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Posted 1 year ago on Dec. 12, 2011, 12:36 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt Note: The following highlights are not comprehensive. For a full list of participating Occupations and more solidarity actions across the world, see West Coast Port Shutdown . Oakland 6:46pm PST: From @OccupyOakland: At least 8000 people at the Port of Oakland right now, Please come down and party with us!
We are the front-line workers who haul container rigs full of imported and exported goods to and from the docks and warehouses every day. We have been elected by committees of our co-workers at the Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle, Tacoma, New York and New Jersey to tell our collective story. We have accepted the honor to speak up for our brothers and sisters about our working conditions despite the risk of retaliation we face. One of us is a mother, the rest of us fathers. Between the five of us we have 11children and one more baby on the way. We have a combined 46 years of experience driving cargo from our shores for America’s stores.
Posted 1 year ago on Dec. 12, 2011, 8:19 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt Join artists, musicians, and local community members for an all-day performance event in support of Occupy Wall Street and the occupation of space and reclaiming of the commons. Freedom of expression and the right to assemble are sacred human freedoms. Through bold, courageous actions, Occupy Wall Street has renewed a sense of hope, revived a belief in community and awakened a revolutionary spirit too long silenced.
As the Occupy movement heads into the cold winter months, the movement is counting on ingenuity, good luck and — in one case — the federal courts to keep it mobilized outside financial districts and city halls across the United States . The greatest challenge to date are the evictions by city governments that complain that overnight camping in city parks violates curfew laws and threatens public health and safety. Occupy movements in several major cities — Chicago , Portland , Philadelphia , San Francisco , New York , and Los Angeles — were disrupted by police action and now mobilize largely during daytime hours or through marches designed around specific issues special to each city. Protesters in all these cities argue the evictions violate free speech rights and that the use of curfew laws is hollow considering they are rarely enforced, especially before the Occupy movement became a mobilized presence on the streets.
#OccupyDenver: Protesters Plan Walmart Disruption In Solidarity With Shut Down Of West Coast Ports (VIDEO)Occupy Denver is planning a rally to disrupt the large Walmart Distribution Center in Loveland on Monday. The rally is intended to show solidarity and support for the simultaneous protests planned to shut down West Coast ports from San Diego to Alaska coordinated by other occupy movements, according to CNN . In a press release , Occupy Denver had this to say about the Walmart rally: On 12/12 Occupy Denver will be rallying at the Walmart Distribution Center, 7500 Crossroads Boulevard, Loveland, Colorado, in order to illustrate the problems with a globalization solely based on the interests of multi-national corporations and total disregard for human values or human beings. 7News reports that six protesters were arrested at today's "Occupy Walmart" shut down. Occupy Denver made a statement on their Facebook page saying that there were about 12 arrests as of 2 p.m. for getting into the roadway and jaywalking, but some were released quickly and re-joined the protest.
Eyewitness News NEW YORK (WABC) -- Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters marched from Zuccotti Park to World Financial Center, where some entered the Winter Gardens. An unknown number of protesters entered the Winter Gardens, part of a Battery Park City facility, just before 10 a.m. The protesters started marching from Zuccotti Park hours earlier, and they were expected to head to Goldman Sachs headquarters.
Occupy Wall Street protesters are planning to shut down ports up and down the West Coast on Monday in a bid to gum up the engines of global commerce. Protest groups in cities such as Oakland; Los Angeles; San Diego; Portland, Ore.; Tacoma, Wash.; Seattle; Anchorage; and Vancouver plan to blockade their local ports. Organizers say the shutdowns are meant to highlight what they see as abuses inflicted by wealthy companies taking place well beyond Wall Street itself. They also hope to show that Occupy activists can still muster a major national protest despite the scattering of their camps by police raids. “Even though there’s not an encampment, there’s still a huge movement,” said Barucha Peller, who is part of the Occupy Oakland group that launched today’s planned blockade and successfully forced a shutdown of the Port of Oakland in November.
Philippine Daily Inquirer Secretary Edwin Lacierda INQUIRER FILE PHOTO Apparently, Malacañang thinks they are just copycats. A Palace official on Sunday said the government had been tolerant of the militant groups that had tried but failed to occupy Mendiola in an effort to reprise the Occupy protests in the United States and other parts of the world.
View full size Randy Rasmussen/The Oregonian Occupy Portland demonstrators march toward the Port of Portland this morning. Protesters say they're targeting Wall Street on the Waterfront, and that the ports are an engine of wealth for country's richest 1 percent. A couple hundred Occupy Portland protesters are rallying this morning at the entrances to terminals 5 and 6 of the Port of Portland in what appears to be a largely peaceful demonstration. Demonstrators marched from North Portland's Kelly Point Park to the marine terminals, split into two groups and rallied at the entrances to terminals 5 and 6. The gates to the terminals are closed and blocked by police wearing riot gear. Port spokesman Josh Thomas said longshore workers at terminals 5 and 6 were told to stay home today.
In light of recent sensationalist stories in the media sparked by the publication of the City of London Corporation’s legal bundle detailing a naturally one sided picture of the camp at St Paul’s Churchyard, Occupy London wanted to take this opportunity to provide an update on its welfare initiative. Occupy London welcomes volunteers, particularly those with expertise and professional training, to get involved in its welfare initiative and is also currently looking to upgrade its facilities. To get involved, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message for Welfare at the Information Tent or attend the Welfare working group meetings: 6pm every Monday evening, downstairs at Ye Olde London, Ludgate Hill. A comprehensive update is detailed below.
10.15am ET, 7.15am PDT: Thousands of protesters are expected to join in a shutdown of America's west coast ports, with some picket lines already in place in California. Occupations from Oakland, LA, San Diego, Tacoma, Seattle and more have united in a bid to stop all port activity on America's west coast, in support of the International Longshore Workers Union's (ILWU) battle with EGT in Longview, Washington . Protesters will march to port terminals and create picket lines in the same way Occupy Oakland did last month, when their general strike shut down the port of Oakland . With pickets in place, local ILWU arbitrators are then expected to rule that longshore workers should not cross the lines for safety reasons, closing the ports. "The West Coast ports will be blockaded on December 12th in solidarity with longshoremen and port truckers struggles against EGT and Goldman Sachs," the west coast port shutdown website says .