One year ago, we made history.

Block the Boat, One Year Later

One year ago the Bay Area made history by blocking the largest Israeli shipping line from docking at the port of Oakland. When the entire world was taking to the streets against Israeli Apartheid and the war on Gaza, so too were thousands in the streets of San Francisco. People from all across Northern California stood shoulder to shoulder to march in the spirit of justice, liberation and self-determination.

Then on August 16th, we put those convictions into action with the Block the Boat coalition – AROC along with over 70 immigrant rights, anti-war, abolitionist, queer, economic and racial justice organizations, and numerous individuals – set on stopping the largest Israeli shipping line, the Zim ship, at the Port of Oakland. We mobilized en masse with a remarkable show of solidarity between ILWU Local 10 rank-and-file and our community, building on the radical legacy of the longshoremen, the South African anti-Apartheid struggle, and Arab solidarity with workers in the Bay Area. We made history by ultimately stopping the Zim shipfrom docking at the Port of Oakland indefinitely. The workers honored picket lines by refusing to unload the ship in August, September and October – and the Israeli Zim ship hasn’t returned since.

We accomplished this victory by centering Arab leadership, building on worker solidarity and committing to long term cross movement building. We organized in coordination with actions in Vancouver, NY, Tampa, Long Beach, Seattle and Tacoma. And together we achieved one of the most successful Boycott, Divest and Sanction victories in history by making a political, cultural and economic impact on the Apartheid State of Israel.

The BDS movement is growing as people are recognizing that Israeli occupation of Palestine is linked to repression worldwide. The relationship of Israel to the policing and repression of Black and Brown communities has been exposed, and the connections between movements for self-determination from the streets of Oakland, Baltimore and Ferguson to the movements in Haiti, the Philippines and Palestine are deepening.

Alongside all our people struggling here and in our homelands, we remain committed to rising up against policing, war and militarism. As we commemorate the Block the Boat victory, we ask you to join AROC in the Stop the Urban Shield coalition to continue to rise up against repression for the sake of our dignity and liberation.

And be sure to take a few minutes to watch this Block the Boat video documenting the resilience, commitment and power of the people in standing up against state violence.

Block the Boat Declares Decisive Victory Over Apartheid Israel

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Oakland has made history once again with another BDS victory for Palestine against the Israeli Zim shipping line. This latest round of organizing has been the most momentous and historic. Members of ILWU Local 10 informed Block the Boat organizers that the Zim Beijing which was headed to the Port of Oakland, has been re-routed to Russia to avoid disruptions at the SSA terminal. For the first time ever, an Israeli ship has been completely turned away before reaching its port of destination due to sustained overwhelming community organizing.

The damage to Israel’s credibility can’t be exaggerated–the Zim line, though privately owned, is an Israeli “security asset.” Israel exerts control over the corporation through a “golden share” which it uses to prevent the sale of the company into foreign hands. The Zim line is mandated to be part of Israel’s critical supply chain during protracted military conflicts. The brand and economic impact on Zim has yet to be calculated, but is surely devastating. Goods have been rerouted, and undelivered for months. ILWU workers have honored our pickets and sided with the community against US complicity in Israeli apartheid. Zim has been disrupted and confronted by anti-Zionist protests in Seattle, Tacoma, Los Angeles, Vancouver, New Orleans, New York and Tampa. Ports all over North America are making it clear that Israel can no longer conduct business as usual because Zionism is simply not welcome on our coasts.

Zim‘s Maneuvers

The Zim Beijing, which was scheduled to arrive in Oakland on the morning of Saturday October 25, 2014, instead broke from its heading soon after it reached the north western coast of Mexico on Wednesday, October 22nd, and headed further northwest. Several sources, including Zim’s own online schedule, and port and union authorities confirm that the Beijing’s intended destination was Oakland, but that it changed its itinerary to avoid yet another humiliating defeat. In an article published on 10/26, headlined “Zim Beijing Avoids Oakland” the GulfShip News reported, “The ship was due to call on Saturday, but then delayed its call to today [Sunday]. Reports from Oakland suggest Zim has now decided to cancel the call altogether. Zim has been hit by protests at Oakland in August and September, disrupting its schedules.”

We also tracked the ship via satellite using an online marine tracking service and documented that the ship listed its destination as Oakland just minutes after it left the Panama Canal–the norm for Zim ships on the Asia Pacific line, which stop at either Los Angeles or Oakland before heading to China and Russia. Just days into its 9 day journey from the Canal, however, Zim abruptly removed Oakland from its online schedule, and headed northwest, taking it ever farther from Oakland.

Confronting Global Repression

It is clear that the Zim Beijing diverted course in response to the powerful Block the Boat organizing. In August, Block the Boat organized and inspired a series of historic night and day pickets, which with the support of ILWU workers, prevented the Zim Piraeus from unloading for 4 days, and eventually forced the ship to leave before even a fraction of its cargo could be unloaded. In September, Zim faced another set of pickets that forced the Zim Shanghai to offload in Los Angeles, rather than its intended Oakland destination. The Block the Boat coalition along with the broader Bay Area community has made it clear that we can determine what takes place in our towns. And business with the racist, exclusionary, Zionist state of Israel, which works alongside local and federal law enforcement to repress our communities, will not go unchallenged.

Activists remained focused throughout Zim’s obfuscations, organizing for a large turnout to picket the Beijing whenever it would arrive–Saturday, Sunday, or any day of the coming week. Given the convoluted maneuvers Zim used in August, in which it left the port under the cover of an Israeli consulate press release, only to return to another terminal less than an hour later, organizers now know to be thorough and patient. After tracking the Zim Beijing for several days, Block the Boat prepared for a week of possible pickets by staging a late day march of hundreds on Sunday to the Port of Oakland to show the strength and focus of this movement. It was a warning to Zim to keep going as it reached the 1000-mile mark from Oakland and a promise that the gates would be lined again with unstoppable anti-Zionist picketers if it returned.

As the Beijing sails beyond the horizon, it still bears the destination of Oakland, though it is over 1200 miles away from San Francisco Bay at the time of this statement. Our efforts have paid off; Zim Beijing does not appear to be turning around. Even if it did reverse course and head back to Oakland at this point, it would be a week late, and it would find us once again, prepared to stop it at the port.

BDS Victory

We are declaring a historic victory in our effort to block the Beijing. It is very likely that Zim has been completely prevented from doing any future business at the Port of Oakland. Only time will tell if Zim’s changes to its schedule reflect the real re-routing of its ships, or simply just another ruse to fool opponents of Israeli apartheid. Obviously, here in Oakland, we are ready for Zim’s return any time. Together with our brothers and sisters from Ferguson to Palestine, we are fighting back against state violence and apartheid and we are prepared to bring it down brick by brick, wall by wall, port by port.

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Endorsed by:
Addameer: Palestinian Prisoner Support and Human Rights Organization
Advance the Struggle
Af3irm
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition USA
All African People’s Revolutionary Party
American Muslims for Palestine
Anakbayan East Bay
Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC)
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)
ANSWER Coalition
ASATA
BAYAN USA
BDS collation in Illinois
BDS collation in Texas
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee
Bay Area Women in Black
Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within
Catalyst Project
Center for Political Education (CPE)
The Coalition for Justice in Palestine in Illinois
The Coalition for Justice in Palestine in Texas
Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel
Cognitive Liberty
Community Futures Collective
Critical Resistance Oakland
Critical Resistance Los Angeles
East Bay Solidarity Network
Free Palestine Movement
Freedom Archives
Freedom Socialist Party
Friends of Deir Ibzi’a
Friends of Sabeel–North America (FOSNA)
GABRIELA San Francisco
Global March to Jerusalem – North America
Gray Panthers of San Francisco
General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS)
Haiti Action Committee
Helena (Montana) Service for Peace and Justice/SERPAJ
Interdenominational Advocates for Peace
International Action Center
International Coalition to Free the Angola 3
International Jewish Anti Zionist Network (IJAN)
International Socialist Organization (ISO)
Iraq Veterans Against War (IVAW) – Bay Area
ISM – Northern California
Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
Justice for Palestinians
Labor for Palestine
Lighthouse Masjid Social Justice Committee
Marcha Patriotica Colombia – California Chapter
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Milbes Family Foundation
National Lawyers Guild
New York City Labor Against the War
NorCal Friends of Sabeel
Occupy SF Action Council
Palestinian Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions National
Committee (BNC)
Palestinian American Youth League
Palestinian American Council/ National
Palestinian American Congress /National
Palestinian Humanitarian Relief Fund/National
Palestine Poster Project Archives
Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM)
Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL)
The Peace and Freedom Party of Alameda County
Phat Beets
Queers Undermining Israeli Terror (QUIT)
Real Cost of Prisons
Ruckus Society
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
SF Women in Black
Students for Justice in Palestine – Cal
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
UAW2865 BDS Caucus
US Palestinian Community Network (USPCN)
WORD (Women Organized to Resist and Defend)
Workers World Party

March and Rally SUNDAY 3pm!

All Out for Palestine on Sunday! 

Our community power is disrupting Israeli business as usual. Our strength is challenging US-Israeli repression.

The Israeli Zim ship is on the run, but we are closely tracking the ship. And based on our calculations, the Zim Beijing cannot make it this weekend,  but it could change course and arrive this week. Let’s show Zim what they can expect if they try to come back. Let’s show the world that the Bay Area says no to Zionism.

SUNDAY, October 26th

3pm

Meet at West Oakland Bart and march to Port of Oakland

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We are calling on all to join us on Sunday and take a stand to stop the US and Israeli relationship, their wars, militarization and repression by disrupting international commerce. Lets make sure Zim knows it will be met with the strength of our sustained movement should it attempt to come this week. As we mobilize at the Port, Block the Boat protests are being planned all over North America with solidarity actions taking place in New York, Long Beach, Tacoma and Vancouver. ALL OUT on Sunday to show our strength and to remind Zim that Israeli business is not welcome on the West coast! Please spread the word.

Watch the march and rally live:  http://www.kpfa.org/kpfa-live-stream-channel

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END THE SIEGE ON GAZA!
END THE COLONIAL OCCUPATION OF PALESTINE!
RIGHT OF RETURN FOR ALL PALESTINIAN REFUGEES!
FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!
BOYCOTT, DIVEST, SANCTION!

What’s Happening?

This summer, we made history at the Port of Oakland when we stopped the Israeli-owned shipping company Zim from unloading its goods for four straight days. The blockade was a catalyst for cities all over the U.S. and across the globe in the ever-growing BDS movement to resist Zionism and end Israeli apartheid.

The military assault on Gaza—which killed more than 2,200 Palestinians and left more than 100,000 homeless—has halted, thanks to the Palestinian resistance, but our struggle is not over. With the full support of the U.S. government, Israel continues to carry out its brutal occupation, confiscate more land and build more settlements, imprison thousands of Palestinians, and maintain the siege on Gaza as part of its policy of ethnic cleansing.

The apartheid state of Israel not only impacts Palestinians, but also plays a role in the oppression of communities all across the globe. The Zim shipping line is instrumental in upholding this system of global repression. There are direct ties—training, weapons, and surveillance—between Israel’s occupation of Palestine and the increasingly militarized occupation of black and brown communities in the United States. And it is now a well-known fact that police departments in and around Ferguson, Missouri, have received training from Israel.

Why Block Zim at the Ports?

ZIM shipping line transported weapons and European settlers from as far back as1948, playing a central role in the creation of the state of Israel and ethnic cleansing of Palestine. Now it’s responsible for shipping Israeli ammunition used on poor, black and brown communities all across the US. One-third owned by the Israeli government, Zim fuels a significant portion of Israel’s economy. Challenging Zim cuts a lifeline of Israeli colonialism and exposes the strength of US-Israeli ties.

Ports have historically been places for workers to assert their power and make social change. During apartheid in South Africa, ILWU workers refused to unload South African cargo in San Francisco in 1984. This action was a major catalyst for international anti-apartheid solidarity that helped topple the apartheid regime of South Africa.

We built on that legacy at the Port of Oakland in 2010, after a Turkish flotilla, the Mavi Marmara, was attacked by Israel for attempting to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza, by successfully blocking a Zim ship from being unloaded—the first time in US history an Israeli ship was blocked. And recently, we made history again with the 2014 Block the Boat campaign, stopping Zim and Zionism and the port of Oakland for four consecutive days. Just as apartheid fell in South Africa, so too it will fall in Israel!

Call to Action!

Israel was defeated by the resistance and resilience of the people of Gaza. We are inspired as they rebuild and continue to affirm life in the aftermath of Israel’s latest bombardment. Palestinian resistance did not begin with Israel’s latest bombardment—it has been going on since 1948, since Israel came into existence. And it will not cease until Israeli apartheid falls. It is now more important than ever to continue to weaken the racist state of Israel and bring down apartheid.

Palestinians are unified in their call to people around the world to take action against Israel everywhere. Bay Area residents have the opportunity to up the ante and be leaders in the movement for justice in Palestine!

We salute the longshoreman who stood with the Palestinian people by honoring our Block the Boat picket and refusing to unload Zim in August, and for doing so again during another successful picket in September. We will be asking workers to once again join with us in sending a message to the world that Zionism is not welcome at the Port of Oakland. Join us!

Join the Movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions!

From Oakland to Seattle, Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York, New Orleans, and Tampa—turn the Israeli ship around!

Not in Palestine | Not in the Bay | Not Anywhere | Stand Against Zionism Everywhere

Endorsed by:

Addameer: Palestinian Prisoner Support and Human Rights Organization
Advance the Struggle
Af3irm
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition USA
All African People’s Revolutionary Party
American Muslims for Palestine
Anakbayan East Bay
Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC)
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)
ANSWER Coalition
BAYAN USA
BDS collation in Illinois
BDS collation in Texas
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee
Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within
Catalyst Project
Center for Political Education (CPE)
The Coalition for Justice in Palestine in Illinois
The Coalition for Justice in Palestine in Texas
Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel
Cognitive Liberty
Community Futures Collective
Critical Resistance Oakland
Critical Resistance Los Angeles
East Bay Solidarity Network
Free Palestine Movement
Freedom Archives
Freedom Socialist Party
Friends of Sabeel–North America (FOSNA)
GABRIELA San Francisco
Global March to Jerusalem – North America
Gray Panthers of San Francisco
General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS)
Haiti Action Committee
Helena (Montana) Service for Peace and Justice/SERPAJ
Interdenominational Advocates for Peace
International Action Center
International Coalition to Free the Angola 3
International Jewish Anti Zionist Network (IJAN)
International Socialist Organization (ISO)
Iraq Veterans Against War (IVAW) – Bay Area
ISM – Northern California
Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
Justice for Palestinians
Labor for Palestine
Lighthouse Masjid Social Justice Committee
Marcha Patriotica Colombia – California Chapter
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Milbes Family Foundation
New York City Labor Against the War
NorCal Friends of Sabeel
Occupy SF Action Council
Palestinian Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions National
Committee (BNC)
Palestinian American Youth League
Palestinian American Council/ National
Palestinian American Congress /National
Palestinian Humanitarian Relief Fund/National
Palestine Poster Project Archives
Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM)
Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL)
Palestine Poster Project Archives
Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM)
Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL)
The Peace and Freedom Party of Alameda County
Phat Beets
Queers Undermining Israeli Terror (QUIT)
Real Cost of Prisons
Ruckus Society
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
SF Women in Black
Students for Justice in Palestine – Cal
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
UAW2865 BDS Caucus
US Palestinian Community Network (USPCN)
WORD (Women Organized to Resist and Defend)
Workers World Party

Please email info@araborganizing.org with subject “Endorse Block the Boat” to add your organization.

Carpool & Transportation Support for Block the Boat

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Accessibility Update
To increase accessibility for the march and rally at the Port, we’ll still be running shuttles from West Oakland BART. If you are able to help with shuttling at 3PM, please contact us as transportationblocktheboat@gmail.com.

There will be a wheelchair loading van at the event. If you expect to need it, please contact us at the email address above. Rides will still be available for those that have not contacted us ahead of time.

 

TRANSPORTATION SUPPORT

We need lots of support to keep up the momentum and show up again in record numbers — by showing up to make your voice heard but also by helping to ensure that all folks who want to participate are able to get to the Port.

We are specifically looking for folks who can help out with transportation and carpooling, including wheelchair accessible vehicles. *IF YOU HAVE ACCESS TO A WHEEL CHAIR ACCESSIBLE VAN OR NEED ONE TO ATTEND, PLEASE LET US KNOW.*

If you can provide transportation support or if you need a ride, PLEASE FILL OUT THIS FORM to let us know, and we will follow up with you to confirm. If you’d like to email us instead of filling out the online form, that works too! Email contact:transportationblocktheboat@gmail.com

If you can answer yes to these questions, please do consider participating with transportation:

  • Are you able to pick up people from other places and drive them to West Oakland BART starting at 4:45am?
  • Do you have a car or van you can use to drive people to the Port at 5am from West Oakland BART?

If you cannot support this action through carpooling, loaning a car or van, or bringing your rad self, please consider making a donation to Arab Resource and Organizing (AROC), which will help cover the numerous costs of this event, all of which goes directly to AROC to continue building movements for justice in Palestine.

Let’s boycott Israeli Apartheid and stop the ship from ever unloading in our town. From Seattle to Oakland to Los Angeles and beyond: turn the Israeli ship around!

~Block the Boat Logistics Committee,

Sophia, Rio, Josh, David

Longest Blockade of Israeli Ship in History

August 20, 2014

Longest Blockade of Israeli Ship in History
ZIM ship turned away from SSA in​ Oakland​!

For four days straight the San Francisco Bay Area community blocked the Israeli ZIM ship from unloading at the SSA.  And today, we salute the rank and file workers of ILWU local 10 for standing with us against Israeli Apartheid by honoring our pickets and letting the ship go from the SSA terminal yesterday afternoon!

Saturday we mobilized thousands of our community to show the world that Oakland does not welcome racism, apartheid or Zionism, from Ferguson to Palestine.  We flooded the streets and marched towards the Port only to discover that the ZIM ship decided to stay at Sea rather than dock and be confronted by the power of our numbers.  The ship attempted to dock and unload on Sunday, but within a half hour’s time hundreds of us organized community pickets requesting that workers to stand with us on the side of justice and not unload the Apartheid ship. And as ILWU rank and file always have, and as they did during South African Apartheid, they demonstrated their solidarity with the global fight against oppression and honored our picket. The following Monday and Tuesday saw both an organized call to action as well as autonomous protests determined to keep the ship from being unloaded.  These efforts coupled with worker solidarity continued the success of the weekend’s total blockade of the ZIM ship.

Tuesday we declared a historic victory for Palestine as Oakland held down the longest blockade of an Israeli ship.  Not only did we block the boat, but we also showed the world that racist exclusionary state of Apartheid Israel has no place on our port, and will soon find that it has no place on any port on the West Coast. After being blocked from unloading at the SSA Terminal, the ZIM ship was forced to leave and unload at another Terminal where it was met with protests by autonomous activists. This even further delayed the unloading of the ship.

From the use of tear gas to the training of police by Israeli military, Oakland feels firsthand the brutality of Israeli war-making.  And Palestine knows too well the role the US plays in facilitating the ongoing ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinian people.  From the policing and militarization of our local communities perfected with Israeli tactics of repression to the billions that the US provides Apartheid Israel, the connections are clear and are made for us.  And over the last four days we showed the world that we stand shoulder to shoulder from Palestine to Oakland to Ferguson as we struggle bring down every wall, every Apartheid system and every racist state.

Palestine will be free.

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Block the Boat was organized by a coalition of autonomous activists and the following organizations: 

AF3IRMAl-Awda New York
All African People’s Revolutionary Party (AAPRP)
American Friends Service Committee
American Muslims for Palestine
ANSWER Coalition
APEN: Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Arab Youth Organizing (AYO)
AROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center
ASATA: Alliance of South Asians Taking Action
Bay Area Women in Black
BAYAN-USA
Bay Area CodePink
Bay Area Latin America Solidarity Coalition
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee
Black Organizing Project (BOP)
Black Organizing Leadership and Dignity (BOLD)
Black Workers For Justice
Catalyst Project
CodePink Washington
Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism (CODZ)
Communist Party of San Francisco
Critical Resistance – LA
Critical Resistance – Oakland
Critical Resistance – Portland
Descoloniza a Oakland/Decolonize Oakland
Free Palestine Movement
Freedom Archives
Friends of Deir Ibzi’a
Fuerza Mundial/Pueblos en Movimiento
General Union of Palestine Students – SFSU
Global Women’s Strike
Gray Panthers of San Francisco
Green Party of Alameda County
Haiti Action Committee
International Action Center
International Jewish Anti Zionist Network
International Solidarity Movement – West Bank/Gaza
International Socialist Organization
International Tribunal of Conscience for Camilo
ISM-Nor Cal
IWW Bay Area Branch
Jewish Against Genocide
Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
Justice for Palestinians
La Voz de l@s trabajadores/Worker’s Voice
Labor for Palestine
Lake Merritt Neighbors Organized for Peace
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Marcha Patriotica (Colombia) – California chapter
Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA)
Movement Generation
National Lawyers Guild SFBA Chapter
Noam Chomsky
NorCal Friends of Sabeel
Occupy SF Action Council
ONYX Organizing Committee
The Palestine-Israel Action Committee
Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions
Palestinian Youth Movement
Queers Undermining Israeli Terror
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
San Francisco Green Party
School of the Americas Watch East Bay
Socialist Alternative – Bay Area Branch
Socialist Organizer
SOUL: School of Unity and Liberation
Southern Anti-Racism Network
Stanford Students for Justice
Stop the War Machine
Students for Justice in Palestine – Cal
Totally Radical Muslims
UAW Local 2865 (Academic Student Workers at the University of California)
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott
US Palestinian Community Network
Veterans For Peace Chapter 69
World Can’t Wait Bay Area
Workers World Party
Xicana Moratorium
 

 

 

We Blocked the Boat!!

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August 17, 2014

On August 17th, 2014 Palestine was once again victorious in Oakland, California!

For the second day in a row the Bay Area community held off the Israeli Zim ship from unloading at the Port. Thousands of people rallied on Saturday and successfully kept the ship at Bay on its regular scheduled day. Today we got word that the ship had arrived and workers were being called to unload it. Within 30 minutes we mobilized over 400 people back to the Port. And we won!

Workers honored our picket and stood on the side of justice, as they historically have. Oakland said no to Zionism and blocked the boat for an entire weekend. This is the first time in history that this has happened. Israeli apartheid is falling one port at a time!

Palestine will be free from the river to the sea. Long live international solidarity and the struggle for liberation!

August 16, 2014

Let the world register that on 16, August 2014, five thousand people in Oakland prevented the apartheid Zim liner for the second time from docking and unloading anywhere on the West Coast.

photo by Jackie Brown

photo by Jackie Brown

The Zim Pireaus arrived in Northern California by afternoon yesterday. It could have docked by early Saturday morning. We held the Zim off in place due to our readiness and mobilization at 5 AM. We showed up again at 3 PM to stop the scheduled work crews from unloading the ship. Our actions today have sent a clear message that genocide and apartheid does not pay in Oakland, or anywhere on the West Coast.

Our action along with the 100’s of 1000’s of people who mobilized worldwide in solidarity with the resilient Palestinian people should send a clear and resounding message that the beginning of the end for the Zionist apartheid regime in Palestine is upon us.

As South African apartheid fell, Zionist rule in Palestine and Israeli apartheid will fall.

Photo by @marg1nal

Photo by @marg1nal

Arabic port update

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8/16 Block the Boat

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August 16, 2014

Let the world register that on 16, August 2014, we prevented the apartheid Zim liner for the second time from docking and unloading anywhere on the West Coast.

The Zim Pireaus arrived in Northern California by afternoon yesterday. It could have docked by early Saturday morning. We held the Zim off in place due to our readiness and mobilization at 5 AM. We showed up again at 3 PM to stop the scheduled work crews from unloading the ship. Our actions today have sent a clear message that genocide and apartheid does not pay in Oakland, or anywhere on the West Coast. Our action along with the 100’s of 1000’s of people who mobilized worldwide in solidarity with the resilient Palestinian people should send a clear and resounding message that the beginning of the end for the Zionist apartheid regime in Palestine is upon us. As South African apartheid fell, Zionist rule in Palestine and Israeli apartheid will fall.

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August 15, 2014

OUR ORGANIZING IS WORKING!!!!

SHIP IS DELAYED.  COME TO WEST OAKLAND BART AT 3PM NOT 5AM!!

COME LOUDER AND STRONGER!!!

Block the Boat! Stop Israel at the Port of Oakland!

Zionism isn’t welcome on our Coast!

West Coast Blockade of the Israeli Zim Ship

Port of Oakland

Saturday, August 16th

5am

Meet at West Oakland Bart and march to Berth 57

Participants:Those planning to participate: subscribe to text-alerts and receive live updates about the 8/16 Block the Boat,  text “join” to (510) 346-5951.
 
Livestream: 
KPFA will be livestreaming the action at www.kpfa.org/kpfa-live-stream-channel
Also follow @BlocktheBoat for live tweets.
 
Volunteers and Support: Fill out form to volunteer with transportation assistance.  Email info @ araborganizing.org to support with food donations. Contact AROC to pick up posters and postcards for outreach.
Donations: Donate here to help with event costs.

 

STOP THE SIEGE ON GAZA!

END THE COLONIAL OCCUPATION OF PALESTINE!

RIGHT OF RETURN FOR ALL PALESTINIAN REFUGEES!

FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!

BOYCOTT, DIVEST, SANCTION!

Global Statements

STOP THE SIEGE ON GAZA!
END THE COLONIAL OCCUPATION OF PALESTINE!
RIGHT OF RETURN FOR ALL PALESTINIAN REFUGEES!
FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!
BOYCOTT, DIVEST, SANCTION!
What’s happening?
The world has watched in horror as Israel has continued to bombard and devastate Gaza. Millions around the globe have come out in support of the Palestinian people and against the Zionist regime, holding massive marches, demonstrations, and actions. Here in the Bay, San Francisco witnessed some of the biggest mobilizations in recent years, with a series of marches, each bringing out thousands of people. It’s time to step it up.
Call to Action
Palestine is calling us to action! Palestinians laborers, Palestinian General Federation Trade Union (PGFTU), have called on workers around the world to refuse to handle Israel goods. Palestinians throughout Gaza, the West Bank and 1948 Palestine have demonstrated their unity in the struggle against Apartheid Israel and have taken to the streets in the tens of thousands, bravely facing Israeli military armed with US made weapons to call on the international community to stand with them as they resist Zionism throughout all of historic Palestine. We will be answering this call by organizing community pickets at the Port of Oakland, asking the longshoreman to honor this request and to stand with the people of Palestine as they have done in the past.
Historical Background
During apartheid in South Africa, ILWU workers made history when they refused to unload South African cargo in San Francisco in 1984. This action was a major catalyst for international anti-apartheid solidarity and struggle worldwide. In 2010, after a Turkish flotilla, the Mavi Marmara, was attacked by Israel for attempting to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza, we built on ILWU’s history and successfully blocked the Israeli Zim ship from being unloaded at the Port of Oakland – the first time in US history an Israeli ship was blocked. We will be continuing this legacy by organizing to block the Israeli ship once again. And just as apartheid fell in South Africa, so too it will fall in Israel!
Sustained BDS in the Bay
If there is one thing that the latest Israeli attacks show, it’s the power of Palestinian resilience. The resistance in Gaza is still alive and thriving, despite Israel’s ongoing attempts to destroy it. But we should always remember that the Palestinian resistance did not begin with Israel’s latest bombardment, nor did it begin during the last bombardment. It has been going on since 1948, since Israel came into existence. And it will not cease until Israeli apartheid falls.
We refuse to allow Israel to conduct its business as usual, here in the Bay and everywhere!
Every Saturday, the Israeli owned Zim shipping line docks and unloads its cargo at the Port of Oakland. Let this action be the beginning of a sustained campaign to stop the Israeli ship from ever unloading in our town.

From Seattle to Oakland to Los Angeles – turn the Israeli ship around!

We encourage all of our allies on the West Coast to join us in ensuring that Zim ships are not welcome anywhere.

Long Beach:
https://www.facebook.com/events/435461866594072/

Tacoma and Seattle:
https://www.facebook.com/events/678819478876975/

New York:
https://www.facebook.com/events/429725363832321/

Not in Palestine

Not in the Bay

Not Anywhere

Stand Against Zionism Everywhere

Endorsed by:

AF3IRM
Al-Awda New York
All African People’s Revolutionary Party (AAPRP)
American Friends Service Committee
American Muslims for Palestine
ANSWER Coalition
Arab Youth Organizing (AYO)
AROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center
ASATA: Alliance of South Asians Taking Action
Bay Area Women in Black
BAYAN-USA
Bay Area CodePink
Bay Area Latin America Solidarity Coalition
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee
Black Organizing Project (BOP)
Black Organizing Leadership and Dignity (BOLD)
Black Workers For Justice
B.U.W (BLOOK UNITY WORKERS ): PALISTINIAN INDEPANDENCE TRADEUNION ORGENIZATION IN WESTBANK AND GAZZA AND JEROZALIM
Catalyst Project
CodePink Washington
Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism (CODZ)
Communist Party of San Francisco
Critical Resistance – LA
Critical Resistance – Oakland
Critical Resistance – Portland
Descoloniza a Oakland/Decolonize Oakland
Free Palestine Movement
Freedom Archives
Friends of Deir Ibzi’a
Fuerza Mundial/Pueblos en Movimiento
General Union of Palestine Students – SFSU
Global Women’s Strike
Gray Panthers of San Francisco
Green Party of Alameda County
Haiti Action Committee
International Action Center
International Jewish Anti Zionist Network
International Solidarity Movement – West Bank/Gaza
International Socialist Organization
International Tribunal of Conscience for Camilo
ISM-Nor Cal
IWW Bay Area Branch
Jewish Against Genocide
Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
Justice for Palestinians
La Voz de l@s trabajadores/Worker’s Voice
Labor for Palestine
Lake Merritt Neighbors Organized for Peace
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Marcha Patriotica (Colombia) – California chapter
Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA)
Movement Generation
National Lawyers Guild SFBA Chapter
Noam Chomsky
NorCal Friends of Sabeel
Occupy SF Action Council
ONYX Organizing Committee
The Palestine-Israel Action Committee
Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions
Palestinian Youth Movement
Queers Undermining Israeli Terror
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
San Francisco Green Party
School of the Americas Watch East Bay
Socialist Alternative – Bay Area Branch
Socialist Organizer
SOUL: School of Unity and Liberation
Southern Anti-Racism Network
Stanford Students for Justice
Students for Justice in Palestine – Cal
Totally Radical Muslims
UAW Local 2865 (Academic Student Workers at the University of California)
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott
US Palestinian Community Network
Veterans For Peace Chapter 69
World Can’t Wait Bay Area
Workers World Party
Xicana Moratorium

 info@araborganizing.org

DONATIONS URGENTLY NEEDED TO SUPPORT PORT ACTION. DONATE HERE.

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Donations Urgently Needed to Stop Israeli Shipment to the Bay Area!

Stop Israel at the Port!
Zionism isn’t welcome in our town!

On Saturday August 16th, people of conscience will gather to stop an Israeli shipment to the Port of Oakland. The Bay Area says no to Israeli Apartheid.

Your donations are needed to make this historic action possible. We need to raise $2000 in the next week.

Donate now towards the cost of informational materials, portable toilets, water, banners, shuttle transportation, safety equipment, and more.

DONATE HERE and where it says “I want my donation to be designated toward:” be sure to select “Port Action 2014″

More information on the action here.