Articles ~ Actions / Petitions + Alert re Haiti ~ Events for Tuesday, June 22 – Monday, June 28 (from Adrienne Fong)

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A. Colombia-Palestine – The Bay Rises Up – Video by Peter Menchini

Colombia-Palestine: The Bay Rises Up – 4K on Vimeo

B. Supreme Court Ruled Against Enslaved Children Even as US Celebrated Juneteenth – June 22, 2021

Supreme Court Ruled Against Enslaved Children Even as US Celebrated Juneteenth (

C. ‘We love you Catalonia’: Spain to pardon jailed separatists – June 21, 2021

‘We love you Catalonia’: Spain to pardon jailed separatists (

D. Seattle PD crackdown can’t stop #blocktheboat movement vs. Israeli apartheid

E. ‘Epic Failure of Humanity’: Global Displaced Population Hits All-Time High – June 18, 2021

‘Epic Failure of Humanity’: Global Displaced Population Hits All-Time High | Common Dreams News

F. Records indicate dozens of homeless people’s tents swept off the street prior to appearance by mayor, supe – June 17, 2021

Records indicate dozens of homeless people’s tents swept off the street prior to appearance by mayor, supe – Mission Local

G. Is San Francisco Re-Funding the Police? – June 16, 2021

Is San Francisco Re-Funding the Police? – SF Weekly


1. Demand U.S. Military Aid & Destructive Economic Policies Out of Central America


2. No more impunity: Stop protecting those responsible for the assassination of Berta Cáceres!

  SIGN: No more Impunity! Stop protecting those responsible for the assassination of Berta Cáceres! (

3. Email the Board of Supervisors to Expand Disability and Senior Subsidies

  SIGN: Email the Board of Supervisors to Expand Disability and Senior Subsidies (

4. End forced prison labor

  SIGN: Take Action | Polaris (

5. Stop Blocking Access to Planned Parenthood Health Centers

  SIGN: [SIGN] Stop Blocking Access to Planned Parenthood Health Centers! >> (

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Haiti Action Alert

US-UN-OAS Stop Supporting Dictatorship in Haiti!

The Biden Administration continues to back an increasingly autocratic Jovenel Moise regime in Haiti. Moise’s dictatorial grip on power and his plans to hold an illegal constitutional referendum and sham elections have been contested by every sector of Haitian society. Just weeks ago, throughout Haiti, people in cities and towns marked Haitian Flag Day with renewed protests, while Haitians marched in Washington DC and other cities to denounce US support for the Haitian ruler. On June 18th, Haitian organizations in the diaspora are again mobilizing to denounce the increasingly isolated regime. Faced with this spiralling opposition, Moise  had to postpone the referendum, originally scheduled for June 27th. The US State Department, which for months has refused to condemn the referendum, finally issued a statement of opposition. 

Moise continues to insist that a referendum will be held. And the Biden Administration continues to back Moise in his plans to hold phony elections aimed at solidifying his party’s rule over Haiti. US diplomatic, economic, and military aid empower Moise to further undermine democracy in Haiti, reinforce the power of the Haitian elite and exclude the Haitian majority – a process set in motion with the 2004 coup that overthrew President Aristide’s democratic government. 

The UN has already provided  $20 million and material/logistical support for Moise’s illegal referendum and planned elections, including training the murderous Haitian National Police to provide election security. Now the Organization of American States (OAS) has sent a delegation to Haiti, financed by the US, to provide legitimacy for these fake elections. Those of us who support the popular movement in Haiti need to act now.

Contact US and UN officials with these demands:

·       Withdraw all US/UN/OAS support for the dictatorship of Jovenel Moise. 

·       US/UN/OAS must oppose any sham elections organized by the Moise regime. 

·       US/UN/OAS must denounce any new attempt by the Moise dictatorship to reschedule the illegal referendum.

·       US/UN! Stop funding the Haitian National Police and the Haitian Army – the regime’s repressive security forces.

President Joe Biden:tweet@POTUS;email

Secretary of State Antony Blinken: tweet @SecBlinken; ph: 202-647-4000; email

Secretary General of the UN António Guterres: tweet @antonioguterres; ph: (212) 963-7160

·       The State Department has endorsed Moise’s illegitimate claim to another year in power, despite rulings by the Haitian Bar Association, the Supreme Court and a broad consensus among Haiti’s citizens that his term ended on February 7, 2021. 

·       Moise continues to press forward with his illegal referendum to change Haiti’s constitution.  The proposed changes amount to institutionalizing and legalizing dictatorship. Drafted by Moise appointees, the new constitution would restructure the government to centralize power in the presidency, legalize land grabs, and protect members of the administration from prosecution. This legalized impunity would do away with cases in Haitian courts involving corruption such as the stolen PetroCaribe funds and crimes against humanity related to the massacres and assassinations perpetrated by the regime. 

·       The United Nations is actively providing support for the referendum, despite having made public statements of concern about its lack of transparency and inclusion. The UN has allocated $20 million to support the referendum and has agreed to provide logistical support to hold the vote. The UN will also assist the repressive Haitian National Police to develop an election security strategy. 

·       The Biden Administration persists in calling for immediate Haiti elections even though elections do not equal democracy when they are held under the auspices of an illegitimate president who is ruling by decree in the absence of a functioning legislature, who kills and imprisons his opponents and responds to popular protests with an iron fist. UN funds are already in place to provide technical support for the elections.

Haitians are calling on the Biden Administration to stop supporting Moise and cease calling for fake elections controlled by a dictatorial regime. If not, they warn that the US will be responsible “for every kidnapping, every political assassination, every disappearing of young activists staged by the totalitarian and criminal PHTK government they are supporting.” 


Tuesday, June 22 – Monday, June 28

Tuesday, June 22

1. Tuesday, 2:00pm, Support Not Sweeps – Rally & March

Meet at:

CALTRANS District 4 Hq. (Rally)
111 Grand Ave.

4:30pm, March is to Oakland City Hall

Tell the state’s largest landHOARDER to allow people to remain in place!

A showcase of the PEOPLE’S solutions featuring art, theater and skillshares hosted by the unhoused, marginally housed and advocates.


Info: SUPPORT NOT SWEEPS! | Facebook

2. Tuesday, 4:30pm, Free Homefulness

Oakland City Hall

Prayer & Speakout on Permit Gangsters Blocking Completion of Housing For Houseless Families

POOR Magazine, has an ongoing struggle with the City of Oakland to build no-cost housing for un-housed youth and families.

Homefulness is rent-free, but the city continues to hold up this poor-peoples led affordable housing project. Now the city is requiring us to build 3 unneeded parking spaces, which will cost $25,000. They are blocking us from housing extremely low and no-income residents and creating a community garden.

Host POOR Magazine

Info: POOR Magazine | Facebook

Wednesday, June 23

3. Wednesday, 1:00pm, Tell California’s leaders you want them to abolish the death penalty!

Join electronically:

Video: Click here

Password/Passcode: 380642

+1 669 900 6833 or
+1 253 215 8782 or
+1 346 248 7799 or
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+1 929 436 2866 or
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Webinar ID: 818 7106 1684

This is the meeting of the California Committee on Revision of the Penal Code

Tell California’s leaders we support the Commission’s recommendations to abolish the death penalty and do everything they can to take people off of death row until it is abolished!

Talking points that might help to organize your thoughts:

I support the committee’s recommendations to abolish the death penalty and reduce the size of death row because:

·       One hundred and eighty-five people have been exonerated from death row across the country based on evidence of their innocence. In 2018, Vicente Benavides was exonerated after spending 25 years on California’s death row for a rape and murder he didn’t commit. The Academy of Sciences estimates that more than four percent of US prisoners on death row are innocent. With 703 condemned people on California’s death row, dozens are very likely innocent.

·       The death penalty is racist. In California, defendants convicted of killing whites were more than three times as likely to be sentenced to death as those convicted of killing blacks and more than four times more likely as those convicted of killing Latinos.

·       There are people on death row who were under the age of 21 when they were condemned to death. A University of Rochester study found that the rational part of a teen’s brain isn’t fully developed and won’t be until age 25 or so, and the connections between the emotional part of the brain and the decision-making center are still developing until at least that age.

·       Whether or not you are sentenced to death in California depends on where you live. Studies have shown that five counties in California —  Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles, Kern, and San Bernardino — are among the top counties in the US handing down death sentences. This geographical disparity doesn’t meet the US Supreme Court finding that the death penalty is constitutional as long as it is fairly and consistently administered.

·       There are men and women on death row who didn’t kill anyone and sentenced to death because while they didn’t kill the victim, or even know the victim died, they were involved in the crime.

·       California has the largest death row in the Western Hemisphere. By implementing any, but preferably all of the seven recommendations the committee suggested, we could drastically reduce that number. Keeping 703 men in cages in an ancient, crumbling prison is inhumane.

·       There are men and women on California’s death row who are mentally ill. Two prisoners on San Quentin’s death row were recently resentenced because of mental incompetence and there are very likely many more. There are 63 men on death row ranging in age from 60 to 90, and some of those are suffering from age-related cognitive challenges. 

Personal experiences are powerful and don’t hesitate if you have one to share. But remember the time limits, so you don’t get cut off.

From Death Penalty Focus

Info: Help Pass the Federal Death Penalty Prohibition Act of 2021 (

4. Wednesday, 2:00pm – 3:30pm(PT); 5:00pm – 6:30pm (ET), From #StopAsianHate to Cross-Racial Solidarity: Tributes & Lessons


Tickets: From #StopAsianHate to Cross-Racial Solidarity: Tributes & Lessons Tickets, Wed, Jun 23, 2021 at 5:00 PM | Eventbrite

  $0 – $25.00

Join Rashida Tlaib, Danny Glover, and Maya Soetoro-Ng for a conversation on how we combat anti-Asian racism.

The national wave of anti-Asian violence and attacks has sparked an upsurge in activism and critical conversations about cross-racial solidarity. Join us as we discuss these issues in tribute to James and Grace Lee Boggs on the anniversary of the death of Vincent Chin.

Info: (3) From #StopAsianHate to Cross-Racial Solidarity: Tributes & Lessons | Facebook

5. Wednesday, 5:00pm (PT); 8:00pm ET), Families Belong Together

Register online: Meeting Registration – Zoom

mid-year supporter meet-up to learn about the progress so far in family reunifications, key next steps, and how you can take action to help reunite families separated by the Trump administration.

6. Wednesday 3:00pm, Food Not Bombs – Mission Food Share

Food Not Bombs in the Mission is open to volunteers from 3PM to 7PM every Wednesday at St. John the Episcopal Church, 110 Julian Avenue (at 15th))!  Please email beforehand so we can make sure there is someone to welcome you and arrive with a mask over your nose and mouth.  We maintain 6 feet of distance distance among us and have windows and doors open.  See you soon!

For information or to volunteer:  send email to .

Cookhouse:  St. John The Evangelist Church, 110 Julian Avenue (at 15th).

Food Pickups: 110 Julian Avenue-3:00PM to 4:00PM–Help Needed!

Cooking:  110 Julian Avenue–4:00 PM to 6:30 PM–Help Needed!

Sharing: 16th and Mission BART Plaza–6:30 PM–Help Needed!

Cleaning Up:  110 Julian Avenue–after Cooking–6:30 PM – 7:30 PM–Help Needed!

7. Wednesday, 3:30pm – 5:00pm(PT); 6:30pm-8:00pm (ET), Okinawa Memorial Day 2021: for the peaceful future.

Free – online Join Zoom Meeting…

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Guest appearance: Peter Kuznick (American University), Joseph Gerson (Peace and disarmament activist), Takamatsu Gushiken (Gamafuyaa), Teiko Yonaha Tursi (Good Will Ambassador of Okinawa Prefecture), Ken Mayers (Veterans for Peace, Santa Fe), Miles Megaciph (Veterans for Peace, Performance Artist), Sonny Ochiai (musician, Sanshin player), People in Henoko, Miyakojima, and Ishigakijima, Okinawa.

On the Memorial Day (June 23, Okinawa Time), people in Okinawa mourn all the lives perished during the war. For them, all souls are not enemies. It’s a day to remember and pledge for peace.

Despite the people’s wish for peace, the struggles are still going on in Okinawa, which hosts 32 US military facilities, including one USFJ-JSDF Joint Use Facility in this tiny prefecture.

At Henoko, where a new US military base is being constructed despite the people’s opposition, earth and soil which might contain the remains of war-dead could be used for the reclamation.

Also, in the small islands surrounding the Okinawa main island, the missile bases of the Japan Self Defense Force are being constructed. Despite the fear and opposition of local islanders, the US and Japanese governments are jointly militarizing the area more and more hand in hand.

Through the Zoom session we explore the voices of people from Okinawa and their supporters to raise our awareness on the spirits and wisdom of Okinawan people, who, under the unfair rule by the Japanese central government, have kept fighting for justice for decades. Now when the tension caused by the US-Japan alliance against China could become more and more menace, their resilient and undefeatable fight for peace is invaluable.

Their proud slogan is “Nuchi du Takara.” Life is a treasure.

Info: (1) Okinawa Memorial Day 2021: for the peaceful future. | Facebook

Thursday, June 24

8. Thursday, 11:00am – 12Noon, Intersections: Community-Centered Lawyering



How can the law be a method of innovative advocacy, creative problem-solving and true partnership? Join Angela Johnson-Meszaros, Byron Chan, mark! Lopez, and Tracy Lloyd McCurty, Esq. for a discussion about building transformative change through the power of the law and community partnership.

Join Earthjustice for a four-part conversational series delving into community-centered lawyering, intersectional environmentalism, and the pursuit of justice. This will be a town hall–style event series moderated by Philip McAdoo, vice president of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Earthjustice.

Each event will include a live Q&A where you can submit questions for our speakers. The event platform will offer closed captioning and the option to dial in by phone for audio-only access.

Host: Earthjustice

Info: (1) Intersections: Community-Centered Lawyering | Facebook

9. Thursday, 11:30am, Solidarity Rally with Budget Justice Coalition & CART SF

SF City Hall (outside steps)
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl

RSVP: Solidarity Rally with Budget Justice Coalition & CART SF – Action Network

Budget Rally & Compassionate Alternative Response Team (CART)

San Francisco needs a compassionate community-based street response to homelessness and just budget that reflects the needs of the community!

Join us as we rally for a people’s budget and demand that the City divest from policing and invest in the Compassionate Alternative Response Team. (Wellness kits will be distributed during the event)

Hosted by Compassionate Alternative Response Team (CART SF) &  Budget Justice Coalition (BJC)

Info: Budget Rally & Compassionate Alternative Response Team (CART) Rally | Facebook

10. Thursday, 12 Noon – 1:00pm, Victory To UAW Striking Volvo Workers in Virginia – Protest At BlockRock Hedgefund in SF

BlackRock Union Busters
400 Howard St.

On the frontlines of workers fighting for justice are the 3,000 UAW Volvo truck workers in  the New River Valley (NRV) plant in Dublin, Virginia. They voted twice against a concession

contract and their leadership was forced to go on strike by the workers for the second time when the membership rejected another concession contract by 90%.

One of the owners of Volvo Trucks is BlackRock with 96,766,082 shares worth $111 million. It is the world’s largest asset manager, with $8.67 trillion in assets under management

and it is supporting the attacks  not only UAW Volvo workers but workers throughout the world. They also bought up tens of thousands of homes from workers during the pandemic and they and other billionaires are directly responsible for the massive housing crisis and evictions  now taking place throughout the US along side their support of attacks on Volvo Truck workers. 

They also are destroyiing forests and creating an environmetal nightmare for people in the US and around the world. Their agenda is killing workers, working  class housing and the environment for greater profits.

CEO Larry Fink and the crooks who run BlackRock are also major funders of the Democrats and Republicans. Biden even appointed BlackRock’s Michael Pyle to his administration. Pyle worked as the chief investment strategist for BlackRock and also served in President Barack Obama’s administration as  special assistant to the president for economic policy at the National Economic Council. 

The striking UAW workers have voted against concessions twice and they are fed up with continual give-backs and concession bargaining pushed by the corrupt UAW International. Business unionism and labor management collaboration has driven down working conditions and the living standards of

millions of US workers and a victory foro these UAW Volvo Truck workers would be a victory to all workers. 

Also UMWA miners in Alabama are also out on strike and have faced the same attacks.

It is time for all workers to stand up and fight together for victory.

Initiated by

United Front Committee For A Labor Party

Info: Victory To UAW Striking Volvo Workers in Virginia-Protest At BlackRock Hedge fund In SF : Indybay

11. Thursday, 7:30pm, Israel-Palestine: What Should Progressives Do?

Free online

Register: Meeting Registration – Zoom

Please join us by registering at the link above NOW for an up-to-date educational forum on the latest horrifying Israeli attack on Gaza, Israeli settler theft of Palestinian lands and brutal Israeli suppression of Palestinian dissent in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Our special guests, Prof. Stephen Zunes & ret. Army Col. Ann Wright, will challenge us to hold our elected leaders accountable for their protection of the State of Israel in the deaths of Palestinians, destruction of their homes and environmental degradation of Palestinian areas.

Host: SF – DSA & Oakland – DSA

Info: Israel-Palestine: What Should Progressives Do? | Facebook

Friday, June 25

12. Friday, 10:00am, Our City Our Budget

Call in:

 1 (415) 655 – 0001;

Meeting ID: 146 586 5393#

For Zoom link email:


Guide to Budget Hearing: 2021/06/25 Public Comment Playbook – Google Docs

To send a prepared letterReinvest CJ4 savings into our community and get the sheriff out of clinics and hospitals! – Action Network

This Friday,  aka Public Comment Day, is the FINAL OPPORTUNITY to give real-time public comment to the SF Board of Supervisors before they vote on this year’s budget. The hearing will start at 10 a.m. and will likely go into the late afternoon or evening. Please call in! Tell them: with the 850 Bryant jail closed, we want that money reinvested in housing and healthcare. It’s past time to #RefundFrisco with the jail savings!

We need all hands on deck this Friday at 10am to demand the BOS respect OCOH recommendations, fully fund CART, and secure funding for 24hour bathrooms for all San Franciscans! #OurCityOurBudget

Host Coalition on Homelessness

Info: Coalition on Homelessness | Facebook

13. Friday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Shut Down The Police Officers Association

San Francisco Police Officers Association (outside)

800 Bryant St. (@ 6th St.

RESIST with “Mothers On The March”, “Black and Brown for Justice and Equality”, Family’s whose love ones have been killed by cops from SFPD, and the Community.

  – Demand the San Francisco Police Officers Association be Shut Down!

  – The SF Police Officers Association Be Declared a Non Grata Organization

  – Call for the abolishment of the ‘Officers Bill of Rights’

  – Jail Killer Cops – demand killer cops be charged with murder.

  – Abolish the Police

The POA has supported and defended officers who have executed people in our communities

Saturday, June 26

14. Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Tell Libby Schaaf: Housing is a Human Right!

3550 Fruitvale Ave.

Walk will go to Libby Schaaf’s house

Contact us at 415-968-6090 for accessibility info.

Even during a global pandemic, our elected leaders keep throwing tenants under the bus. We demand: No more evictions! Cancel the rent! Decommodify housing! Housing is a human right!

Sponsored by: JDW Tenants Union, SMC Tenants Council, People’s Tenants Union, Madison Park Tenants Council, and PSL Bay Area – Cancel the Rents.

Info: Tell Libby Schaaf: Housing is a Human Right! : Indybay

15. Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Free Assange! Stop the Extradition! Drop the Charges!

Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
1433 Madison St. Between 14th & 15th Streets (nr. Lake Merritt BART)


Admission $10 – $20 – sliding scale at door / no one turned away

Wheelchair accessible with advance notice

Masks / Social distancing

Private reception, Friday, June 25th with John Shipton & Gabriel Shipton. Call (510) 365-1500 to be added to guest list for reception location / time.

Freedom for Julian Assange

Journalism Is Not A Crime War Crimes Are

John and Gabriel Shipton, the father and brother of award-winning Australian journalist Julian Assange, as their nationwide tour stops in the Bay Area. They are raising awareness of the importance of protecting whistleblowers and journalists and calling on the U.S. government to drop its prosecution and finally let Julian come home.


Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Alice Walker will be joining the Shiptons live. Daniel Ellsberg – Pentagon Papers defendant and whistleblower, Noam Chomsky – linguist and author, and Mamia Abu-Jamal – innocent political prisoner and journalist, will be joining via Zoom.

Additional Speakers: Joe Lombardo, National Coordinator UNAC; Cynthia Papermaster, CODEPINK; Jeff Mackler, National Steering Committee,; Dennis Bernstein, host of KPFA’s Flashpoints; Nozomi Hayase, author, “WikiLeaks, the Global Fourth Estate” “History Is Happening”; and more

See site for list of event co-sponsors: Home Run for Julian 2021 US Tour – Bay Area – Bay Action Committee to Free Julian Assange (

Host: Freedom for Julian Assange, San Francisco Bay Area (affiliated with

Info: Home Run for Julian 2021 US Tour – Bay Area – Bay Action Committee to Free Julian Assange (   &  Free Assange! Stop the Extradition! Drop the Charges! : Indybay

Sunday, June 27

16. Sunday, 10:30am – 6:00pm, People’s March & Rally 2021

Meet at:

1800 Polk St.

 wear Masks, if not vaccinated, and to remain safely physically distant.

A call for action from Juanita MORE! and Alex U. Inn. All Black Lives Matter! All-Trans Lives Matter! All Brown Lives Matter, All Indigenous Lives Matter!

On Sunday, June 27, 2021, on the route of the very first Gay Liberation March, 51 years ago, we will roar our voices in solidarity with our Black, Brown, and Indigenous Trans and Queer family, friends, lovers, and neighbors. We stand in protest of transgender and racial injustice, police violence, killings, unjust healthcare, and unrelentless gun control, and let’s not ever forget the reparations to Black People. We demand changes!

We will show up in droves with amplified voices to advocate for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, denounce and condemn police violence against our communities, and raise awareness for the need to defund police departments, which will allow for funds to be reallocated to social services, mental healthcare providers, and social justice organizations., After losing 600,000 lives to Covid-19, most of which are Black, Latinx, and Indigenous, we insist on consistent universal healthcare for everyone and support the continuance of the Affordable Care Act.

People’s March will be led by an all-Black, Brown, and Indigenous committees of Trans and Queer activists, community leaders, artists, and performers.

Join us as we Unite To Fight for our civil rights!
We will not be silenced!

Info: (1) People’s March & Rally 2021 | Facebook

17. Sunday, 11:00am – 4:00pm, Everyday is Black History Month

Driver Plaza
61st St. & Adeline Sts

See map at site

Come break bread with us on the Island: Driver plaza, 61st/ Adeline Oakland. Celebrate Black History through community organizing for the betterment of our people. Music, food, black vendors.
Find support for any housing, bureaucratic issues you might have. Build community and enjoy yourself!

Host: Oakland Communities United for Equity & Justice

Info: Everyday is Black History Month | Facebook

Monday, June 28

18. Monday, 6:00pm, Cancel the Rents! Speakout

24th & Mission St.

On June 30, 2021, the eviction moratorium ends. Back rent will be due for millions. Working class families will face eviction and possibly homelessness. Landlords have indicated their intention to raise rents.

Over a year out from the beginning of the pandemic, over half a million people have died. Tens of millions have lost their jobs. Government negligence and inaction led to an extreme crisis. While the situation is improving, working people still need enormous relief.

Join us to speakout in a week of action across the Bay Area demanding:
Cancel the Rents!
Cancel the Mortgges!
Stop evictions and foreclosures!
House the homeless!
Full housing rights for undocumented people!

Info: Cancel the Rents! Speakout | Facebook

Upcomming Event

Wednesday, June 30

19. Wednesday, 10:00am, Block the Boat for Palestine! Lessons from Trade Union and Community Activists


The most recent Israeli attack on Gaza has been met by mass protests around the world. In port cities from the United States and Canada to Europe and South Africa, trade union and community activists have responded to the call for boycott, divestment and sanctions by setting up blockades to prevent the docking of ships from the Israeli Zim company and the loading of arms of Israel. These actions build on a series of protests in port cities in the early 2000’s by trade union and community activists, including participation in the Ship to Gaza/ Freedom Flotilla effort in 2014. In this meeting, we will hear from trade union and community activists from the United States, Sweden and Italy who have played a central role in these and other solidarity actions for Palestine. The event will focus on the organising lessons learned with a discussion to follow.


Dr. Rafeef Ziadah (Panel chair) is Lecturer in Politics at SOAS, as well as a spoken word artist and human rights activist and former member of the BDS national coordinating committee.

Lara Kiswani is executive director of AROC, the Arab Resource Organising Center in San Francisco, California, which has played a central role in coordinating Block the Boat actions in the United States and Canada in which community activists set up picket-lines targeting Zim ships which dockworkers from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have refused to cross.

Erik Helgeson is a dockworker at the Port of Gothenburg who serves on both the local and national board of the Swedish Dockworkers Union (SDU). Erik was closely involved in the SDU’s boycott of Israeli cargo in 2010 and the SDU’s support of the Ship to Gaza movement in 2014.

José Nivoi and Giacomo Marchetti are dockworkers at the Port of Genoa in Italy and members of the Unione Sindacale di Base, which has helped to coordinate recent blockades of arms to Israel from the Port of Livorno, following up successful actions in 2019 to blockade shipments of arms to Saudi Arabia to be used in the war on Yemen. They will be joining the meeting via a pre-recorded video message.

Info: Block the Boat for Palestine! Lessons from Trade Union and Community Activists | Facebook

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