Occupy Portland Plans to Take Over Portsby Staff
KPTV, December 6, 2011
PORTLAND, OR - Occupy Portland plans to join other Occupy groups to shut down ports across the west coast Dec. 12.
Organizers said the shutdown will focus on how the 1 percent use the ports, international trade and even the spirit of Christmas to profit from the 99 percent.
The movement planned to form a community blockade at the Port of Portland and disrupt business. Members have termed the day "Wall Street on the Waterfront."
Organizers said the shutdown is partly in solidarity with the International Longshoreman and Warehouse Union, which has been involved in a labor dispute in Longview, WA.
However, the president of the union previously told the Portland Tribune that the union does not support the shutdown.
Organizers said several west coast Occupy groups have responded to the call to shut down the waterfront, including Oakland, Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Diego, Seattle, Tacoma and Anchorage.
Occupy Portland approved the action Nov. 26.
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