by Steve Zeltzer, Labor Video Project
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.
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.