A Night without City Light

Daniel Burton-Rose

in Guerrilla USA

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780520264281
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520946033 | DOI:
A Night without City Light

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One evening in October 1975, Rita Brown and a companion were sitting in a Pioneer Square bar across from the train station on Jackson Street in Seattle, Washington. Suddenly everything went dark. Power to the whole area was out after a fuel truck crashed on the Alaskan Way viaduct, the coastal rim of downtown, and was pouring flaming oil onto a terminal of City Light, the public utility, below. City light workers, who had been on strike since October 17 demanding a retroactive pay raise and the negotiation of a new contract, refused to repair the damage. Their obstinacy prolonged the power outage. The next week, different members of the George Jackson Brigade walked the picket line with the rank and file of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 77, a common way of demonstrating solidarity. This chapter focuses on the bombings carried out by the George Jackson Brigade on New Year's Eve of 1976, one against City Light and two against a Safeway Store.

Keywords: Rita Brown; Seattle; City Light; bombings; strike; power outage; Safeway Store; George Jackson Brigade; picket; Electrical Workers

Chapter.  3932 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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