OPEN LETTER TO JERRY BROWN
May 16, 2003
Dear Mayor Brown:
The police actions that occurred in the port of Oakland on April 7th,
brutally suppressing a peaceful anti-war demonstration by shooting
protesters and longshore workers without warning, is an affront to all those
who cherish civil liberties.
We, who have expressed our opposition to war and defend others' rights to
protest, demand that:
1) All charges against the protesters and ILWU longshore union official Jack
Heyman be dropped immediately.
2) There be an independent investigation into this unprovoked attack with
appropriate justice being meted out to those responsible for the planning
and implementation of the assault.
3) Oakland police be directed to refrain from further violent actions which
deny peoples' democratic rights of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly
and freedom of association.
Mumia Abu-Jamal, author and death row inmate; Tony Benn, former Labour
Member of Parliament; 9,000,000 member Brazilian Unified Workers'
Confederation (TUC), Alexander Cockburn, author and co-editor of
Counterpunch; Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Member of Parliament; Bob Crow, General
Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers
(Britain); Paddy Crumlin, General Secretary of the Maritime Union of
Australia; Ossie Davis, actor; Ruby Dee, actress; Danny Glover, actor; Asher
Harer, ILWU Strike Committees'46 and '48; Walter Johnson, San Francisco
Labor Council, John McDonnell, Labour Member of Parliament; Bob Middleton,
Chaplain, Port of Oakland; Jimmy Nolan, Chairman, Liverpool, England
dockers; Jeffrey St. Clair author and co-editor of Counterpunch magazine;
Alice Walker, author.
This Open Letter was initiated by the Rank and File ILWU Anti-War Action
Committee and originally was posted in the April 26/27, 2003 issue of Counterpunch