After Zim Integrated Shipping Service ship Zim Piraeus was kept offshore due to a pro-Gaza protest at the Port of Oakland on Saturday, August 16, 2014, a longshore shift from ILWU refused to cross "community pickets" on Sunday, August 17, leaving the ship docked but unloaded.
If another shift of longshore workers honor another community picket this morning, it will effectively continue the action to prevent the ship from being unloaded in Oakland.
Here's from an account from a comrade:
Sunday night, August 17th -- I just got back from a picket line at the Port of Oakland. So the Zionist ship that had been cruising around in circles for the last day or two finally snuck into port this afternoon, apparently thinking we'd be gone. But we were there. Yes, we were there! And the dockworkers refused to cross our picket lines. The word on that came at 8:12 p.m., that the workers had decided to go home. That was just as night was falling.
We picketed at four gates of SSA, which is where the OPD attacked protesters back in 2003. I was at the very last gate. I counted about 45 of us there. Hard to say about the other gates, as we drove by it I got a quick look, and I'd estimate that there were maybe 200 of us in all.
While walking the picket line we chanted, “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free” and other chants. I told someone it was my birthday, the others heard me say that, and then they sang the Happy Birthday song for me. I'm 73 today. And about a half hour later it became a truly, truly happy birthday, when the announcement came through that the longshoremen would not unload the ship tonight.
But we're not done with that Zionist ship. Please gather at the West Oakland BART station tomorrow (Monday) morning at 5 a.m. We'll picket again!
Free Free Palestine! and a loud hearty cheer for the dockworkers of Local 10 of the ILWU!!!