Juneteenth: Oakland Port Shutdown!
June 19, 2020
On June 19th 1865 - two whole years after the Emancipation proclamation became law- Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and those who were still enslaved were now free. June 19th - also known as Juneteenth - commemorates the abolition of chattel slavery in the United States. However, we know the fight against racist exploitation, police brutality and white supremacy is far from over and it will take a mass movement to win true freedom.
This Friday at 9am, we are joining the calls of Black Leaders in Locals 10, 34, 75 and 91 of the ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union) and the Movement 4 Black Lives to shut down the port of Oakland in defense of Black Lives. This is the first time an International Union is staging a labor stoppage on Juneteenth, demanding an end to systemic racism, police terror, as well as stopping the privatization of the port of Oakland and other public services such as our schools, postal service and hospitals.
We are calling on every single one of our members and supporters who are able to attend this historic, Black-led work stoppage, caravan and march, which will cost at least 1 BILLION dollars to the capitalist corporations. In addition, we have identified multiple roles you can play for this historic action against racism to be successful. Here are some ways to get involved:
Phonebank DSA members!
Thursday @ 6pm
Join our virtual phone (and text) bank to turn out as many of our members as possible.
No experience is necessary!
Zoom link coming soon.
Reach out to your friends, family, coworkers, organizations, unions or any group you are a part of and encourage them to join using this outreach toolkit
Mutual Aid Volunteers:
1) Help staff the water, snacks and PPE tables at Oscar Grant Plaza during the rally.
2) Help transport any materials and leftovers to the office (must have access to a car).
Join the DSA contingent:
9am - Meetup at 3rd and Magnolia, Oakland to check in, get flags, signs, decorate cars and walk towards the port together.
10am - Arrive at the SSA Terminal to hear Angela Davis and other speakers at the port.
11ish am - March to OPD and Oscar Grant Plaza as a contingent. There will be a star studded cast of speakers including Danny Glover, Boots Riley, Cat Brooks, Chris Smalls of Amazonians United and our very own Kaylah Paige Williams of DSA SF and AFROSOC at the plaza.
Make sure to:
- Wear red!
- Bring comfortable shoes, water, snacks and wear a mask at all times.
- Form a small group of 2-5 trusted, healthy comrades, family or friends ahead of the action; this will be your "pod." Stick together and make sure everyone is well and has their needs met during the action.
- Download and install Signal to communicate with the contingent.
- Review and follow all of our safety tips.
If you cannot attend, make sure to tune into 88.3FM or check out our social media for a live stream.
Will you attend? Let us know!