Occupy Protesters Announce They Will Shut Down Port Of Long Beach Monday

LONG BEACH (CBS) — Occupy activists have announced plans to shut down the Port of Long Beach on Monday in hopes that it will disrupt business for the “1%” whose business relies on the port.

Organizers say the shutdown is a coordinated effort to close cargo ports on the West Coast from Anchorage to San Diego. Dock workers say the move will cost shipping companies millions of dollars in losses.

The organizers’ goal is “to disrupt and blockade the economic apparatus of the 1%,” according to the Occupy the Ports website.

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Activists said they plan on gathering at a park near the Queen Mary at 5 a.m. Monday, and then march to a dock facility owned by SSA Marine, a shipping company that is 51 percent owned by Goldman Sachs. They said they would likely disperse by 11 a.m.

Members of the International Longshoreman Workers’ Union were expected by Occupy organizers to honor the community march as a union picket line and not cross it. This raises the possibility of a closure of part of the twin port complex at Long Beach, and possibly adjacent San Pedro.

A spokesman for a group of largely Latino truck drivers, who ferry containers from the docks to nearby factories or freight yards, said those non-union drivers will honor the Occupy protest line as well. Franklin Serrano told Telemundo station KVEA that the drivers know “we will lose a day’s pay” but said the shipping companies that will be affected “will lose millions in profits.”

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Occupy organizers said the Long Beach march would also be to support 26 non-union truck drivers who they said were fired for wearing Teamsters jackets at port terminals, and said SSA Marine was known for being “anti-union.”

No other protests were publicized for the Port of San Pedro, but other Occupy marches were planned in San Diego and Port Hueneme, west of Malibu.

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  1. Smokey says:

    Don’t these wack jobs ever give up?? Let’s see, we’ll block the port so the truck driver’s and longshoremen loose a day’s pay. Right before Christmas. Yeah, that will help them. Where’s a runaway truck when you need one??

    1. Bravo Kilo 31 says:

      The police should give a warning five minutes prior to opening fire and taking out about two hundred. The rest will run and thus the end to occupy anything.

    2. wounded_defecators (project) says:

      Liberal, Neo-conservative useful idiots and critics of Assembly, and frankly haters of truth and freedom, exist by feeding on the entrepreneurial, middle class.
      Which explains why the nation’s respect and admiration are with Occupy and with the Anonymous, Wikileaks and Ruckus brigades. Thank you heroes for all of your service.
      For they know, proletariat’s bad children and parasites, sic Zionist apparachiks of the Fed, IMF and World Bank, will never admonish the Crony Capitalism feeding their addictions and narcissism. A special interest needful and earnest of all the hearty, steamy excrement patriots can provide. Sh!t and p!ss on, noble flea-baggers, lest the streets flow with blood.

  2. marie says:

    Our small family owned business with 30 employees relies on the port to get us our merchandise we sell, WE ARE NOT PART OF THE 1%… all of us here are regular everyday people trying to provide for their families. Shame on occupy for thinking that everyone who uses the port is part of the 1%!

    1. Debra R Steinman says:

      #OWS doesn’t care. They only care about what they can get for $0 while making Law abiding Americans suffer.

  3. CpnKaos says:

    Left to the longshoremen, this would not happen. They don’t need unions to support these loons and have longshoremen loose wages. What the hell is going on in America. Loons go find a job.

  4. Keith says:

    This movement is a tumor on society. They need to do something to “occupy” their time by working or volunteering for the less fortunate. If and when they contribute to society in a positive way; perhaps they would get support. I wish them all an early Christmas greeting of fire hoses and police batons.

  5. bounce says:

    >> Franklin Serrano told Telemundo station KVEA that the drivers know “we will lose a day’s pay” but said the shipping companies that will be affected “will lose millions in profits.”

    A protest that lasts for about six hours isn’t going to cost those companies much, if anything. Whatever is being shipped will maybe be a day late, that’s it. If there is a cost to the companies, it will be passed on to the consumer.

    Freaking idiots…

  6. wg//af says:

    I wish they would occupy West Hollywood. I would be there front and center. Oh yeah!!!

  7. Joey says:

    How about all the “99%” (a dubious calculation at best) who NEED these jobs to pay for their families’ shelter, food, and medical care? How can anyone be so stupid that they don’t understand that part of the “1% profits” in commerce go to pay WAGES? Is it their goal that if they don’t have vice-presidencies and company cars after graduating with sociology or ethnic studies or philosophy majors that NO ONE should have employment?

    1. ginluk says:

      The occupy crowd has never let anything like logic deter them.

  8. mattzweck says:

    well i heard the weather tomorrow suppose to be wet at miserable down there. and i know usually at the ports near the ocean get foggy. besides i think these occupiers are a bunch of idiots anyways.

  9. j says:

    OK, let’s all work for Wal-Mart for 32 hours per week so they don’t have to pay for health care. Then all the emplyees can sign up for Obama care and welfare that we pay taxes for. Or better yet let’s bailout the banks again and have them illegally foreclose on homes again so they can double their money again. Because they need to make profits for the shareholders(1%). Then they can blame Obama or whoever is President, so we can all vote for the next puppet, so they can steal from us again ! Yeah, Let’s make them think we don’t know what’s going on. Do I need to say more because I can add that GE didn’t pay any taxes last year. etc.. Yeah ! the 99% can pay more for all that. GO OWS !! Wake up America !! Pull your heads out !! They’re stealing this country from us all !!

    1. Art says:

      GE May not have Paid Corporate Taxes You IDIOT, but they Pay other Taxes and support a lot of Other Companies and many employees that live quite well
      It’s a the way Business is supposed to be or nobody would want to be in Business and Idiots like you would likely starve to Death.
      Don’t you get it??

    2. pcfc29 says:

      Have you stopped to consider that the majority of shareholders are hard working people trying to save for their future? No, OWS ca’t see beyond the end of their noses.

      1. GROWAPAIR says:

        What you don’t understand is that the majority or shareholders are institutions not individuals, and they lost so much money for their clients playing games to gain comissions many clients will be working much longer than expected.

  10. Enough says:

    MMMMM getting to thee point of a Terrorist Group id say……

  11. Dale says:

    What a bunch of losers! Go get a job and see what happens when idiots (99%ers) disrupt your business, livelihood, and jobs. This is no longer exercising your Constitutional Right, but a nuisance and just plain stupid.

  12. Hayden Sherman says:

    Hey do you 99% idiots know how the 1% got their money? THEY WORKED THEIR TAILS OFF AT “A JOB” Stop acting like a bunch of 4 year olds who think that everything has to be fair. LIFE SUCKS AND IS NEVER FAIR. You are the masters of your own destiny NOT THE GOVERNMENT and nobody but you can come up with the idea that lands you on easy street. If you don’t like it here in the US then go to Europe or Canada. We don’t need you whining brats here holding up our daily lives. WHERE DO YOU FIND THE TIME TO GO TO THESE PROTESTS ANYWAYS. NO JOB? Find one it isn’t very hard if you actually look and try really hard

  13. wounded_defecators (project) says:

    > Liberal, Neo-conservative useful idiots and critics of Assembly, and frankly haters of truth and freedom, exist by feeding on the entrepreneurial, middle class.
    Which explains why the nation’s respect and admiration are with Occupy and with the Anonymous, Wikileaks and Ruckus brigades. Thank you heroes for all of your service.
    For they know, proletariat’s bad children and parasites, sic Zionist apparachiks of the Fed, IMF and World Bank, will never admonish the Crony Capitalism feeding their addictions and narcissism. A special interest needful and earnest of all the hearty, steamy excrement patriots can provide. Sh!t and p!ss on, noble flea-baggers, lest the streets flow with blood.

  14. George Vreeland Hill says:

    Occupy is a bunch of losers.
    What they do has no impact on the economy.
    They are not changing anything.
    They are just getting in people’s way.
    Occupy should not be allowed to do what they do.
    Just arrest those losers when they show up at places and be done with them.

    George Vreeland Hill

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