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Protestors plan to continue Port of Oakland blockade today

Oakland mayor calls action 'economic violence' that's not fair to workers

Protesters voted to extend a blockade at the Port of Oakland

through early this morning at Monday night's general assembly meeting.

In a news briefing Monday night, Mayor Jean Quan said this action was "economic violence" and not fair to port workers or the community.

"I want to thank everyone for being peaceful today...but after the

unofficial vote of the general assembly to continue the economic punishment of the Port of Oakland, I just have to say this -- while we have not had physical violence, the economic violence to this city is not fair."

"The labor community has already said they do not support this and still a small group of people are going to hold this port, this city, this community hostage," she said.

Police Chief Howard Jordan said no violence or arrests were

reported Monday night and police would continue to monitor the situation and will take action if needed.

Monday night's demonstration was part of a daylong effort to

shutdown ports on the West Coast

One of the reasons for the demonstrations was to stand in

solidarity with International Longshore and Warehouse Union members in a labor dispute with grain exporter EGT in Longview, Wash. and with truck drivers in Los Angeles, who are classified as independent contractors and do not receive benefits.

Protesters Monday evening said that Dan Coffman, president of ILWU Local 21 in Longview had called with a message for the demonstrators. A speaker at the meeting repeated his message to the crowd.

"This is the rebirth of the labor movement," he said. "ILWU in

Longview, Washington wants to thank all of the Occupiers on the West Coast for standing in solidarity."

Port officials said no truck or gate operations were planned for

Monday night, which is typical for evening activity. However, no ILWU members were asked to work for the three vessels that were berthed at the port Monday night in response to the protests.

Erika Heidecker, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Peet
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 13, 2011 at 9:00 am

These Occupy protests are such a farce. The main organizer and bankroller is George Soros, the evil billionaire that made his money by manipulating currencies. How can they be protesting against the actions of the 1% when their leader is a poster child of what they purport to be protesting against. It's time to call clear them out, using the National Guard if necessary.


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Posted by Don
a resident of Ironwood
on Dec 13, 2011 at 9:05 am

I agree with Peet. I feel it is time to use the National Guard to get these people out of the faces of people who are trying to make ends meet, and not making the lives of innocent people tougher than it already is.


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Posted by Agitator
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 13, 2011 at 9:13 am

These community agitators have been exposed for the hypocrites they are. They are selfish, immature lemmings bent on creating anarchy, deflecting attention from their own failures. I would have hoped some of the longshoremen would have taken matters into their own hands to preserve their livelihoods, but even they have been emasculated by their union leaders that hope to gain in appeasing the mob. It's time those opposing the interruption of businesses that benefit everyone stand up and confront these thugs, blocking their marches to keep producers from earning a living.


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Posted by Mrs. B
a resident of Mohr Park
on Dec 13, 2011 at 10:43 am

I could not agree more with the above posts. Who are the Occupiers really impacting? Joe and Jane Q. Public, just trying to take care of their families and earn a modest living.


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Posted by Concerned Californian
a resident of Valley Trails
on Dec 13, 2011 at 10:45 am

Mayor Quan is learning that hard way that liberal leadership just doesn't work in practice. She's coddled the thugs and fought for criminal gangs' rights and against the courts and law enforcement - and then she got mugged. She fired the chief of police for doing his job, and Oakland continues to be a ceaspool of ghetto thuggery, murder and random violence.

Now, she coddles the protestors, and what has happened? Millions of damage to Oakland infrastructure; small businesses owners failing or leaving town because of the protests; large businesses continuing to leave downtown (including Clorox). And now, longshorman's livlihoods are threatened at Christmastime in a down economy. Gotta love it...

As a liberal leader, she's truly outdone herself. Mayor Dellums passively hurt Oakland by not doing his job - Mayor Quan's proactive policies have more than decimated Oakland - leading it to a path of full-scale distruction - rivaling Dafur or Serbia.

Makes me thankful to live in the Tri-Valley - our local "leaders" aren't too bright - but at least they're not trying to destroy are towns at the rate our friends in the East Bay are.


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