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Solidarity Rally

Posted on 30th September 2011 at 08:36

It was a beautiful day in the park for the several hundred people who gathered in downtown Longview yesterday afternoon, taking part in the Community Solidarity Rally in support of the ILWU and their struggle with EGT. One of those who spoke was ILWU Executive Board member Jeff Johnson, who says that local labor is going to prevail in the end. At least 500 attended yesterday’s event, and the crowd could have been as large as one thousand. ILWU members were joined by at least nine other unions between Portland and Seattle, along with representatives of the “Radical Women of Portland and Seattle,” and the Progressive Party of Washington. The rally even included an original Woody Guthrie-type ballad from ILWU Local 19 member Leif Kahl, a song about the situation in Longview, yet harkening back to old labor struggles. The event was completely peaceful, and went off without any incidents. The City of Longview and several nearby businesses closed early, after alerts about possible “anarchist” involvement at the rally. Though a group claiming to be anarchists held a banner at the back of the rally, the event went off without a hitch, with no negative incidents reported. The reception at LCC for artist Erica T. Melville was postponed, and has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 4th, while the Lower Columbia Professionals “Tailgate Party” will be rescheduled for another date.