Blockade the Boat at Tacoma and Seattle ports!

Block The Boat in Seattle!  

CONFIRMED: Meet up TODAY/Monday Aug 25th at 4pm! 

Our meeting area is at the Spokane Street Fishing Area

Spokane St Pier rally point

Shuttles from Westlake Park Pick Up area on 4th Ave and Pine St (next to Sephora) all day, starting at 3:30pm 

See you there!  Bring bikes!

Let’s block this boat!

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Help us circulate up-to-date information on Zim Chicago’s actual time of arrival and transportation info for getting to the action.

**Check out new UPDATES tab for log of recent updates.**

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*Updated as of Aug 25th, 1200h

Block The Boat in Seattle!  

CONFIRMED: Meet up TODAY/Monday Aug 25th at 4pm! 

Our meeting area is at the Spokane Street Fishing Area

Spokane St Pier rally point

1) Drive:

It is located along SW Spokane Street, west of the intersection between East Marginal Way S and SW Spokane St
You can find parking under the Alaskan Viaduct running parallel to East Marginal Way S
Walk onto SW Spokane Street and you can see the Spokane St Fishing Area

2) Bus:

From 3rd Ave and Pike St, take #21 , #132, #594, #150, #101 toward Sodo
the bus stops are 10-15min walk time from Sodo area to the Spokane Street Fishing Area
Intersection is SW Spokane St and East Marginal Way S
the routes may not be wheelchair accessible

3) Shuttle

Shuttles from Westlake Park Pick Up area on 4th Ave and Pine St (next to Sephora) all day, starting at 3:30pm.  To get updates on where the shuttle is once you arrive, you may call 206.259.0354

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The information has changed multiple times in the past few days and may continue to change. Regardless of the eventual time, we will want to arrive to set up one and a half hours before the start of a shift (4:30 pm for the 6pm shift, 1:30am for the 3am shift, or 6:30 for the 8am shift).

In Oakland, Zim released a false press release in order to redirect protestors — instead of moving to the port of Long Beach as stated the Zim Piraeus returned to the port of Oakland at a different terminal. We are checking multiple sources of information trying to update with the most accurate information, but we know they are actively trying to deceive us and doing our best to adjust to new information as it comes in.

The public websites we are checking:

Washington United Terminals shipping schedule

Zim schedules by port

Because of the possible (intentional or unintentional) inaccuracy of this information, and the different shift scheduling options the terminals have, please check these sources but don’t act on them without first checking here for updates on the plan.

Unfortunately facebook has removed our event page.

We will continue to update information on this wordpress and on twitter. Thank you for your patience.

 

 

 

 

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Food and Water

Please bring snacks, food, water for yourselves and also for others on the picket line if you can! Hopefully we will have a vibrant and noisy picket line that could use some nourishment throughout the day!

Unable to come to the action but wanting to support?

Please email us at blocktheboatnw@gmail.com if you would like to drop off any donations

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Weather

It has been a beautiful summer but there is a small chance that it might rain. We don’t want that to affect our picket line! Bring appropriate clothing for staying out in the rain for a few hours just in case!

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Electricity and Light

Do you have a generator we can borrow?

Or torches?

In case we are staying out into the night, we may need them!

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Bring cameras!

 

We are receiving donations for all the above! If you can’t make it to the action but want to support, please email us at blocktheboatnw@gmail.com

Help make this action a success and block the ZIM boat!

 

For Port of Seattle Action!

Our meeting area is at the Spokane Street Fishing Area

 

1) Drive:

  • It is located along SW Spokane Street, west of the intersection between East Marginal Way S and SW Spokane St
  • You can find parking under the Alaskan Viaduct running parallel to East Marginal Way S
  • Walk onto SW Spokane Street and you can see the Spokane St Fishing Area

2) Bus:

  • From 3rd Ave and Pike St, take #21 , #132,  #594,  #150,  #101 toward Sodo
  • the bus stops are 10-15min walk time from Sodo area to the Spokane Street Fishing Area
  • Intersection is SW Spokane St and East Marginal Way S
  • the routes may not be wheelchair accessible

3) Shuttle

  • We are working on getting shuttles from Westlake Park Pick Up area on 4th Ave and Pine St all day
  • Shuttle is likely to leave every hour at the hour. Please recheck again for more details
  • If you can volunteer to drive, please email us at blocktheboatnw@gmail.com
  • We are especially seeking wheelchair accessible transportation!

 

END THE SIEGE ON GAZA!

BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, SANCTIONS!

END U.S. SUPPORT FOR ISRAELI SETTLER-COLONIALIST GENOCIDE AND OCCUPATION!

When the “Zim Chicago” enters the Port of Tacoma on (estimated) August 22nd and the Port of Seattle on (estimated) August 25, we will conduct blockades to prevent the unloading of its cargo, starting early and lasting all day. Estimated dates of arrival are subject to change, and we will continue to give accurate updates on this website. We will also give exact meeting places for the actions in the coming days. Keep checking!

These actions are economic sanctions against Zim Shipping, Israel’s largest shipping company, in response to the current siege of Gaza and the ongoing occupation of Palestine. Any international commerce that profits Israeli companies is oppressing Palestinians. Israel could not continue its occupation and genocide without economic and military support of the United States government. To help end this oppression we must block that support in every way we can.

The toll of “Operation Protective Edge” is almost 1,900 Gazans killed (nearly all civilians), 31% of them children, and almost 10,000 injured. We must act in solidarity with those in Palestine who live under occupation and are facing down genocide. Let’s refuse to let Israeli ships use our ports! Blockade til they go away! Oakland, CA will block a Zim ship on August 16th. In Seattle we shut down the Port for a day in December of 2011 — we can do it again and again. Blockades can and must happen everywhere there is a port, as a contribution to the goal of the complete collapse of the economic base of Israeli occupation.

We can’t do this without your presence! Everyone is welcome, young and old. Bring banners, flags, flyers, sound systems, musical instruments, and your friends. If you can’t blockade, you can participate in the supporting rallies — the more people there, the safer we’ll all be.

Comments, questions, or suggestions? Want to work together? Contact blocktheboatnw@gmail.com. This website will continue to be updated.

24 thoughts on “Blockade the Boat at Tacoma and Seattle ports!

      • Blocktheboat
        More than one ZIM SHIP TO BLOCK.
        WE MUST BE RELENTLESS AND SHOW ISRAEL AND THE WORLD THAT “WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH AND THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!!”
        I’m from Los Angeles, CA

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    • Hello Blockaders! Please join the @BlocktheBoatWA twitter account for Tacoma and Seattle tweets! You can also join the cel.ly alerts for Tacoma via SMS by texting: @BlocktheBoatTacoma to 23559 and for Seattle via SMS by texting: @BlocktheBoatSeattle to 23559.

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  1. Zim vessel site shows Zim Chicago docking Seattle 24th August, 2014. (Tacoma docking as listed above, 22nd August 2014.)

    http://www.zim.com/services/schedules/pages/schedulebyport.aspx

    We must not be tricked again, as our fellow brothers and sisters were in Oakland, who so valiantly BLOCKED THE BOAT for almost 4 days. There the vessel headed out to Los Angeles, only to do a u-turn, return to Oakland, and dock at a different berth. and unload.

    We must be vigilant.

    BRAVO to Oakland, lets to do same PUGET SOUND. PEACE.

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  2. Have you checked the marine location site that people in Oakland used. If you have not and think its a good idea, i will send you the url for it.

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  3. Update:

    Zim Chicago now turning as she begins her passage of Straits of Juan de Fuca. Still in Canadian waters.

    ETA unchanged, arrival Port of Tacoma 14:00hrs (2:00 PM PST.)

    Will update when she is in American waters.

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  4. THe times on this are funny, Are you saying that the eta in tacoma is 8pm this evening (as put out there a couple of days ago) or are you saying it is 2pm which is approximately 40 minutes ago? Also what time does WordPress use? The last message says it was sent at 7:07pm.

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    • Dean,

      Have updated post. Was following Zim Chicago using marine traffic website. They had not updated their ETA and had based it upon ZIM vessels master page. My error, I should have been more aware.

      I have posted update, which has yet to clear. Main point, ETA of Zim Chicago at Port of Tacoma is still 20:00 hrs (8:00PM PST.)

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  5. Update:

    Zin Chicago past Port Townsend, and has entered Puget Sound, and is leaving Oak Bay to her starboard side and Mutiny Bay to her port side.

    Port of Tacoma still reporting ETA as 20:00 hrs (8:00 PM)

    Further updates as she approaches Seattle.

    Apologies to all for any confusion.

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  6. Update:

    Zim Chicago has apparently just anchored outside of the entrance to Quartermaster harbor, Vashon Island. Latitude / Longitude: 47.33665° / -122.4725°

    The ‘marine traffic’ website, which has been tracking said vessel and was quick to respond for most of today, has all of a sudden become very flaky. Aswell as providing data for the Zim Chicago, this site is now providing erroneous locations, and different vessel data, so please be careful.

    If we have any contacts in the Tacoma area, please confirm sighting of ZIm Chicago just off Port of Tacoma. If she is there now, docking, unloading/loading can occur at any time.

    Remember what they did in Oakland, a false sailing and doubling back.

    For those of us tracking Zim Chicago from BC this morning, I would note her route was not logical, using up a great deal of unnecessary fuel. There were times when it looked like she was going into Victoria BC, and even Port Angeles, WA . If she is indeed just outside of the Port of Tacoma, then she could easily make her ETA of 20:00 hrs (8:00 PM PST.)

    Why is she staying outside of the Port? Unless there was a backlog of vessels and/or inclement weather (neither of which appears to be the case,) then there is no reason for her not to dock.

    Bait and switch possibly in play. Port of Tacoma website is showing ETA of Zim Chicago as Saturday, 23rd August 2014, 04:00 hrs.

    But if she is really just outside of the Port, then?

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  7. It’s not clear what did happen in Taoma and Seattle. Did ILWU workers respect the picket lines? Did an arbitrator call the picket lines safety and health issues? Any after action reports from the Seattle and Tacoma activists.

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