ZIM is Here! Mobilize at 6:00am – at The Port of Oakland #BLOCKTHEBOAT (from Adrienne Fong)

Have included TRANSPORTATION AND ACCESSIBILITY from AROC’s link which includes shuttle, parking, and resources to bring.

BART starts running at 5:00am

This is from AROC


After delaying an Israel-operated vessel from docking in the port of Oakland for over two weeks, #BlockTheBoat is mobilizing thousands to block its unloading!

WHAT: Mass community picket to block Israeli ZIM-operated cargo ship from unloading in the Port of Oakland 
WHEN: Starting at 6 am, Friday, June 4, 2021
WHERE: Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, 2777 Middle Harbor Rd, Oakland 

Shuttles will be taking people from West Oakland BART to Middle Harbor Shoreline Park beginning at 5:30am. Please look out for signs around BART and on vehicles. More information: bit.ly/btbaccess

Real-time updates can be accessed by subscribing to alerts at (812) 562-5946 

For weeks, the Arab Resource & Organizing Center’s (AROC) #BlocktheBoat campaign has mobilized communities to successfully prevent the docking of vessels operated by Israeli shipping company ZIM. Over 5,000 people have signed up to answer the call to action at the Port of Oakland in solidarity with Palestine and the international BDS movement. Following AROC’s calls for a community picket at the port, the ZIM-operated Volans ship delayed docking in Oakland for 17 days. The ship is now scheduled to dock in the port of Oakland on the morning of June 4th, 2021. 

Thousands of Bay Area residents, organized labor, and community activists will mobilize tomorrow, June 4th, 2021, starting at 6:00 am at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, Port of Oakland, to prevent the unloading of the Volans’ cargo. 

AROC has called for an international week of action to #BlockTheBoat from June 2 – June 9th. Social justice organizations in port cities are organizing community pickets to prevent ZIM ships from unloading anywhere. Actions are now scheduled in Los Angeles, Houston, Vancouver, Seattle/Tacoma, New York/New Jersey, and Philadelphia, with projected actions in Italy and South Africa.

Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd (ZIM) is Israel’s largest cargo shipping company, often dealing in Israeli manufactured military technology, armaments and logistics equipment.

Recent calls for action against ZIM follow a call from labor unions in Palestine calling on workers and communities worldwide to refuse dealings with Israeli companies. On May 25th, the 10 unions representing Bay Area port workers, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Northern California District Council, released a statement ‘in solidarity with Palestine and Palestinian communities across the world who are fighting for justice.’ #BlocktheBoat has received over 100 endorsements from labor unions, faith, and community organizations, including the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), the largest federation of trade unions in South Africa, representing 1.8 million people. TRANSPORTATION AND ACCESSIBILITY CARPOOL ·       There will be drivers shuttling people from West Oakland BART to Middle Harbor Shoreline Park beginning at 5:30am. Please look out for signs around BART and on vehicles. ·        ·       Directions for those needing a shuttle:  Exit West Oakland Bart to 7th St., the main street in front of the BART station. Turn left on 7th St. to walk a half block toward the corner of 7th and Chester St. Shuttles will be waiting at Chester St. and 7th St.·        ·       We unfortunately currently will not have an accessible van that can accommodate wheelchairs for the carpool.·        ·       There will be rotating carpools throughout the day bringing people from the West Oakland BART station to the port gate (location to be added soon). Cars will be marked with BTB (Block The Boat) signs.·        ·       Before the action, call this Jewish Voice for Peace number (510) 255-0058 to offer your services to carpool to and from the West Oakland BART station and the gate. ·        RESOURCES TO BRING

·       If possible, please bring folding chairs, sunscreen/hats, water, snacks, good shoes, or any other resources that you will need to picket in front of the gates for extended periods of time.·       If you have bikes or cars that can be used for shuttling, please let us know! Call and leave a message at the Jewish Voice for Peace number (510) 255-0058. PARKING ·       West Oakland BART station has parking available – parking costs $3 until 4pm and you have to enter the BART station to pay.·       International Maritime Center also has limited parking .·      
Join us as we mobilize in Oakland to demonstrate to the world that apartheid-profiteering is not welcome anywhere, and that we will continue to echo the calls to Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel until Palestine is free! 
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