The Occupy movement attempted to shut down all West Coast ports on Dec. 12, with only limited success. The protest disrupted shipping in Oakland, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; and Longview, Wash., says Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition.
It’s ironic that a group saying it represents the 99% planned a series of actions to harm farmers, rural Americans, customers in foreign countries, railroad workers, dock and port workers, truck drivers and many others assuredly not among the wealthy 1%, Steenhoek says.
"I see the 99% at each step. I don’t see the wealthy elite. There is a lack of coherence with their actions," he adds.
Moreover, the ports have nothing to do with the balance of trade, yet the Occupy movement supposedly targeted them in the belief that they do, Steenhoek says.
- January 2012