UPDATE In addition to the links in the original post (and the Change Walmart Twitter and Tumblr links are particularly helpful in getting an idea of what’s happening around the nation, with lots of photos and videos) check out links provided at Corrente.
Reports I’m seeing say that some kind of action has occurred in 100 cities, in 46 states. The smallest reported (in more than one location): one Walmart employee. Courage is the word that comes to my mind. The largest I’ve seen reported: 1500, workers and supporters, in Paramount, near LA.
A few ways to keep up with what’s happening at Walmart stores across the nation follow. Not all, of course, will see strikers and supporters, and no one expects an immediate, dramatic “win” by the workers, but there’s no doubt that Walmart “associates” got the attention of some, from Walmart upper echelons to media to labor to politicians to the public. “Making change” is a process, most of which takes place at the grassroots level and doesn’t get media attention. What we see playing out now is another part of the change process, as much about educating as protesting.
The photo above is of strikers in Dallas, via Change Walmart
Some background from Making Change at Walmart:
Making Change at Walmart is a campaign challenging Walmart to act responsibly and help rebuild our economy. For the most up-to-the-minute Walmart news, follow us on ChangeWalmart. …
Anchored by the United Food and Commercial Workers, we are a coalition of Walmart associates, union members, small business owners, religious leaders, women’s advocacy groups, multi-ethnic coalitions, elected officials, and ordinary citizens who believe that changing Walmart is vital for the future of our country.
Josh Eidelson, at The Nation, is providing updates.
A media advisory sent out Monday invited local reporters in North Bergen, New Jersey to visit the local Walmart on Tuesday or Wednesday and see preparations for Black Friday. But the same advisory (shared with The Nation by a recipient) announced that “˜Local media will not be permitted in-store access from Thursday, November 22 through Sunday, November 25. Regular media access will resume Monday, November 26.’ Walmart did not immediately respond to The Nation’s inquiry regarding how widespread this policy is, or whether it’s a change from the past.
Local reporters aren’t the only ones Walmart is reportedly keeping out of its stores. At 12:28 AM, Huffington Post retail reporter Alice Hines tweeted from Wheatland, Texas:
“˜#kickedoutofwalmart for solicitation but was told i could report in the parking lot’
All photos via Change Walmart:
And for another way to support the efforts, from Occupy Solidarity Network, at WePay: (emphasis added)
Getting fired for demonstrating is a scary thing. We at the Occupy Solidarity Network would like to help alleviate that worry for anyone who is fired in retribution for organizing or demonstrating at Walmart.
Walmart workers decided in October 2012 to strike on Black Friday after they were targeted for retaliation for speaking out against substandard work conditions and treatment … .
We will support the workers participating in organizing efforts and nonviolent demonstrations in support of the fight for economic civil rights of the Walmart worker effort. Money raised will go towards paying stipends and living expenses for workers fired for organizing and participating in acts of peaceful civil disobedience.
“˜Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home”¦the factory, farm or office where he works”¦unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.’ – Eleanor Roosevelt