From Jack Cafferty, CNN
It's starting to get ugly – when it comes to those Occupy protests going on around the country.
In Oakland, California, violent protests succeeded in shutting down the fifth busiest port in the nation last night.
Officials used tear gas on protesters who refused to leave the port. Hundreds of protesters threw rocks and shot fireworks at the officers who asked them to leave. Dozens were arrested.
The late-night violence in Oakland came after thousands marched in a largely peaceful protest during the day. They effectively shut down the city – calling it the first general strike in the U.S. since the 1940s.
And - the protests aren't only heating up in California:
Seattle police used pepper spray on protesters who disrupted rush-hour traffic. Hundreds of demonstrators surrounded a Seattle hotel where JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon was speaking. Protesters clashed with police in riot gear.
As for New York, where it all started, the Occupy Wall Street protesters have been at it for almost 50 days now.
And it looks like Mayor Michael Bloomberg may be getting tired of them. He's using a tougher tone... saying the city may quote "take actions" against protesters who are disrupting the quality of life.
Meanwhile - a growing number of Americans are identifying with the occupy movement as they learn more about it.
A new ORC International poll shows 36% of those surveyed say they agree with the overall positions of the movement - that's more than one-third of Americans.
19% say they don't agree... while 44% are unsure.
Here's my question to you: Are general strikes that shut down cities the way for Occupy Wall Street to get its point across?
Tune in to "The Situation Room" at 5 p.m. ET to see if Jack reads your answer on the air.
And we'd love to know where you're writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.