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Oakland Port Truckers and the 99% Maintain Roaming Blockade of the Oakland Port
Oakland Port Truckers and their allies in the 99% maintain a roaming blockade to shut down the Oakland Port despite Oakland Police Department repeatedly moving the picket line with force.
On the morning of Wednesday, November 27, 2013, the Oakland Port Truckers held a strike and picket line to shut down the Port of Oakland. The Oakland Police Department, in numbers more than 50 armed with guns and clutching batons, moved a standard picket line out of a series of roads connecting the port to the city streets. Acting as the armed force of the corporate power structure, the Oakland Police pushed and shoved each picket line that was formed by workers again and again to allow the trucks of corporations of the likes of COSCO and EVERGREEN to travel in and out of the port.
The truckers and their allies moved around the police to a new piece of the roadway time and time again to block the movement of business as usual, bravely defying the Oakland Police Department and slowing the movement of the Oakland Port's business.
Oakland Port Truckers were disappointed by Longshoremen and other union workers who they believed had previously stated would stand in solidarity with them. One longshoremen accused the truckers of being "occupiers," and having "no right to be here." Some saw this as the classic strategy of those in power to pit the people against each other, worker against worker.
The truckers are still picketing, moving to new pieces of the roadway and are calling for their allies to come out in solidarity. (Written at 7:38am)