The organizer of the “Patriot Prayer” racist and neo-fascist event in San Francisco, planned for tomorrow – Saturday, Aug. 26 – has cancelled his event. He cites concern over safety. But then he calls for people to show up at the rally “against Marxism” in Berkeley the very next day. How will safety be any less of a concern for Sunday?
Could the real difference be that the Longshore workers’ union – ILWU – Local 10 voted unanimously to mobilize to stop then in San Francisco, including marching against them with the local banner? If I were one of those fascist/racist organizers, the very last thing I would want would be to be seen as opposing workers, to have the class question start to appear in opposition to them. Whatever was in this racist’s mind, it is all the more important for the unions – and their leadership – to mobilize against these groups.
Update: It turns out they have just moved their event to Alamo Park in SF. Why they moved is unclear. Unfortunately, it has been reported that ILWU Local 10 has cancelled the stop-work day today and will be sending their members to work.