Posts Tagged ‘blockades’

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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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:

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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