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(en) US, Cleavland, Anarchist thoughts on the Successful Picketing of the Israeli Zin Line Ship on Sunday, June 20, 2010

Date Thu, 24 Jun 2010 09:10:26 +0300


History was made Today. Met together to flame the spark struck by the Gaza Flotilla. 800 of us. --- Long day to me. Up ready at a.m. 4:30 Copwatch Security crew swept into office gearing up. ---- Last minute hustling for rides to docks. Wobbly universal-labeled drum carried by Copwatch car. ---- Down empty streets, past committed comrades stringing out along the road hiking Bart to the dock at Berth 58. ---- Dropped off across tracks from closest gate and walked across to growing clustered pickets. ---- Sorting out. Fellow workers Bruce and Donna flying red/black flag. Picket sign. --- First forty formed a line at first gate. ---- Took back copwatch wobbly drum. Drum beat march to main gate, numbers growing. --- Wobbly Banner strung across wire fence fellow workers down from Reno. Fellow Workers with Security, Steve and John waving wobbly flag.

6 am line swelled to hundreds.
main gate circle lengthening to
fifty,
then seventy, then a hundred feet
as more marchers crowded
in.

Cadenced couple hours with wobbly drum,
handed off to
another on the line

beating out rhythm with his hands.
Kept cadencing with claves as
crowded line grew.

More instruments appeared, saxaphone,
trumpet,

more drums
Mixed with bullhorned chants
and passioned line
responses.

Sound system set up
chanting down Apartheid Wall
powerful
women pacing us
Sweet as song, strong as struggle

Third gate
opened up.
Joined a third line forming
moving, chanting, militant
No

more cars got thro.

First shift wouldn't cross our line.
Arbitrators checked our
numbers
determined our show of strength,
ruled for shift and for
full pay.

Two hours rest at wobbly hall
until Second Shift
came on

4:30, back down the line
to repeat the morning

cops wearing
thin
broke agreement
no sound system
Missed their Father's Day?

tired

morning pickets
mixed with late risers
marching on the crest

of morning's victory

"Free, Free Palestine,
Do not Cross the
Picket Line!"
walking, chanting, drumming
waiting for Arbitrators
again

Finally heard the news
As Israeli ship was docking

that 2nd shift was cancelled
Thanks to First Shift, we'd won.

Kept

the line going till 7:30 tho
in case a 2nd shift late call.
then
speeches and a final chant,
"An Injury to One Is An Injury To All"

In Struggle for the OBU - fw sparrow x326388 sfgmb IWW
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