Block the Boat Monday 10/27 in Seattle

Block the Boat NW continues with a demand letter delivery to Zim offices
as part of coordinated West Coast and national events targeting Zim

 

3pm – Gather at Spokane St. Fishing Area (on the Spokane St. Bridge above the Duwamish Waterway, between Klickitat AVE SW And W Marginal Way SW).

 

3:30pm – March to Zim Office, Harbor Marine Corporate Center(1011 SW Klickitat Way #209, Seattle, WA 98134).

 

4-6pm Rally, demand delivery & leafleting

 

BtBNW directions to term 18 Spokane Street fishing area

How to get to term 18 via meeting at the Spokane Street fishing area, of which the offices of Zim and SSA are just down the way west of.

Spokane Street fishing area is immediately east of SSA Marine term 18
1050 SW Spokane St.
Seattle, WA 98134

Spokane Street fishing area, just east of the Spokane St. Bridge, SW Spokane St, under the West Seattle bridge. The 21 & 21 Exp goes to 1st & Spokane, and 125 bus also goes from downtown and from West Seattle; all stop west of there in West Seattle, at Chelan Ave SW and SW Spokane St. and can walk back east along the Alki bike path. Drivers can find parking in these areas and walk over.

There is a convenient dirt parking strip median on the road west of SSA near the front of the Zim office park, fits 20 cars, and there are several parking spaces at the fishing spot. It is discouraged to park by Spokane & Alaskan Way.

 

We Vow To Disrupt & Inflict Economic Damage on Zim Shipping

 

Let’s keep up the pressure on Israel to end its occupation and colonization of Palestinian lands and its attacks on the Palestinian people!

 

Less than a week following Operation Protective Edge, which took 2,168 Palestinian lives, wounded 11,000, flattened entire neighborhoods, and displaced more than half a million residents – nearly 1/3 of the entire population – Israel announced that it would be annexing 1000 acres that belong to Palestinians in the West Bank, an act amounting to another declaration of War.[1]

 

According to the UN, 69% of those killed during the barbaric assault were civilians.[2] Six UN-run schools acting as civilian shelters were hit seven times by Israel, despite the UN actively communicating the coordinates of the schools to Israel and Israel’s obligation under humanitarian law to evacuate civilians.[3]

 

As Palestinians struggle to rebuild yet again and to bring water, medicine, and food to survivors in Gaza, and as Palestinians continue to resist illegal Israeli colonization, let’s show Palestinians that the Pacific Northwest is continuing to Boycott, Divest & Sanction Israel in solidarity with Palestinian demands for justice and freedom.

 

Zim Integrated Shipping LLC: Not welcome in our ports!Israeli shipping company Zim Integrated Shipping is controlled by the Israel Corp and the Ofer Brothers Group, two extremely powerful entities in Israel. We are sending a clear message to Zim that they are not welcome here in the Pacific Northwest unless they do everything within their power to support Palestinian demands for freedom and equality.The international Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement emerged from the call for international solidarity with the Palestinians in their struggle against genocide, siege, and land theft. The Block The Boatcampaign is being organized all throughout North America as one facet of the BDS Movement. We intend to continue to hurt Zim’s profits, as we join the fight to disrupt business-as-usual for Israel.https://www.facebook.com/blocktheboatnw

https://BlockTheBoatNW.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @BlockTheBoatNW

http://BDSMovement.net/

[2] “Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza Emergency”(PDF). 4 September 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2014.

 

**This Friday** October 17th, 7pm: intifada and insurrection – black liberation and the freedom of Palestine at Black Coffee, 501 E. Pine St, Seattle

An exciting night of radical hip hop with some of seattle dopest and most innovative mcs such as Julie C, Araless of Black Magic Noize, Bypolar, Soreall, and Jamil. they will be ROCKING the House for you intertwined with engaging conversation with organizers in the struggles for liberation of Palestine and black peoples such as those struggling in ferguson. please join us , help us spread the knowledge of these struggles of liberation. #freepalestine #ferguson #blackpower

 

Also, save the date for the next Block the Boat NW action: October 27th, 3-6PM: March on Zim Headquarters, meet at Spokane St Fishing Area at 3pm followed by rally and letter delivery at Zim Offices, 1011 SW Klickitat Way 98134

 

Stories from Port Mobilization Resistance this Sunday!

Port Stories: Sharing Lessons
Becca Echeverria will presenting on the political movement, Port Militarization Resistance (PMR). PMR was a group formed in 2006 which responded to the militarization of our local WA ports by informing the public what was happening and taking direct action to stop shipments of military vehicle known as Strikers. The group ended in 2010 in part because a military spy was discovered to be a member of the group. Becca will explain events using a timeline and talk about how PMR fits into a longer tradition of port resistance in WA.
Sunday October 12th
7pm – 9pm
Pipsqueek 173 16th Ave
This is the first of what we hope could be a series of conversations to deepen our knowledge and enhance our work. Soup will be provided, please bring a bowl and spoon. Additional food welcomed!!!

#BlocktheBoat in Vancouver, BC!

BLOCK THE BOAT VANCOUVER, BC

BOYCOTT ISRAELI SHIPPING, BOYCOTT ISRAELI APARTHEIDSaturday, September 6
Gather at 6:15 AM at McDonald’s Parking Lot, 5776 Ladner Trunk Rd, Delta, BC before proceeding to Deltaport
Need a ride? Need directions?
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In the past 60 days, Israel’s bombardment of Gaza, Palestine has killed over 2137 Palestinians, including over 500 children. Over 10,000 are wounded, including over 3,000 children. 20,000 homes have been destroyed completely or beyond possibility of repair, and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are displaced.
Thousands of people took to the streets in Vancouver – part of millions around the world – to express their outrage and horror at this brutal assault, supported all the while by the Canadian government and the representatives of all political parties. Palestinian resilience and resistance under the Israeli bombardment inspired the people of the world to take action and step up the campaign to Boycott, Divest and Sanction!
ZIM Integrated Shipping Services is a cornerstone corporation of the Israeli economy that operates a large, global fleet. In Oakland, California, thousands of protesters came out – and blocked a ZIM ship from unloading for 4 days thanks thanks to the solidarity of ILWU Local 10 longshore workers who refused to cross the picket line. In Long Beach, California, another ZIM ship was stopped from unloading by a community port picket. In Seattle and Tacoma, ZIM’s boats were delayed to avoid protests and ZIM’s business as usual was disrupted at the port. Read more: Protestors block and delay Israeli ships up and down US West Coast
Now it is time for us to act in Vancouver
Palestinian labor organizations, including the Palestinian General Federation Trade Union (PGFTU), have called on workers around the world to refuse to handle Israeli goods. Palestinians throughout Gaza, the West Bank and 1948 Palestine have demonstrated their unity in the struggle against Apartheid Israel. ZIM’s activity up and down the West Coast has been significantly disrupted with significant financial impact on the business of apartheid. 
Join us Saturday, September 6 for Port Education and Leafleting of stevedores and truckers on their way to and from work along Deltaport Way – and build the campaign to BLOCK THE BOAT VANCOUVER
Global Statements
Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions – Gaza Strip
Palestinian and South African Trade Unions
Labor for Palestine
Congress of South African Trade Unions
National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa
Transport Workers Solidarity Committee
UNITE, British Trade Union
Block the Boat Actions in Other Cities:
- Oakland, California
- Long Beach, California
- Seattle/Tacoma, Washington
- Tampa, FL
Endorsing organizations: Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign, Canada Palestine Association, Independent Jewish Voices

A Call from Gaza, #BlocktheBoat

Some friends shared this recent article from the Palestinian BDS National Committee and various Palestinian labor unions. Gaza is still occupied and under siege. A call for all of us to consider how we can be in solidarity with Palestinian people and all peoples facing occupation and terror. Point #4 also encourages the continuation of actions such as #BlocktheBoat

 A call from Gaza: Make Israel Accountable for its Crimes in Gaza – Intensify BDS! 

Occupied and still-besieged Gaza, 5 September 2014–From the ruins of our towns and cities in Gaza, we send our heartfelt appreciation to all those who stood with us and mobilized during the latest Israeli massacre. In the occupied West Bank, Israel has embarked on one of its largest illegal land grabs in decades by confiscating another 1000 acres of Palestinian land to expand its illegal colonies. Now, our battle to hold Israel accountable for its fresh war crimes and crimes against humanity has begun. The outcome of this battle to end Israeli impunity will determine whether Israel’s latest assault will be yet another stage in Israel’s “incremental genocide” of Palestinians or the turning point that will bring an end to Israel’s status as an entity above the law—the world’s dangerous pariah. The outcome of this battle depends on you.

Two months after its 2008-09 massacre in Gaza, Israel’s prize was an upgrade in trade relations with the European Union. By 2012, western powers in cooperation with the UN Secretary General had effectively prevented all investigation by the United Nations and the International Criminal Court (ICC) into the war crimes and crimes against humanity that Israel committed during the attack.

During the most recent massacre, on August 2nd 2014, three days after the occupation forces bombed the designated UN humanitarian shelter in Jabalya refugee camp, killing 20 civilians and wounding at least 150 people as they slept, the US Congress approved $225 million in additional military aid to Israel. The following day, the occupation forces bombed another UN shelter in Rafah killing ten civilians and injuring dozens. Also during the massacre, Germany sold Israel an attack submarine with nuclear capability, and Britain refused to freeze its arms sales to Israel. These and other forms of criminal complicity from world governments and official bodies pave the way for Israel’s ongoing genocidal attacks. It is up to people of conscience and all those who seek peace with justice worldwide to make sure this complicity ends now.

We urge you to stand with the Palestinian people in its entirety and to demand that Israel be held accountable for the war crimes and crimes against humanity it has committed and continues to commit against the Palestinian people everywhere. We urge you to intensify boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns to further isolate Israel economically, militarily, academically and culturally.

Intensify BDS against Israel in all fields, including by taking the following actions:

1. Working to have arrest warrants issued against Israeli war criminals and for them to be tried before your courts.

2. Pressuring governments to impose a comprehensive military embargo on Israel.

3. Pressuring governments to suspend all free trade and bilateral agreements with Israel until it complies with international law.

4. Building effective direct action against Israel and Israeli companies, such as the inspiring Block the Boat actions that prevented Israeli ships from unloading in California and Seattle, and the occupations of Israeli weapons company Elbit Systems’ factories in the UK and Australia.

5. Working within trade unions to raise awareness about Israel’s regime of oppression and engaging in effective BDS measures such as stopping handling of Israeli goods, divesting trade union funds from Israel and complicit companies, and boycotting complicit Israel trade unions. The trade union movement has a proud history of successful campaigning against apartheid in South Africa, and the Congress of South African Trade Unions has joined Palestinian trade unions in calling for trade union action to end Israel’s impunity.

6. Holding to account those corporations and retailers that support and profit from Israel’s regime of occupation, colonialism and apartheid, including by boycotting their products and taking creative and direct action. The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) has suggested a list of corporate criminals to target: http://www.bdsmovement.net/make-an-impact.

The majority of the world’s people are waking up to the reality of Israel’s rogue regime of oppression and racism. For the rest of what is supposed to be the International year of solidarity with the Palestinian people, demand an end to Israel’s criminal impunity. Stand with Gaza, and act for freedom, justice and peace in Palestine.

Issued by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) and the following Gaza organizations/unions:

Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions
University Teachers’ Association in Palestine
Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network (Umbrella for 133 orgs)
Medical Democratic Assembly
General Union of Palestine Workers
General Union for Health Services Workers
General Union for Public Services Workers
General Union for Petrochemical and Gas Workers
General Union for Agricultural Workers
Union of Women’s Work Committees
Pal-Cinema (Palestine Cinema Forum)
Herak Youth Movement
Union of Women’s Struggle Committees
Union of Synergies—Women Unit
Union of Palestinian Women Committees
Women’s Studies Society
Working Woman’s Society
Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel
Gaza BDS Working Group
One Democratic State Group

- See more at: http://www.bdsmovement.net/2014/a-call-from-gaza-make-israel-accountable-for-its-crimes-in-gaza-intensify-bds-12627#sthash.aWccCBXo.dpuf