Dec 3, 2011 10 Comments ›› Angelia
Below is the article Van Jones linked to in his tweet above:
Occupy movements plan to shut down major ports along the U.S. West Coast and Canada’s Pacific seaboard in a day of action next month, they said Wednesday.
In an announcement hours after a two-month-old anti-Wall Street protest camp was evicted in Los Angeles, they said they plan to strike back against the “nationally co-ordinated attack on the Occupy movement.”
Local Occupy movements in San Diego, L.A., Oakland – where protests shut down the port for 24 hours last month – Portland, Taco-ma and Seattle will support the Dec. 12 day of action, they said.
Farther north, protesters in the Canadian port city of Vancouver and in Anchorage, Alaska, will also “join the economic blockade and disruption of the one per cent,” they said, referring to the wealth-owning elite targeted by the “99 per cent” protesters.
“We’re shutting down these ports because of the union busting and attacks on the working class by the one per cent,” said Barucha Peller of the West Coast Port Blockade Assembly, of Occupy Oakland, in a statement.
“We are also striking back against the nationally co-ordinated attack on the Occupy movement. In response to the police violence and camp evictions against the Occupy movement, this is our co-ordinated response against the one per cent.
“On Dec. 12th we will show are collective power through pinpointed economic blockade of the one per cent,” she added.
The announcement came after nearly 300 people were arrested in L.A. early Wednesday as riot police broke up a protest camp outside city hall that had been there since Oct. 1.
Almost at the same time, more than 50 protesters were arrested as a camp was dismantled in Philadelphia, on the East Coast.
The loosely organized, left-leaning Occupy Wall Street protesters insist they are exercising their freedom of speech in the run-up to November 2012 U.S. elections.
But local authorities have said the tent camps – which activists often share with the homeless – threat-en public health and safety.
New York police cleared the tent camp in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park – the epicentre of the Occupy movement – earlier this month, and Occupy Wall Street said on its website that it is in “desperate need of housing and transport.”