karyn and i made shoddy fake press passes, packed snacks and cigarettes and hopped on the bart to west oakland.
from oscar grant plaza we marched with thousands people of all ages down to the port where occupy oakland had already succeeded in shutting down all of today's operations. we took picture and asked questions.
the atmosphere was electric - music and dancing were the activities of the day. people chanted political slogans and we heard from boots riley, angela davis and famed police brutality victim scott olsen.
once we arrived, a general assembly was called to decide what would be done. the decision was made to hold the port at least until 3 am.
police were scarce. there were no arrests, and all roads leading into the port were guarded by officers. there very few cars on the roads, but a few large vehicles loaded down with dancing protestors blasted dance music for all to hear.
many oaklanders lined the streets, and treated the protest as a parade to watch. some joined in.
|the defend oakland tent. these folks occupy foreclosed homes.|
not just here in oakland, but all up and down the coast ports were shut down. people were attacked by police in seattle, arrested in houston. in portland people danced and played games of ninja destruction while protesting corporate greed at the port.
you can check out what's happening with the oakland port shutdown by searching #occupyoakland on twitter.