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    Protesters chanting, "Whose port? Our port!" marched on ports in Oakland and Long Beach in California on Monday, part of a planned effort to shut down shipping facilities along the West Coast.

    Police in Long Beach lined up to prevent protesters from continuing their march, warning them to move out of the road to a designated protest zone or face arrest. At least one protester was taken into custody during a confrontation as police tried to push protesters back.

    Demonstrators in Long Beach and Oakland claimed on Twitter to have effectively shut the ports down. Their claims could not be immediately verified.

    Protesters affiliated with the nationwide "Occupy" movement hoped to shut down ports from San Diego to Alaska on Monday in an effort to "disrupt the economic machine that benefits the wealthiest individuals and corporations," according to organizers.

    In addition to Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Diego protesters planned to shut down ports in Portland, Oregon; Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, Vancouver, British Columbia and Anchorage, Alaska, according to the Occupy the Ports website.

    Protesters are also planning to demonstrate at the port in Houston, while Salt Lake City demonstrators are also organizing to disrupt operations of a Walmart distribution facility.

    The demonstrations are part of a nationwide day of protest called in the aftermath of efforts by cities across the country, including New York, Boston and Oakland, to clear demonstrators from encampments they had set up in public parks and other locations.

    Protesters at the scene said they planned to hold the port for 24 hours or longer if police respond violently to their blockade, according to video broadcast live on the Internet by protesters.

    Occupy protester gets job on Wall Street "We are occupying the ports as part of a day of action, boycott and march for full legalization and good jobs for all to draw attention to and protest the criminal system of concentrated wealth that depends on local and global exploitation of working people, and the denial of workers' rights to organize for decent pay, working conditions and benefits, in disregard for the environment and the health and safety of surrounding communities," organizers said on their website.

    Protesters are focusing on terminals owned by SSA Marine, a company they say is owned by the investment firm Goldman Sachs that exemplifies corporate greed and is anti-union.

    The International Longshore and Warehouse Workers, which represents 15,000 dock workers, has distanced itself from the effort.

    In a letter to members sent last month, union president Robert McEllrath said the organization shares Occupy protesters concerns about what they consider corporate abuses, but said the union was not sanctioning any shutdown.

    Protest organizers said on their website that they were acting independent of organized labor only because the unions are "constrained under reactionary, anti-union federal legislation."

    Some port workers are also against the planned blockade.

    "I'm just barely getting on my feet again after two years, and now I gotta go a day without pay while somebody else has something to say that I'm not really sure is relevant to the cause," trucker Chuck Baca told CNN affiliate KGO.

    Port officials say shutting down their facilities will only cost workers and their communities wages and tax revenue.

    Port of San Diego board chairman Scott Peters issued an open letter to the community on Sunday asking that protesters not disrupt work.

    "The Port of San Diego is made up of working people with families who serve the public each day by helping to bring in goods that are important to the people of the San Diego region," Peters wrote.

    "They are the 99 percent, the gardeners, the maintenance workers, the dock workers, the Harbor Police officers, the office workers, the environmental workers -- all working to improve the quality of life in San Diego Bay and on its surrounding lands," he said. "It is these people who would be hurt by a blockade of our Port."
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    They do realize how stupid it is to complain about the lack of jobs, and then try to stop commerce?

    I can understand protesting Wall Street and the government, but c'mon, they need to get a clue.

    Makes about as much sense as the poor kids from Harvard and Cal Berkeley protesting.
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    Useless people.

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    These "occupy" people are such fucking confused, disorganized idiots with stupid demands that I am surprised the military hasn't opened fire on them for their communist demands. I personally can't wait for the day I meet one of these nice folk face to face and without their "group" so I can have a conversation with them. The gutless and Godless they are
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    "Who's House? Runs House?"

    What a bunch of no-talent ass clowns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    They do realize how stupid it is to complain about the lack of jobs, and then try to stop commerce?
    Sounds a bit more like they're complaining about the lack of unionised jobs...

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    Waiting for someone being prevented from working to snap and open fire on these fuckers...



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    I don't have a job so I'm gonna fuck with someone else's job.

    Fucking idiots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    Sounds a bit more like they're complaining about the lack of unionised jobs...
    Then they are going to be doing a LOT of protesting, as only about 7% of private sector jobs are union.

    When I was running a construction company, we did a union job once.

    Once. Will never do one again.
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    Like DD said, the original ideas of protesting Wall Street and the government were fine. However, now they just seem like they're taking up space as they really haven't accomplished much and stuff like this is stretching it too far.

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    For the life of me, I cannot understand the hatred the occupiers get. Waiting to open fire? Are you fucking serious? Do you want to live in a nation where a group of people can be murdered in cold blood for attempting to make a stand against the powers that be and a systematically corrupt government? The Occupy movement sure has its faults if that is what you are looking for. Is it better to do nothing? Our system is totally fucked up, the middle class is headed for extinction. The Occupiers are justly enraged.
    In truth, the greatest threat to the USA and liberty now is the National Defense Authorization Act, which is the next step towards the abolishment of the Bill of Rights.
    I believe that there should be large scale protests against the NDAA rather than the occupy movement. Yet, many people seem to be totally oblivious. I've been pretty vocal about the NDAA and most of the people I know are livid about it too. The word is getting out despite the mainstream media basically covering it up. Many people just care about the next football game or their favorite TV show. Its insane.
    OPEN YOUR FUCKING EYES PEOPLE! Now I'm PISSED the fuck off. I'm not even a political person. But the importance of this issue is just self evident to me.
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    Bunch of lazy, misinformed idiots. No wonder the country is going to hell. Gutless and Godless is right.

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    I don't see how you can link the Occupy movement with the NDAA.

    The NDAA opens the way for a military dictatorship in America, and I don't think I am overstating the danger.

    Most here are sympathetic to the occupiers when they are protesting the government and wall street, but trying to close ports just hurts the common man, and doesn't accomplish anything besides make them look like idiots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    I don't see how you can link the Occupy movement with the NDAA.

    The NDAA opens the way for a military dictatorship in America, and I don't think I am overstating the danger.

    Most here are sympathetic to the occupiers when they are protesting the government and wall street, but trying to close ports just hurts the common man, and doesn't accomplish anything besides make them look like idiots.
    Trying to close ports isn't the only thing that makes them look like idiots. Open borders, everyone makes 40k per year, free healthcare for everyone are the the sticklers for me. It's like these asshats combined the most illogical and idiotic demands and said "lets go make everyone want to shoot our fucking faces off". I mean protesting greed and the screwing of the common man should be good with about 99% of the world, but the rider clauses for the other demands??? Shows how utterly ridiculous and far out of touch this movement really is.
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    Celebrities are still pissed and speaking out about how the poor aren't lazy; all people work hard, etc.

    Sorry, but there is a correlation between hard work and income. Yes, there are exceptions on both ends of income distribution.

    The latest was Rainn Wilson on Twitter today. I wanted to write him back and say, "So the only difference between you and every poor person in the US is that you were lucky?"

    Bullshit. Bill Maher and Bill Engvall said this on the next-to-last episode of this year's real time. Essentially, they got lucky. No, luck is where hard work and opportunity intersect.

    I wish celebs realized how stupid this stuff makes them look.

 

 

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