Nightly News | November 02, 2011
>>> now to the people in this country who have been taking to the streets in what has become known as the occupy movement against economic inequality, corporate greed and the concentration of wealth in the top 1% of society. today, the epicenter was back in oakland , california, where people flooded the streets again in what they called a day-long strike to shut the city down. miguel almaguer has our report tonight.
>> we are the 99%!
>> reporter: in oakland , it may have been the largest demonstration since the days of the vietnam war . [ chanting ]
>> reporter: a massive city-wide strike aimed at shutting down corporations, banks and the nation's fifth largest port.
>> we are going to go shut it down for sure.
>> reporter: protesters are demonstrating against what they call the unequal distribution of wealth and power.
>> we stand for banks that work for the people.
>> they are closing a lot of schools in oakland .
>> reporter: the shutdown grew by the hour. nearly 400 teachers marched to protest the closure of schools. nurses demanded better health care for all.
>> health care is a human right.
>> reporter: local labor unions encouraged their members to walk off the job.
>> you see people on the streets? this is just beginning.
>> reporter: today, police kept their distance.
>> reporter: the occupy movement is galvanized in part by images of marine scott olsen , seriously injured by what witnesses say was a police projectile. today in new york a group of veterans marched through wall street .
>> need to step up and make good.
>> reporter: holding up pictures of olson. in philadelphia, police moved in to arrest nearly a dozen protesters who settled into the c comcast building, the parent company of nbc universal . back in oakland , the police union says they, too, stand with protesters but they will also enforce the law. brian, the crowd has been growing all day. while for the most part it has been peaceful there have been incidents of vandalism. later tonight, protesters say they will head to the port of oakland where they will try to shut down what they call the largest point of commerce. brian?
>> miguel almaguer on the noisy streets of oakland , california. thanks.