This is a report from a friend in St.Louis, who wrote it as an email without having the idea of it being published; but since he said "do whatever you feel like doing with it", I'm putting it up. Particularly as nobody else has even mentioned St.Louis. It gives a good flavour of the contradictions and excitement of this small but volatile assembly.
Violence erupted 7 September in a major labor dispute that has simmered for months at the Port of Longview, leading to work shutdowns at ports up and down the Washington coast. Why are members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) — and their supporters in Washington and Oregon — so upset about a grain terminal that employs just 50 workers?