Somewhere around 10,000 people marched with a lot of energy and unity yesterday, shutting down the Port of Oakland with the help of the Longshore union. City workers took the day off; some schools and shops closed. The Oakland Occupy is still there, after police through everyone out last week, and later attacked a support march. Police used teargas overnight and arrested about 80 people. We will report further.
Meanwhile, Occupy Wall Street is calling for an eviction defense:
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"Three weeks ago NYPD delivered what was effectively a notice of eviction, telling residents of Liberty Square that Brookfield, with the help of the city, was going to clean the park. Instead, #OWS mobilized, organizing a mass clean up, mobilizing thousands of supporters, and flooding the mayors office with phone calls. An amazing pre-dawn defence packed the square with thousands of people. Brookfield stood down and the eviction was averted.
Today rumors are rampant that the city is again considering action to end the occupation. Labor leaders, local elected officials, and news outlets are hearing the rumblings of eviction. We know that when the next eviction attempt comes, we will not get advanced warning. NYPD could move in as early as tonight, or it could be next week. We know that our adversaries are trying to build political cover for eviction by demonizing us in the press.
We need to be ready to defend the occupation. Be prepared!"
Yes, let's be prepared to defend people who are in the streets challenging the unjust status quo.
By Debra Sweet, National Director, World Can't Wait