December 12: Occupy Protesters Target Ports – a Special Report

Protests targeting West Coast ports on Monday stopped work shifts and shipments for hours with major disruptions at the ports of Long Beach and Oakland.

Hundreds of people gathered at ports in the early morning hours from San Diego all the way up to Vancouver, Canada. Protesters targeted in particular, terminals owned by a company named SSA Marine because it is co-owned by the Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs, and grain exporter EGT for anti-union activity.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, thousands of whose workers are employed by SSA Marine, did not sanction the action but respected the Occupiers’ picket lines. While some workers complained to press about a day’s worth of lost wages, an open letter by four port truckers decrying their working conditions, and in support of the spirit of the port shutdown, has received broad attention. In it, they say “we believe in the power and potential behind a truly united 99%. We admire the strength and perseverance of the longshoremen. We are fighting like mad to overcome our exploitation, so please, stick by us long after December 12.”

Protestors significantly disrupted business at the Longview, Washington port, where companies sent workers home citing health and safety concerns. In Seattle, Washington hundreds of protestors shut down at least one port terminal and police turned out with flash bang percussion grenades to disperse the demonstrators. Here in Southern California, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles saw hundreds of Occupy activists gather near Harry Bridges park and block shift changes for several hours. Police then pushed protesters out of the area, and arrested a small number of people. The longest port occupation appears to be Oakland’s, where protestors disrupted traffic into the port until 4am December 13.

Uprising correspondent Lydia Breen was at the Occupy the Ports action at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles yesterday and filed this special report.

Lydia Breen is with The Trailer Trash Project online at http://www.trailertrashproject.com.

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Evicted? Local Occupy Camps meet Nationally Orchestrated Repression

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Admits Cities Coordinated Crackdown on Occupy Movement

By: Gregg Levine Tuesday November 15, 2011
[Oakland Mayor Jean Quan (photo: Ella Baker Center)]

Embattled Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, speaking in an interview with the BBC (excerpted on The Takeaway radio program–audio of Quan starts at the 5:30 mark), casually mentioned that she was on a conference call with leaders of 18 US cities shortly before a wave of raids broke up Occupy Wall Street encampments across the country. “I was recently on a conference call with 18 cities across the country who had the same situation. . . .”

Mayor Quan then rambles about how she “spoke with protestors in my city” who professed an interest in “separating from anarchists,” implying that her police action was helping this somehow.

Interestingly, Quan then essentially advocates that occupiers move to private spaces, and specifically cites Zuccotti Park as an example:

In New York City, it’s interesting that the Wall Street movement is actually on a private park, so they’re not, again, in the public domain, and they’re not infringing on the public’s right to use a public park.[Note: this comment was made before the brutal eviction of Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park, NY, — adjust “lessons” accordingly.-ed.]

Many witnesses to the wave of government crackdowns on numerous #occupy encampments have been wondering aloud if the rapid succession was more than a coincidence; Jean Quan’s casual remark seems to imply clearly that it was. Continue reading

SF Bayview Community Activist repeatedly arrested for protesting police abuse

DeBray Carpenter aka Fly Benzo, community activist and hip-hop artist, is again facing trumped-up charges for his outspoken opposition to the SFPD’s harassment, stalking, framing and brutality against the targeted Black community in the San Francisco’s Bayview District.  This time, he was assaulted by police for videotaping their military occupation tactics, and then they threw the book of trumped-up lies at him.  His next hearing will be in the San Francisco Hall of Injustice on Wednesday, November 16.

It’s Really Real TV: FLY Benzo – “War On Terror” // #BlackPOWER #DropTheCHARGES

FLY Benzo’s “War On Terror” Music Video… Filmed, Directed and Edited by Phil Jackson.. Black Power… United We Stand… Divided We Fall… STOP THE VIOLENCE.. START THE HEALIN’!!

Police Fire Tear Gas, Flash Grenades as Occupy Oakland fights Tent City Eviction

[After scenes and statements from the Oakland streets, Democracy Now interviews an activist from the Oscar Grant struggle (against police abuse and killings) who links the long struggle for justice with the current battle, and a county Supervisor from San Francisco, who is trying to prevent any similar police suppression of Occupy San Francisco. — Frontlines ed.]

Democracy Now, October 26

Oakland schools police chief allegedly used slur

[Police Chief Pete Sarna is Chief of the Oakland School Districts Police, which has been protested and condemned for the murder of a young Black man, Raheim Brown, earlier this year.  This article reveals a certain mind-set in command of that department–though it also quotes a friend of Sarna who attributes/excuses his comments to the influence of a few drinks. — Frontlines ed.]
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The politically connected police chief of the Oakland public schools has been placed on paid administrative leave for allegedly hurling a series of racial slurs at fellow officers – then trying to cover up the incident – following a day of drinking at a charity golf tournament.

Police Chief Pete Sarna, 41, told officials that his use of the word “n-” was offhanded and intended to be funny, sources tell us. But San Francisco attorney Joe O’Sullivan, who is representing a white officer who filed a complaint with the school district, says the episode was anything but comic.

As O’Sullivan tells it, it started when Sarna invited three school district officers and a civilian staffer who works for him to play in a charity Oakland police golf tournament at the Sequoyah Country Club in the Oakland hills in mid-July.

As the group was headed home afterward through the Caldecott Tunnel, O’Sullivan said, Sarna turned to an African American sergeant and began cursing him, saying no blacks should be allowed to live in Orinda and that “the only good n- is a dead n- and they should hang you in the town square to prevent any other n- from coming in the area.” Continue reading

Oakland, California: Adding to the US’ record of Human Wrongs

Oakland must rehire cop who shot suspect in back

Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle

Saturday, March 5, 2011

An Oakland police officer who was fired after fatally shooting an unarmed drunken-driving suspect in the back has won his job back through arbitration, his attorney said Friday.

Officer Hector Jimenez was fired two years ago in connection with the July 25, 2008, shooting death of Mack “Jody” Woodfox III, 27, in the city’s Fruitvale district. Woodfox was shot three times in the back, his family said.

The department fired Jimenez after concluding that Woodfox had posed no threat to him.

But arbitrator David Gaba ordered Jimenez reinstated with full back pay and benefits. Continue reading

Raheim Brown, RIP: Protesters at Oakland school board condemn fatal shooting by school district police

01/26/2011
OAKLAND — Dozens of protesters came to Wednesday’s Oakland school board meeting to speak out against the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Raheim Brown by a school district police officer on Saturday night.

 

“My son was murdered by your police officers,” said Lori Davis. “I want to know who killed my son. I want all the information.”

Brown and a 20-year-old woman were parked on Joaquin Miller Road with their hazard lights on when they were approached by a pair of Oakland Schools Police officers who had been patrolling the area outside of a Skyline High School dance at a park facility, Oakland Schools Police Chief Pete Sarna said. Police said Brown and the woman were in a stolen car but that they didn’t know it at the time. Continue reading