West Coast Port Shutdown. Oakland, Part 1

We did it. We met at West Oakland Bart at 5pm, dozens at first, then hundreds. I left with the first wave of bicyclists, sandwiched in a series of buses carrying protesters to various berths in the port. At first it was unclear whether there’d be enough people to even hold our berth; but then the rest of the buses began to arrive, and we secured our berths with ease. My sleep-starved body longing for caffeine, I went out in search of coffee, but intersected instead with a human wave on seventh–all the marchers that had left after us. Hundreds perhaps thousands. Somehow I ended up in the berth with all the OO alumns, and it was reunion bash for a little while.

The rest of the protesters occupied three or four ports together, and held them for long enough for the local ILWU to call the day. To be honest, I didn’t even think a hundred people would come out at five in the morning to march a mile and stand around in the cold and rain for five hours. But thousands did. And that was just the first half of the day.

Now, collapse. Later, part two.


One thought on “West Coast Port Shutdown. Oakland, Part 1

  1. There have been some fine reports about the port actions, but there also has been a frustrating lot of misinformation and propaganda being aired about the port action. I hope you’ve seen the open letter by the port truck drivers. To my knowledge, that letter hasn’t gotten enough notice or exposure.The link to the letter is below.

    Keep up the great work and the great reporting. I read that you were interviewed by BBC. Is there a link to that available so that I can hear it and also pass it along?


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