Thursday, May 1, 2008

May Day Celebrations

Los Angeles - Dockworkers protesting the US war in Iraq shut down all the ports on the US west coast as they struck Thursday in honour of May Day. The action by thousands of dockworkers shut down all 29 ports on the US West Coast from Seattle to San Diego and was scheduled to last for the entire day shift from 8 am to 5 pm. The action came two months before the contract expires between thedockworkers, represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents port operators and large shippers. "We are supporting the troops and telling politicians in Washington that it's time to end the war in Iraq," said union President Bob McEllrath in a press release. The Pacific Maritime Association had complained about the union's planned action with an arbitrator, which had ordered the union to go to work today. The union said that its strike action was protected by the constitution. A dispute between the maritime association and the dockworkers paralyzed West Coast ports for 10 days in 2002.

Remembrances of dreams lost when the Bolshevik Revolution died.
Anti-war dockworkers shut down US west coast ports

While 0thers prefer remembering those victims of communism:

Welcome to The Distributed Republic's 5th annual remembrance of the victims of communism. Our busy personal lives made this year's event a bit sparser than usual, but we hope you enjoy the postings.

The Red Plague by guest blogger Professor R. J. Rummel (republished)

Complicity by Jonathan Wilde

Forced Labor: North Koreans Working Abroad by Rainbough Phillips

A History The EU Wants to Forget by Rainbough Phillips

A Video Memorial to Victims of Khmer Rouge by Rainbough Phillips

Gulag Love by Jonathan Wilde

Remembrance by Jonathan Wilde

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