Activists with Occupy Oakland are promoting a general strike across the city Wednesday and are urging other groups nationwide to organize similar events.
Pictured: Filmmaker Michael Moore addresses Occupy Oakland protesters outside City Hall in Oakland, Calif.
The Oakland group announced on its website that it is planning a march to the Port of Oakland, the nation’s fifth busiest, to “shut it down before the 7 p.m. night shift.” The website says the strike will be “against the growing gap between the rich and everybody else.”
On the day of the strike, the marches are planned at 9 a.m., noon and 5 p.m., so as many people as possible can participate, said Oakland resident Shake Anderson, 35, who is among those at the encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza at City Hall.
“We’re asking people not to go to work and not to go to school that day,” he said.
He said he was unsure of the timing of closing down the port.
The occupy protests in Oakland, which began Oct. 11, have resulted in more than 100 arrests and included a violent confrontation last week between protestors wielding bottles, rocks and firecrackers and police using tear gas.
The majority of protesters are peaceful, Anderson said. At a march Saturday night, some young men tried to rush the police line with homemade shields. Anderson said he and others stood between them and the police, shouting “peace” and telling them to calm down and not provoke retaliation.
Jordan Hunter, 40, of San Rafael, Calif., said she came from Occupy Marin to help rebuild the Oakland site after police removed it.
“It’s kind of a big social experiment in living outside the expectations created by the economic structure we live in,” she said.
Source: Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY