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OWS Protesters Block Access To Pacific Coast Ports

OWS Protesters Block Access To Pacific Coast Ports

In a direct action targeting the pocketbooks of some of the most profitable corporations in the world, Occupy Wall Street protesters blocked access to several shipping ports along the West Coast on Monday.

“The ports of the West Coast are a huge source of profits for these modern day robber barons, who have closed our factories and outsourced our jobs, who poison our oceans and rivers, who exploit our brothers and sisters in their insatiable quest for profit, reads the OccupyThePorts.com website.

“In solidarity with the Longshore Workers and truck drivers and their struggles against companies like Goldman Sachs and EGT, we call on the people of the 99% to join us in this historic day of action. From San Diego to Los Angeles to Portland to Anchorage, we will show the economic overlords and financial vultures the true scope of our combined power.”

Port of Oakland: SeattlePI.com reports that several hundred people picketed at the port before dawn and blocked some trucks from going through at least two entrances. A long line of big rigs sat outside one of the entrances, unable to drive into the†port.

Port of Long Beach: The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) arrived at the scene about an hour after the protest began. Police have declared the protest unlawful assembly and are ordering protesters to stop blocking the road and move back to Harry Bridges Park. Should protesters fail to disperse, they will be arrested under section 409, which is the same charge used against†Occupy L.A. arrestees during the November 30 raid. Riot gear police are also on the scene. Occupy L.A. tweeted this morning, “LBPD threatening tear gas, rubber bullets and dog bites.”

Port of Vancouver, Canada:†The action got started early in Vancouver, as a dozen protesters briefly blocked two port entrances during morning rush hour. A blockade spokeswoman who identified herself as Mya Mayhem said the two brief blockades were in no way sanctioned by the Occupy movement, but that protesters wanted to educate Vancouverís longshoremen about their counterpartsí ongoing labour struggles south of the border.

Port of Portland, Oregon:†Hundreds Occupy Portland protesters effectively shut down two of the Port of Portland’s busiest terminals, preventing about 200 longshore workers from going to work today.The demonstrations began about 6 a.m. and have been largely peaceful so far.

Port of Los Angeles: Hampered by driving rains and dozens of police officers in riot gear, the action at the Port of Los Angeles didn’t last long, and was peaceful.

Here’s a video update from the Associated Press:

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2:32PM PST on Dec 18, 2011

This is ridiculous!!! Could this BE more Communist-sounding??!! “The ports of the West Coast are a huge source of profits for these modern day robber barons, who exploit our brothers and sisters. We will show the economic overlords and financial vultures the true scope of our combined power.” How'd that work out for them?



1:09PM PST on Dec 14, 2011

Continued from below:

Capitol Punishment | Jack Abramoff A "must read". How Washington turns on their friends.

"The name Jack Abramoff is synonymous with Washington scandal, but the fascinating facts of his case are either largely unknown or wildly misunderstood. His memoir will serve as a corrective an engrossing, informative work of political nonfiction that is also a gripping real-life thriller."

Retirement Heist | Ellen E. Schultz I you wonder where the money went, read this book.
"Ellen E. Schultz, award-winning investigative reporter for The Wall Street Journal, reveals how large companies and the retirement industry-benefits consultants, insurance companies, and banks-have all played a huge and hidden role in the death spiral of American pensions and benefits."

The Shadow World | Andrew Feinstein "The harrowing behind-the-scenes tale of the global arms trade, revealing the deadly collusion that all too often exists among senior politicians, weapons manufacturers, felonious arms dealers, and the military—a situation that compromises our security and undermines our democracy."

Prophets of War | William Hartung "Enthralling and explosive, Prophets of War is an exposé of America's largest military contractor, Lockheed Martin. William Hartung's meticulously researched history follows the company's meteoric growth and explains how this arms industry giant has shaped US foreign policy for decades."

12:59PM PST on Dec 14, 2011

People, As promised, your suggested reading list:

Might I add on that I have already offered, the first one but it is an important book, for all Americans.

From Freedom to Slavery...The Rebirth of Tyranny in America by Gerry Spence, you might know as the attorney that defended Randy Weaver, after the Ruby Ridge massacre of much of his family at the hands of Federal Assassins, the FBI and Director Louis J. Freeh.

Top Secret America | Dana Priest, William M. Arkin "The top-secret world that the government created in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks has become so enormous, so unwieldy, and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs or exactly how many agencies duplicate work being done elsewhere."

Republic Lost by Lawrence Lessig, "In an era when special interests funnel huge amounts of money into our government—driven by shifts in campaign-finance rules and brought to new levels by the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission—trust in our government has reached an all-time low."

The Price of Civilization | Jeffrey D. Sachs "In a forceful, impassioned, and personal voice, he offers not only a searing and incisive diagnosis of our country’s economic ills but also an urgent call for Americans to restore the virtues of fairness, honesty, and foresight as the foundations of national prosperity."



12:25PM PST on Dec 14, 2011

Mike C, The time has come for you and I to join forces against those that intend further harm on the good citizens of this country.

Do you realize that for us to bicker, to reach a state of divisive ranker, is precisely what the 1% wishes for us. It is time for us to work together and seek to expose the dreadful plan, it is destroying the Republic, we are quickly becoming a nation divided. They, the 1% wants this and yet, I do not believe that it is in your heart to help them.

From now on, I ask that you lend your words, help with this discussion and those to follow, let us work together.

Last evening, I was reading some of the words of Thomas Paine, and I came across this quote,
In Paine's 1776 Common Sense, his description of the composition of Monarchy, "this hath all the distinctions of a house divided against itself . . ."

Mrs. Adams wrote "... A house divided upon itself - and upon that foundation do our enemies build their hopes of subduing us."

"A house divided against itself cannot stand." Abraham Lincoln Which is taken from Mark 3:25.

At the end of the day, we are both among the 99%, the Movement, some of us are just getting there a little slower than others.

12:05PM PST on Dec 14, 2011

Thats nothing new Michael- they have been "monitoring" us since the days of George Bush, looking for "anti-war" discussions.

All part of his Patriot Act and the right to spy on citizens- stripping away that little right to privacy. Thats old news, already.

12:00PM PST on Dec 14, 2011

People, Be Warned! I have received info that Care2 is currently being actively monitored, "flagged" by NSA, it seems that they have taken an interest in our discussions.

Every day, the National Security Agency intercepts and stores 1.7 billion phone calls, e-mails, and "other types of communications", but is able to sort only a "fraction" of these into 70 different databases

Since September, 2001, 33 building complexes for top-secret intelligence work are either under construction or have been built. The total area is approximately 17 million square feet, equivalent to about three Pentagons or 22 U.S. Capitol buildings.

The NSA and Homeland Security currently occupy approximately 10,000 locations across the United States, 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies are employed. Their work is related to homeland security, counterterrorism, and intelligence.

An estimated 854,000 people hold top-secret security clearances, there mission statement, to spy on America and you.

The publicly announced cost of the U.S. intelligence system is "$75 billion, 2½ times the size it was on Sept. 10, 2001. But the figure doesn't include many military activities or domestic counterterrorism programs."

8:06AM PST on Dec 14, 2011

Now that was funny, guess the 1% is really worried. Do not see and yroactive ideas on what should be done.
What do you think the banks are going say, gee you have not made a house payment in a year, but he's your house back, send anything you can whenever.
Hay, you borrowed $100,000 for a worthless degree, but hay, we forgive the loan.
need I go on?
And your comments about having 7 day of food in town, need I refer you to my advice to invest in ammo

5:32PM PST on Dec 13, 2011

Janice R. As per your comments, "he just doesn't get it", but that is our job, helping those who are challenged. Yes, I dare say challenged.



I believe that there is still is still a thinking, a beating heart within his BMI (Body Mass Index). Yes, it is a challenge, to save one soul from himself, despite his objections.



Mike C, it seems that we have arrived at a consensus, either you are challenged or a mere plant (some call it a troll) to distract these good Americans from fulfilling their duty in preserving this Republic. I believe it lies in the latter. In consideration to you and your BMI, we defer to you, as for a rebuttal.

(please excuse a double posting, my reviewer, is away for now, My Thanks to You.)

5:23PM PST on Dec 13, 2011

Janice R. As per your comments, he just doesn't get it, but that is our job, helping those who a challenged. Yes, I dare say challenged.

I believe that there is still a thinking, a beating heart within his BMI (Body Mass Index). Yes, it is a challenge, to save one soul from himself, despite their objections.

Mike C, it seems that we have arrived at a consensus, either you are challenged or a mere plant to distract these good Americans from fulfilling their duty in preserving this Republic. I believe lies in the latter. In consideration to you and your BMI, we defer you, as for a rebuttal.

4:09PM PST on Dec 13, 2011

People, Comrades, Citizens. Remember this date, Dec. 15th, 1791, it was the day of the signing of the Bill of Rights.

It came into effect as Constitutional Amendments on December 15, 1791, through the process of ratification by three-fourths of the States. While twelve amendments were passed by Congress, only ten were originally passed by the states. Of the remaining two, one was adopted as the Twenty-seventh Amendment and the other technically remains pending before the states.

Originally, the Bill of Rights included legal protection for land-owning white men only, excluding African Americans and women. It took additional Constitutional Amendments and numerous Supreme Court cases to extend the same rights to all U.S. citizens.

The Bill of Rights plays a key role in American law and government, and remains a vital symbol of the freedoms and culture of the nation.

I, personally, find this document and its further Amendments to of great importance to the very survival of this Great Republic...within its words lies the foundation for the establishment of the right for women to vote, to heard, the civil rights movement, to protect America from becoming a Nation of Kings and Princes.

And yet, we have come to place where we are once again challenged, to accept the crumbs left to us by our over lords or to cast them out, into the darkness from which they came.

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