90th Birthday Celebrations for Revolutionary Longshoreman Howard Keylor

On 6 December, comrade Howard Keylor of the IBT celebrated his 90th birthday with friends, family and comrades in Oakland, California. A highlight of the event was the playing of a short message from Mumia Abu-Jamal, for whom Howard has campaigned over several decades. Howard's revolutionary work in the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) in the 1970s and 1980s stands as a model for Trotskyists seeking to build class-struggle opposition within the labor movement. A year ago he spoke on a panel in Berkeley to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 11-day boycott of South African cargo on the Nedlloyd Kimberley in San Francisco (see “Class Struggle on the Waterfront.”).

Left: Howard celebrating his birthday, December 2015. Below: Howard speaking to anti-apartheid rally, Berkeley, California, December 1984.