In 1997 then Oakland mayoral candidate Jerry Brown supported and joined the
picket line against the Neptune Jade ship from Liverpool. Today as mayor,
the mayor supported the police shooting of peaceful picketers and
longshoremen as "justified". So much for principles.
From Chris Bailey email@example.com
On Sept 30th 1997, Jerry Brown sent me this message:
"Tonight several dozen activists and members of the ILWU, Local 10 stood
out in front of Berth 23 as a ship from Liverpool stood idly in the harbor.
The company has tried for three days to get the ship unloaded but without
success. The pickets walked in front of the road leading to the ship and
the ILWU refused to cross the picket line. An arbiter was called in an
ruled that the picket line raised "health and safety" issues and therefore
the union members would not be forced to cross the line and go to unload
The spirits were high and some activists pledge to return early tomorrow
morning and the next day to keep the pressure on--all in solidarity with
your efforts in Liverpool to get your union jobs back. The management
received a court injunction at 5pm today, which was then passed out to the
picketers. After awhile the police left and the pickets remained, so the
workers were sent home for this shift. It is a bit of a cat and mouse game,
but people here in Oakland are up for the battle.
Governor of California, 1975-1983"
On October 21 he sent a message to the ILWU:
The following message was received by the ILWU from Oakland's mayor-elect
Democratic and Labor Rights in the Global Economy" on Oct. 21 and 22. The
forums are sponsored by ILWU Local 10, the Neptune Jade Defense Committee
(formerly the Liverpool Dockers' Defense Committee) and the University of
California at Berkeley Center for Research and Education.
Fr: Jerry Brown
Re: 10/21 meeting
Congratulations on your efforts to advance and protect the right of working
people to join in solidarity. Free speech is the cornerstone of a
According to your article in the Opinion section of the Journal of Commerce
Oct.8, 1998:Defending workers' rights by Jack Heyman
"PMA even sought, unsuccessfully, to compel Laney College to "name names"
of students in its Labor Studies Club, whose banner was seen at one
demonstration. Yet Oakland Mayor-elect Jerry Brown, who has stated at
public rallies that he picketed, hasn't been sued."
Neptune Jade Defense Committee Public Announcement
November 30, 1998
"The case gained widespread support from dockworkers' unions the world
over, as well as from Oakland mayor-elect Jerry Brown, himself a
Report of Oakland Rally
Sat, 28 Feb 98
"Speakers included everyone from striking Liverpool Dockers, Spanish
Dockworkers, and various ILWU members to Jerry Brown, Alexander Cockburn,
and Ignacio De La Fuente (Oakland City Councilman). Speakers and
demonstrators urged the PMA to drop its lawsuit against the picketers and
to respect the rights of free speech, free assembly, and the right of
workers to picket. Demonstrators wore stickers proclaiming, "I picketed the
Neptune Jade" and signed letters asking Miniace, head of the PMA to sue
them as well. Essentially if Miniace and the PMA want a witch-hunt, they're
gonna have to hunt a great many witches."
No Dispatcher documents for PMA
ILWU wins another round in Neptune Jade case
By Steve Stallone
The Dispatcher, September 1998
"When the judge asked Lynch if he had looked for other sources for the
information he wanted or had conducted other depositions to try to find it,
Lynch replied that only the ILWU had the information and that he couldn't
conduct meaningful depositions without it. Le pointed out the absurdity of
this position by simply saying that Oakland Mayor-elect Jerry Brown had
walked the picket line and made public statements that he had, and yet PMA
had made no attempt to question or subpoena him."