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Dockworker War Protest Shuts Down ALL West Coast Ports

Thousands of dockworkers from Seattle to San Diego didn't show up at work today, forcing the closure of all 29 ports in the Western United States -- including the busiest American ports at Los Angeles and Long Beach. What the hell?


"We are supporting the troops and telling politicians in Washington that it's time to end the war in Iraq," said the dockworkers' union boss, Pacific Maritime Association president Bob McEllrath. The Longshoremen's union is also protesting today.

The whole-day shutdown was planned back in January, the AP reports.

Semi-trucks awaiting cargo from China were turned back from the docks. Mile-long trains awaiting containers are sitting idle. [AP Photo]

Dockworkers take May Day off, idling all West Coast ports [LA Times]

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Poor People Are Mad As Hell, And They're Not Going to Take It Anymore.

The Poor People's Campaign marched on Washington, and we were there!

Culture Wars
by Dominic Gwinn

Yesterday the new Poor People's Campaign, led by Rev. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, concluded 40 days of protest and civil disobedience with a rally on the National Mall. Building off of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr's original Poor People's Campaign 50 years ago, the new campaign is aimed at uniting labor leaders with activists to build a coalition of all marginalized people

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The police have clearly failed to stop the scourge of black kids selling water to thirsty people, so your average law-abiding, permit-respecting white lady has no choice but to take matters into her own (did we mention they were white?) hands. You might call her a busybody gone power mad or a simple tool of racist micoaggression, but we just call her "Permit Patty."

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