Monday, June 21, 2010
In a historic action and unprecedented action today, over 800 labor and community activists blocked the gates of the Oakland docks in the early morning hours, prompting longshore workers to refuse to cross the picketlines where they were scheduled to unload an Israeli ship.
From 5:30 am to 9:30 am, a militant and spirited protest was held in front of four gates of the Stevedore Services of America, with people chanting non-stop, “Free, Free Palestine, Don’t Cross the Picket Line,” and “An injury to one is an injury to all, bring down the apartheid wall.”
Residents of the Florida Keys, an island chain potentially threatened by the ongoing BP oil disaster, are taking matters into their own hands...This involves training, clearing beaches to make potential oil cleanup easier, and organizing response teams...Residents are bypassing the obstructions that authority has placed in the way, and affecting changes through their own efforts.
Direct action has also won concessions from BP. After community members showed up uninvited to a meeting involving city officials and BP residents, they were promised that BP would pay $10,000 to fund hazardous materials training for 100 people. Not a ton of money for the Fortune-ranked fourth largest company in the world, but it will probably make a difference to local preparedness.