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Freedom Socialist Party: Stand with Longshore Workers 21!

Emailed to IPR by the Freedom Socialist Party. I don’t have time right now to copy the embedded links over from email; other IPR writers can fix that if they wish. You may also be able to find this with the links included on the FSP’s website or elsewhere; I haven’t checked. -paulie

Stand with Longshore Workers 21!

HOORAY FOR UNIONISTS willing to be arrested! In a dispute raging
through the summer in Longview, Washington, over 120 members of
International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) have been detained
by cops, including Local 21 President Dan Coffman and International
President Robert McEllrath. The unionists are fighting to stop international
conglomerate EGT Development from breaking a longstanding master
agreement the ILWU has at the Port of Longview’s publicly subsidized
grain terminal.

Members of the ILWU are contractually entitled to work the 50 jobs at the
terminal, but EGT sued the port for the right to bring in nonunion workers,
and inflamed tensions by importing members of Operating Engineers
Local 701, who have crossed picket lines to work.

On September 7, hundreds of ILWU members stood on railroad tracks to
block a train carrying grain to the facility. Police in riot gear attacked
protesters with clubs and pepper spray. The next morning, police reported
that hundreds of ILWU members from Northwest locals and supporters
broke down the gates of the EGT terminal, damaged railroad cars, and
dumped grain. Security guards retreated and no one was hurt or arrested.
An emergency meeting of ILWU locals also shut down other
Washington ports.

THE ILWU SEES THIS BATTLE as critical to thwart unionbusting drives
at other grain terminals. It is all that and more. The struggle at Longview is
part of the nationwide resistance against the bosses’ austerity attacks. It
continues the mobilization begun in Madison, Wisconsin last year.

Longview originated as a timber town and longshoremen have worked the
Columbia river port for more than 80 years. The community and ILWU won’t
roll over for EGT, scabs or court orders. The challenge for the rest of
organized labor is to mount real national support for this struggle, including
stopping the Operating Engineers Union Local 701 from providing scabs.

Readers can support these brave unionists by defending them in the press,
and by sending donations and messages of solidarity to President Coffman,
ILWU Local 21, 617 14th Ave, Suite B, Longview, WA 98632, or email:
ilwu21@iinet.com.

For background information on the struggle see: Here’s why Longshore
workers are so angry.

To watch a video interview with Longshore picketers in Longview
by Doug Barnes, Freedom Socialist newspaper, click here.

Click here for photos of the Longshore actions.

Stop the Execution of Troy Davis!

The day is now here: the state of Georgia has set Troy Davis’ execution
date for September 21st. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear his
final appeal earlier this year. However, in the state of Georgia, the Board of
Pardons & Paroles holds the keys to Troy’s fate. In the days before his
execution, this Board will hold a final clemency hearing. It is our chance to
prevent Troy Davis from being executed.

Davis was convicted of murder on the basis of witness testimony. But
seven of the nine original witnesses have since recanted or changed
their testimony.

One witness said in a CNN news interview, “If I knew then, what I know
now, Troy Davis would not be on death row.”

Troy has survived three previous execution dates, because people like you
kept the “justice” system in check!

The time for action is now! Here’s what you can do to join the fight:

Sign the petition to the Board of Pardons & Paroles urging them to
grant clemency! Your signatures will be delivered week of Sept. 12th.
Organize locally for Troy: Take to the streets with us. Soon we’ll be
announcing the date for the official Troy Davis Day of Action. Sign
up now to rally in the coming days to stop the execution of
Troy Davis.
Tell everyone you know! Spread the word about this injustice on
Twitter by using the hashtag #TooMuchDoubt. Be sure to tell your
Facebook friends Troy’s story too!

An execution date for Troy Davis has been set, but an execution is NOT
inevitable.
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Freedom Socialist Party

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Seattle, WA 98105
USA

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