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Occupy Oakland calls for West Coast strike

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Amid raids of Occupy Wall Street encampments in cities nationwide, Occupy Oakland is calling for a West Coast strike of all ports in order to disrupt operations on a large scale.

The Total West Coast Port Shutdown is scheduled to be held Monday, Dec. 12, according to Occupy Oakland’s website.

The Oakland camp and many others have clashed with police in recent weeks, including a raid Sunday morning in the San Francisco camp at 101 Market Street, in front of the Federal Reserve, that resulted in six arrests of protesters.

Protesters set up camp at the Federal Reserve on Sept. 17, the same day an encampment went up on Wall Street in New York City to protest numerous grievances with corporate greed, income disparity and the ruling class. Since the first day, San Francisco’s camp has moved to Justin Herman Plaza.

The West Coast strike is “in response to coordinated attacks on the occupations and attacks on workers across the nation,” the website states.

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“Occupy Oakland calls for the blockade and disruption of the economic apparatus of the 1 percent with a coordinated shutdown of ports on the entire West Coast on December 12th. The 1 percent has disrupted the lives of longshoremen and port truckers and the workers who create their wealth, just as coordinated nationwide police attacks have turned our cities into battlegrounds in an effort to disrupt our Occupy movement,” the website states.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com



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