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    Occupy Oakland: City braces for general strike

    Occupy Oakland: City braces for general strike

    OAKLAND -- From schools and downtown stores to the nation's fifth busiest port, Oakland is bracing for Wednesday's citywide general strike, a hastily planned and ambitious action called by Occupy protesters a day after police forcibly removed their City Hall encampment last week.


    Occupy Oakland has since returned to Frank Ogawa Plaza, but the leaderless group is still asking workers and students in the city to take the day off to come downtown and protest economic inequality and corporate greed.
    Major goals will be protesting at banks or corporations that refuse to shut down for the day, then marching in the evening to the Port of Oakland to try to shut down the night shift.


    Some employees and businesses downtown, where the core activities are scheduled, intend to participate, while others plan to carry on as normal - hoping there won't be a resumption of last week's violent clashes between protesters and police.
    "The entire world is tired of the greedy corporations controlling everything, and now is the time that people are doing something about it," rapper Boots Riley, an organizer of the strike day, said Monday. "All over the world, people are looking to Oakland."
    "I do not claim that every incident in the history of empire can be explained in directly economic terms. Economic interests are filtered through a political process, policies are implemented by a complex state apparatus, and the whole system generates its own momentum."

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    Re: Occupy Oakland: City braces for general strike

    We are in revolutionary times.

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    Re: Occupy Oakland: City braces for general strike

    Quote Originally Posted by Platypus View Post
    We are in revolutionary times.
    Thats not necessarily a good thing.
    "I condemn the ideology of White Supremacy and Nazism. They are thugs, criminals, and repugnant, and are against what I believe to be "The American Way" "
    Thus my obligatory condemnation of White supremacy will now be in every post, lest I be accused of supporting it because I didn't mention it specifically every time I post.

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    Re: Occupy Oakland: City braces for general strike

    Quote Originally Posted by Caine View Post
    Thats not necessarily a good thing.
    It will not be televised.
    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Light View Post
    The systems that ensure freedom and liberty are breaking down and fundamentalism is growing. Nobody is righteous anymore.


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    Re: Occupy Oakland: City braces for general strike

    Through the grapevine:

    "From what i hear the port of Oakland has been essentially shut down by the rank and file!! Trucks backed up and no cranes working because of extreme short staff..."
    "I do not claim that every incident in the history of empire can be explained in directly economic terms. Economic interests are filtered through a political process, policies are implemented by a complex state apparatus, and the whole system generates its own momentum."

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    Re: Occupy Oakland: City braces for general strike

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    Through the grapevine:

    "From what i hear the port of Oakland has been essentially shut down by the rank and file!! Trucks backed up and no cranes working because of extreme short staff..."
    Fire them all for not showing up..

    Thats what I say.
    "I condemn the ideology of White Supremacy and Nazism. They are thugs, criminals, and repugnant, and are against what I believe to be "The American Way" "
    Thus my obligatory condemnation of White supremacy will now be in every post, lest I be accused of supporting it because I didn't mention it specifically every time I post.

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    Re: Occupy Oakland: City braces for general strike

    Say whatever you want, nobody cares.

    On a more positive note, I can't find much information on how the general strike has been going so far but if this actually pulls through with some success we could see some momentum behind it and it spreading to other cities across the nation. I remain hopeful but we'll see.

    Explanation from a friend that provided the above info:

    "A guy that is ILWU spoke from the stage on the livestream and said he went by and no cranes were moving. Saw line of trucks backed up for 1 mile and asked a truck driver what was going on. Truck Driver said "Waiting for the ports to open." But it was long after they should have been open..."
    "I do not claim that every incident in the history of empire can be explained in directly economic terms. Economic interests are filtered through a political process, policies are implemented by a complex state apparatus, and the whole system generates its own momentum."

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    Re: Occupy Oakland: City braces for general strike

    "I do not claim that every incident in the history of empire can be explained in directly economic terms. Economic interests are filtered through a political process, policies are implemented by a complex state apparatus, and the whole system generates its own momentum."

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    Re: Occupy Oakland: City braces for general strike

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    Through the grapevine:

    "From what i hear the port of Oakland has been essentially shut down by the rank and file!! Trucks backed up and no cranes working because of extreme short staff..."
    How rediculous. The average longshoreman in Oakland makes around $30/hr plus benies. WTF are they bitching about. Say fire them all, sure there are plenty of people out there with CDLs that would love a job right now for $30/hr.
    Last edited by Fishstyx; 11-02-11 at 02:36 PM.

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