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  • les evenchick
    The next meeting of the Charleston 5 Defense Committee meeting will be tommorrow, Wed. May 30th 7pm at the PJ s coffee shop at 643 Frenchman St.(In the Marigny
    Message 1 of 2 , May 29, 2001
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      The next meeting of the Charleston 5 Defense Committee
      meeting will be tommorrow, Wed. May 30th 7pm at the
      PJ's coffee shop at 643 Frenchman St.(In the Marigny
      about 2 blocks west of Decatur St.). All interested
      are invited.

      Les



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      Message 2 of 2 , Oct 14, 2001
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        For interested greens.

        --- John D Arena <jarena@...> wrote:
        > Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2001 21:02:51 -0500 (CDT)
        > From: John D Arena <jarena@...>

        > Subject: Charleston 5 meeting
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > New Orleans Charleston 5 defense committee meeting:
        >
        > The 5 are to be put on trial the week of November
        > 12th.
        >
        > This meeting is to build for New Orleans'
        > particpation in the
        > International Strike to defend these victims of
        > racist state repression.
        >
        >
        > Wednesday , October 17
        > 7 PM
        > Pederson Lounge
        > University Center
        > Tulane
        >
        >
        > The 5 are now scheduled to go to trial the week of
        > November 12. We are
        > working with organizations around the country to
        > organize educational
        > events at the ports to encourage dockers to support
        > picket lines that will
        > be set up at ports around the world in November when
        > the these 5
        > courageous fighters are placed on trial.
        >
        > Come to this important to organize to involve the
        > New Orleans working
        > class for this historic global working class fight
        > back.
        >
        >
        > Background on the case:
        >
        >
        >
        > In October 1999, after 23 years of employing
        > members of ILA
        > Local 1422 for cargo handling at the Port of
        > Charleston, SC. The
        > Nordana shipping line suddenly began using non union
        > labor from a
        > company called WSI. The ILA responded with picket
        > lines, these
        > pickets were successful in delaying two ships. The
        > state of South
        > Carolina, which prides itself on having the lowest
        > rate of
        > unionization in the country, decided it was going to
        > break the
        > longshore union's power.
        > At a picket at the Charleston docks on January
        > 20, 2000, 130
        > protesting longshoremen were met by 600
        > riot-equipped police,
        > resulting in the arrest of nine ILA members for
        > misdemeanor
        > trespassing. The Charleston police arranged to drop
        > the misdemeanor
        > charges in return for community service. State
        > Attorney General,
        > Charlie Condon stepped in and indicted five
        > longshoremen on felony
        > riot charges, calling for "jail, jail and more jail"
        > for the union
        > protesters. These men have been under house arrest
        > and awaiting trial
        > since then!
        > There are also other issues that should be
        > considered. Three
        > days before the January 20th picket, local 1422
        > participated in a
        > 50,000 strong protest in Columbia demanding the
        > removal of the
        > Confederate flag from the State House. The police
        > who were mobilized
        > from across the state to enforce the Nordana
        > shipping bosses' efforts
        > to bust the ILA union brought home what this flag
        > represents! THE
        > ANTI-UNION, OPEN SHOP SOUTH, enforced through racist
        > terror and
        > brutality by the police and their racist allies!
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >


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