I caught the end of a report on the Occupy groups closing down of the docks in three west coast cities. Part of it included a girl explaining that they wanted to punish "exporters". Can someone explain "why" they would want to do that?
Also, last I heard the union that they had been working with didn't want to do this. Did they change their mind or did the occupiers do it on their own?
"Support is one thing," wrote Robert McEllrath, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, in a letter to local union chapters. "Organization from outside groups attempting to co-opt our struggle in order to advance a broader agenda is quite another and one that is destructive to our democratic process."
A statement on the Occupy Oakland website, www.occupyoakland.org, suggests that targeting ports serves another purpose besides hitting the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans in their pocketbooks. The action at West Coast ports is warranted by "nationally coordinated attacks on Occupy movements," according to the statement.
In other words, the port actions were called in part as retribution when cities decided to clear camps around the Bay Area and many other cities in the country.
Growing public sentiment against local Occupy protesters should serve as a wake-up call to the faceless, nameless group. And the group's misguided decisions to target public operations instead of the corporate marauders who benefited from the federal government's failure to hold the people's interest in trust are still confounding to many Americans.
If there is a second phase of operations, when Occupy protesters actually decide to occupy the offices of the corporate and financial institutions that benefited from our misery, maybe their message will wake America's masses. Unfortunately, all Monday's action did was take bread off the table of working people, and that's nothing to be proud of.