Occupy Oakland: The Port Shutdown – Jack Gerson (2012)

2011-Present, Alternative Spaces, Authority, Blockade/Barricade, Date, Defining the Enemy, Disruptive Spaces, Infrastructure/Data, Occupation, Privatization, Self Institution, Tactics of Disruption, The Bourgeoisie, The Workplace, Urban Spaces

Gerson discusses the transition of Occupy Movement from occupation of Public Squares to Port Blockades and the disruption of global commodity circulation.

On December 12th 2011, the Occupy movement shut down the major west coast ports of Oakland, Portland, Longview (Washington), and Seattle. There were partial shutdowns or support actions at the ports of San Diego, Vancouver, and Long Beach, as well as in Hawaii and Japan. Wal-Mart distribution centers were blockaded in Denver, Salt Lake City, and Albuquerque.