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ILWU Local 10 Pledges Support For Trayvon Martin Actions
by ILWU Local 10
Sunday Jul 21st, 2013 10:00 AM
[Photo: ILWU Local 10 at October 2011 Oakland rally for Oscar Grant. Grant was murdered execution style by the Oakland BART police by gunshot while handcuffed. The ILWU's strike demanding justice for Oscar Grant helped force the government to give a murderous BART cop a little bit of prison time for his crime. (Credit: Steve Rhodes/Flickr)]
ILWU Local 10 Pledges Support For Trayvon Martin Actions

International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 Resolution for the NATIONAL JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN MOVEMENT
passed unanimously at the membership meeting of ILWU Local 10 on July 18

Whereas, the verdict of the George Zimmerman trial has provoked outcry across the country much like the failure of the Sanford Police Department’s failure to immediately file charges against Zimmerman after the murder of Trayvon Martin, and

Whereas, a broad base coalition of groups are calling for a massive mobilization in August or September to present a comprehensive set of demands to solidify the social justice movements, fighting for justice for Trayvon Martin; to develop and advance a comprehensive boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaign, and

Whereas, this mobilization represents an opportunity for young people, specifically youth of color, to forge a Civil Rights movement in the 21st Century utilizing strategies and tactics of the Civil Rights movements of 50 years ago such as boycotts, sit-ins, marches, and mass civil disobedience, and

Whereas, the labor movement represents the most organize sector of the working class and is strategically positioned to provide leadership and resources for this emerging social justice movement much as we did in the 60s when we made Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. an honorary member of ILWU Local 10, six months before his assassination, and

Whereas, preliminary demands include:

1. repeal of the “Stand Your Ground Law;

2. immediate release of Marissa Alexander;

3. the elimination of the Police Bill of Rights and the numerous civil service rules and judicial policies and procedures that give the police anonymity, freedom from having their behavior recorded and virtual immunity from accountability and prosecution;

4. end to the various polices of containment such as racial profiling, stop and frisk, gang injunctions, secure communities, etc;

5. end the “War on Drugs” and all of its related laws, policies and programs;

6. enact democratically elected “Police Control Boards”, with the power to fire, subpoena, and indict police officers for human rights violations;

7. demilitarization of domestic law enforcement, including eliminating the use of drones and various surveillance operations and institutions;

8. the redirection of military funding to social programs, such as public education, housing, health care, public transportation, and grassroots-controlled programs to prevent domestic and intra-communal violence;

9. legislate and enact a National Plan of Action for Racial Justice that will make the United States government compliant with all the norms and standards of the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) on all levels, and

Therefore be it resolved, ILWU Local 10 supports the NATIONAL JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN MOVEMENT by participating and offering support as we did for the Justice for Oscar Grant Mobilization.

For more on the case of Trayvon Martin and the system that refuses to deliver justice, see Steven Argue's article:

The Case of Trayvon Martin: There is No Justice in The Capitalist Courts!

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by BostonBen
(lifeisfullofsurprises [at] Saturday Jul 27th, 2013 8:57 AM
I have requested that the NAACP support my "Your Steps Plan" that will help African Americans prevent and deter violence and racist activities in the future. If you would like a copy of the "Your Steps Plan" then please send me your email address and I will send it to you. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to send you this message.