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Dockworkers Continue The Fight For Racial And Economic Justice

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ILWU rally at the Port of Oakland on Juneteenth, June 19, 2020.

  On this edition of Your Call, we're speaking with history Professor Peter Cole, author of the book Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Cole explores how dockworkers in San Francisco and Durban, South Africa have fought imperialism and racism from the 1940s to today. We’ll also speak with Keith Shanklin, the first Black president of ILWU Local 34 in Oakland, about the West Coast ports shutdown on Juneteenth to honor George Floyd.

Guests:

Dr. Peter Cole, professor of history at Western Illinois University and author of Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area

Keith Shanklin, president of ILWU Local 34 in Oakland

Web Resources:

The Nation, Daniel Boguslaw: Dockworkers to Shut Down West Coast Ports in Memory of George Floyd

In These Times: The Most Radical Union in the U.S. Is Shutting Down the Ports on Juneteenth

Jacobin: Building Worker Power on the Docks