The Occupy movement has been grabbing attention and headlines for months. The protesters have occupied parks and banks, foreclosed homes and government buildings. On Monday the attention turns to ports. All along the west coast, ports will be blocked by Occupy protesters. The list includes Anchorage, Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland, San Diego, Tacoma, Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia. The gathering in Portland begins at 5 a.m.
The International Longshoreman and Warehouse Union Local 8 — the largest union representing port workers — may support the ideas of Occupy in principle, but they are not supportive of shutting down the ports. It’s currently unclear what will happen when the protesters create a line that the port workers need to cross in order to get to work.
Meanwhile in another part of the region, voters in Oregon’s second congressional district have created Occupy Congressional District 2. They argue that Congressman Greg Walden is reluctant to meet with the general public to hear the concerns of voters. But many in District 2 say that he’s an extremely responsive respresentative. If you live in District 2, how accessible do you find Rep. Walden?
What does the Occupy movement mean to you? What do you think should be occupied next?
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OPB | Feb. 22, 2017