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.