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Stillness at the port on the edge of the west.

November 2, 2011, 10:56 pm

The port of Oakland is occupied, and shipping operations have stopped. It was a “massive general strike” and “mostly peaceful” though two pedestrians were hit by a silver Mercedes “moving the crowd”. It’s said to be “the first general strike called in Oakland since 1946“. That one began when police helped nonunion workers break a picket line. It lasted two and a half days, and ended when the AFL reached an agreement with the city that the Oakland Police would “refrain from taking sides in any issue between labor and management.”1


1“Oakland General Strike, Costing Millions, Ends.” LAT 12/6/46, p. 1.

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