Photo: Karina Lopez
The Oakland Police’s brutal crackdown against Occupy Oakland demonstrators has touched off a fire-storm in that city that threatens to shut it down this week.We already know that OccupyMARINES (OM) is offering a $4,000 reward for the officer who shot Scott Olsen, an army veteran now suffering from critical brain injuries. OM has identified some of the men they think are responsible, and Anonymous published their addresses and other sensitive information.
But that’s not all.
There have been whispers all over the internet about a General Strike on November 2nd. Occupations have been urging people not to go to work that day to protest all the general ideas of the movement — growing income inequality, too much money in politics, and too much power for the banks.
And since all of Oakland started rallying around the protesters, you can expect this to be a test for how well an occupation can engage an entire community.
The plan for November 2nd is to black the Port of Oakland with a march starting at 5 PM. You can check out an excerpt below, to get full details here:
We are doing this in order to blockade the flow of capital on the day of the General Strike, as well as to show our commitment to solidarity with Longshore workers in their struggle against EGT in Longview, Washington. EGT is an international grain exporter which is attempting to rupture longshore jurisdiction. The driving force behind EGT is Bunge LTD, a leading agribusiness and food company which reported 2.4 billion dollars in profit in 2010; this company has strong ties to Wall Street. This is but one example of Wall Street’s corporate attack on workers.
Teachers are getting in on the action as well. Sources have forwarded Business Insider e-mails being passed around to the entire school district urging teachers to join the strike on Wednesday.
Not only that, but the ACLU of Northern California and the National Lawyers Guild let us know that they are considering a lawsuit against the Oakland Police Department and have demanded documents regarding their policy on the use of violent force. Not that the OPD hasn’t been through that before, but you can check out the letter here. They want a pretty long list of evidence from the night of the raid on Occupy Oakland.
This week should be interesting.