Spectrum of people turn out for general strike

OAKLAND, Calif.

In Oakland, there is what might best be described as a melting pot of dissatisfaction with the status quo. Whatever you heard or thought about the "Occupy" movement before Wednesday's general strike molted in the morning from a few tents to a legion of reinforcements, many of them representing Middle America.

"There are a lot of people that have things that need to be spoken that haven't been spoken before," said Napa resident Danielle Alexander. "People need to make a living wage. They need to put their children in schools that are open. We need to keep libraries open so we have a literate populace. I could go on and on."

Alexander, a college history teacher, took the day off to be in Oakland with her husband for the benefit of her family.

This wasn't a million man march: More like one of a million messages. Some were old, and others were recycled.

Paul Bloom, a housepainter from San Francisco, is an experienced marcher from the anti-Vietnam war days. His sign read: "Consider a maximum wage."

"I have some tendencies toward fairness," Bloom said. "Socialist tendencies are about fairness."

And movements are about force of will -- even one like the general strike, with so many messages blending as one.

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