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Occupy Oakland: Unions provide food for thousands of protesters

November 2, 2011 |  4:54 pm

Union food

Even protesters have to eat.

A festive atmosphere reigned in Oakland's Civic Center Plaza late Wednesday afternoon as workers from the United Food and Commercial Workers union carried tray after steaming tray of burgers, beans and rice in for a mass feast.

The union was one of many under the Alameda Labor Council umbrella that staged the giant foodfest for thousands of Occupy Oakland demonstrators, who called for a citywide "general strike" Wednesday to protest economic conditions. The line wound around the corner.

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Among those present were about 20 home healthcare workers from Placer County who had just arrived in two vans, donning "United Domestic Workers of America" shirts.

"It's our unions we're fighting for," said Pamela Jones, 62.

Other members of the domestic workers union came from Modesto and Merced.

By late Wednesday afternoon, police and city officials estimated the number of street protesters at 4,500. They expected that number to grow Wednesday night.


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Photo: Oakland demonstrators gather at the civic center.

Credit: Lee Romney / Los Angeles Times