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We Are One - Oakland Teachers and Allies Shut Wells Fargo; ILWU Locals Shut Ports, 4/4/11: photos
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On April 4th — the day Martin Luther King Jr was murdered 43 years ago in Memphis, Tennessee, where he went to stand with sanitation workers demanding the right to collectively bargain — over 1000 solidarity actions were held across the U.S. to stand with the workers of Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, and other states where union rights have recently come under direct attack by governors and legislators. Oakland teachers and school support staff — anticipating the possibility of over 600 layoffs this coming May as a result of the onerous $100 million debt the school district faces and steep budget cuts from the state — decided to take direct action and stage a sit-in/teach-in inside the Wells Fargo branch at Broadway and 12th Street. Anticipating the move, Wells Fargo security staff locked the doors to the bank as demonstrators approached, so the teachers and their supporters blocked the doors from the outside for over two hours while various speakers addressed the issues educators in Oakland find themselves confronting. Members of the ILWU Locals 10 and 34 were present in support and announced that they had shut down the ports in Oakland and San Francisco in solidarity with the "We Are One" national day of action. It was noted that a Wisconsin flag was hung from an Oakland port crane today.

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