Longshoremen Against Imperialist Bosses

by Baltimore Revolutionary Workers' Organization
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
June 30, 1973 (June 9, 1973)
2 pages
Type: Press Release
Coverage in Africa: Zimbabwe
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Portugal
Language: English
The press release reports on the action on June 9, 1973 by a group of longshoremen in Baltimore working on the S.S. African Meteor who put down their tools and walked off their jobs in support of a picket line set up by the African Liberation Support Committee. The action was a concrete show of solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia). The African Meteor was carrying chrome and nickel from Southern Rhodesia in violation of United Nations economic sanctions against that country. The document says super profits come from dividing the workers along racial lines, paying African workers, who are 95% of the population, one-tenth of what white workers are paid, and enforcing it with a massive system of repression. This is accomplished with the aid of South Africa (also a white minority regime), Portugal (a colonial power in southern Africa), and the United States whose large corporations invest in the area. The press release mentions Union Carbide, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Foote Mineral, DeBeers, Anglo-American, and Kennecott. The press release says the struggle of African people has received much support in the U.S., especially from black people. [Note: The document that was digitized suffered water damage.]
Collection: Henry Lieberg collection