Rally and March to Support the Charleston 5

Join the fight for union rights and civil rights

Where: Columbia, South Carolina • Memorial Park (Gadsden & Hampton)

When: Saturday,  June 9 — 11:00 a.m.
March to State Capitol at Noon

Is it a felony to protest scabs?
In South Carolina, the answer could be yes.

Five dockworkers, members of International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Local 1422, are facing frame-up felony riot charges-after they were attacked and beaten by South Carolina police.

Last year, members of ILA 1422, a mostly African American local, protested the use of scab labor to unload ships.  South Carolina authorities sent 600 police in riot gear, who injured a dozen workers.

Now the Charleston 5 face felony charges, and workers and their unions are being sued for millions of dollars.

Local 1442 is a leader in the community, part of the South Carolina Progressive Network.  They led protests against the Confederate flag at the state capitol.  Their president, Ken Riley, was targeted by a special bill in the legislature to make it illegal for a union member to serve on the state’s port board. The business and government leaders of South Carolina don't like “uppity unions.”

For the march organizing center in South Carolina, call toll-free: (888) 716-7362  

Information available at www.scpronet.com; or e-mail to: network@scpronet.com

See also the front page article in Labor Notes, April 2001 issue.  

The Rally and March  are sponsored by South Carolina AFL-CIO, International Longshore Association Locals 1422, 1422A, and 1771; and South Carolina Progressive Network.

Among the rally speakers will be Tony Mazzocchi, National Secretary, Labor Party. The Charleston central labor council is a Labor Party affiliate, and Donna Dewitt, president of the South Carolina AFL-CIO, is a member of the LP's National Council.

If you can’t attend the rally, here’s what you can do: