Members of Occupy Denver are gearing up for a road trip that will not only take them to the site of Occupy protests along the West Coast but also allow them to take part in a protest designed to shut down ports from California to Washington.
The delegation of Occupy Denver members said they plan on visiting fellow Occupy protests in Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Long Beach and Berkeley, among other possible stops. The trip is an effort to connect with other members of the national movement and “build inter-committee communications through the western (United) States.”
The Denver members said they plan to “observe and assist” other Occupy groups in their actions, which includes a coordinated effort to shut down ports along the western coast from California to Washington state on December 12. Occupy Denver is inviting anyone who wishes to take part in the road trip and/or protest to contact them for details.
The West Coast Port Shutdown has apparently been sparked by the Occupy Oakland movement, who said the protest is a response to “nationally coordinated police raids” on Occupy movements across the nation.
“It is time for us to respond with our own coordinated actions,” members of Occupy Denver said in a statement. “Our aim is to shutdown the West Coast ports… .”
More specifically, the group said the port shutdown effort is aimed at international grain exporter EGT, which it claims is led by Bunge LTD and is a company “constituted of 1% bankers who practices have ruined lives of the working class all over the world… .”
EGT was the target of an earlier strike by Longshoremen in Longview, Washington in September, who opposed the company’s construction of a major grain export terminal at the Port of Longview. Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union organized the strike after talks between the union and EGE broke down over the company’s insistence that longshoremen work 12-hour shifts without overtime pay, according to the ILWU.
EGT has reportedly hired another contractor, which, in turn, has hired members of another labor union to work at the port in place of ILWU members.
“We will blockade all of the West Coast Ports on December 12th in solidarity with longshoremen, port workers and truckers in their struggle against the 1%!,” Occupy Oakland stated. “Together we are unstoppable! Strike while the iron is hot!”
This will be the second Occupy Oakland protest designed to shut down an area port. The group said its involvement in a November 2 general strike was a success and served as a “warning shot” to EGT.
The group said it has received confirmation from Occupy Los Angeles that it will stage a similar protest at the Port of Los Angeles designed to shut down terminals there, which are owned by Goldman-Sachs.