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ILWU Rally and Shut Down All Bay Area Ports Demanding "Justice for Oscar Grant! Jail Killer Cops!"
On October 23rd, the ILWU Local 10 longshore workers closed all bay area ports (Richmond, Benicia, Redwood City, Oakland and San Francisco) and rallied in Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza to protest the murder of Oscar Grant with the demand "Justice for Oscar Grant! Jail Killer Cops!" ILWU union port workers joined the rally which brought together many organizations, including labor unions, high school and college students, the faith-based community and the general public in a call for justice.
The rally was initiated by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 10 after Cephus "Uncle Bobby" Johnson of the Oscar Grant Family spoke to union members about the similarity between the murder of his nephew and a mural on the union hall depicting the 1934 West Coast waterfront strike. On "Bloody Thursday," July 5th, 1934, a striking seaman and a strike sympathizer, Nicolas Bordoise and Howard Sperry, were killed by a police officer who fired a shotgun into a crowd.
Johanes Mehserle, the ex-BART cop who shot Oscar Grant in the back on January 1, 2009 while Grant was being held face down by multiple officers, faces sentencing in Los Angeles on November 5th.
Pictured above: Zachary Runningwolf burns sage while opening the Justice for Oscar Grant rally in Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza.
For more information, see:
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Justice for Oscar Grant! Jail for Killer Cops! Longshore To Shutdown All Bay Area Ports
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ILWU Rally for Oscar Grant
Raymond Nat Turner of Upsurge performs his poem, The Hyphen Between Afro and American is as Wide as Wyoming
The BART employee speaking says he feels pain each time he moves through the Fruitvale BART station where Oscar Grant was murdered.
Cat performs her poem asking, What will I tell my three year old daughter?
Pictured on the left is Jack Bryson, the father of Jack Bryson Jr., a close friend of Oscar's who was on the Fruitvale Station platform when Oscar was murdered. On the right is Cephus "Uncle Bobby" Johnson.
In the evening, a dance party benefit was held at Revolution Cafe in West Oakland for the people arrested on the night of the Mehserle verdict. Veteran and antiwar activist Eddie Falcon was one of the performers.