There was no "solidarity", only selfish and thoughtless maneuvering by a self absorbed group of activists blinded by their seething hatred for the world's only Jewish state. But others could anticipate the consequences.
In a letter to Oakland mayor Jean Quan, the Pacific Merchants Shipping Association expressed their concern, writing
"...while demonstrators are entitled to their opinions regarding a geo-political struggle that goes back centuries, they are not entitled to harm businesses and workers in Oakland as the result of their opinions"
The letter, courtesy copied to Gov. Brown and others, continues:
"If port operations are easily shut-down by any group with a political agenda, the damage to its reputation will be immense, immediate and hard to repair. That this takes place at a time when port competitiveness is extremely intense, with cargo owners having many options through which to move their goods and our California ports only now recovering to pre-recession volumes, only makes the protection of the port more imperative."
Block the Boat. Bad for business. Bad for Oakland. And its happening again on October 25.