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Committee to Support South African Miners (from San Francisco Bay Area)

Committee to Support South African Miners Media Statement (PDF)

Media Announcement

What: Rally in Solidarity With South African Miners
Where: Oscar Grant Plaza, Oakland (14th Street and Broadway, by City Hall)
When: Friday (August 24th), 5PM
Who: Committee to Support South African Miners

It was like a scene from racist apartheid South Africa. Last week, South African police murdered 34 striking platinum miners at the Lonmin mine in Marikana South Africa and wounded another 78. They arrested 260 more, several of whom face murder charges. But the real murderers are the cops, the bosses, and the state. The cops gunned down the miners at the behest of the company and the South African ANC government.

The miners were striking for a living wage, and fighting to build a militant union of their own choosing. Since the murders, drillers at a Royal Bafokeng Platinum Ltd mine have walked out. Now, miners at an Anglo-American Platinum mine are making wage demands. So despite the bloodbath and despite the bullets, the struggle for decent pay, working conditions, and the right to choose a militant union is spreading.

On Friday, we will assemble at Oscar Grant Plaza in downtown Oakland to show our support and solidarity for the heroic South African miners:

Protest the slaughter of South African miners by the police on the orders of the ANC government!

Solidarity with the Marikana miners and their demands for better wages!

Defend the right of the miners (and workers everywhere) to have a union of their own choosing!

Build the movement of workers, from South Africa to the U.S. and around the world! An injury to one is an injury to all!

Come to the rally
Friday, Aug. 24, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Oscar Grant Plaza (also known as Ogawa Plaza) 14th St. & Broadway, Oakland

Committee to Support South African Miners

For more information, contact:
Zach Levenson (804) 514-9428
Gerald Sanders (510) 655-5764
Jack Gerson (510) 682-4381

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