Occupy Oakland demonstrators shut down the Port of Oakland Dec. 12 as part of a West Coast-wide protest against giant corporations at ports from San Diego to Anchorage, Alaska.
It's a story heard in neighborhood after neighborhood here, as around the nation.
Protesters from Ohio sat down in the corridor outside House Speaker John Boehner's office, "bearding the corporate Grinch in his den."
The Central Labor Council was the main force behind a march for jobs here yesterday that filled the streets from 32nd Street and Broadway to Union Square.
They came to celebrate election victories in Ohio and across the country, the surging recall campaign in Wisconsin and the spreading Occupy movement.
A closed youth center in New Haven and a highway entrance in Hartford were the sites of lively rallies Nov. 17.
Principal organizers were SEIU, MoveOn and Occupy Baltimore. Speakers included health care workers, unemployed workers, teachers and community activists.
The Oakland occupy movement is stepping up activities focused on national and local demands despite police evictions of its downtown tent encampments.
Starting Dec. 6, lawmakers in Washington will have to confront, face to face, the people left jobless by the Great Recession.
If there was ever any illusion that the mayor's move would kill the movement, it evaporated at Foley Square.