Oakland Dampens Occupy With Mud, New Port Blockade Planned

Oakland, CA, December 5, 2011. Occupy Oakland’s original site is now a mud flat. The city has turned on the sprinklers to keep the plaza a field of mud.

A few tents border the square. The tree house which has been occupied since day one is still there. Occupiers take turns in the tree house. A bystander noted that since most of the original protestors were not homeless, they’ve merely gone home until the next action.

There are a few specific actions, Burger King was targeted that day. The group has organized a port blockade on December 12 to stretch from Oakland to Portland Oregon. Click here to see blockade organizing poster. At this point it’s not clear if the Longshoremen will support it.

Holiday lights twinkle from the City Center and quiet prevails, a far cry from a few weeks ago. Organizers haven’t given up, they are just waiting.

Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

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