People Shut Down Port of Oakland Again

A major public relations campaign by the Port of Oakland and its allies in the Chamber of Commerce and in Oakland’s political establishment either had no effect or backfired, as the size of the crowd that marched on the port on Monday December 12 easily topped the initial effort November 2.  Although there was some dispute whether the demonstrators shut down the port’s operation completely or only “sporadically” in the bitter cold and rain during the early Monday morning shift, there was no doubt about the shutdown during the 6 pm evening shift.  The port reportedly cancelled the shift, and in fact there was no traffic on Middle Harbor Road or Maritime Road other than demonstrators’ bicycles and the occasional police motorbike.  These major freight arteries belonged entirely to the people, marching several thousand strong.

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  1. […] the spirit and energy, if not the numbers, of the Oakland demonstrations last fall (see my blogs here and here).  I would guess the contingent numbered about a thousand.  ”Banks got bailed out, […]

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