Union Solidarity / Military Materials Resistance at US Ports




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Published on Dec 19, 2007

MAERSK picket line at Port of Tacoma

This piece was done by our newest PepperSpray videographer, who is also in Students for Democratic Society (SDS)


Security guards at the Port of Tacoma have been fighting to bring in their preferred union, and get rid of the company union. This is like a throw-back to earlier days of labor struggles, created by a clause in the Homeland Security rules that mandate that the workers must be allowed to join a union. So MAERSK, biggest shipper in the world, with North American headquarters in Tacoma, created a union and mandated that the workers join. Not so fast said the workers, we'll choose our own union, thank you. In this piece the workers throw up a picket line supported by Jobs With Justice. Longshoremen from the ILWU, confronted with a militant picket line when they arrive to work, show what solidarity is all about.




This piece was also done by our newest PepperSpray videographer. The Olympia Port & Military Resistance group featured in this piece is really doing great work to stop military shipments through Northwest ports.

Day after day demonstrators protested at the Port of Olympia, trying to prevent war materials from moving through the Port, in this case strykers and other heavy equipment just back from Iraq, returning to be refurbished and made ready for the next time over. Sometimes the demonstrators shut the Port down, sometimes they were forced to retreat, but put up roadblocks through the city and freeway that are the route to Fort Lewis. This is great stuff, because the demonstrators are not politely begging for the war stop, but taking direct action, with resultant pepperspray and point-blank pepper bullets. This segment contains gripping footage of demonstrators locked down, facing police lines, taking hit after hit, point blank from police pepper bullets, and not backing down. One can only hope that this represents a new wave of heroism and determination in America. This is a great action piece by our newest PepperSpray videographer.

Battle in Seattle

November 1999 saw the huge protests in Seattle against the WTO. On this year's anniversary of that struggle, we replay a piece from back in the day by Collective Media, forerunner of the PepperSpray Collective, about those days of heroism and determination. It is called "Battle in Seattle." Steward Townsend is about to release a Hollywood movie by the same name which is set during that amazing moment in people's history. It stars Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson, Ray Liotta, Andre Benjamin. The PepperSpray Collective consulted on the script and helped organize extras for the scenes shot in Seattle, so we are looking forward to seeing the flick once it is released. But once it is out, nobody will remember our little slideshow with a sound track by the same name from so many years ago, so here it is, one last time, before it is eclipsed.

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Pepperspray Productions formed shortly after the WTO protests in Seattle, in response to the Independent Media Center's call, "don't hate the media, be the media!". We believe that the Corporate Media is not telling us the whole story, and that the people must make our own media if we want our voices to be heard.

Related websites:

Independent Media Center


Indymedia NewsReal


Free Speech TV:


Courage To Resist

Thank You Lt. Watada

Iraq Veterans Against the War

Veterans for Peace

Military Families Speak Out

Gold Star Families for Peace

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