UPDATED: Reporting From Oakland's Streets During the #Occupy Strike
Susan Mernit, founder of Oakland Local (and BlogHer Contributing Editor Emeritus) is reporting "almost real time" from her city's streets today, as protesters affiliated with the #Occupy movement observe a general strike.
More than 3,000 protesters are moving through downtown Oakland as part of the General Strike the Occupy Oakland organizers called for Wednesday, November 2nd. Today's strike is the first general strike called in Oakland since 1946, but the number of business and institutions that have actually closed seems limited. The Grand Lake Theatre, Men's Warehouse and some local banks have shut down, but merchants in Old Oakland have used the action as a means to recruit new customers, calling for cash-only local shopping as a means to support the 99%.
Oakland Local continued to cover yesterday's events through the night, including tear gas and incidents of violence its reporters say took place after midnight, and a a post on the families who joined a separate rally in solidarity.
Images: (© Jane Tyska/Oakland Tribune/MCT/ZUMAPRESS.com