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SF: Industrial Organizing Against the Apartheid State

Date:
Monday, December 09, 2019
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Event Type:
Speaker
Organizer/Author:
Tech Workers Coalition-SF and 223A Collective
Location Details:
SOMA. SF
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https://tinyurl.com/ydln9emf

Peter Cole will discuss his new book, Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area. He will focus on the history of anti-apartheid in the Bay Area as an example of transnational solidarity. A description of the book follows.

Dockworkers have power. Often missed in commentary on today's globalizing economy, workers in the world’s ports can harness their role, at a strategic choke point, to promote their labor rights and social justice causes. Peter Cole brings such overlooked experiences to light in an eye-opening comparative study of Durban, South Africa, and the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Pathbreaking research reveals how unions effected lasting change in some of the most far-reaching struggles of modern times. First, dockworkers in each city drew on longstanding radical traditions to promote racial equality. Second, they persevered when a new technology--container ships--sent a shockwave of layoffs through the industry. Finally, their commitment to black internationalism and leftist politics sparked transnational work stoppages to protest apartheid and authoritarianism.
Added to the calendar on Mon, Dec 2, 2019 8:24AM
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