and March to Support the Charleston 5
the fight for union rights and civil rights
Where: Columbia, South Carolina
Park (Gadsden & Hampton)
Saturday, June 9 —
March to State Capitol at Noon
Is it a
felony to protest scabs?
In South Carolina, the answer could be yes.
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.
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.
the Charleston 5 face felony charges, and workers and their unions are being
sued for millions of dollars.
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
the march organizing center in South Carolina, call toll-free: (888) 716-7362
available at www.scpronet.com; or e-mail to:
also the front page article in Labor Notes, April 2001 issue.
Rally and March are sponsored by South Carolina AFL-CIO, International
Longshore Association Locals 1422, 1422A, and 1771; and South Carolina
the rally speakers will be Tony Mazzocchi, National Secretary, Labor
you can’t attend the rally, here’s what you can do:
send a contribution to: Campaign for Workers Rights, P.O. Box 21777, Charleston,
call South Carolina Attorney General Charles Condon at (803) 734-3970 and demand
that he drop the charges
ask your local union or organization to pass a resolution demanding that the
felony charges be dropped. Fax it
to (803) 808-3791