#OCCUPYOAKLAND - December 12 Port of Oakland shutdown updates

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  1. moarxenu Member

    It's 6:30 am and occupiers are scheduled to start moving to shut down the Port of Oakland.

    Sf Chronicle has the background:

    Opposition grows to Occupy's port shutdown plan

    Truck driver Hai Ngo of San Leandro says he will lose money if protesters shut down the port.
    Occupy Oakland's plan to shut down the city's bustling port on Monday for the second time in as many months is facing a complicating wrinkle nowhere in sight last time - opposition from several unions and some within the Occupy movement itself.
    The attempted shutdown will be part of a coordinated blockade of 11 West Coast ports from San Diego to Anchorage, Alaska, an effort conceived by Occupy Oakland to build on the success of the Nov. 2 general strike it led that closed the city's port for more than six hours.
    But unlike last time, when the area's major unions gave tacit or outright approval, many of them see Monday's action as disruptive and unnecessary.
    And some occupation activists are labeling it as too confrontational, with the protest's potential for violence detracting from Occupy's stated intention of narrowing the chasm between rich and poor.
    "Support is one thing," Robert McEllrath, president of the International Longshoreman and Warehouse Union, wrote to his members last week. "Outside groups attempting to co-opt our struggle in order to advance a broader agenda is quite another and one that is destructive to our democratic process."
    Not the 1 percent

    The Alameda County Building and Construction Trades Council's secretary-treasurer, Andreas Cluver, said many of his union's workers were recently hired at port building projects after long stretches on unemployment. Given that, a port shutdown aimed at punishing the 1 percent "makes no sense," he said.
    He said no union at the port supports the shutdown.
    "We're extremely supportive of the message of Occupy Oakland, and we did come out to support the Nov. 2 general strike, but we're not behind this one," Cluver said. "When working people aren't involved in the decision on whether to shut down their jobs at the port, that's problematic. And we weren't consulted. Losing a day of wages is hard."
    He added: "The port is a public entity. It's really not the 1 percent. Go shut down a country club - that's the 1 percent."
    Together, the unions represent more than 1,400 workers at the port. Other unions that have refused to endorse the shutdown, including the California Nurses Association, declined to comment - all apparently not wanting to antagonize protest organizers. ...
    However, some activists in the roughly 30 other Occupy organizations in the Bay Area have also concluded that a port blockade is too extreme. They say confronting police and blockading commerce is as outdated as they now regard the tent cities recently cleared by authorities.
    In fact, outside of major cities, some activists so strongly disagree with confrontational tactics that they now call themselves "99 Percenters" rather than "Occupiers."
    Hurting innocents

    "The 99 percent is nonconfrontational," said Ellis Goldberg, a marketer who has organized Occupy protests in Dublin and San Ramon. "You don't use a bat to get your point across, and this port action is a bat. It's going to hurt innocents - in this case, port workers and truckers."
    Even truckers, who are not unionized, are split on the issue.
    "I'll be losing about $700 for the day, and I have to use that to pay for my fuel and truck and all my expenses, but I'm glad they're going to shut the port down," said Joe Yovanny of San Mateo, who was hauling recycled paper from the waterfront Friday. "They need to make a statement. We truckers need better treatment."
    Waste of 'time and money'

    Nearby, changing a tire on his rig before he also left with a load of paper, Hai Ngo 0f San Leandro said he resented the loss of income.
    "The Occupy people handed out flyers to us, but never asked what we thought before they planned this," Ngo said. "I will lose about $350, and at holiday time that hurts. It's just a waste of our time and money, and won't accomplish anything."
    The Oakland Education Association, one of the more active supporters of the Occupy movement, is apparently the only major union to endorse the blockade. The association represents Oakland teachers.
    Early morning march
    Organizers plan to muster activists at the West Oakland BART Station to begin marching on the port at 5:30 a.m., and continue all day and into the late evening.
    The coordinated protests could have a huge impact on commerce up and down the coast. The Port of Los Angeles is the nation's busiest shipper of containers, Long Beach is second, and Oakland is fifth.
    During the Nov. 2 shutdown, tens of thousands of people swarmed the Oakland port, and police mostly kept their distance. This time, however, protesters may encounter layers of security unique to the port - and Oakland city officials, including Mayor Jean Quan, said Friday that they intend to keep the port open and operating.
    Oakland police and the California Highway Patrol work nearby streets, while the port has partnerships with the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, along with private security guards.
    Shields urged

    One organizer, Boots Riley, has been urging people on his Twitter feed to bring shields so they can "push through a police line, blocking themselves from batons and bullets."
    He dismisses criticism of the shutdown as shortsighted.
    "To the folks who argue that an action against the corporations hurts the workers, what are they doing to help the workers?" Riley said. "We're building working-class unity. The only way you're going to loosen that grip is by the 99 percent realizing that the collective withholding of labor is the only way to change the wealth relationship."
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  2. moarxenu Member

    San Jose Mercury is posting live updates. So far ...

    Live coverage: Crowd grows to 300 to 400 as Occupy protesters target the Port of Oakland

    6:43 a.m.: Marchers let workers leave port
    Demonstrators picket the berth but allow workers to leave. The march is peaceful but police are keeping a close eye on things.
    6:37 a.m.: Riot police hold line at Gates 30-32
    Riot-gear-clad police are holding back the line of demonstrators at Gates 30-32.
    6:30 a.m.: Big rig blocked
    Rig traffic is crippled as police block off 7th and Middle Harbor Road.
    6:20 a.m.: Protesters are blocking gates
    Protesters are blocking the gate outside Port of Oakland, outside berths 55 and 56, near a sign that reads Hanjin Shipping.
    The marchers ended up splitting up at 7th Street and Middle Harbor Road, apparently to divide police attention. Police then abandoned the front prong of supporters in favor of the splinter along 7th Street.
    6:15 a.m: The crowd has grown to about 400 marchers
    Between 300 and 400 marchers are trying to make themselves heard at Port of Oakland.
    6:10 a.m.: Mayor Jean Quan asked protesters to reconsider
    Marchers have crossed Maritime Street with police closely in tow.
    As protesters prepared Sunday night for the blockade action, Mayor Jean Quan asked them to reconsider shutting down the port, one of the nation's busiest ports, Bay City News Service

    Quan issued an open letter to protesters on Sunday, telling them that shutting down the Port could cost workers lost wages, and affect the ability of the Port to attract business in the future.

    "What is the target in this action? Who will it really hurt?" Quan wrote in her letter.
    "The Port of Oakland is not the home of the 1 percent. Rather, it generates over 73,000 jobs in the region and is connected to more than 800,000 jobs across the country. It is one of the best sources of good paying blue-collar jobs left in our city," Quan wrote.
    6 a.m.: 7th Street exit ramp blocked by police
    The Oakland Police Department has sealed off the 7th street exit ramp to marchers, who are chanting, "Let's go Oakland" and "We are the 99 percent."
    A battery of police cars bring up the rear of the protest line.
    5:45 a.m.: Marchers begin path to Port of Oakland
    Demonstrators, after gathering at the West Oakland BART Station this morning, have begun their march to the Port of Oakland. They're moving up 7th Street toward the port.
    In all there are about 300 protesters in the march so far this morning.
    5:30 a.m.: Port of Oakland among targets of Occupy General Strike today
    Occupy movements are marching on ports up and down the West Coast today, including the Port of Oakland. The coordinated economic blockade to stop shipments from coming or going comes six weeks after a Nov. 2 general strike launched by Occupy Oakland shut down the port here overnight. Follow Bay Area News Group reporters here as they report the movement throughout the day.
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    Update from SJ Merc:

    12:40 p.m. Two arrested by Ports America entrance
    Two people were arrested around noon for impeding traffic at the entrance to Ports America, Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan reported at a news briefing this afternoon. Jordan said seven activists were originally present and that five of them left on their own after officers arrived. He said no one was injured and that the officers did not use force.

    12:30 p.m. Union spokesman: Three-fourths of workers sent home
    While a spokesman for the Port of Oakland said this morning's demonstrations caused "minor disruptions and delays," ILWU spokesman Craig Merrilees says 150 of 200 workers were sent home for safety reasons.
  6. Anonymous Member

    so what will this accomplish?
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  9. Anonymous Member

    I have never seen Live Stream coverage before from a cell phone. ^^^^^^^^
  10. Anonymous Member

    It will cost taxpayers and consumers of the Bay Area. 3/4 of the workers in the area sent home.
  11. Anonymous Member

    So how does that help us? Seems it's a net loss for society.
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  13. Glenn Beck Member

    The port is the only thing Oakland has left, Oakland suffers the most.

    meh, maybe its time to let it Detroit.
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  15. Glenn don't you have some kittens to molest or something?
  16. Anonymous Member

    Yeah of course you did. No dox though, as usual.
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