Workers, Students Join Occupy Rally In Oakland

Occupy Wall Street Oakland
Occupy Wall Street Oakland

By Terence Chea and Lisa Leff

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Thousands of anti-Wall Street protesters marched in the streets of Oakland on Wednesday as they geared up with labor unions to picket banks, take over foreclosed homes and vacant buildings and disrupt operations at the nation's fifth-busiest port.

Demonstrators as well as city and business leaders expressed optimism that the widely anticipated "general strike" would be a peaceful event for a city that became a rallying point last week after an Iraq War veteran was injured in clashes between protesters and police.