Port Workers Strike: Highlights from a Week of Action!

On Monday, June 19th, workers at all of the businesses owned by Bob Curry embarked on a one-week strike to raise awareness about their ongoing fight for justice. CLUE clergy, staff, and fellows had a strong presence at the ports and beyond throughout the intense week of action. Here are some of the key events of the strike:

 

CLUE Clergy Delegate to Owner Bob Curry 

June 13th (Pre-Strike)

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A dozen Long Beach and area clergy went to Bob Curry's Cal Cartage headquarters to deliver a letter and attempt to speak with him. While he did not come out to meet the group, his lawyer did receive the letter. As a result, Bob Curry has said he would contact CLUE's Father Will to arrange a small meeting. 

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USA Today Cover Story Breaks

June 16th (Pre-Strike)

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On the same day that the strike was first announced, USA Today dropped a major cover story detailing the extensive labor (and moral) violations at the ports. This article, and its follow-up, was based on a yearlong investigation by the USA TODAY Network; the media coverage was in itself a major victory, and spurred public dialogue during the strike.

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CLUE Fellows Join the Ports Strike

Wednesday, June 21st 

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During their week of training, our Young Religious Leadership Fellows joined port workers on the picket line. They also attended a Long Beach CLUE Committee meeting, where workers on strike shared personal testimony about their experiences at the ports. 

 

Clergy Join Press Conference at LA City Hall

Friday, June 23rd

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In the past, Mayors Eric Garcetti (LA) and Robert Garcia (LB) came together for the Green Ports initiative. At Friday's press conference, clergy and community members expressed a demand for similar collaboration around worker justice issues.

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