It’s not totally clear at this point what this week’s port shutdown accomplished, except for obvious facts, such as workers lost a day’s wages, businesses received shipments a day late, and more money was sucked from a city that already can’t afford to keep up some of its city services. I am not downplaying this in any way, but I wonder how the focus of protests here in Oakland helps the cause other than more publicity. And to what end?
I suggest if the movement wants to make some real noise, it’s time to start massing everyone where some of the largest financial institutions are located in Charlotte, NC–something like the Million Man March. Just a thought.
But in the meantime, one tangible thing everyone can do to help bridge that gap between the 99% and 1% is to donate to their favorite charities or causes. No, it won’t fill the immense gulf, but it won’t hurt to bring a cash infusion to people and organizations who can really use it. You might even ask your friends or family to skip buying that book or scarf for you for Christmas, and instead make a donation to charity in your name.