Although Americans value the right to peaceably assemble and the right to protest, we do not value allowing people to live in public parks indefinitely, nor do we value people angrily marching around town invading private businesses and public spaces yelling and screaming at people, especially when the people being screamed at (e.g., low level bank employees, government workers, museum visitors) are not at fault for the sins of Wall Street speculating and Washington bailouts.
The Occupy Movement’s intimidation tactics are shameful and are not in the spirit of Dr. King’s nonviolent protest methodology. King broke unjust segregation laws, not just laws that rightly prohibit trespassing, harassment, and intimidation.
Jill Tucker,Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writers
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Protesters block the door of a Bank of America branch in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. Thousands of anti-Wall Street protesters are in the streets of Oakland, Calif., as part of a day-long series of events aimed at showing the movement’s strength and unity.
(11-02) 13:10 PDT OAKLAND — Many businesses in downtown Oakland are closed during today’s Occupy Oakland general strike, whether in support of the movement or in preparation for the mass of protesters marching through the streets.
The closed stores included national chains such as Rite Aid, Tully’s Coffee and Foot Locker. Some of the stores that remained open would only accept cash to honor the strike and avoid sending credit card fees to multinational corporations and banks.
Many local bank branches tried to stay open for customers, but were forced to lock doors where hoards of protesters neared. Marchers also tried to discourage use of ATMs.
Although the Oaklandish clothing store on Broadway closed, staff members set up a turntable with a DJ outside and are offering free water to protesters.
“We’re very much a community organization and we want to stand with the people,” said store manager Natalie Nadimi.
A sign on the closed Men’s Wearhouse at Frank Ogawa Plaza read, “We stand with the 99 percent.”
Protesters have said they plan to march later today to the Port of Oakland in hopes of shutting down the container terminal. Port officials said about 35 to 40 longshoremen – or a little more than 10 percent – did not show up for work.
Craig Merrilees, a spokesman for the International Longshore Workers Union, said about 325 longshoremen work at the port on an average day.
Although the union didn’t organize a walkout, members were free to join in the protest on their own, he said.
At the University of California’s Office of the President, only essential employees were asked to come to work at the downtown office on Franklin Street. The other 1,300 employees were asked to work from home.
“We heard about street closures,” said UC spokeswoman Dianne Klein. “In the interest of employees getting to and from work, we asked them to stay home. We’re sort of operating in weekend mode.”
Sankofa African Arts and Jewelry, which is located on Frank Ogawa Plaza, was among the few that stayed open.
“I’m not going to let this crowd shut me down,” said the owner, who would only identify herself as Ellen. “I’m just praying this all gets better, for everyone.”
The “Occupy Oakland – General Strike” poster (shown in full below) has the following quote:
“All banks and corporations should close on this day or we will march on them.”
The Occupy Movement has been angrily “marching on” and invading private businesses, government buildings, and public places since its beginning (see: here, here, and here) with the object of harassing and intimidating ordinary, working people, whom they would refer to as the 99%, which makes the Occupy Movement not an occupation, but rather: an invasion/occupation movement.
Such intimidation and harassment tactics, which are are being used – daily – by the Occupy Movement, are not in the spirit of Dr. King, who sought to unite the peoples of America, raise our awareness of injustices that exist, and bring about the orderly, legal, and needed changes within our society through peaceful protests. Rather than following in Dr King’s footsteps, the Occupy Movement use the criminal intimidation and harassment tactics used by gangsters, mobs, and violent revolutionaries. King’s righteous indignation over unjust segregation laws is one thing; the Occupy Movement’s furious marches and invasions, which are unleashed upon innocent people, is something altogether different.
See: Occupy Oakland protest here.
See: Dr King protest here.
“A morning march of 1,000 people down Broadway to the State Building was loud but peaceful, according to NBC station KNTV.
Police presence was minimal, officials said.
Protesters plastered signs and blocked customers from using ATMs at downtown banks, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Many downtown businesses closed for the day.
At noon hundreds of people surrounded a Chase bank, KNTV said.
They chanted, “Banks got bail out. We got sold out.” And, “Hey Chase what do you say? How many houses did you take today?”
At 2 p.m., they started another march after also shutting down Comerica, Wells Fargo, and Chase branches for a time. Windows were smashed at one Wells Fargo office.
The Oakland Tribune reported that agitators dressed in black with masks threw paint balls, ripped up a picket fence and tried to break windows at a Whole Foods market before about two dozen people marchers forced them to stop. There was lots of shoving and punches thrown.”
Clashes erupted in Oakland, California, between angry anti-corporate protesters and police: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osUjZG4yb-M&f
Hateful, angry Occupy Oakland protesters who are too stupid to realize they are blocking and intimidating media people who are promoting their cause (Russia Today): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ius_qXrnGzo&f
Angry, masked Occupy Oakland protesters with gas masks ready themselves for battle with police: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8HaODf7PH4&feature=feedu
Lawbreaking Occupy Oakland radicals, who blocked public streets with barricades, retreat from police: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYxjNxm6sMs&feature=feedu
Martin Luther King, Jr. leads a peaceful, nonviolent march on Washington: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVjUT6zCaFo
Occupy Wall Street and Stop The Machine in Washington, DC are part of the 2011 International Road to Dignity, which is a global movement that was organized in April 2011: http://www.scoop.it/t/15-o-unitedforglobalchange/p/388582011/2011-international-road-to-dignity
Occupy Wall Street is in league with hundred of other similar occupation movements that were organized in April 2011. This occupation movement is not spontaneous, and the people involved with it are engaging in what they consider to be a Marxist/Communist Global Class Warfare Revolution: http://www.thenewsignificance.com/2011/08/22/orsan-senalp-global-class-warfare/
No good can ever come from a movement that is based upon anger and resentment. The hatred and violence expressed in Oakland, recently, was not an anomaly, nor was it the work of provocateurs. Occupy Oakland has been invading businesses and screaming in anger at people for weeks now. To go from screaming at banks and businesses to vandalizing them is a very short step to take, which Occupy Oakland has now taken. Occupy Oakland threatened every business in the city by giving them an ultimatum: either close down your business the day of the strike or we will march on you, meaning: “we will intimidate you”. That businesses were intimidated, closed, and vandalized in Oakland on the day of the strike was not some aberration or the work of provocateurs, it was the product of the anger that Occupy Wall Street participants have expressing for weeks, and have been nurturing within their hearts as well.