On November 2, 2011 the Occupy Oakland movement succeeding in shutting down several banks and also closed down the Port of Oakland, the fifth largest port in the United States.

We assembled peaceably in accordance with the First Amendment to the Constitution, which declares:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Personally, I had long since given up the idea that peaceful demonstration would ever make a significant impact on legislation in this country. Closing down the Port of Oakland was the most satisfying activist action I've ever had the privilege of experiencing.

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