Subject: Occupy Oakland Labor Solidarity 12/18 recap
So this is a recap of the Occupy Oakland Labor Solidarity meeting. I may send out more detailed notes tomorrow. Our next official meeting will be Thursday December 29th 6PM, hopefully at the CNA building 2000 Franklin St. (corner of 20th.) If this meeting place is not available I’ll send out another email.
Our main agenda point was about next steps. We decided that Solidarity with the ILWU in Logview against EGT is key. We’ll be organizing caravans for when the first grain ship comes into EGT’s grain terminal in Longview. We are endorsing Occupy Longview’s call:
“Occupy Longview (Washington) is officially putting out a call to action to block the EGT grain ship expected to arrive mid-January. There has already been discussion between occupies in various cities to caravan here to Longview, WA for the purpose of blocking this ship. We, Occupy Longview, are ready to move forward with planning and coordinating to make this action successful. We are calling out to all occupies, from New York City down to Florida, all the way through to the West Coast, to join us in solidarity. What we will need: 1) Numbers! We need to have a large turn-out. We need your bodies! 2) Media coordination/help 3) Finances/donated funds from larger occupies (for buses, housing early arrivers, etc.) 4) Suggest a coordinated Inter-Occupy Group/Conference Call(s) (nationwide) specifically for this action.”
There will be a steering committee of different occupies to direct the solidarity actions. We have designated people from the LaborSol committee to go to the General Assembly and try to get its endorsement. We are hoping the resolutionwill be on the Oakland General Assembly agenda this Wednesday the 21st 6pm Oscar Grant Plaza.
– 6PM Tuesday at City Hall. There will be a resolution directing city leaders “to use whatever lawful tools they have” to prevent future shutdowns or disruptions of port operations.” In other words more violent police presence at the ports. We (and allies like port workers or those affected by police brutality) can go to the council meeting and fill out speakers cards to speak on this issue.
– We also discussed local worker struggles that Occupy could support but didn’t make any concrete plans. Please network and plan and bring concrete proposals to the next meeting.
Although we didn’t organize anything at the meeting you are always free to go picket, network and talk about occupying with picketers. Here are some picket lines in the East Bay in the next week.
– CNA The one-day walkout Dec 22 will affect Alta Bates Summit Medical Center facilities in Berkeley and Oakland, Mills-Peninsula Health Services hospitals in Burlingame and San Mateo, Eden Medical Center hospitals in Castro Valley and San Leandro, Sutter Delta in Antioch, and Sutter Solano in Vallejo. http://www.nationalnursesunited.org/press/entry/bay-area-sutter-rns-to-strike-december-22/)
– American Licorice Picket lines are apparently up all day and all night at 2477 Liston Way, Union City, CA 94587-1979, http://newark.patch.com/articles/american-licorice-workers-on-strike
– San Pablo Casino workers, UNITE HERE, pickets Monday 12/19 2pm-5pm Wednesday 12/21 12pm-3pm Friday 12/23 3pm-6pm 13255 San Pablo Ave. San Pablo, CAhttp://sharesanpablo.org/events/
– Castlewood Country Club workers, UNITE HERE service staff locked out for almost 2 years: 1 Castlewood Dr Pleasanton, CA 94566 (http://endthelockout.org/)
I will keep sending meeting notes from this address. However there is a listserv for discussion if you want to be a part of it: oolaborsolidaritydiscussion. I invite everyone who signs up at our meetings. You should have gotten a separate invite from googlegroups to join the group. Please check your spam folder in case that email was deposited there. To post to the list: 1. Click the button in the email googlegroups sends you. 2. Send emails to oolaborsolidaritydiscussion and everyone who signed up for the list will receive them.
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