On October 23, the ILWU and many other organizations held a demonstration in Oakland and shut down the port for a day in support of justice for Oscar Grant in the upcoming Nov 5 sentencing of his murderer, former BART officer Johannes Mehserle.  The union is showing solidarity with Grant’s family, who are asking for the maximum prison term for  Mehserle. Hundreds of protestors showed up for the rally.

See photos from the day by Steve Rhodes, and a video of the ILWU Local 10 Drill Team performing at the event right here.
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See the union drill team, and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEVyQ311LhA?feature=player_embedded

 

other videos of the event.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-D9IY67HkE?feature=player_embedded

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Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local (oaklandlocal.com) a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including Salon.com, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.