Protecting their free speech

Remember the union battle at the Port of Longview where members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) stormed the Port of Longview, overpowered and held security guards, damaged railroad cars, and dumped grain?  They also held six guards hostage for a couple of hours and broke down gates and smashed windows in the guard shack
They had the full support of union thug leader James Hoffa who stated, “you can’t blame unions for an isolated incident”.
Now these fine union citizens have decided to sue, alleging police brutality!
Via KATU: The ILWU filed a lawsuit against Cowlitz County, its sheriff and the city of Longview’s police chief Thursday alleging police brutality.  “The ILWU is filing this lawsuit to stop the abuse of longshore workers and their supporters who are being violently pursued and intentionally prosecuted for exercising their free speech and associational rights,” said ILWU International President Bob McEllrath in a statement. “Longshore workers and their supporters are no longer free to move about their hometown without fear of being ambushed in front of children and families by an overzealous, out-of-control Police Chief and Sheriff. This blatant abuse of authority has to stop.”
The union accuses law enforcement of constantly harassing its members through aggressive and intrusive surveillance techniques. It also alleges police are arresting members for misdemeanors that usually only merit citations, acting aggressively and brutally toward members while arresting them without cause and not arresting members when they turn themselves in; instead, the union says police are arresting their members in “made-for-television-style scenes.”
Meanwhile, two longshoremen arrested in a scuffle with police Wednesday appeared in court Thursday. Byron Jacobs, 28, and 54-year-old Michael Muller face felony charges of assault on a police officer.  Jacobs also faces a harassment charge.
The county has already spent at least $40,000 in overtime responding to demonstrations and violence at the EGT terminal. And that was before Wednesday’s demonstration when about a dozen people who attempted to block a grain train were arrested and accused of trespassing.
Since when did free speech and “associational rights” include the right to destroy personal property and take hostages? 

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“Since when did free speech and “associational rights” include the right to destroy personal property and take hostages?”
Since the Dear Ruler came to power.

Alice Wolf

It may be ironic but that is God’s way. If you think this idea through, the reaction of the Union “thugs” unsophisticated as it may seem, is the pendulum swinging to the other extreme, which is the oligarchical “thugs” domain. In between and outside the box is the mush of people who have lost their memory it seems, records of the past are still available, and very concisely too, on We need to return to the observance of the US Constitution, which commemorates the winning of the War of Indepence from the British Empire, and the Oligarch’s Bankers. Woodrow… Read more »

Alice Wolf

In case anyone got offended my comment was not in anyway condoning “thugishness” , the intent was to show extremes up and that is God’s way, irony is the way original ideas are worked out, from beginning to end. Like, He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Author and Finisher of my Faith, who knows the end before the beginning, omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. All in all. You know GOD, the Ayiah Asher High, the Living God, the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob. The Holy one of Israel. The Rock of Ages, the Rose of Sharon. El Shaddai.


These union activists are really going over the top more and more everyday…. sheesh… if acting like that is supposed to be “ok” and was, in an indirect way, endorsed by Hoffa, then who knows what “all” they are capable of doing! I mean he didn’t condemn them or their actions, really, did he? Big surprise…