ILWU Local 10 Resolution on Charleston

Support for the International Longshore Association, Charleston, South Carolina
June 25, 2015
WHEREAS, On June 17, 2015 nine (9) defenseless Black lives were taken, including Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, State Senator of South Carolina and ILA Local 1422 member Tyrone Sander’s son and aunt, in an horrific act of racial terror at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina; and,
WHEREAS, The alleged white supremacist killer specifically selected Mother Emanuel because it is an iconic Black Church  with a history of struggle for freedom and democracy for African American people that dates back to the 18th century and in more recent history the site for organizing civil rights marches in the 1950s and 1960s; and
WHEREAS, The June 17, 2015 killings recall the bombing of a church in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four African American young girls and galvanized the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s; and
WHEREAS, This horrific act of racial terror must be viewed in the broader context of the State sanctioned murders of African American unarmed women, men and children across the Nation by police and vigilantes such as the death of Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina, Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin both in Florida; and
WHEREAS, Historically Labor has played a leading role in the Civil Rights Movement in this country; and
WHEREAS, In September 1967 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed the membership of ILWU Local 10 acknowledging the ILWU’s support of the Civil Rights Movement and was made an honorary member of Local 10 seven (7) months before his assassination; and
WHEREAS, On June 18, 2015, Rev. Bernice King, daughter of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “We must interrupt business as usual and change the trajectory of our Nation …”; and
WHEREAS, On June 18, 2015 ILA International President Harold J. Daggett, in the ILA News issued a statement, “Let us honor the deaths of these nine parishioners by recommitting ourselves to eliminating all forms of hatred, and bigotry in our nation”; and
WHEREAS, The ILA and ILWU represent the strongest sector of organized labor vital to the movement of 95% of the world’s goods, a $6 trillion industry;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That this Resolution be sent to all longshore locals on the West Coast;
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED,  Local 10 send $1000 (one thousand) to Mother Emanuel AME Church to assist with burial and/or church expenses due to this racial assault on their premises; and
THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, The entire ILWU Longshore Division prepare to support the ILA in any solidarity action they may call in response to these killings; and that Local 10 provide expenses for at least three members to travel to Charleston, SC. in order to participate in any such action.
Submitted by,
Brother Clarence Thomas, #8718

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