Occupy Oakland General Strike Mid-day Update

SJ Murky News:

About 1,000 demonstrators blocked the intersection of 12th Street and Broadway late Wednesday morning, as the Occupy Oakland general strike marched in a loop around downtown Oakland following a peaceful rally at Frank Ogawa Plaza during the first of three planned actions to disrupt business.

There was nary a police officer in sight as some in the crowd stood in front of Wells Fargo and Comerica bank branches on the corners — with a few in the crown occasionally banging on the locked doors.

Several businesses, including the Men’s Wearhouse and the Grand Lake Theater closed their doors Wednesday in support of today’s planned General Strike as thousands of people are expected to join the Occupy Oakland movement to protest the inequality of wealth and power. The UC office of the President is also closed today over concerns that BART might be shut down at some point and more than 1,000 people who work in the building wouldn’t be able to get to or from work.

The city of Oakland is open for business, and contrary to rumors, the Port of Oakland is not shut down, said ILWU spokesman Craig Merrilees. About 40 longshore workers out of about 325 expected on the morning shift didn’t show up, however trucks are going through the gates and cranes are moving cargo on and off the ships.

So far everything is peaceful. Let’s hope it stays that way. The strike isn’t a flop but if they wanted to shut everything down then they failed. Schools are open but short-handed as a few hundred teachers took the day off and there weren’t quite enough subs available.

BTW – I wonder how many of the protesters in Oakland today are enjoying a paid day off?

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37 Responses to Occupy Oakland General Strike Mid-day Update

  1. crawdad says:

    I wonder how many of the protesters in Oakland today are enjoying a paid day off?

    I’m sure they will donate that money to the cause.

  2. WMCB says:

    I seriously doubt that even those few who took the day are all at the protest. I wonder how many city workers are hanging out at home on their “free” day off? You don’t have to agree with the cause to jump at a free day off.

    • myiq2xu says:

      When MLK’s birthday became a national holiday a lot of the guys at the place I was working suddenly became very big supporters of the civil rights movement and wanted the day off with pay.

  3. votermom says:


    Cain Says Perry Camp Behind Sex Harassment Leak

    The guy he is accusing is Curt Anderson, who worked for Cain in 2004, has worked for Romney in the past, and is currently working for Perry.
    Anderson denies the accusation.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Wish the Cain camp would have discussed potential “oopsies” before he declared and they could have been ready for the media onslaught with smart, short responses.

      If he were a serial horn dog, he would have lost his job.

  4. DeniseVB says:

    Sounds like helluva street party in Oakland. What was their message again?

    The Peace Corps should set up a sign up booth at these things 🙂

  5. Karma says:

    O/T – Joan Walsh slamming Hillary’s good press the same day she losses her mother.


    • Karma says:


    • DeniseVB says:

      Salon’s time stamp was 6:32pm last night, they could have pulled the article til after the funeral. Tacky.

    • Erica says:

      Joan Walsh is a total tool for Obama. And she sounds very much like a big liar when she pulls out her “big supporter of Hillary” line before she bashes her on the day of her mom’s funeral. I’ll never believe a word she says.

    • Anthony says:


      “They feel like someone’s effort to upstage or diminish President Obama. For the record, I don’t think the effort is Clinton’s. It may just reflect the mainstream media’s inability to give Obama his due.”

      Now, watch her give Obama his due.
      (if you really can’t stand it, advance to 0:50 and hold onto your socks)

  6. parentofed says:

    1k sounds like bleech turnout. We had several times that Monday night in my little town for Halloween in the Park. Heck, if they’d give candy bars, 20k of us would have shown up.

    • DeniseVB says:

      The tiny little tea party group in our area got 1500 for their first rally in April 2009 with a two sentence announcement hidden amongst the Obits and used car sales in the local paper.

      Oh, they had permits, police and porta potties. And this was a NEW movement then. I ended up having a lot of fun and meeting LOTS of Dems and Indies too. It really wasn’t a partisan event, a lot of people were pi**ed over those bailouts. Most had never been to a “protest” in their lives. Racist group? Nah, the founders of the local group were a Black American and an Amazing Mommy who worked two jobs and was home schooling her 5 children. Such inspirations!

    • DeniseVB says:

      parentofed, I have to ask, are you the parent of a fed ? I am ! If not, in my best Rose Rosanadanna cybervoice, nevermind 😀

  7. HELENK says:

    latest update on Oakland as of 4:35p California time.
    mostly peaceful some windows broken


  8. DeniseVB says:

    “some windows broken” is not peaceful 😦 Poor babies, need attention don’t they?

  9. HELENK says:

    Thousands of #occupyoakland protesters leaving now 2 march on Port of Oakland for #GeneralStrike. Busses left, those on foot going down 14th

  10. HELENK says:

    this is not occupy oakland but it is occupy wall st in NY.
    more crime than public is aware of says cop.
    this makes sense to me . when you have a mob with the reporting of a crime discouraged it breeds more crime


  11. yttik says:

    Occupy Seattle had another spat with the cops today. At least they were protesting in front of a bank this time. I got the usual hysterical email about police brutality and chemical weapons. Near as I can tell from the video, the cops where holding their bikes up to try and keep the crowd back, when the crowd decided to rush them. One cop sprayed pepper spray.

    What was kind of funny, people not involved with the protests who were just walking by, didn’t even stop to look.

  12. myiq2xu says:

    The Oakland cops are playing dirty and not giving the protesters the confrontation they want.

  13. yttik says:

    They attacked the whole foods??

    “Meantime, more details emerged from the fracas at Whole Foods. Around 3 p.m., a small group of what appeared to be high school students attacked the grocery near Lake Merritt, breaking a window with chairs and table legs and splashing red and green paint on the walls. They also spraypainted “Strike” on the exterior wall in white paint.

    “It sounded like gunshots,” said one customer who was trapped inside but declined to give her name. “People started running and screaming and crying. Employees were crying.”


  14. HELENK says:

    #OccupyOakland #generalstrike protesters climbing on cargo containers at the Port of Oakland. LIVE VIDEO: http://t.co/rsZB5uLT #oo

  15. HELENK says:

    Occupy Oakland update: Port spokesman says maritime operations at port ‘effectively shut down’ by protests – @Reuters

  16. DandyTiger says:

    I’ve seen bigger protests than this in Oakland when the city changed toilet paper brand in the public restrooms.

  17. HELENK says:

    my only experience with Oakland mobs was coming home from work around 12:30AM and some team had won a basketball game.
    Before that I had never seen cars that go up and down in the front. I was driving down Broadway and these cars came from everywhere.
    And cops were coming from everywhere. My first thought was ” Holy Shit , I am in the middle of a riot, how do I get out of here. I was an interesting experience, that I hope never to repeat.

    At the time I worked in Emoryville, right outside of Oakland.

  18. HELENK says:

    picture from port of Oakland


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