OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Protesters are carrying out a series of marches across Oakland on Wednesday to make a statement about the power and unity of the anti-Wall Street movement.They are teaming up with labor unions to picket banks, take over foreclosed homes and vacant buildings and disrupt operations at the nation's fifth-busiest port.Occupy Oakland participants, elected officials and business leaders expressed optimism that the widely anticipated "general strike" would be peaceful.The day's events in Oakland include three rallies scheduled by strike organizers and culminate with a march to the Port of Oakland, where local protesters said the goal would be to stop work there in time for the 7 p.m. evening shift.Demonstrators in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Philadelphia said they planned to hold solidarity actions Wednesday.



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