Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Occupy Oakland calls for citywide strike; other Occupy movements to participate

Posted By on Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Reminder: The city's reason for pushing protestors out had to do with sanitary concerns.
  • Jenny Bach
  • Reminder: The city's reason for pushing protestors out was over sanitary concerns.

The police sure didn't squelch the Occupy movement in Oakland, Calif., which is not only alive and well, but calling for a citywide strike. Other cities and Occupy movements have vowed to participate in the general strike, too, though it's unclear if Occupy Charlotte is participating, or even totally aware of the call for a strike. One of the problems with being cut off from the Internets (and electricity, for that matter), is that it's difficult for Occupiers to keep up with the current events.

From The L.A. Times:

The revived Occupy Oakland movement has called for a citywide general strike Wednesday that has garnered nationwide support from activists and the philosophical backing of labor unions, while triggering growing consternation that the city's strained economy could suffer further.

The call for businesses to close and residents to demonstrate at banks and later march to the Port of Oakland came after last week's heavy police response to protesters speaking out against the razing of the movement's City Hall encampment.

Demonstrations in support of Oakland's strike are planned in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and elsewhere, and organizers, who were allowed to reestablish their camp, said that letters of solidarity have flooded in from around the world, most notably from Tahrir Square demonstrators in Cairo.

"Tomorrow is going to be a test of what's possible with this historical movement, how far this will go," said Tim Simmons, 28, among the encampment's residents.

Read the rest of this article, by Lee Romney, here.

More Occupy news from around the country:
Police use bulldozers to break up Occupy Richmond — Raw Story
State Concedes Defeat For Now in Occupy Nashville Battle; Judge Bans More ArrestsNashville Scene
Man found dead in tent during Occupy Okla. City protest; police say death not suspicious The Washington Post
Former Marine Scott Olsen's injury spurs vets to join Occupy movementUSA Today
Occupy Tulsa stands their ground — KJRH Channel 2
Occupy Omaha protesters wait, in vain, for police — KVNO News
High-profile Occupy Denver protester quits over ideological differencesThe Denver Post

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