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Speakers at the press conference were [[Tim Simmons]] of [[Occupy Oakland]]; [[Boots Riley]] of [[Occupy Oakland]], [[The Coup]], and [[Street Sweeper Social Club]]; [[Betty Olson-Jones]] of the [[Oakland Education Association]]; [[Clarence Thomas]] of the [[ILWU]] and the [[Million Worker March]]; [[Mike King]] of [[Occupy Oakland]]; [[Jenna Woloshyn]] of Teamsters Local 70; [[Kimberly Rojas]], Oakland Branch President of the [[National Postal Mail Handlers Union]]; [[Eddie Falcon]] of [[Iraq Veterans Against the War]]; [[Steve Zeltzer]] of the [[Committee to Defend the ILWU]]; and [[Bob Mandel]] of the [[Oakland Education Association]].<ref>[http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/12/09/18702297.php. East Bay Indymedia, Occupy Oakland West Coast Port Blockade Press Conference, 12/09/11: photos
 
Speakers at the press conference were [[Tim Simmons]] of [[Occupy Oakland]]; [[Boots Riley]] of [[Occupy Oakland]], [[The Coup]], and [[Street Sweeper Social Club]]; [[Betty Olson-Jones]] of the [[Oakland Education Association]]; [[Clarence Thomas]] of the [[ILWU]] and the [[Million Worker March]]; [[Mike King]] of [[Occupy Oakland]]; [[Jenna Woloshyn]] of Teamsters Local 70; [[Kimberly Rojas]], Oakland Branch President of the [[National Postal Mail Handlers Union]]; [[Eddie Falcon]] of [[Iraq Veterans Against the War]]; [[Steve Zeltzer]] of the [[Committee to Defend the ILWU]]; and [[Bob Mandel]] of the [[Oakland Education Association]].<ref>[http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/12/09/18702297.php. East Bay Indymedia, Occupy Oakland West Coast Port Blockade Press Conference, 12/09/11: photos
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==Shutdown the port movement==
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One outgrowth of the Occupy Oakland movement, which tried to shut down the local, but very busy port of Oakland, was an attempt to organizer a wider, West Coast ports shutdown movement. This took place in December, 2011, with varying results, but some success in Oakland where the leftist city government led by old leftist Mayor [[Jean Quan]], basically let the demonstrators do what they wanted despite weak protestations that they were disrupting the rest of the people, the "99%."
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Quan was quoted in a CNN story, "Oakland Port reopens after protesters disrupt overnight operations"<ref>http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/13/us/occupy-ports/index.html?eref=rss_topstories</ref>, saying that "They are saying ...they have to get the attention of the ruling class. I think the ruling class is probably laughing and people in this city will be crying this Christmas. It's really got to stop."
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Among those identified a being some kind of leader of this movement were the following:
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*[[Robert McEllrath]] - [[ILWU]] president, who said they the union "shares the Occupy movement's concerns about the future of the middle class and corporate abuses" but he urged the movement to stay out of its dispute with the port of Longview, Washington and warned against "outside groups attempting to co-opt our struggle in order to advance a broader agenda."
  
 
==Deaths==
 
==Deaths==

Revision as of 08:12, 17 December 2011

Protestors at the Occupy Oakland demonstration

The Occupy Cleveland demonstration is a part of the Occupy Movement which began on Sept. 17, 2011 with the original Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York City.


Affiliated Organizations

The following organizations have supported or joined with the Occupy Cleveland demonstration:[1]

Support

Legal Support

The National Lawyers Guild is serving as the arrestees' legal team.[3]

Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment

On Nov. 19, Tanya Dennis of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) spoke at a rally held at the downtown plaza which for over a month had housed the main Occupy Oakland camp. She told how with ACCE's help she fended off a foreclosure attempt earlier this year and won a modification of her mortgage. "So we can stand up to the banks and we can prevail!" she declared to loud applause. Dennis urged rally-goers to join in a Dec. 6 national day of action "where people are going to reoccupy homes that have been foreclosed."[4]

Speakers

The following have addressed the protestors:

  • Maria Gastelumendi, "owner of an area small business who expressed her wholehearted support for the occupy movement."[4]
  • Dan Coffman, president of ILWU Local 21 in Longview, Wash., "thanked Occupy Oakland for its solidarity with ILWU members' struggle against the corporate-owned EGT Development."[4]

Participants

Eviction

Oakland Police evicted the demonstrators early in the morning on Oct. 25.

Writing for the CPUSA's newspaper People's World, Marilyn Bechtel commented on the demonstrators' response to the eviction:[5]

"Soon after the eviction, the Alameda Labor Council posted a resolution on its web site, saying it "shares the outrage, frustration and resolve of the protesters, commits to the fight, and goes on record in support of the Occupy Oakland and the entire Occupy Wall Street movement." The resolution further backed protesters' right to peaceful assembly and opposed "any efforts to unreasonably evict protesters based on unsupported claims of public safety." It said the mayor and the City Council "are on the wrong side of history," and called on the city to drop charges against those arrested and restore the occupation. The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United issued a similar statement, and the Asian Pacific Environmental Network issued a petition calling on the mayor to stop police repression against the protesters...

...Speaking on public radio station KQED Oct. 26, City Council President Pro Tem Ignacio de la Fuente pointed out that Mayor Quan "tried from the beginning to establish a dialogue" with protesters and to allow them to use the plaza during the day, and noted what he called "the infiltration" of people totally opposed to the police."

Occupiers "Re-Take" Plaza

An article by William West and Richard Becker published in Liberation (newspaper of the Party for Socialism and Liberation) described the demonstrator's actions during the last week of October:[6]

"Occupiers retook Oscar Grant Plaza only two days after their camp was destroyed by police. The protesters tore down a fence that the police had erected around the supposedly public space and built a tower from the fence as a monument to their resolve. Within 48 hours of the attack, two dozen tents and two canopies had been restored to the Plaza. The occupiers' first action after retaking their camp was to hold a vigil for Scott Olsen. Having become the subject of negative press over nearly killing Olsen, the Oakland Police Department is so far not interfering with the re-establishment of the camp.
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, who helped plan the Oct. 25 attack against the encampment, attempted to address the Occupation at its General Assembly but was booed off the stage, with the Occupiers chanting “Go away!” as she attempted to speak."

It is notable that Quan is a former Maoist and a veteran of the student movement of the 1960's. She once "identified" with the defunct Maoist Communist Workers Party.[7]

Nov. 2 "Mass Day of Action"

Occupy Oakland's general assembly decided to stage a "Mass Day of Action" on Nov. 2, 2011, after the dismantling of the camp the week prior. Marilyn Bechtel, writing in the CPUSA's newspaper, People's World wrote of the action,[8]

"While organizers called for a "general strike to shut down Oakland and the 1 percent" they also said they recognized that not all workers would strike, and they welcomed "any form of participation which they feel is appropriate." Actions are slated for early morning, noon and evening, to encourage the greatest participation.
The Alameda Labor Council said its affiliated unions "stand in solidarity with Occupy Oakland and the 99 percent." It is encouraging unions and individual members "to take whatever solidarity actions they deem appropriate to support Occupy Oakland and draw attention to the need for good jobs, ethical banking practices, quality public services and a system where everyone, including the rich and corporations, pays their fair share." The Labor Council is serving dinner to all Day of Action participants starting at 4:30 p.m.
On the evening of Nov. 1, the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) is holding a "Swag'n for Justice" concert and rally to press for quality jobs at the upcoming redevelopment of the Oakland Army Base. On Nov. 3, protesters will join the California Nurses Association in a late morning action in San Francisco in solidarity with international protests against the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors during their meeting in Nice, France. The nurses have been staffing the Oakland encampment's first aid facilities.
While pointing out that they are not asking members to strike, Teamsters Local 70 urged them to participate in the day of action during their off hours, wearing their "Teamsters gear." Dwight McElroy, president of SEIU Local 1021's Oakland chapter, said in a statement, "We are also part of the 99 percent. Our jobs have been cut, our people are unemployed, and our community has lost needed services in these hard times."
The Oakland Education Association endorsed the Nov. 2 actions, and is urging members "to participate in a variety of ways," including taking personal leave to join actions, doing informational picketing and holding teach-ins at school sites. The OEA has been funding the porta-potties at the camp site. Among the many community organizations participating is the disability rights organization CUIDO, which will hold a rally and teach-in to protest impending federal and state cuts impacting the disability community, as well as participating via van shuttle in the community picket at the port."

Occupy Oakland West Coast Port Blockade Press Conference, 12/09/11

Following "police repression" of the Occupy Movement across the country as well as the successful blockade of the Port of Oakland during the November 2nd General Strike, the Occupy Oakland General Assembly issued a call to shut down all West Coast Ports on December 12th.

This Monday "Wall Street on the Waterfront" will be confronted with coordinated port blockades in San Diego, LA, Oakland, Portland, Tacoma, Seattle, Vancouver, and Houston. The same day, Occupy Anchorage, Occupy Denver, and Occupy Wall Street will be targeting Goldman Sachs and Walmart. Local organizers of the West Coast Port Blockade held a press conference just outside the Port of Oakland at Jack London Square on December 9th to announce the reasoning behind and the plans for the mass demonstrations in Oakland.

Speakers at the press conference were Tim Simmons of Occupy Oakland; Boots Riley of Occupy Oakland, The Coup, and Street Sweeper Social Club; Betty Olson-Jones of the Oakland Education Association; Clarence Thomas of the ILWU and the Million Worker March; Mike King of Occupy Oakland; Jenna Woloshyn of Teamsters Local 70; Kimberly Rojas, Oakland Branch President of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union; Eddie Falcon of Iraq Veterans Against the War; Steve Zeltzer of the Committee to Defend the ILWU; and Bob Mandel of the Oakland Education Association.[9].

Shutdown the port movement

One outgrowth of the Occupy Oakland movement, which tried to shut down the local, but very busy port of Oakland, was an attempt to organizer a wider, West Coast ports shutdown movement. This took place in December, 2011, with varying results, but some success in Oakland where the leftist city government led by old leftist Mayor Jean Quan, basically let the demonstrators do what they wanted despite weak protestations that they were disrupting the rest of the people, the "99%."

Quan was quoted in a CNN story, "Oakland Port reopens after protesters disrupt overnight operations"[10], saying that "They are saying ...they have to get the attention of the ruling class. I think the ruling class is probably laughing and people in this city will be crying this Christmas. It's really got to stop."

Among those identified a being some kind of leader of this movement were the following:

  • Robert McEllrath - ILWU president, who said they the union "shares the Occupy movement's concerns about the future of the middle class and corporate abuses" but he urged the movement to stay out of its dispute with the port of Longview, Washington and warned against "outside groups attempting to co-opt our struggle in order to advance a broader agenda."

Deaths

Kayode Foster was shot in the head and died outside of the Occupy Oakland site on November 11, 2011.[11][12]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 People's World: Police evict Occupy Oakland, Oct. 25, 2011 (accessed on Oct. 25, 2011)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 People's World: Occupy Oaklanders wake up the town, Oct. 24, 2011 (accessed on Oct. 25, 2011)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Inter Press Service: Police Tear Down Occupy Oakland; Protesters Say It's Not Over, Oct. 26, 2011 (accessed on Nov. 2, 2011)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 People's World: Occupy movement takes up new challenges, Nov. 22, 2011 (accessed on Dec. 8, 2011)
  5. People's World: Oakland demos spark call for nonviolence & end to repression, Oct. 26, 2011 (accessed on Dec. 13, 2011)
  6. Liberation: Victories in Bay Area Occupy movements, Nov. 1, 2011 (accessed on Dec. 12, 2011)
  7. {http://www.bolshevik.org/statements/ibt_20111030_Occupy%20Oakland-General%20Strike.html, ‘Occupy Oakland’ Calls for General Strike to Protest Cop Attack' IBT Bulletin, november 2011}
  8. People's World: Mass Day of Action gains broad support in Oakland, Nov. 1, 2011 (accessed on Dec. 13, 2011)
  9. [http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/12/09/18702297.php. East Bay Indymedia, Occupy Oakland West Coast Port Blockade Press Conference, 12/09/11: photos by Dave Id, Friday Dec 9th, 2011 11:23 PM]
  10. http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/13/us/occupy-ports/index.html?eref=rss_topstories
  11. San Francisco Chronicle "Occupy Oakland campers defy city demand to leave," November 12, 2011
  12. Oakland North "Oakland man charged with murder in shooting death near former Occupy Oakland encampment," December 2, 2011