Occupy Protesters On A New Mission…Shutting Down The Port Of Los Angeles

Get ready Los Angeles.  Two weeks after their central command post at LA City Hall was dismantled by police, Occupy LA protestors have announced they’ll shut down the Port of Long Beach today.  Their aim is to shut down business for the 1% that relies on the port.  Did you know that Wal-Mart, Home Depot, and Target are already shipping goods through ports in Mexico and bringing these goods into the US via Mexican trucks?

(LATimes)…Protesters from Occupy L.A. and other groups plan to form a picket line at the Port of Long Beach on Monday to try to shut down traffic at at least one shipping terminal. Similar actions are planned at ports up and down the West Coast.

The target of the Long Beach protest is SSA Marine, a shipping company. Occupy L.A. demonstrator Michael Novick said protesters chose SSA Marine because “they embody all the ills of this economic regime we live under.”

Protesters say SSA Marine has engaged in unfair labor practices and pursued objectionable environmental policies. Their other complaints include the company’s role as a military contractor during the Iraq war and its connection to Goldman Sachs, an investor in SSA Marine. 

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The investment bank received billions of dollars of U.S. bailout money during the subprime mortgage crisis. Anger at the bailout is a central complaint among Occupy protesters, who oppose policies that they say benefit the wealthiest 1% of Americans at the expense of the other 99%.

Port of Los Angeles march map

Novick, a retired schoolteacher who marched against racial segregation and the Vietnam War in the 1960s, said the decision to target the port came in November, after Occupy protesters in Oakland shut down the port there for several hours.  Monday’s action has not been endorsed by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which represents dock workers. But Novick says he is hopeful that union arbitrators will decide to recognize the picket line and call off the workday.

Containers wait to be loaded at the Port of Long Beach. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

The Long Beach action comes less than two weeks after the Occupy encampment outside Los Angeles City Hall was cleared by police in a highly choreographed eviction that involved some 1,400 officers and resulted in nearly 300 arrests.

Since then, protesters have continued to meet nightly and launch protests. Last week, they demonstrated at a foreclosure auction in Norwalk. On Saturday, they marched downtown, and an affiliate group called Occupy the Hood, camped outside the Los Angeles Police Department’s former Rampart station to protest what they view as abuses by law enforcement.

Novick said the port is a potent target for Occupy protesters because it’s emblematic of America’s economic malaise. The port receives much more cargo than it ships out, Novick said, because many U.S. manufacturing jobs have been moved overseas.

In some ways, the Occupy movement can be seen as the intellectual heir to the anti-globalization protests of the late 1990s, which reached a high point with a massive protest at the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle in 1999. Novick said many Occupy protesters are similarly disillusioned. They are, he said, “a new generation that has come up in the world that globalization created.”


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4 Responses to Occupy Protesters On A New Mission…Shutting Down The Port Of Los Angeles

  1. tnwahm says:

    The port receives much more cargo than it ships out, Novick said, because many U.S. manufacturing jobs have been moved overseas.
    Why don’t these geniuses know that the reason that manufacturing jobs have been moved overseas is because of taxes, regulation and UNIONS. Oh, that’s right, they’ve been brainwashed and are lazy.

    On a positive note, they keep this kind of stupid stuff up and they’ll negate what the Paulbots will do next year as a 3rd party.


  2. Gino says:

    Tnwham, I agree why don’t they understand that it is legislation and taxes that are having a negative effect on commerce and employment.Furthermore, I absolutely cannot understand why they choose to inconvience me and other Americans with traffic jam, stalled bank lines, blocked entrances to business and as well trashing areas were they protest. Do they not understand that it is tax payer dollars being applied to there cleanup, policing etcetra..Do these morons really believe that there actions will bring a positive reflection and emndorsement of their cause by negative actions.


    • Ad rem says:

      These Occupy protests are not about sustaining commerce and employment. They’re about anarchy….about growing union power and control at all costs. Remember their Marxist mantra…

      “We do want more, and when it becomes more, we shall still want more. And we shall never cease to demand more until we have received the results of our labor.” – Samuel


    • garnette says:

      I guess this is just another example of how well they learned their 3 Rs in school, especially Arithmetic. They seem to think they make up the 99%, but don’t seem to realize that they are the less than 1% disrupting the life of the 99%.


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