Success! Occupy protestors cost dock workers a day's wage in Oakland
"I'm just barely getting on my feet again after two years, and now I gotta go a day without pay while somebody else has something to say that I'm not really sure is relevant to the cause," trucker Chuck Baca told CNN affiliate KGO.
Yes, but that pales in comparison to advancing The Cause! The Cause! The Glorious Cause!:
Occupy protesters succeeded in shutting down overnight operations at California's port of Oakland on Monday night after a day of similar protests in several other U.S. cities.
The protests in Oakland have "disrupted workers trying to get to work and impaired the port's ability to operate," port spokesman Issac Kos-Read told CNN. Craig Merrilees, a spokesman for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, said the port has told its members not to report for work for the overnight shift because of the mass of protesters at the port.
Monday's demonstrations also took place in Los Angeles, Seattle, Houston and Portland, Oregon. Organizers said the goal was to shut down ports in an effort to "disrupt the economic machine that benefits the wealthiest individuals and corporations."
CNN is not being entirely accurate. The "goal" was to shut down every port between San Diego and Alaska. Looks like they came up a bit short:
In Long Beach, California, protests caused isolated traffic delays but did not hinder port operations, according to Police Chief Jim McDonnell.
"Two arrests were made -- one for resisting and one for failure to disperse, as well as a number of traffic citations issued to pedestrians," he said.
About 80 protesters demonstrated outside the gate of San Diego's port, but caused no disruption, port spokesman Ron Powell said.
"They were there at a time when we really didn't have a lot of truck traffic coming in and out," he said.
A spokesman for the port in Portland said the protests had partially shut down the port there. In addition to the West Coast port blockades, demonstrators in Salt Lake City and Denver said they were planning to disrupt operations of Walmart distribution facilities. About 40 to 50 people protested at the Denver facility, CNN affiliate KCNC reported.
The enormous amount of ink being used to publicize this small, insignificant fringe group of hard left rabble rousers comes nowhere near being justified by their pitiful numbers. Note Zombie's pictorial of the Occupy San Francisco protests last weekend. Barely a couple of hundred protestors turned up to berate bank branches for...something. Their incoherence is laughable and would be a joke if the press ever stopped trying to flog the story and make it into something it isn't; a mass movement supported by millions.