Occupy Oakland: On to the Port

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From Steven T. Jones on the streets of Oakland:

The large crowd has been chanting "peaceful protest" as it moves back to the Plaza. That's in response to a small group that's been breaking windows at BofA, Wells Fargo and Chase. There's also been vandalism at Clorox and Whole Foods. The Chron reports that the vandals are mostly wearing masks.

But for the most part, it's peaceful and most of the activists are trying to avoid (and discourage) the behavior of a few.

You can follow all the action at our twitter feed here .

If you're on facebook, there's a short video on Steve's page here.

Comments

people are walking along the street and a few windows are broken?

Glad to see you're on top of the big stories.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 02, 2011 @ 3:57 pm

Port of Oakland shut down
6:45 p.m.: Thousands of peaceful Occupy protesters block all gates.

As many as 5,000 people, by police estimates, clogged the main port entrance on Middle Harbor Road and seven other gates as the sun went down, chanting slogans and halting all truck traffic going in or out.

Posted by matlock on Nov. 02, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

The hot news is that the people of this country are sick & tired & FED UP with the corporation domination of the 1%. The growing revolt against the billionaire dictatorship syndicate has the momentum to initiate ground-breaking, liberating shakeups of the entire economic & political system. Now THAT'S hot news!! -- Matthew in New York City

Posted by GuestMatthew Borenstein on Nov. 02, 2011 @ 6:48 pm

The hot news is that the people of this country are sick & tired & FED UP with the corporation domination of the 1%. The growing revolt against the billionaire dictatorship syndicate has the momentum to initiate ground-breaking, liberating shakeups of the entire economic & political system. Now THAT'S hot news!! -- Matthew in New York City

Posted by GuestMatthew Borenstein on Nov. 02, 2011 @ 6:50 pm

Occupy Oakland: Officials say protest largely peaceful, no arrests
November 2, 2011 | 10:15 pm

Oakland’s interim Police Chief Howard Jordan estimated that the crowd of marchers during the Occupy Oakland general strike Wednesday reached 7,000 at the peak of the demonstration.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/11/occupy-oakland-officials-s...

Posted by Guest on Nov. 02, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

I did a rough count as I walked back through the march, and I calculated at least 6000.

Posted by Greg on Nov. 02, 2011 @ 10:38 pm

Now we know who the real 1% are.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 03, 2011 @ 5:31 am

And that's a big deal when that many people come out. Not everyone will be at a protest, but from the honks of support we were getting, from the gestures of people in the neighborhoods, it's pretty clear that nearly everyone was supportive. Also keep in mind that very few people stayed for the whole day. The march I participated in was one of several that day. I doubt that any but the most committed activists were there for all of them.

Remember, in Tahrir Square, the numbers never reached more than about 1% of the population. Come to think of it, some people like you were making the exact same argument that they're not representative of the population.

Posted by Greg on Nov. 03, 2011 @ 7:55 am

actually live in Oakland? I'd guess up to half.

So 1% is closer.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 03, 2011 @ 9:58 am

6,000 people participated in the general strike...

...out of 340,000 Oakland residents, and 2.1 million East Bay residents.

Sounds like "the 1%" to me.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 03, 2011 @ 8:27 am

6,000 people participated in the general strike...

...out of 340,000 Oakland residents, and 2.1 million East Bay residents.

Sounds like "the 1%" to me.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 03, 2011 @ 8:28 am

Forty-three percent of Americans agree with the views of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll that found a widespread belief that money and wealth should be distributed more evenly in America.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20125515-503544/poll-43-percent-a...

Posted by matlock on Nov. 03, 2011 @ 8:52 am

"Do you feel any stmpathy with those who protest foreclosures and corporate greed?" will solicit a very different poll result than "Do you believe that mobs should take the streets just because they don't like something?"

But the figure we do know for sure is the number particpating. Less than 1%. I predict the turnout at next week's election will by 50 times higher. Who would you trust more to make changes?

Posted by Guest on Nov. 03, 2011 @ 10:01 am

Buy Steven's new book!

Posted by Chromefields on Nov. 03, 2011 @ 10:15 am