[News] Block the Boat Oakland - October 25th

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*Block the Boat: October 25th*

    *Block the Boat Oakland Call to Action*


        *Take the wind out of Zim's sails!*
        *Zionism isn't welcome on our coast!*
        *Join the BDS movement to end Israeli Apartheid!*


      *Port of Oakland*
      *Saturday, October 25th*
      *Meet at West Oakland Bart and march to Berth 57*

*@blocktheboat |  #blocktheboat | info at araborganizing.org*
Subscribe to text-alerts in order to receive updates about the 10/25 
Block the Boat. *Text "join" to (510-346-5951.*


*/What's Happening?/*

This summer, we made history at the Port of Oakland when we stopped the 
*Israeli-owned shipping company Zim* from unloading its goods for four 
straight days. The blockade was a catalyst for cities all over the U.S. 
and across the globe in the ever-growing BDS movement to *resist 
Zionism* and* end Israeli apartheid.*

The military assault on Gaza-which killed more than 2,200 Palestinians 
and left more than 100,000 homeless-has halted, thanks to the 
Palestinian resistance, but our struggle is not over. With the full 
support of the U.S. government, Israel continues to carry out its brutal 
occupation, confiscate more land and build more settlements, imprison 
thousands of Palestinians, and maintain the siege on Gaza as part of its 
policy of ethnic cleansing.

The apartheid state of Israel not only impacts Palestinians, but also 
plays a role in the oppression of communities all across the globe. The 
Zim shipping line is instrumental in upholding this system of global 
repression. There are direct ties-training, weapons, and 
surveillance-between Israel's occupation of Palestine and the 
increasingly militarized occupation of black and brown communities in 
the United States. And it is now a well-known fact that police 
departments in and around Ferguson, Missouri, have received training 
from Israel.

*/Why Block Zim at the Ports?/*

ZIM shipping line transported weapons and European settlers from as far 
back as1948, playing a central role in the creation of the state of 
Israel and ethnic cleansing of Palestine. Now it's responsible for 
shipping Israeli ammunition used on poor, black and brown communities 
all across the US. One-third owned by the Israeli government, Zim fuels 
a significant portion of Israel's economy. Challenging Zim cuts a 
lifeline of Israeli colonialism and exposes the strength of US-Israeli ties.

Ports have historically been places for workers to assert their power 
and make social change. During apartheid in South Africa, ILWU workers 
refused to unload South African cargo in San Francisco in 1984. This 
action was a major catalyst for international anti-apartheid solidarity 
that helped topple the apartheid regime of South Africa.

We built on that legacy at the Port of Oakland in 2010, after a Turkish 
flotilla, the Mavi Marmara, was attacked by Israel for attempting to 
bring humanitarian aid to Gaza, by successfully blocking a Zim ship from 
being unloaded-the first time in US history an Israeli ship was blocked. 
And recently, we made history again with the 2014 Block the Boat 
campaign, stopping Zim and Zionism and the port of Oakland for four 
consecutive days. Just as apartheid fell in South Africa, so too it will 
fall in Israel!

*/Call to Action!/*

Israel was defeated by the resistance and resilience of the people of 
Gaza. We are inspired as they rebuild and continue to affirm life in the 
aftermath of Israel's latest bombardment. Palestinian resistance did not 
begin with Israel's latest bombardment-it has been going on since 1948, 
since Israel came into existence. And it will not cease until Israeli 
apartheid falls. It is now more important than ever to continue to 
weaken the racist state of Israel and bring down apartheid.

Palestinians are unified in their call to people around the world to 
take action against Israel everywhere. Bay Area residents have the 
opportunity to up the ante and be leaders in the movement for justice in 

We salute the longshoreman who stood with the Palestinian people by 
honoring our Block the Boat picket and refusing to unload Zim in August, 
and for doing so again during another successful picket in September. We 
will be asking workers to once again join with us in sending a message 
to the world that Zionism is not welcome at the Port of Oakland. Join us!

*/Join the Movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions!/*

>From Oakland to Seattle, Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York, New Orleans, 
and Tampa-turn the Israeli ship around!

We encourage allies in cities across the US to join us in building on 
our historic victory against Zionism by ensuring that Zim ships are not 
welcome anywhere!

*Not in Palestine*
*Not in the Bay*
*Not Anywhere*
*Stand Against Zionism Everywhere*

*Endorsed by:*

Addameer: Palestinian Prisoner Support and Human Rights Organization
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition USA
All African People's Revolutionary Party
Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC)
ANSWER Coalition
Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel
Critical Resistance Los Angeles
Freedom Archives
Freedom Socialist Party
Friends of Sabeel-North America (FOSNA)
Haiti Action Committee
International Action Center
International Jewish Anti Zionist Network (IJAN)
Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
Labor for Palestine
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
New York City Labor Against the War
NorCal Friends of Sabeel
Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC)
Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM)
Queers Undermining Israeli Terror (QUIT)
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
SF Women in Black
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
US Palestinian Community Network (USPCN)
Workers World Party

Please email info at araborganizing.org with subject "Endorse Block the 
Boat" to add your organization.

Email blocktheboatoak at gmail.com with information about other local block 
the boat actions.


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