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"Huge crowds gathering and marching in solidarity with Occupy Oakland's branch of the Occupy Worldwide Movement have shut down the port of Oakland as of 5:30:pm:pdt. Crowds and marchers gathered as the day progressed and are mounting and surging at this hour."

Huge crowds marching in solidarity with Occupy Oakland's branch of the Occupy Worldwide Movement have shut down the port of Oakland as of 5:30:pm:pdt. (photo: Robert Galbraith/Reuters)
Huge crowds marching in solidarity with Occupy Oakland's branch of the Occupy Worldwide Movement have shut down the port of Oakland as of 5:30:pm:pdt. (photo: Robert Galbraith/Reuters)

BREAKING: Oakland General Strike Paralyzes City, Port

By RSN Staff, GlobalRevolution video and Broadcast News feeds

02 November 11


Occupy Wall Street: Take the Bull by the Horns


uge crowds gathering and marching in solidarity with Occupy Oakland's branch of the Occupy Worldwide Movement have shut down the port of Oakland as of 5:30:pm:pdt. Crowds and marchers gathered as the day progressed and are mounting and surging at this hour.

Oakland city officials including Mayor Jean Quan and Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan are addressing the local television media, speaking in conciliatory terms and appealing for calm.

Chanting "Our streets! Our port! Power to the people!" crowds are swirling through the port area and are scattered through the streets of downtown Oakland all the way back to the city's civic center where the controversy began nearly a week ago with a police raid on the Occupy Oakland encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza.

There are unconfirmed reports that Oakland Police are coalescing around the entryway to the port to prevent the marchers from blocking it.

Reports that the Oakland Bay Bridge has been shut down can not be confirmed. Check back for updates as the evening progresses.

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+54 # Archie1954 2011-11-02 20:39
Forgive them Lord for the police know not what they do!
+47 # tedrey 2011-11-02 20:57
Mokokit-ki-acki mimat. Get tough and don't give up!
+2 # mwd870 2011-11-03 09:37
I love this quote and hope you won't mind if I use "Get tough and don't give up!" on occasion.
-74 # punk 2011-11-02 20:59
i'm going to get hissed and booed for this, but-oh well.
what has closing a port got to do with anything? the idea of a protest is to show what you think is wrong and tell what kind of changes you thing should be made. it is not to just take control by force or mob rule. protests can involve civil disobedience to unfair rules or to make a point, but what is the point of closing the port? this does not seem like much of a victory to me. it only hardens the opinions of those who think this is an unruly mob. take the port for an hour, make a moving speech addressing any of the 1000 problems facing the usa [the miserable wars, the lack of gov transparency, underfunded social programs, income disparity, etcetc] that might get published in the news, and then move on. dont JUST be disruptive.
i know you want change and i sure as hell do, too. but u have to work harder for it-not force it by pretty pointless take-overs. [some smart people in the movement should write a series of short speeches]
+56 # jon 2011-11-02 21:22
You would suggest, as a means of drawing attentions to your grievances,shut ting down the local Library?

Come on man.......
+91 # angryspittle 2011-11-02 22:00
Nothing was ever achieved by being nice. Power and wealth do not give it up without a fight.
-9 # KittatinyHawk 2011-11-02 22:52
Sorry spit but we can do this without lowering ourselves to the ranks of the Rank
+17 # Capn Canard 2011-11-03 08:41
KittatinyHawk, if only. If you closely examine the history of the Civil Rights era or Gandhi's triumph in India you will see that there were many revolutionaries that paved the way. If non-violence were the only method applied it is not clear that non violent resistance would've worked at all. That is not to say that violence is necessary, HOWEVER the threat of possible violence as a form of intimidation is the stick that forced the issues all along the way. The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo marched for how many years? They started the marching in 1985 and apparently they didn't stop marching until 2006. In the meantime they claim 30,000 missing. While the gov't claims 10,000. I prefer non-violence, but it comes at the end of a very difficult road. If only...
-20 # Martintfre 2011-11-03 07:14
//Nothing was ever achieved by being nice.//
really - is this how you interact with friends and family - by force?
+8 # Billy Bob 2011-11-03 15:48
It's a lot easier for you conservatives to dish out the violence than to even IMAGINE some of it being returned, isn't it?

My friends and family don't shoot me over a disagreement. They've never clubbed me either.

The people discussing retribution, who, in the end, will continue fighting fire - WITH WORDS, are better people than you are.

RSN won't show this comment because I said someone was better than you. Why they're always protecting you from replies is beyond me.
+6 # thirteenthpaladin 2011-11-03 17:47
but OWS are not "interacting with friends and family" as should be stunningly obvious to the most casual observer

unless, of course, "friends and family" in this (your) context refers to a model of criminal domestic abuse, sadly supported by the immediate community

"friends and family," to be worthy of the name(s), ought never, for one example, engage in gobsmackingly self-enriching criminal fraud on a massive scale to deprive "friends and family" of their homes - or do you disagree?

please, martintfre, do try to keep up, won't you
+97 # Erdajean 2011-11-02 22:18
No hisses or boos, but a point about "the point" -- which is, a show of strength and solidarity wherever we are. The wishes and wisdoms of our people have been ignored and trampled, and our best interests scorned.
Now we warn the "powers" to behold OUR power -- exercised in non-violent self-restraint. Washington, beware! Do NOT mistake the people's self-control for weakness, nor our good manners for fear of the bullies who have all but destroyed our country. We are the Army of Conscience, and we are saying, in Oakland, in New York, in Denver -- wherever the oppressors have attacked us, we have had enough of evil, we are united in this rebellion for the long haul, and we WILL prevail.
+16 # NanFan 2011-11-03 04:37
Ever the rational and guiding voice, Erdajean: the Army of Conscience, showing the power that the people have in their nonviolent protest. We're saying, "No more!" And the World is hearing it and is in solidarity with the American people.

I wish I were there. I wish MLK, Jr. could see this...and Gandhi, who set the tone for a massive shutdown of all services to the leadership.

Simply great!

+109 # Ken Hall 2011-11-02 22:28
Blocking the port shuts down commerce, and it is the unhealthy adoration of unbridled commerce that has brought the US to this economic malaise. There is also the symbolism of stopping importation of products that used to be manufactured in the US, and would be still if corporations hadn't gotten tax breaks and favorable tariff deregulation for moving factories offshore. Of all the day's action of the non-violent general strike, blocking the port is probably the most significant. Throwing a monkey wrench into the smooth functioning of capitalism is striking a blow at the heart of the problem.
+42 # Doggone 2011-11-02 22:41
Have you read 'Occupy The World' by Noam Chomsky? That may help you to understand why.
+79 # disgusted American 2011-11-02 22:41
Shutting down the port is to stop goods from coming and going which is what keeps Wall St. alive and, in turn, the creeps on Capitol Hill who take the Wall St. bribes. The closed down port hurts Wall St. as well as the yahoos in D.C. Wall St. needs slaves to do its bidding. Well, the slaves have had enough. That's the point and has everything to do with income disparity for the working class, underfunded social programs et al.

Those who dis this movement will dis it no matter happens, so who cares b/c we don't value their opinions. They are part of the problem.

If we aren't disruptive, but in a non violent manner, then our grievances aren't heard. Phone calls and letters have not worked - we aren't being represented - so it's time to take off the kid gloves.

Nothing pointless about this. Bank of America just dropped its $5 monthly debit card fee which forced other banks not to implement theirs. We the people made that happen by pulling our money out of BofA plus 300,000 names on a petition.

Shutting down this port is momentous!

Protestors and general assemblies across the nation are working hard. They are sleeping in tents in frigid northeast weather under snow just for starters.

What kind of hard work are you doing to help support this movement b/c you, too, want change?
+66 # John Gill 2011-11-02 22:50
Punk, I think if you put this in historical perspective, you will see it differently. If you think about closing a port as being similar in some ways to the Birmingham bus strikes which brought business as usual to a halt in that city during the civil rights struggle, or some of the huge strikes coordinated in India toward the end of British rule, the idea is that when the PEOPLE shut down the economy, as in a major industrial/econ omic artery like a port, the raj (in the case of India), the ruling white class (as in Birmingham), and the big money elite of the corporatocracy, (as in here and now) feel the pinch. When the PEOPLE show the robber barons they can ruin them if they choose to do so, and the robber barons see that the PEOPLE have awakened to their power (as they do every now and then,) the robber barons start by bullying the PEOPLE, even killing them, but if that doesn't work, they always end by surrendering back to them some of the power they stole from them while the PEOPLE were sleeping. Believe it. If the PEOPLE shut down enough arteries for long enough, it will end one of two ways. It always does. 1. Universal health care, living wages, social welfare practices, new deal style work projects for the unemployed, interest free loans for those facing repossession, etc., or 2. bloody revolution. Power to the PEOPLE, right on.
+19 # KittatinyHawk 2011-11-02 22:51
For me it is a statement perhaps about imports taking our jobs...
Those who will judge will also be benefiting from the end results of our boycotts, bank transfers (notice how many banks are stopping fees and offering free services..Capit ol One is 'Capitalizing' on this. Evne BOA is backing down so we will pay in long run, perhaps not. Banks cannot afford us to take money away, eh?
Port...funny TP talks about the Revolution yet here we are taking the Port? Turn about Fair Play?
Peopole are making speeches, working together with groups around the World. All we have to do now is keep the TP/GOP out. Today in NY a Hooker of sorts got arrested blamed it on oWS but this was a usual suspect plant to make oWS look bad. Things will show themselves and those doing this will be Shown for What they are. Perhaps some more Sheeple will awake from their Comas, after all we have come a long way...
+7 # futhark 2011-11-02 23:43
Even Disney made a movie in which a mob of Americans angry about the collusion of government and a large corporation (the East India Company) were portrayed as heroes and patriots for shutting down the port of Boston and vandalizing the cargoes of three ships: "Johnny Tremain" (1957). This seminal event indeed focused a lot of attention on the abusive partnership of big business and government and lead to the American Revolution, which, it seems, is still alive and functioning nearly 238 years later.
+15 # ER444 2011-11-03 01:45
I understand you, Punk. However, the prostesters did just what you suggest in New York and the media didn't show up. If half as many Tea Partyiers has demonstrated in New York 2 months ago, CNN, Fox News and co would have fallen over each other covering it. So now the "Occupy" movement has finally gotten their attention AND the attention of a lot of other like minded Americans who are REALLY pissed off and are sick and tired of a system devised and run to cow tow to the upper class. By the way, increasing taxes on the higher earners in our society is not a Robin Hood proposal. The infrastructure used by all businesses in this country is built and paid for by taxes. That it is only fair that those who benefit the most from these tax subsidied systema pay their fair share. That includes the highways, Airports, waterways etc to get their products to market. That includes the millions of educated workers taught in a school system paid for by taxes. It is a long list, I am sure, Punk, you get my point. That also includes the Port in Oakland which makes it a very logical place to make a big point!! This is a movement that has just gotten started, and the politicians in DC had better get their asses in gear. The sleeping giant has awakened and he is us.
+9 # 2011-11-03 06:07
No takeover is pointless; it's the combination of showing people power that makes the point.
+8 # Capn Canard 2011-11-03 08:52
punk, perhaps you are unaware of the purpose of gov't. All those laws are meant to facilitate commerce. If the laws are not working for most people and "elected" leaders do not heed the demands of the people who elected them, then some resistant action such as some civil disobedience needs to be employed. Active non participation is civil disobedience. What you are suggesting is inconsequential and ineffective, otherwise known as COMPLETE and TOTAL FAILURE.
0 # Doubter 2011-11-03 10:25
Us writing here is not going to get much done! Disruption garners attention. This is just (hopefully)the beginning.
Hurray for the marchers!
+48 # angelfish 2011-11-02 21:11
Bravo Oakland! The People UNITED, will NEVER be defeated! Take heed America! United we STAND!
+43 # reiverpacific 2011-11-02 21:31
Hell, this should be NATIONAL (but fewer and fewer people have jobs and are clinging to them like a life raft; so it's societal blackmail).
The point of this "punk", is that these people are showing that they have power -the power to withdraw their labor and block imports, much of which are necessary for supply, infrastructure and basic consumption -not to mention the luxury trappings of the super-rich, which this county is more and more dependent on in the corporate era. It is all most of them have left and bless them for taking the game to the bastards en bloc. It's getting to the point where the plutocrats will have to call on all kind of thugs, blacklegs, finks and mercenaries to wound, maim and kill if necessary, as the likes of the sainted Andrew Carnegie did in his heyday with the help of Pinkerton's private militia-disguis ed-as-police. But this is now national and there is a binding solidarity which is reaching critical mass and retaining it's collective cool. The violence always comes from the paid thugs of the owner class, or over-zealous and unscrupulous betrayers and patsies thereof (like Reagan for McCarthy).
+23 # fbacher 2011-11-02 21:35
It is very refreshing to see the energy and the power of a union of people. But Punk does have a point. This energy needs to be carefully directed for maximum effect. I heartily approve of the effort today. I just hope it continues to be channeled positively.
+5 # Ellisdtripp 2011-11-03 08:09
Quoting fbacher:
This energy needs to be carefully directed for maximum effect.

I agree. A political movement does not spring up fully formed overnight. We are in the process of finding out who we are and how many there are of us. Having several thousand people shut down a port is a good tool for finding that out. This movement will coalesce around issues as it solidifies.
+41 # barkingcarpet 2011-11-02 21:36
The point? We ARE the power, and the time is now to say, do and be, "no more business as usual."
We don't need cheap ass disposable and built to break products, made by slave labor, and shipped worldwide.
We need quality products, built to last, by humans making a living wage, and engaged in local communities.
No more of the psychotic, $ profit is everything.
Time for love and goodness to rule.
+8 # teineitalia 2011-11-03 04:28
"No more of the psychotic, $ profit is everything.Time for love and goodness to rule"

well said, and worth repeating, barkingcarpet. can't happen soon enough.
+31 # Okieangels 2011-11-02 21:39
It's a glorious time to be alive!
+9 # Ellisdtripp 2011-11-03 08:16
Quoting Okieangels:
It's a glorious time to be alive!

Indeed it is! I am 64 and a veteran of the 60s dissent. For decades I have watched the government in servitude to the corporations slowly chip away at our civil liberties. I wondered if I would ever love to see the day when the American people would take to the streets over this treatment. I have. It's a start.
+34 # jwb110 2011-11-02 22:12
Hey #punk,
It's like this...If you get them by their collective wallet their hearts and minds will follow. When smug Mayors and Police get uppity, closing a port is a gentle reminder of where the real power in the country resides. The citizens are the power and Mayor Quan and her gang have just gotten a lesson on real politic. Perhaps the Mayor had better start looking for a job in the real world. This even is going to dog her the rest of her life.
+3 # Pancho 2011-11-03 03:44
Help me out here. Hasn't the mayor acceded to the petitions of the protesters?
+37 # in deo veritas 2011-11-02 22:15
Breavo! This is the kind of solidarity that is needed! But the focus should be to get the Glass-Steagall Act reinstated. That will seperate the commercial banks from the investment banks and really nput a hurt on the reckless predators like BOA, Citi, etc. Nothing else will help bring these rotten banks to accountability for their crimes. Get on your "reps" cases in Congress and assure them that if they don't do this their days of feeding at the trough are over.
0 # Pancho 2011-11-03 03:45
B of A hasn't been doing very well at all. Buffett bailed them out as they were swirling around the toilet waiting for the flush.
+4 # Carolyn 2011-11-03 04:35
Quoting in deo veritas:
Breavo! This is the kind of solidarity that is needed! But the focus should be to get the Glass-Steagall Act reinstated. That will seperate the commercial banks from the investment banks and really nput a hurt on the reckless predators like BOA, Citi, etc. Nothing else will help bring these rotten banks to accountability for their crimes. Get on your "reps" cases in Congress and assure them that if they don't do this their days of feeding at the trough are over.

Glass-Steagall is the only way to real change BUT
it has to pass OVER Obama's veto.
+9 # KittatinyHawk 2011-11-02 22:57
Peace. Leadership. Do not lower yourselves to their level.
Thank you for showing all that the Ports are exactly the Point again in the New Revolution.
American Jobs American Lives American Families. Stand Up America, Stand Up for Yourselves. Question Authority, You have every right to do so.
Remind them all that there will be nothing without us. They will have no jobs, They will have no Corporations. They will have nothing to Trade For.

Greece look at Oakland...Democ racy Let's Make it Work
+12 # thelili 2011-11-02 23:17
This is so beautiful. I am so proud to be a Californian right now.

To all of the haters-come back later when your jobs are gone and the banks have taken your houses and life savings. California survived 1906 and the wars and we will survive the Wall Street BS.

+9 # Billy Bob 2011-11-03 09:00
Those aren't just Californians.

Those are AMERICANS. We're all in this together.
+9 # KingofHearts 2011-11-02 23:27
Punk, what makes this a strategic and valid use of force is that it's a response to the serious bodily injury of Scott Olsen, a member of our community and of the community of Iraqi veterans. Excessive force is met by excessive force. Now, mayors and police chiefs will think twice. And the unemployed Iraqi vets will have a power that stands up for them. Two birds, one port. Not bad.
-25 # Martintfre 2011-11-03 07:12
an evil greedy mob
+4 # Billy Bob 2011-11-03 18:12
That's why millions are protesting.
+2 # thirteenthpaladin 2011-11-03 19:32
thank you billy bob, your comment finds le mot juste, that had remained for me l'esprit d'escalier

merci !!
+8 # Ellisdtripp 2011-11-03 07:36
@angryspittle: I understand how you feel having been through the 1960s and all the civil unrest that happened then. The fact of the matter is that when it comes to violence, the state has more resources for that then anyone. That is THEIR game and if we play it we will lose. We need massive civil disobedience. Remember how Ghandi led India to independence from the British, a people not at all inclined to give up anything...
+6 # Karlus58 2011-11-03 08:20
..."If we aren't disruptive, but in a non violent manner, then our grievances aren't heard. Phone calls and letters have not worked - we aren't being represented - so it's time to take off the kid gloves".....

This poster makes the vital point. Just this morning....Paul Ryan is on MSNBC spitting out the same garbage. We should have had enough already. We must maintain solidarity and get massess out on the streets. It must grow, grow, and grow....Wake up already!
+6 # MainStreetMentor 2011-11-03 10:41
To the Corporatocracy: Your profits come from The People. The closing of this port is but a symbolic representation of the true power The People possess. Surely you can translate these actions into the effects on your sacrosanct profitability and greed. From all evidences, it appears these types of protests are going to expand and grow across the width and breadth of America. The resentment against avarice is beginning to erode your former armor plating.
-12 # Robert Lukens 2011-11-03 10:42
Being against something is easy. It takes little or no thought. Being for something is just as easy. However, being for something that is detrimental to your well-being is almost a trademark of human beings. Most people are in favor of the government fixing everything their way. The minute any government has enough power to do that, people with power and money are going to take it over and use it to their advantage. The only way to avoid that is to keep the government from having the power to do more than the minimal tasks assigned to it. So be careful what you wish and protest for. The opposition is looking out for its best interest; look out for yours. Just remember, if the gov can make your neighbor do something, it can make you do something. If this concept is foreign to you, checkout
+3 # thirteenthpaladin 2011-11-03 18:06
"With us the circle stands for the togetherness of people who sit with one another around a fire, relatives and friends united in peace, while the Pipe passes from hand to hand. Once all the families in the villages were in turn circles within a larger circle, part of the larger hoop of the nation. The nation was only part of the universe, in itself circular….circl es within circles, within circles, with no beginning and no end.

“To us this is beautiful and fitting; symbol and reality at the same time, expressing the harmony of nature and life. Our circle is timeless, flowing; it is new life emerging from death – life winning out over death.”

-Lame Deer: Seeker of Visions

if this concept is foreign to you, check out the wisdom in the traditions of the people whose land this really is
+3 # Billy Bob 2011-11-04 06:46
Question: Who is it that is trying to stop those protests?


You see, conservatives really are into VERY BIG government - the kind that "sees you when you're sleeping..." Afterall, bush didn't exactly manage to keep the budget balanced, did he?

This isn't about "the size of the government" AT ALL. This is about WHOM the government works for. WHOSE bidding is it doing?

Running all of those conservative wars, giving money away to conservative corporations, and bailing out conservative banks AIN'T CHEAP! It's expanding the size of the government roll BEYOND THE PALE. We'd LOVE a smaller government - but, one that suits OUR needs instead.

WE'RE ALL looking out for our own best interests. Running a government is about doing just that. The opposition obviously hasn't gone away during the past 30 years that THE AMERICAN PEOPLE have been given the shaft, has it? NO, IN FACT, it's managed to get MORE AND MORE of our tax dollars diverted towards it.

This isn't about the "size of government". This is about EQUITY, JUSTICE, and FREE SPEECH.

If these concepts are foreign to you, check out the U.S. CONSTITUTION.
+9 # uxmal 2011-11-03 11:41
I was there yesterday and marched to the port with two friends who drove 70 miles to be here. We were inspired and hopeful after the experience. Everyone there was gleeful at the prospect of actually making a collective statement that we have had enough and are not going to take anymore. One important legislative element of the change we seek is to impose a tax on each stock market trade. That would raise enormous sums that should be used to fund programs that will benefit the underemployed and unemployed. There were people of all sorts, from old to young, all races and backgrounds united to send a long-needed message that corporate greed and political corruption are intolerable and must be ended. If "PUNK" does not understand the point of collective action he is ignorant of history. I hope he has read the responses to his comment, then seeks to educate himself in history and about the true economic and political tyranny that has engulfed this country and the world. The point we made in Oakland yesterday is being echoed around the globe. The point in its broadest expression is no more business as usual. The "usual business" being the utter exploitation of the 99% for the enrichment of the 1% with the cooperation and facilitation of "elected" leaders. One poster I saw yesterday read: "Corporate contributions are legislative bribery!"
+5 # leedeegirl 2011-11-03 12:40
Jack London would be SO proud!
+4 # Electricrailwaygod 2011-11-03 13:20
I had predicted a couple of years ago that sometime soon there would be the First World Civil War. Well as this so far has not turned out violent (except in a very few places such as Roma) and thank goodness it has been basically peaceful, interesting that this has been an international class war! So in a sence we are indeed experience another "World War", a real (so far non-violent) World Civil (Class) War!

It is indeed human nature an "instinct for survival" that the human race would be pushed into a corner only so far by a misaligned few, before springing back! Well the Human Race IS indeed "springing back"! Its called the intewrnational "Occupy or 99% Movement"! This was inevitable as these corporate thugs (I cannot find a word in the Enflish Language to describe these CEOs in actuality) have indeed become bent on the destruction of humanity itself (and perhaps their own suicide as well)! Shameful!

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