Thousands of Occupy Oakland protesters demonstrated at the Port of Oakland Wednesday night as part of a general strike, effectively shutting down operations at the Port.
A group of several hundred demonstrators gathered to block entrances to the Port at Maritime and Seventh streets.
"I support the occupy movement and the 99 percent. The priorities of this country need to be re-examined and re-ordered," said Marti Mogensen, 63, a teacher at Berkeley High School.
Mogensen was formerly a teacher in the small town of Onalaska, Wis., the town where Scott Olsen, is from -- Olsen is a former marine who was injured in last week's demonstration.
She said some of the teachers at Berkeley High School did "teach-ins" Wednesday to support the general strike.
On closing the Port Wednesday, she said, "I think it really shows that people want change and they want to organize and these tactics do work."
Jessica Hendricks, 27, a chair of the Berkeley chapter of the ACLU, said, "I'm here exercising my freedom of speech and making sure the rest can do so peacefully."
The group at Maritime and Seventh streets was blocking trucks from entering and exiting the Port all night.
One big-rig driver who was trapped by the crowd Wednesday night said, "I just wanna go home. Why are they on top of my truck?"