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Black and White Images of San Francisco rally in Support of Grocery Workers.
Hundreds Picket the Castro District Safeway Urging People To Shop Elsewhere
In a clear sign of growing community and labor support of the 70,000 Southern California grocery workers, hundreds of people picketed the entrances of the large Castro District Safeway in San Francisco on Saturday. The main issue in the strike is basic health care for the workers. Safeway has proposed a 50% cut in healthcare benefits that would amount to $5000 of their average $20,000 a year wage.
The spirited protest went on for 5 hours and included a takeover of the store by 30 protestors who marched through the aisles with signs and banners chanting their support for the workers. Many of the clerks working in the store stopped what they were doing to smile at the disruption. Police eventually caught up to the protesters and detained them inside the store. They were given written citations without fines and let go one by one. It was clear that the police did not want to take the demonstrators from the store through hundreds of militant pickets to waiting police vans.
The strike that began on October 11 is going through a critical phase and needs continued support against the giant Safeway chain that made an obscene 91% increase in profits in the last 5 years.
Protestors Block Main Entrance With Grocery Carts
Young and Old Protest in Safeway Parking Lot
Doors to Safeway Are Packed With Pickets
Picket Captain Leads Chants
Protestors Crash Safeway
Police Encircle Protestors in Safeway
Protestors Are Cited and Released
LeiLani Dowell, Peace and Freedom Congressional Candidate from the 8th District leaving Safeway after being released by Police.