The Bay Area based Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal has issued the following statement on an upcoming labor action by San Francisco dockers to protest the outrageously indulgent treatment of a notorious killer cop by the capitalist courts
OAKLAND, October 23rd 2010:
PORT SHUT DOWN FOR OSCAR GRANT!
Rally: 12 Noon, City Hall, 14th and Broadway
An Innocent Black Man Shot in the Back by Police and...
Killed for No Reason!
Killer Cop Gets Off With Involuntary Manslaughter!
Photographic Evidence Proves: It Was Murder!
Oscar Grant was a father of a young daughter, a working person in Oakland, and innocent of any crime! He was shot while he was held face-down with his hands behind him, by BART cop Johannes Mehserle!
Only because of massive street protests in Oakland, and cell-phone videos of the shooting which made it onto the nightly news, was the cop eventually charged with murder. But after a change of venue to Los Angeles, Mehserle received the lightest conviction: involuntary manslaughter. Oakland's integrated community rose again to protest.
ILWU Calls Rally & Port Shutdown!
With Mehserle's long-delayed sentencing set for November 5th, Local 10 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), supported by many other unions and local community groups, called for a rally in downtown Oakland for Saturday, October 23rd at 12 noon.
And now the longshore membership has voted for a port shutdown as well, to say: Justice for Oscar Grant! Labor Unity With the Community! Jail Killer Cops!
The day-long shutdown on the docks is supported by ILWU Local 10 (longshore), Local 34 (Clerks), and the port workers in SEIU Local 1021, who will also walk off the job on October 23rd. The rally for Oscar Grant has been supported unanimously by both San Francisco and Alameda County Labor Councils. Support has also come in from the Oakland Education Association (OEA - Oakland teachers), AFT Local 2121, UAW 2865, AFSCME 3299, and other unions. The ANSWER Coalition, Campaign To End the Death Penalty (CEDP), Code Pink, Barrio Unido, and numerous others also support this action.
All out! Make This Labor/Community Rally Massive!
Saturday, October 23rd, 12 Noon, at 14th & Broadway, Oakland.
The Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal will be there with the following call:
Justice for Oscar Grant!
Jail Killer Cops!
Maximum Sentence for Johannes Mehserle!
Mumia Is Innocent!