Sunday, November 20, 2011

"Occupy Oakland" Protesters Plan on Shutting Down ALL West Coast Ports

As if vandalism and violence were not enough, the general assembly of the "Occupy Oakland" protesters unanimously voted on Friday to launch "a coordinated shutdown of ports on the entire West Coast on December 12."

According to a statement from Occupy Oakland, this move is in “response to coordinated attacks on the occupations and attacks on workers across the nation.”

They went on further to say, “We call on each West Coast occupation to organize a mass mobilization to shut down its local port.”

The Occupy Oakland statement also complained about “continued union-busting and attacks on organized labor, in particular the rupture of Longshoremen jurisdiction in Longview, Washington.”

During a protest by 500 longshoremen in Longview, Washington, they stormed the new $200 million terminal with baseball bats and damaged offices and rail cars, smashed windows and dumped tons of grain from rail cars.

In the statement released by the Occupy Oakland, they said, “Should there be any retaliation against any workers as a result of their honoring pickets or supporting our port actions, additional solidarity actions should be prepared.”

They further stated, “In the event of police repression of any of the mobilizations, shutdown actions may be extended to multiple days.”

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