Today, Sunday, August 17th, at 5:00 PM the call began to go out over social media - COME DOWN TO THE PORT OF OAKLAND! The Zim ship had passed through the Golden Gate and was making it's way to the Port, ready to unload.
The theory was that if community pickets could be established, ILWU workers would honor them, refusing to go in to the docks to unload the ship.
The pickets went up! The ILWU went home! And the ship is now sitting there with its cargo, still fully loaded.
See this morning's diary, Bay Area Comes Out to Block Israeli Ship from Port of Oakland, Stand with Gaza. for a bit of background.
Here's another set of tweets and tweetpics documenting how the evening came down.
Come down to west oakland BART! Shuttles leaving every 5 minutes #BlockTheBoat— BlockTheBoatForGaza (@BlockTheBoat) August 18, 2014
Pictures of the Ship. (Not Sure if Taken Today)
Probably more like 50 cops here now. Capt Rick Orozco says they'll allow picket "as long as they're protesting peacefully" #BlockTheBoat— Julia Wong (@juliacarriew) August 18, 2014
Moving Into High Gear.
A very nice Longshoreman gave me a ride when he saw me walking across the overpass. Everyone with the ILWU is so supportive. #BlockTheBoat— Not Frantz Fanon (@violentfanon) August 18, 2014
We need people at gate 55-56. Police moving in #BlockTheBoat— BlockTheBoatForGaza (@BlockTheBoat) August 18, 2014
Pickets in front both gates!Join us birth 57 Port of Oakland! Brivk by brick wall be wall apartheid has got2 fall pic.twitter.com/dMjakdAYlI— BlockTheBoatForGaza (@BlockTheBoat) August 18, 2014
The First Scents of Victory.
"Not Long Now..."
About half or more workers are standing down due to picket. not long now...— Jaime Omar Yassin (@hyphy_republic) August 18, 2014
spoke to a few workers stuck in a car line, said theyre "here for the cause" and only asked we bring some BBQ pits and hotdogs #blocktheboat— chris longenecker (@clongenecker) August 18, 2014
Awesome we got text at 5pm and mire than enough ppl got to Port of Oakland 2 block all gates #BlockTheBoat— Alyssa (@alyssa011968) August 18, 2014
And It's Over.
We won; it's over for tonight. Workers and blockades all going home. Ship won't be docking and/or unloading tonight #BlockTheBoat— Occupy Oakland (@OccupyOakland) August 18, 2014
Over and Out With Some Last Tweets from Alyssa.