[Local events] FWD: Sat 7/11, Commemorating Bloody Wednesday

David Abel david at thetextgarage.com
Sun Jul 5 16:12:14 PDT 2015


*Commemorating “Bloody Wednesday”: Solidarity at Pier Park during the 
1934 Longshore Strike <https://www.facebook.com/events/458912220950565/>*


*Saturday, July 11*
2:30 pm

*Pier Park in St. Johns*
(meet at traffic circle at N. James St. and N. Bruce Ave.)

*The Pacific Northwest Labor History Association (PNLHA) 
<https://pnlha.wordpress.com/>* will host a commemoration of Portland's 
Bloody Wednesday, featuring a guided walk through the park, as local 
historians join union members and the community to discuss what happened 
that day, the meaning it had for those who were there, and reflect on 
the strike's role in Portland's history.

Pier Park has accessible parking, is on the #44 and #75 bus lines, and 
is a 15 minute walk from downtown St. Johns. The walk will follow Pier 
Park trails, stopping at four sites. While the first two stops are ADA 
accessible, the third is not and is along a gravel path with a moderate 
slope. Be sure to wear appropriate footwear and bring water since it 
will likely be hot! The park offers restrooms and play areas for 
children. Families are welcomed.

Musical accompaniment by General Strike

Sponsors:
International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) - Local 8, Columbia 
River Pensioners Association
Portland Jobs with Justice
Portland State University Department of History

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On the morning of July 11, 1934, one hundred policemen piled aboard a 
train loaded with export cargo and headed to Terminal No. 4 with the 
intent of forcefully breaking the picket lines of striking longshoremen. 
At the
intersection of what is now Columbia Blvd. on the edge of Pier Park, 
five hundred picketers blocked the train's passage with their bodies and 
makeshift barricades. The chief of police ordered the officers to open 
fire upon the
unarmed workers using pistols and shotguns. The picketline held firm and 
the strikers won their demands a few weeks later, but four men were 
wounded in this incident. The trees of Pier Park were pockmarked by 
police bullets and for decades served as reminders of what would be 
known as Portland’s Bloody Wednesday.

This event is an extension to a research project conducted by a Portland 
State University history student and will share the history of a pivotal 
event in the 1934 longshore strike as told through previously recorded 
oral histories and archival research. The role of community support for 
the longshoremen's strike, police repression, and tactics of solidarity 
organizing will be showcased.


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