Commentary

Occupiers Plan To Shut Down Nation's 2nd Largest Port

By Dan Gainor | December 8, 2011 | 11:20am EST

The looming threat by Occupy Wall Street to shut West Coast ports Dec. 12 has either expanded or the group needs a geography lesson. According to the site for the shutdown, Occupy Dallas plans to shut the port of Houston as part of the protest. Houston has been the nation’s second largest by cargo volume for 20 years, according to port authorities.

The major protest and economic disruption in one of the more reliably conservative states is being done “in an effort to spread awareness of the economic injustices affecting the 99%.” Part of the Occupy Wall Street mantra is to blame the richest 1 percent for virtually everything under the slogan “We are the 99 percent.” That mantra originally was promoted by liberal news outlets such as Vanity Fair, The New York Times and PBS, which all used it before Occupy Wall Street ever existed.

The group vows to “mobilize and stage a mass march by integrating Occupy Houston, Occupy Austin, Occupy San Marco, Occupy San Antonio, Occupy Now and Occupy Texas.”

An ad for the protest on the site titled “Occupy the Port,” says the event will: “Show the 1% that we are the source of their wealth. Show the government that we are the source of their power. Show the world that you cannot evict an idea whose time has come.”

The shutdown is being down in coordination with “Occupy Oakland, Occupy San Diego, Occupy LA, Occupy Portland, Occupy Tacoma, Occupy Seattle and other movements along the west coast of the United States that will shut down ports in their cities on December 12.”

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