Earning the Ticket: An Interview with Tarcilo Caldera, Oakland Port Trucker and POTA activist

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Tarcilo Caldera is a thirty year old member of the Port Trucker’s Association [POTA]. He moved to the US from Nicaragua with his family at the age of five—his father has been a Port trucker since 1989 and his mother is a janitor in San Francisco.

Trucking is in Tarcilo’s blood. He spent summers with his dad in the cab, and his father showed him how to drive a truck in empty lots when he was just a kid. He has had a Class A license since the age of 19, and has been a port trucker for four years.

Tarcilo participated in last week’s incredible trucker convoy support action, where POTA drivers surrounded Oakland’s city hall with their trucks and used their horns to literally put the mayor, port and state officials on blast. The truckers were there to support POTA representatives who are trying to get the city…

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