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http://nothingiseverlost.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/against-the-bosses-against-the-unions-for-occupations-with-teeth-thoughts-on-west-coast-port-shutdown/

Yesterday saw a major escalation in the tactics of the Occupy movement, as a concentrated effort was made to shut down ports across the West Coast. This kind of direct economic action is a very welcome development, made even more interesting by the movement’s reluctance to name specific reforms that would allow it to be bought off. These actions aren’t about a clear-cut attack on capitalism itself, but they certainly have elements that point in that direction, and they’re a lot less limited than many other protests in recent memory. Another interesting development is that the actions took place against the explicit opposition of the International Longshore Workers’ Union. As the very different example of the electricians’ struggle in the UK also shows, the unions will only support action that stays within the rules written by the bosses and their politicians, so it’s necessary to break out of their control in order to win.

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Reports from Seattle on D12

Posted: December 14, 2011 by globaloccupation in 2011, December, seattle, statements
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In this post, two somewhat different perspectives on the Seattle port shutdown by participants:

(1) “Occupy Seattle: A New Phase for the Workers’ Movement”

(2) “Seattle Port Shutdown – Success!”

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http://westcoastportshutdown.org/content/japan-action-solidarity-occupy-ports

Dear friends in the West Coast,

We’ve carried out the 2nd protest action against ITOCHU, representing the attached protest letter. Security guards handed in glove each other and inhibited us from entering the office. However ONODERA Makoto, a representative of Societal Management Dept. came out from the office at the end. He received our protest letter and confirmed to forward the letter to a representative of the Food Company of ITOCHU and ask its prompt reply. ITOCHU has been and is still persisting booster of privatization, outsourcing and casualization agenda of neoliberalism, and now makes a big push to join in TPP. Let’s fight together!

International Labor Solidarity Committee of Doro-Chiba

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Blockade – Strike – Communize?

Posted: December 13, 2011 by globaloccupation in 2011, December, flyers, usa
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We’re making history today: we’re attempting to shut down all the major ports of the West Coast from the outside, following the example of Oakland on November 2. Port workers have shut down the West Coast before, not just for a day but for months at a time, cutting into the profit of the “1%” and increasing the power of their unions – especially the International Longshore & Warehouse Union, born from the three-month coastwide shutdown and four-day general strike of 1934. Today will be the first time a movement based outside the ports (including some port workers as active participants or passive sympathizers) will attempt such an action. The ILWU’s official statements against the action make this more novel and complicated, but do not invalidate this as a working-class action against capital.

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In this post:

(1) A Reply to Cal Winslow on the West Coast Port Shut Down

(2) Interview With ILWU Members About D12

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http://www.kosmoprolet.org/node/70

Translation of the editorial of Kosmoprolet #3

All over the world, events are keeping up with the pace of a crisis, the end of which was just recently cheerfully proclaimed by people who thought ludicrous amounts of sovereign debt to be the recipe for an economic miracle. By racking up debt to their ears, governments worldwide were able to contain the so-called financial crisis; but then, the rating agencies presented them a bill that they promptly passed on to wage workers. The whole maneuver did not lead to recovery but to an even more menacing state budget crisis, the handling of which through uncompromising austerity measures has aroused anger. Resistance is mounting. We are at the threshold of a social crisis. Those who feel the effects of the governments’ austerity programs in their everyday life are starting to realize ever more clearly that these are not temporarily painful, yet necessary sacrifices. They are becoming aware of the fact that the drastic cuts will not only last for years or even decades, but that their own future is becoming ever bleaker. We are probably at the start of a new era: Ever since society was brought back down to the earth of cold hard economic facts, the culturalist carnival of differences has come to an end. Society’s colorful superstructure has scaled off to reveal, in Orthodox Marxist terms, the drab, universal base. And the crisis has achieved what activists striving to link struggles have been incapable of for decades: millions have taken to the streets simultaneously with the same purpose. All they’re left with is an ever more precarious survival under the reigning conditions. For them, it’s all or nothing.

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In this post:

I. SUPPORT GROWS FOR OCCUPY MOVEMENT’S COORDINATED WEST COAST SHUT DOWN ON DECEMBER 12TH

II. Why we aim to shut down the Port of Seattle on Dec 12th

III. Picketing Halts Work at Four LA-LB Terminals

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