Ces Butner, Port Of Oakland Board President: Port Supports Black Lives Matter No Question

Cestra Ces Butner Port Of Oakland (Photo courtesy Port of Oakland)
(Last Updated On: June 19, 2020)

– Port of Board President Ces Butner denounced social injustice today as West Coast dockworkers prepared to protest racism. The Port of must stand up for what’s right, President Butner declared in an online video interview distributed to employees and the public.

“There’s no question that we stand behind the movement,” said the 8-year-veteran of the Port’s Board of Port Commissioners. “We want this country to live up to what it’s supposed to be.”

The President’s comments coincided with demonstrations planned today at 29 seaports in California, Oregon and Washington. Dockworkers say they’ll protest the May 25 killing of George Floyd, a black man, by Minneapolis police. longshore workers have indicated they plan to assemble at the Port, then march downtown. The protest coincides with Juneteenth, a day commemorating the abolition of slavery in the U.S.

The Port of issued a statement June 6 supporting the movement for social and racial justice. President Butner, a prominent African American business leader, endorsed the action, but called for more. “I’m proud the Port has a statement on this issue,” he said in the video. “Now we have to follow that up with our actions. We must ask: are we making everything equal?”

President Butner updated the Port’s status during his 9-minute video interview conducted via Zoom. He said the Port of is maintaining full operations despite the coronavirus pandemic. He added that the pandemic’s drag on global economic activity has significantly reduced Port revenue.

The Board President directed his most forceful comments at the social unrest roiling communities worldwide. “As a black man in America, I’ve experienced almost everything being talked about,” said President Butner. “As Commissioners, we will demand that the Port seek social justice.”

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The Port of oversees the Seaport, International Airport, and nearly 20 miles of waterfront including Jack London Square. The Port’s 5-year strategic plan – Growth with Care – pairs business expansion with community benefits, envisioning more jobs and economic stimulus as the Port grows. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 84,000 jobs. Connect with the Port of and International Airport through Facebook, or with the Port on Twitter, YouTube, and at http://www.portofoakland.com.

This post based on a press release from the Port of to Zennie62Media.

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