Abolish the police! Abolish Capitalism! May Day #SHUTITDOWN! – May Day #ShutItDown Communique and Banner Drop Photos

Banner reads “MAY DAY #SHUTITDOWN”

In preparation for May Day protests, a determined unionist dropped a banner early this morning reading “May Day #SHUTITDOWN!” at 17th and Broadway. This Banner was intentionally dropped near Latham Square, the site of the 1946 Oakland General Strike, in hopes to revive the tactic. We think it is the most effective tool for working class people to achieve their demands for a living wage, against police violence, and against austerity and gentrification. We hope to shut down the city this May Day to show the world that the workers are the ones that run the system and it is time to stop it’s exploitation and stop the destruction of the working class, poor, and the planet we inhabit. Abolish the police! Abolish Capitalism! May Day #SHUTITDOWN!

Latham Square is the site of the 1946 Oakland General Strike, which is where the last US General Strike took place.

May Day ‪#‎SHUTITDOWN‬ Full Schedule and Posters!

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All around the world May Day has been a day for direct action, reclaiming the streets, speaking out against injustice. Systematic racism, police violence, environmental catastrophes, and economic inequality are some of the many oppressions that are destroying our lives and the planet we live on. May Day should always be the day to take it to the next level and #shutitdown. We cannot continue to live this way and May Day we say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

Pre-May Day:

May Day #SHUTITDOWN – Banner and Picket Sign Art Party! http://www.facebook.com/events/425563064283369/ Come make May Day banners and Picket Signs with us at the Omni to the May Day #SHUTITDOWN activities in Oakland! Thursday April 30th – 10 AM to 5 PM – Omni Commons – 4799 Shattuck Ave. – Oakland CA . Can’t paint? You can support us by bringing paint, brushes, fabric, flag poles, ect.You will also be able to pick up May Day flyers for last minute distribution!

Pre-May Day for Freddie Gray – Thursday April 30th – 7 PM – Latham Square – Broadway and Telegraph Ave. – Oakland http://www.facebook.com/events/1429027917401184/ The Night before the May Day #shutitdown activities we will march in solidarity with Baltimore and will recruit people for the following day’s protests. There will be May Day flyers available to distribute during the protest.


– 5:30 AM – Converge for a Flying Picket against Clorox – http://www.facebook.com/events/1403859066603580/

We will rise early in the morning on May Day, gathering 5:30 AM at Broadway and Telegraph, to picket the Clorox company. We demand that Clorox uses union labor and respects its workers, that they pull out of the Oakland Zoo’s “California Trail” Development, that they financially support grassroots projects led by black and brown people from Oakland, and stop all animal testing in their facilities.

After the picket we will join other May Day #shutitdown activities!
– 7:30 – Blockade the Commute at Macarthur BART –http://www.facebook.com/events/425796640923362/


– 9:00 AM – ‪#‎LaborAgainstPoliceTerror‬ Rally at the ALREADY SHUTDOWN Port Of Oakland (Berth 62) 11182259_10153251114808571_4008297220841606344_n

– 10:00 AM – #LaborAgainstPoliceTerror March from the Port to Oakland City Hall

– 12:00 PM #LaborAgainstPoliceTerror Rally at Oscar Grant Plaza (14th and Broadway)
Facebook event for Port Shutdown! http://www.facebook.com/events/1393727560951699/

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International Workers Day Regional Festival and March in San Francisco
– 1:30-3:30 PM – Festival @ Civic Center Plaza – SF
– 3:30 – Regional March to 24th and Mission
– 5:00-5:30 – Closing program 24th and Mission

– 7:00 PM – May Day for Freddie Gray/Anti-capitalist Rally @ Latham Square – Broadway and Telegraph Ave. – Oakland


– 8:00 PM May Day for Freddie Gray March @ Oscar Grant Plaza – 14th and Broaday – Oakland –

We call on different social and climate justice movements to shut down oppressive infrastructure by uniting and organizing direct actions and flying pickets on the morning of May Day.

The site of the 1946 Oakland General Strike. Latham Square, be our central meeting location.
‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬ #shutitdown #generalstrike

so·cial strike [soh-shuh strahyk]
A mass strike with socio-political demands such as a living wage, clean water, or a city-wide rent freeze.
fly·ing pick·et [flahy-ing pik-it]
A picket traveling from place to place to support local pickets, where needed, during any strike; the purpose is to combat all forms of class betrayal or collaboration by preventing scabs from crossing picket lines.


Our Diversity of Tactics/Time or Space Agreement:
1. Our solidarity will be based on respect for a diversity of tactics and the plans of other affinity groups.

2. The actions and tactics used will be organized to maintain a separation of time or space.

3. Any debates or criticisms will stay internal to the movement, avoiding any public or media denunciations of fellow activists and events.

4. We oppose any state repression of dissent, including surveillance, infiltration, disruption and violence. We agree not to assist law enforcement actions against activists and others

Zionist Zim Delaying Arrival to Oakland Port – Picket Now on Sun 10/26 at 3:00pm

revolution-news.comAnti-apartheid activists (@14fp) in the Bay Area have been monitoring the traffic of Israel’s Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. as their ship, Zim Beijing, is scheduled to arrive in the Port of Oakland on Sat., Oct. 25.

As with previous #BlockTheBoat demonstrations, Zim is employing a delay tactic in order to avoid the overwhelming community pickets that have successfully turned away Zim’s ship last month and prevented most of the unloading of another ship in Sept. during an historic four day blockade.

Currently, Zim Beijing is still way out at sea, behind schedule, not expected to reach the Port of Oakland before Monday and may not even try to berth at all :) The #BlockTheBoat community picket and demonstration of solidarity has been postponed and rescheduled for Sunday, Oct. 26 at 3:00pm at West Oakland BART. Text “join” to (510) 346-5951 to receive official updates.

LA Anti-Apartheid Activists Are Gearing Up for Day 3 of Zim Blockade



In solidarity with the Palestinian people’s call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel’s decades long apartheid regime, LA anti-apartheid activists have been reaching out for weeks to the port workers and truck drivers who service the Port of LA and have successfully blocked the unloading/loading of Zim Savannah, an Israel cargo ship, for two straight days… and counting.

About 150 people from 19 different local activist groups gathered to picket the scheduled unloading of Zim Savannah at 6:00am on Sat. Oct. 18 even though Zim delayed it’s arrival in order to avoid the scheduled protest, much like it has done in other recent #BlockTheBoat actions. Union members informed activists on Sat. that the Sun. a.m. shift had been canceled and on Sun p.m. that the Mon. a.m. shift too had been canceled. Accordingly, the next scheduled picket will be at 4:00pm on Mon. Oct. 20, Day 3 of #BlockTheBoatLA.

Oakland, Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles, Tampa, New Orleans, and New York are holding solidarity actions as BDS campaigns gain momentum in the face of the recent disproportionate slaughter of Gaza & the Zionist regime’s controversial land grab of almost 1000 acres of West Bank territory.

Liverpool Dockworkers Message of Solidarity to ILWU Local 10

29th September 2014.

To the Members and Officers,
International Longshore & Warehouse Union,
ILWU Local 10,
400 North Point Street,
San Francisco, CA 94133.
Letter by Email.

Re: Message of Solidarity.

The Liverpool Dockworkers both past and present salute the actions of Local 10 and the Oakland Community Picket, taken against the Israeli government controlled Zim Line vessels. Furthermore their magnificent actions strike a blow against the Israel apartheid regime for their continued massacre and destruction of Gaza.

For far too long people in power have turned a blind eye to the Israeli slaughter of innocent Palestinian men, women and children, now we are seeing the labour and trade union movement in Oakland fighting back, and their actions must be supported by port and dockworkers the world over.

If we can be of any immediate help in terms of publicity or campaigning please let me know.

In Solidarity,