The march began at Harry Bridges Memorial Park, where activists armed with megaphones decried SSA's treatment of drivers, which they say doesn't cover health insurance costs and pays truckers per load shipped. Occupiers say this forces drivers to rush to make ends meet and creates unsafe highway conditions.
Just after 5 a.m., the group marched a mile to Pier J, battered by constant drizzle and winds sweeping in off the adjacent harbor.
|Sam Aresheh and Massimo Marini hold the line.|
Santa Ana occupiers who gathered at last night's General Assembly estimated between 12 and 15 of the group's own members would be joining activists from Occupy Long Beach and Los Angeles for a large protest geared toward shutting down the Port of Long Beach. Reasons for this action included retaliation for the recent raid on the Los Angeles encampment as well as sending a message to Goldman Sachs. The multi-national investment firm who profited from tax payer money in 2008's bailout own 51 percent of SSA Marine, one of the terminal operators in the harbor. Though the focus of the event was aimed at inequities wrought by massive corporations, Occupiers acknowledged shutting down the port would have a ripple effect on lower and middle class consumers.
It's a tradeoff,” said Dylan Thompson. “How can we show we're
powerful without doing something about it? If you boycott a company, it
effects more than just that company. But by that logic you shouldn't
boycott anything. It's for the greater good.”
“Politicians in D.C. will have to take notice, and see this [movement] as more than camps,” added Matthew Southgate.