The group “Block the Boat,” in an effort to show solidarity for Palestinians, was planning to picket SSA terminal in Oakland tomorrow, Saturday, August 2, 2014. The purpose of the picket was to block the Zim vessel (an Israeli owned ocean carrier) from discharging and loading containers in Oakland. The group has called off tomorrow’s protest, however, they have not taken a port picket off the table entirely. According to their Facebook page, “We have decided to convert this Saturday’s event into an action that raises awareness about the plight of Palestinians, connects with the workers at the Port, and builds towards a powerful block of the Israeli ship in the coming weeks.”
In 2010, there was a similar protest in Oakland which, indeed, resulted in a Zim ship leaving Oakland without being worked.