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West Coast Port Shutdown
Date Monday December 12
Time 5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location Details
West Coast Ports
3pm meet at 14th and Broadway
4pm March to Port
5pm March to Port from West Oakland Bart
6am plans TBA
In the event of repression against any of the port protests, the blockade will continue.
Event Type Protest

Greetings and Solidarity from Occupy Oakland!

We present this call to you because we believe
it is time the occupation movement begins to work together to carry through coordinated, pinpointed actions. We want to disrupt the profits of the 1% and show solidarity with those in the 99% who are under direct attack by corporate tyranny.

Occupations throughout the US have been evicted through nationally coordinated police raids. It is time for us to respond with our own coordinated actions. Our aim is to shutdown the West Coast ports:

  • On December 12, the occupy movements in different cities will stage mass mobilizations to march on the ports, create community pickets, and effectively shutdown the hubs of commerce, in the same fashion that Occupy Oakland shut down the Port of Oakland on November 2nd, the day of our general strike. The Oakland Port Shutdown was a historic and effective action, and the memory of that night on the port lives in the hearts of people across Oakland and around the country.
  • The message to you from Occupy Oakland in the face of police raids and continued disruptions of workers lives by the 1% is the following: The Occupy movement will strike back and rise again! We will blockade all of the West Coast Ports on December 12th in solidarity with longshoremen, port workers and truckers in their struggle against the 1%! Together we are unstoppable! Strike while the iron is hot!

The following is the call for a coordinated West Coast Port Blockade to be carried out by the Occupy movement. It is this call which we wish for other Occupies to endorse and carry out. West Coast Occupations will have full political and material support for each other in whatever ways are necessary before, during, and after the port blockades. This call was passed unanimously at our Occupy Oakland General Assembly on Friday, December 18th.

Proposal for a Coordinated West Coast Port Blockade Passed Unanimously at the Occupy Oakland General Assembly 11/18/2012:
In response to coordinated attacks on the occupations and attacks on workers across the nation:
Occupy Oakland calls for the blockade and disruption of the economic apparatus of the 1% with a coordinated shutdown of ports on the entire West Coast on December 12th. The 1% has disrupted the lives of longshoremen and port truckers and the workers who create their wealth, just as coordinated nationwide police attacks have turned our cities into battlegrounds in an effort to disrupt our Occupy movement.
We call on each West Coast occupation to organize a mass mobilization to shut down its local port. Our eyes are on the continued union-busting and attacks on organized labor, in particular the rupture of Longshoremen jurisdiction in Longview Washington by the EGT. Already, Occupy Los Angeles has passed a resolution to carry out a port action on the Port Of Los Angeles on December 12th, to shut down SSA terminals, which are owned by Goldman Sachs.
Occupy Oakland expands this call to the entire West Coast, and calls for continuing solidarity with the Longshoremen in Longview Washington in their ongoing struggle against the EGT. The EGT is an international grain exporter led by Bunge LTD, a company constituted of 1% bankers whose practices have ruined the lives of the working class all over the world, from Argentina to the West Coast of the US. During the November 2nd General Strike, tens of thousands shutdown the Port Of Oakland as a warning shot to EGT to stop its attacks on Longview. Since the EGT has disregarded this message, and continues to attack the Longshoremen at Longview, we will now shut down ports along the entire West Coast.

  • Participating occupations are asked to ensure that during the port shutdowns the local arbitrator rules in favor of longshoremen not crossing community picket lines in order to avoid recriminations against them.
  • Should there be any retaliation against any workers as a result of their honoring pickets or supporting our port actions, additional solidarity actions should be prepared.
  • In the event of police repression of any of the mobilizations, shutdown actions may be extended to multiple days.

We ask that you bring our proposal to your next General Assembly, as it is urgent that each Occupy begins to organize and mobilize for this major offensive ASAP. Please let us know if you have questions or need help. Most importantly, please copy us on your support resolutions passed at your GA’s.
In Solidarity and Struggle,
Occupy Oakland
-In Oakland: the West Coast Port Shutdown Coordinating Committee will meet on General Assembly days at 5pm before the GA to organize the local shutdown, and to network with other occupations.

Added to the calendar on Tuesday Nov 22nd, 2011 6:46 PM
§West Cost Port Shutdown Happening 12/12/2011
by amo Tuesday Nov 22nd, 2011 7:12 PM
by somebody Sunday Dec 11th, 2011 6:06 PM
Map to help us identify where we are as we communicate to each other!

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by Phil
Tuesday Nov 22nd, 2011 8:48 PM
Is there any movement from the other occupies for this shut down call?
by deanosor
(deansosor [at] Tuesday Nov 22nd, 2011 10:12 PM
I know that Oakland, San Diego, + Los Angelas Occupy's have vtoed to support thsi. Is there any word from Portland and Seattle? I also know several Occupy's in Hawaii, a place the ILWU is very large in. Any word from there?
Let's make it a blast shall we!
by m
Sunday Nov 27th, 2011 1:45 PM
Date: Monday, 12/12
Why: Do you really have to ask? For Justice For All of course.
Read Thomas Paine's words while you try and remember why you would support a system designed to keep 99% of us Down by keeping us Broke, Uneducated, and Fighting against each other:
On Diplomacy: An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.
On War Mongers: He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.
On Truth: But such is the irresistable nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing.
On Government: Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
On Reasoned Rebellion: He that rebels against reason is a real rebel, but he that in defence of reason rebels against tyranny has a better title to Defender of the Faith, than George the Third.
On Character: I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
On Action: I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.
Let's have that one again: On Action: I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.
S T R I K E so that the next generation of this planet's living creatures can have a chance.

Always Remember: People First, Business Second. Businesses are nothing, zero, nada without People. Businesses do not equal people, they are subservient to people. They need to be reminded. Speak these words of power: Anti-trust laws, Glass-Steagal Act, etc. 1. SPREAD THE WORD about the date of strike: MONDAY, 12/12/11. Be creative: Try FREEWAY Blogging!
2. Go to your nearest Occupy movement tomorrow and get them to get in touch with the other Occupy movements to do this. Time to Organize. Get in the Stack and make this happen. We can you know.
3. Contact the Teachers Unions, the Nurses Unions, contact them all. We are the working poor.
4. Contact your local Vet.
5. Enter your own...the important thing is to publicize this event. The countdown starts today. We have less than 7 days. GO FOR IT.
We are in this together. Time to take this to the next phase. Time To Strike!
The Occupy Settlements have gotten us this far. It is Time to take it farther. It is Our Time. It is the one of the things they (1%) are most afraid of.
Finally, search on items below on how to achieve our goals in truly non-violent ways:
-- Dilemma actions
by An Atlanta Ally
Sunday Dec 11th, 2011 11:29 PM
During the anti-CPE uprising of 2006 some dispossessed young Parisian wrote on a wall: "3,000,000 à marcher, rien ne bouge! 300,000 à bloquer...? Rejoignez-nous!" in English that is roughly. "3,000,000 people march, nothing happens! But if 300,000 people block...? Join us!" She didn't know what would happen, but maybe tomorrow the whole world will.

We are all unwilling stakeholders in this economic system that we understand not to be merely corrupt, but rather defective by design. It has been for too long that we view workers as the only people with the agency to take industrial action. The massive, co-ordinated industrial action called for and set to be carried out by the broader community tomorrow sets my spine ashiver.

To everyone taking "stand up / fight back" beyond the rhetorical, the best of luck and total solidarity from your allies in Atlanta!

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