The closures affected some of the terminals at the three ports, but it wasn’t immediately clear how much the shutdowns would affect operations.
In Oakland, Calif., shipping companies and the longshoremen’s union agreed to send home about 150 workers, essentially halting operations at two terminals.
In Portland, Ore., authorities shuttered two terminals after arresting two people who were carrying weapons and said they were heading to the protest.
And in Longview, Wash., workers were sent home out of concerns for their “health and safety.”
The protests being billed as action against “Wall Street on the waterfront” are perhaps the Occupy movement’s most dramatic gesture since police raids sent most remaining camps scattering last month. Demonstrators began forming those camps around the country about two months ago to protest what they call corporate greed and economic inequality.
Kari Koch, organizer with Shut Down the Ports Working Group of Occupy Portland, said by shutting down the port, Wall Street will be unable to create profit.
“We will not stand for corporate profits at the expense of working people, we will not stand for attacks on workers, and we will not allow our schools to be closed, social services slashed, and families to be impoverished by your greed!” Koch said Monday in statement.
We don’t want to offend anyone reading about now, but we’d love to ask Kari Koch what she means by “corporate greed and economic inequality.” The last person we heard mumble that rhetoric was the Rev. Jesse Jackson just outside of the Duke University campus and we all know where that case ended up; the other case involved the Rev. Al Sharpton who was encouraging some folks who attended a rally for he and his business.
“Taking on and blocking the 1 percent at the port is also taking on the global issue of exploitation by capitalism,” said Occupy Oakland blockade organizer Barucha Peller. If one looks simply at the statement, we believe this person to be the radical of the worst sort, dangerous, and probably looks like Squeaky Fromm.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which represents many thousands of longshoremen up and down the West Coast, has distanced itself from the shutdown effort. The union’s president suggested in a letter to members that protesters were attempting to co-opt the union’s cause to advance their own agenda (For further reading, click here.)
In a separate by somewhat related matter, has anyone been keeping up with the two brothers who are acting as employment brokers in downtown Manhattan? Short up-brief: Two brothers went down to OWS headquarters on their own accord and presented something akin to a job fair – that was on their first effort.
When manufactures, shipping companies, hell all facets of the nation’s economy got a look at what they were doing they started contacting these two brothers pursuant to the needs of their own companies. Today, armed with many headhunters as well as employment counselors went back to the park with over 400 jobs available for those who qualified.
In typical fashion many or most of the Occupier’s started with every deterrent possible to stop these brothers with their new found employment people. The original two brothers – who are both professional – have been carrying signs to the effect of: “If we can help just one person gain employment then we will have succeeded.”
By 3:30pm they we’re literally being forced out of the area by evening shift protesters and they again were asked to be on Neil Cavuto’s program, Your World, with Fox News.
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