Hands Off Occupy Oakland!
Mobilize Labor's Power Against Racist Police Repression!
Workers and Students, Shut the City Down!
Oakland police surround Occupy Oakland before dawn on October 25, firing off tear gas grenades as
they expel protesters from Oscar Grant Plaza. (Photo: Jane Tyska/Oakland Tribune)
OCTOBER 26 – Yesterday morning, October 25,
Protester Scott Olsen was taken by fellow demonstrators to the hospital after being hit in the head by canister fired by police in Oakland on evening of October 25.
(Photo: Kimihiro Hoshino/Agence France-Presse)
One of the
protesters, Scott Olsen from
It is urgent that
the workers movement mobilize its power now
against this rampant police brutality, and not
just in press conferences and after the fact
demos weeks or months later. The
In addition, there
have been reports this morning that Occupy San
Francisco is in danger of being evicted today
or soon. Yesterday, the San Francisco Labor
Council issued a statement in which it called
on Department of Public Works employees not to
participate in any raid (supposedly to “clean
up” the protest site), declared OSF and OWS to
be “Sanctioned Union Strike Lines,” said it
stood with the protest movement, did not
recognize any curfews and encouraged union
members to participate in the movement. In the
Group at Occupy Wall Street solidarity
march against police repression in
Oakland, October 26.
These statements and calls must be translated into concrete action, in the form of a union presence at the protest site and a vow by labor to shut the SF Bay Area down in the case of an attempted eviction. The workers movement in the Bay Area, with the powerful International Longshore and Warehouse Union in the lead, should use its muscle to enable Occupy Oakland to reestablish its prominent presence. Labor must not allow voices of protest to be silenced. The ILWU motto “An injury to one is an injury to all” is as urgent today as it was when the syndicalist “Wobblies” first raised it over a century ago.
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