to stevedoring companies such as SSA who are pushing for concessions right now against longshore workers who are working without a contract.