OccupyWallStreet Shuts Down 3 West Coast Ports

Port ShutdownVia CBS News:

More than 1,000 Occupy Wall Street protesters blocked cargo trucks at some of the West Coast’s busiest ports Monday, forcing terminals in Oakland, Calif., Portland, Ore., and Longview, Wash., to halt operations.

While the protests attracted far fewer people than the 10,000 who turned out Nov. 2 to shut down Oakland’s port, organizers declared victory and promised more demonstrations to come.

“The truckers are still here, but there’s nobody here to unload their stuff,” protest organizer Boots Riley said. “We shut down the Port of Oakland for the daytime shift and we’re coming back in the evening. Mission accomplished.”

Organizers called for the “Shutdown Wall Street on the Waterfront” protests, hoping the day of demonstrations would cut into the profits of the corporations that run the docks and send a message that their movement was not over.

More: CBS News

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  • Tuna Ghost

    A lot of my illegal narcotics come through those ports, dammit!  If it gets any harder to find opium in this country I’m going to kill someone violently.

    Seriously though, I’m impressed with the results but I’m not sure how exactly this fits in with the Occupy ideology.  

    • hypnos

      Throwing our bodies on the gears (to quote Mario Savio), mass action in support of labor, kicking the 1% directly in the nuts… How does this not fit in with Occupy ideology?

  • Tuna Ghost

    A lot of my illegal narcotics come through those ports, dammit!  If it gets any harder to find opium in this country I’m going to kill someone violently.

    Seriously though, I’m impressed with the results but I’m not sure how exactly this fits in with the Occupy ideology.  

  • Kay O. Sweaver

    I’m not really impressed. Many of the people hurt by this will be independent truckers, small transportation companies and such. The oligarchs at the top have built all sorts of clauses, contracts and insurance policies into their tax sheltered palaces to be effected by this at all. At least the first time the occupiers were supporting the Longshore workers.

    I would not be surprised to learn that the idea for this came from a corporate plant aiming to derail the movement’s relationship with unions and to waste energy. I’m a big supporter of the occupy movement and its potential, but it has to pick smarter actions and smarter targets.

    • 093195r

      An Open Letter from America’s Port Truck Drivers on Occupy the Ports

      We are inspired that a non-violent democratic movement that insists on basic economic fairness is capturing the hearts and minds of so many working people. Thank you “99 Percenters” for hearing our call for justice. We are humbled and overwhelmed by recent attention. Normally we are invisible.

      http://occupywallst.org/article/open-letter-americas-port-truck-drivers-occupy-por/

    • hypnos

      The majority of the rank and file supported the action. The impotent union leaders were the main ones speaking against it. The action was in support of truckers who have been unfairly categorized as independent contractors so that they cannot unionize. It was in support of longshoremen in Longview Washington, whose president called during the action to thank everyone who came. Please stop repeating MSM talking points, unless you are the corporate plant aiming to derail the most promising social movement in a generation.

  • Kay O. Sweaver

    I’m not really impressed. Many of the people hurt by this will be independent truckers, small transportation companies and such. The oligarchs at the top have built all sorts of clauses, contracts and insurance policies into their tax sheltered palaces to be effected by this at all. At least the first time the occupiers were supporting the Longshore workers.

    I would not be surprised to learn that the idea for this came from a corporate plant aiming to derail the movement’s relationship with unions and to waste energy. I’m a big supporter of the occupy movement and its potential, but it has to pick smarter actions and smarter targets.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Hooray some distructive action: now theres an anti-OWS talking point…

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Hooray some distructive action: now theres an anti-OWS talking point…

  • 093195r

    An Open Letter from America’s Port Truck Drivers on Occupy the Ports

    We are inspired that a non-violent democratic movement that insists on basic economic fairness is capturing the hearts and minds of so many working people. Thank you “99 Percenters” for hearing our call for justice. We are humbled and overwhelmed by recent attention. Normally we are invisible.

    http://occupywallst.org/article/open-letter-americas-port-truck-drivers-occupy-por/

  • Seamus Dubh

    “hoping the day of demonstrations would cut into the profits of the corporations that run the docks”

    Um, no it won’t.
    It’ll be passed on to the customer and all those products, some sustain everyday life for everyday people, will now cost more due to the delay.
    Which will in turn probably increase the profits to these corporations.
    Thanks.

  • Seamus Dubh

    “hoping the day of demonstrations would cut into the profits of the corporations that run the docks”

    Um, no it won’t.
    It’ll be passed on to the customer and all those products, some sustain everyday life for everyday people, will now cost more due to the delay.
    Which will in turn probably increase the profits to these corporations.
    Thanks.

  • hypnos

    Way to echo the talking points of the mainstream media, guys. The first movement to challenge the power of the american oligarchs, and disinfo commenters poo-poo it. Disappointed is an understatement.

  • Anonymous

    Way to echo the talking points of the mainstream media, guys. The first movement to challenge the power of the american oligarchs, and disinfo commenters poo-poo it. Disappointed is an understatement.

  • Anonymous

    Throwing our bodies on the gears (to quote Mario Savio), mass action in support of labor, kicking the 1% directly in the nuts… How does this not fit in with Occupy ideology?

  • Anonymous

    The majority of the rank and file supported the action. The impotent union leaders were the main ones speaking against it. The action was in support of truckers who have been unfairly categorized as independent contractors so that they cannot unionize. It was in support of longshoremen in Longview Washington, whose president called during the action to thank everyone who came. Please stop repeating MSM talking points, unless you are the corporate plant aiming to derail the most promising social movement in a generation.

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