Charleston 5 meeting
- 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
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--- 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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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