May 1st., 2003, mission accomplished, 5 years later West Coast dockworkers strike against war

Follow up to: West coast Longshoreman to strike against war as Iraq conflict costs hit 1/2 a trillion and more news you may have missed (3/08/08)

Five years ago this day, President Bush all dressed up for a party in his flight suit, landed in a jet onto the deck of an aircraft carrier, he then spoke before this very nation and the entire world under a banner that read "Mission Accomplished".

Today, 100% of people with a brain know that just isn't the case. on the west Coast the ILWU has struck the docks and paralyzed the coast, against arbitrator demands that they go to work. These fine men and women have had enough and proceeded with The West Coast dockworkers strike against the war.

500 Billion plus US dollars

4,000 plus Americans dead

Mission Accomplished, My ASS!

From ABC News
And for those who think it's quieted down, insurgents today dramatically reminded us that it is a long way from over. At least 35 people were killed, 76 wounded in a double suicide bombing north of Baghdad. It was a brutal assault - the first bomber, a woman, blew herself up in a crowded market in a Shiite town. Then, as security forces began dealing with the carnage, a second bomber blew himself up.

From LAList

All West Coast Ports Closed for May Day Strike

Port strike war may day dockworkers west coast
Security personnel place warning cones in front of the closed gates at the entrance to the Port of Los Angeles. West Coast cargo traffic has come to a halt as port workers stage anti-war protests to commemorate May Day. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

In the name of ending the war, all 29 ports along the West Coast, including Los Angeles and Long Beach, have halted operations for one shift. "We are supporting the troops and telling politicians in Washington that it's time to end the war in Iraq," dockworkers' union president Bob McEllrath said in a press release.

Two years ago today, a similar protest happened when thousands of truck drivers stayed away to participate in "Day Without Immigrants." This year, the truckers are being turned away from the gates of ports until they can return later this evening when the 6:00 p.m. shift begins.

Today also "serves as a reminder of the 2002 dispute between the maritime association and the dockworkers that paralyzed West Coast ports for 10 days," noted the LA Times.

1 comment:

BlueBerry Pick'n said...

In 1999, union membership talked about closing ports in support of anti-WTO protesters & Developing Nations' negotiations.

within only a few years... 22 ports STILL are run by foreign PRIVATE ownership.

... people can repudiate...
that 'Americans' aren't actually responsible
for a hijacked democracy's domestic & foreign policies

all they want... but...
nobody outside the US cares if work-a-day Americans support the exported policies.

...& a shocking number of Americans think the mere existence of an election is bringing about actual populist change. funny, none of the ELECTORATE is at the negotiating table, though the career politicians seem to be hunkered down with their lobbists to do some self-serving business.

... staggering, isn't it?

the IFOX is still gonna be in the chicken coop...

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