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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
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    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

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