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Time To Shut It Down! A Day Of Action & ILWU Juneteenth At Port Of Oakland

by Labor Video Project
The ILWU initiated Committee Against Police Terror and Systemic. Racism rallied at the Port of Oakland on Juneteenth which is June 19, 2020. At the Port a rally was held before the march.
The ILWU on Juneteenth 2020 stopped work and thousands rallied at the Port of Oakland on June 19, 2020. Speakers talked about the fight against police terror and systemic racism. They then marched to Oscar Grant Plaza in downtown Oakland for another rally.

The Committee To Stop Police Terror and Systemic Racism initiated by the ILWU organized the rally and all West Coast ports including Vancouver, B.C. Canada were shutdown in protest against the murder of George Floyd and the thousands of other Black and Brown people who been brutalized and murdered. Speakers also talked about the effort to privatize and destroy the port by billionaire John Fisher who owns the GAP and the A's.

Additional media:
Angela Davis At The Port Of Oakland: Speech to ILWU Juneteenth Work Action On June 19, 2020

Shut The World Down! Boots Riley At 2020 Juneteenth At Oakland Oscar Grant Plaza

ILWU Locals 10 Trent Willis & 34 President Keith Shanklin On Democracy, Labor/Politics & Juneteenth

All Out On Juneteenth! "An Injury to One Is An Injury To All" ILWU Juneteenth Press Conference

ILWU Local 10 & 34 Leaders Speak Out On Juneteenth & Fight Against Racism & Worker Action

The rally and march was sponsored by
The Committe To Stop Police Terrorism and Systemic Racism

Production of Labor Video Project

Bay Area Juneteenth Event Includes Protest Against Right Wing Billionaire Fisher Family: Taking Public Space from Minorities in SF and Oakland

JUNE 18, 2020
“San Francisco and the Bay Bridge” by ATIS547 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.
Doris Fisher, who is a KIPP Charter School founder, and her sons (Robert, John, and William) are currently using their money to dismantle the public school system in San Francisco and take public land in Oakland. The main people affected by the Fisher’s privatization are low-income minorities.

The billionaire Fisher family from San Francisco is part of a dark money group known as “Americans for Job Security” that supported Republicans with millions of dollars in the 2010 midterm elections and the 2012 presidential election. Other prominent donors to the fund include right-wing supporter, Charles Schwab, who has donated significant funds to back Donald Trump and pay Trump’s legal fees, as well as the DeVos family. Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education, is well known for her strong support of the charter school movement across the country.

This month, KIPP sued the already cash strapped San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), with officials stating that they want more space at Malcolm X Academy, a K-5 public school in San Francisco. In 2018, KIPP Bayview Elementary began appropriating space for transitional kindergarten and now seeks to overtake more space for second, third, and eventually fourth grade classes, a move that takes resources from students at Malcolm X. Malcolm X Academy is a school historically devoted to serving low-income students (95% of the school population), including African American, Latinos and Pacific Islanders. Like other charter schools, KIPP drains the public school system, depleting funds and physical space for students most in need at Malcolm X.

Both the Black Lives Matter and the NAACP have raised alarms about charter school growth in California and elsewhere, emphasizing how charter privatization of schools in the US is a deep problem for social justice.

In the meantime, Doris Fisher’s son John is head of a movement to turn the Port of Oakland into thousands of $1 million dollar condos to finance a project known as the Howard Terminal Project. That project includes construction of a new ballpark for the Oakland A’s. John Fisher owns the A’s. The Port of Oakland includes miles of waterfront property with public parks traditionally serving Oakland, a city and community with a large minority population.

The Juneteenth event in Oakland this coming Friday 6/19 is devoted to stopping police terror and ending systemic racism, as well as to stopping privatization of our public spaces, including the Port of Oakland.

Racism is about physical violence to human bodies. But it is also about the insidious ways in which the wealthy steal land and resources from minority populations.

Anna Hennessey is a writer, scholar, and book author in San Francisco.
§Angela Davis Attended the Rally At The Port
by Labor Video Project
Angela Davis attended the ILWU Juneteenth rally and supported the ILWU initiated action.
§ILWU Women Protecting the Rally Speakers
by Labor Video Project
ILWU Local 10 members participating in protecting the security zone around the speakers on the truck.
§Brenda Barros, SEIU 1021 General Hospital Chapter Chair Attended Rally
by Labor Video Project
Brenda Barros, SEIU 1021 SF General Hospital chapter chair attended the rally and spoke out about the systemic racism by the City and County of San Francisco.
§Silence Is Not An Option
by Labor Video Project
Over 10,000 participated in the rallies and march. Silence Is Not An Option
§Two Teachers Joined The Rally
by Labor Video Project
Two teachers from the South Bay joined the rally and spoke out about. the issues of Black and Latino students.
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