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* Blocking ports simultaneously could be difficult
* Oakland has mounted a public relations campaign
* Union workers largely expected to stay on the job
Anti-Wall Street protesters, hoping to briefly cripple a key supply chain of American commerce and re-energize their movement, plan to attempt to block major West Coast ports on Monday.
By marching on U.S. ports from California to Alaska, organizers look to call attention to economic inequalities in the country and a financial system they complain is unfairly tilted toward the wealthy.
"We're shutting down these ports because of the union busting and attacks on the working class by the 1%: the firing of Port truckers organizing at SSA terminals in LA; the attempt to rupture ILWU union jurisdiction in Longview, WA by EGT. EGT includes Bunge LTD, a company which reported 2.5 billion dollars in profit last year and has economically devastated poor people in Argentina and Brazil. SSA is responsible for inhumane working conditions and gross exploitation of port truckers and is owned by Goldman Sachs. EGT and Goldman Sachs is Wallstreet on the Waterfront" stated Barucha Peller of the West Coast Port Blockade Assembly of Occupy Oakland.
Meet between 5:00-5:15pm at W. Oakland BART (try to be on time, things will be moving very quickly)
5:30am March to Port from W. Oakland BART
3pm meet at 14th & Broadway
4pm March to Port
5pm March to Port from West Oakland Bart
Originally posted by Misoir
So… you speak on behalf of the 99% by stopping the 99% from working and getting a pay check? Shut down the ports, you will not do anything but annoy the 1% but you will cause those workers to lose precious hours of work which may mean they do not have enough money to pay their heating bill because most workers live on a small budget. It is stupid things like this that completely discredit the intelligence of the people engaged in this movement.
They are completely clueless; they want to hurt labor workers to help labor workers? These morons just need to go back to their universities because they do not fit in the real world. You shut down my job for the day and I will grab a baseball bat and join the police to knock your lights out.
edit on 12/12/2011 by Misoir because: (no reason given)