Justice for Mario Woods: Christmas Eve rally at SF City Hall demands Mayor Lee fire Chief Suhr

by Steve Zeltzer, Labor Video Project

Over a hundred protesters poured into City Hall after their rally on the steps outside, headed to Mayor Ed Lee’s office. – Video frame: KTVU
Over a hundred protesters poured into City Hall after their rally on the steps outside, headed to Mayor Ed Lee’s office. – Video frame: KTVU

Trade unionists joined a rally and press conference on Dec. 24, 2015, on the steps of City Hall for Mario Woods, a young African American worker who was executed by San Francisco police on Dec. 2, 2015, in Bayview Hunters Point. Black San Franciscans are being driven out of San Francisco through gentrification and displacement and a decades-long job lockout, and some unionists are calling for labor action to stop these economic and police assaults.

Protesters gathered outside Mayor Ed Lee’s office, wanting to demand the firing of Police Chief Greg Suhr. Told the mayor was on vacation, they vowed to return. – Video frame: KRON
Protesters gathered outside Mayor Ed Lee’s office, wanting to demand the firing of Police Chief Greg Suhr. Told the mayor was on vacation, they vowed to return. – Video frame: KRON

Speakers, including members of ILWU Local 10, UESF and SEIU 1021, demanded that the police be prosecuted for the murder and San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr be fired. The crowd also went inside City Hall to the Mayor’s Office to demand a meeting and his action to remove Suhr.

Steve Zeltzer and the Labor Video Project can be reached at lvpsf@igc.org.