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·         Union workers shut down West Coast ports in support of Juneteenth

·         Port of Oakland Board President speaks out for social justice



Union workers shut down West Coast ports in support of Juneteenth

Union says work stoppage honours commemoration of the liberation of slaves in the U.S.


The Canadian Press

via CBC - Jun 19, 2020


Ports along the West Coast of Canada and the United States are quiet as workers with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union stop operations to support racial equality and social justice.


A statement from the union says the eight-hour action honours Juneteenth, the celebration of the liberation of slaves in the United States in 1865 that is commemorated on June 19.


The union has 60,000 members who work in ports in Alaska, British Columbia, south to California and in Hawaii.


A statement posted by the Canadian union, which is autonomous from its U.S. counterpart, says the organizations have "a proud history of defending the rights and dignity of people.''


In the United States, the traditional day of celebration turned into one of protest Friday as Americans marked Juneteenth after widespread demonstrations against police brutality and racism.


In addition to the traditional cookouts and readings of the Emancipation Proclamation — the Civil War-era order that declared all slaves free in Confederate territory — Americans were marching, holding sit-ins or car-caravan protests.


Demonstrations in Toronto ...





Port of Oakland Board President speaks out for social justice

'There's no question we support Black Lives Matter' – Ces Butner


Source: Port of Oakland (CA)

June 19th, 2020


Oakland, Calif. – June 19, 2020: Port of Oakland Board President Ces Butner denounced social injustice today as West Coast dockworkers prepared to protest racism.  The Port must stand up for what’s right, President Butner declared in an online video interview distributed to employees and the public.


“There’s no question that we stand behind the Black Lives Matter movement,” said the 8-year-veteran of the Port’s Board of Port Commissioners.  “We want this country to live up to what it’s supposed to be.”


The President’s comments coincided with demonstrations planned today at 29 seaports in California, Oregon and Washington.  Dockworkers say they’ll protest the May 25 killing of George Floyd, a black man, by Minneapolis police. Oakland longshore workers have indicated they plan to assemble at the Port, then march downtown.  The protest coincides with Juneteenth, a day commemorating the abolition of slavery in the U.S.


The Port issued a statement June 6 supporting the movement for social and racial justice.  President Butner, a prominent African American business leader, endorsed the action, but called for more.  “I’m proud the Port has a statement on this issue,” he said in the video.  “Now we have to follow that up with our actions.  We must ask: are we making everything equal?”


President Butner updated the Port’s status during his 9-minute video interview conducted via Zoom.  He said the Port is maintaining full operations despite the coronavirus pandemic.  He added that the pandemic’s drag on global economic activity has significantly reduced Port revenue.


The Board President directed his most forceful comments at the social unrest roiling communities worldwide.  “As a black man in America, I’ve experienced almost everything being talked about,” said President Butner.  “As Commissioners, we will demand that the Port seek social justice.”


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