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WorkWeek-SF: Berkeley Protests Fascists & AFGE Eugene Hudson Jr Struggle Against Corruption
Pacifica WorkWeek radio hears from trade unionists who were protesting the rise of fascism and Nazis at the rallies in San Francisco and Berkeley. Next WorkWeek talks with former AFGE National Secretary Treasurer who was removed for challenging Trump and also exposing financial misuse of union funds.
WW8-29-17 SF: Berkeley Protests Fascists and AFGE Eugene Hudson Jr Struggle Against Corruption and for Worker Mobilization
KPFA Pacifica WorkWeek radio on 8/29/17 11 hears from the trade unionists and others who protested the growth of fascists and other racists nationally and in the bay area. We hear from people in SF and Berkeley. Next WorkWeek Radio interviews Eugene Hudson Jr. who was ousted from his elected position of National Secretary Treasurer of the American Federation of Government Employees AFGE after he wrote a statement calling for a pro-active response to the election of Trump and sent it out to rank and file members. He also charged that top officers were improperly using union funds for their wives on a trip to the Virgin Islands.
For more information on AFGE Secretary Treasurer Eugene Hudson Jr.
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SF ILWU Local 10 Motion to Stop the Fascists With Stop Work Action and ILWU Resolution: March in San Francisco on Aug. 26, 2017
Passed on Aug. 17, 2017 – Whereas, the fascists, the KKK, Nazis and other white supremacists rallied and marched by torchlight in Charlottesville, whipping up lynch mob terror with racist, anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic slogans, and
Whereas, that attack resulted in one anti-racist counter demonstrator murdered and many others injured when one of the fascist bullies ran them down with a car, and
Whereas, President Trump’s whitewashing this violent, deadly fascist and racist attack, saying “both sides are to blame,” and his attacking anti-racists for opposing Confederate statues that honor slavery adds fuel to the fire of racist violence, and
Whereas, the Klan, Nazis and other racist terrorists represent a deadly threat to African Americans, Latinos and immigrants, as well as Muslims, Jews, LGBTQ people among many others, and directly to members of our union and the labor movement as a whole, and
Whereas, the fascist “Patriot Prayer” group that staged violent racist provocations in Portland, Oregon, and elsewhere, attracting Nazi and other violent white supremacists, has announced it will rally on Crissy Field on Saturday Aug. 26, and
Whereas, far from a matter of “free speech,” the racist and fascist provocations are a deadly menace as shown in Portland on May 26 when a Nazi murdered two men and almost killed a third for defending two young African American women he was menacing; and our sisters and brothers in the Portland labor movement answered racist terror with the power of workers solidarity, mobilizing members of 14 unions against the fascist, racist rally there on June 4, and
Whereas, ILWU Local 10 has a long and proud history of standing up against racism, fascism and bigotry and using our union power to do so; on May Day 2015 we shut down Bay Area ports and marched, followed by thousands, to Oscar Grant Plaza demanding an end to police terror against African Americans and others; the San Francisco Bay Area is a union stronghold and we will not allow labor-hating white supremacists to bring their lynch mob terror here,
Therefore, ILWU Local 10 in the best tradition of our union that fought these rightwingers in the Big Strike of 1934, will not work on that day and instead march to Crissy Field to stop the racist, fascist intimidation in our hometown and invite all unions and antiracist and antifascist organizations to join us defending unions, racial minorities, immigrants, LGBTQ people, women and all the oppressed.
AFGE national leadership retaliated and removed Secretary Treasurer Eugene Hudson Jr. when he raised a call to mobilize against Trump and also challenged financial mismanagement in the union
ILWU Local 10 members at their hall after the rally was cancelled in Crissy Field. The shutdown bay area ports and was prepared to march to protest the nazis and fascists.
The San Francisco Labor Council and union locals joined a march from the Castro district to SF City Hall
Thousands of people marched and rallied in Berkeley against the fascists and Nazis organizing in Northern California.