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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The UAW stands in solidarity with Occupy Oakland's Nov. 2 Day of Action and with the growing Occupy efforts nationwide.
The Day of Action, a 5 p.m. mobilization at Oakland City Hall, will be a public show of support for the right to peaceably assemble without interference, and against the growing wealth and income inequality created by Wall Street and the actions of the richest 1 percent.
"People from all walks of life - truly the '99 percent' - are coming together against Wall Street and the nation's wealthiest 1 percent that has cashed in on the economy," said UAW Region 5 Director Jim Wells, whose region covers 17 U.S. states, including California. "We fully support the Occupy Oakland Nov. 2 Day of Action."
Last week in Oakland, police used tear gas to disperse Occupy Oakland protesters and arrested dozens. In addition, authorities have targeted and shut down Occupy actions and arrested in other cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Richmond, Va.; and Rochester, N.Y.; among others.
"We're alarmed by the increasing number of arrests of peaceful protesters across the nation," Wells added. "We call on elected leaders to stop ordering the police to make these arrests."
Occupy Wall Street (OWS) began in September as an ongoing series of demonstrations in New York City's Zuccotti Park in the Wall Street financial district. By October, similar demonstrations had been held in 70 major cities and more than 600 U.S. communities. The protests focus on social and economic inequality, corporate greed, corruption and influence over government.
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