More than 2,250 Walmart stores on strike on Black Friday
November 28, 2014

OurWalmart explains the reason for the strike:

Income inequality is the highest it’s been since 1928. Corporate profits are at an all-time high. Meanwhile, wages are at the lowest point since 1948 – even as productivity increases.

No one family is driving this trend quite like Walmart’s owners, the Waltons. The Walton family is the richest family in America with nearly $150 billion in wealth and as much money as 43% of American families combined. And yet, most Walmart workers make less than just $25,000 a year. That’s why community members are joining their calls for increased wages and access to hours. Stand with us and join us on Black Friday if the Waltons fail to respond.

While Rob, Alice and the rest of the Waltons are by far the richest family in America, many of the Walmart workers who helped to build that fortune are struggling just to get by. Workers at Walmart are looking for fair shot, but the silver-spooned Walton family is robbing them of a decent living.

To find a protest near you visit: http://www.blackfridayprotests.org/


Workers at a Los Angeles Walmart began the first sit-down strike in the company’s history at around 2 p.m. on Thursday. The strike is to protest their low wages and a culture of retaliation at the company. The protestors have been chanting “Stand Up, Live Better! Sit Down, Live Better!” and covering their mouths with tape to symbolize efforts to silence protestors, according to a press release from OurWalmart. Community members are also planning to join the protest later in the evening.

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What is this Student Strike and why is it happening in Hong Kong?

On 31st August 2014, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC) made a decision on issues regarding the methods of election of the Chief Executive of HKSAR as well as the members of the Legislative Council of HKSAR in the years 2017 and 2016 respectively. The nomination of the Chief Executive, which holds the highest authority in Hong Kong, will be made by the Election Committee of the 2012 Chief Executive Election, but not the general public. This means that our choices for the Chief Executive is filtered by the Chinese government, and this violates the one country, two systems agreement that we have with China. 

The students in Hong Kong are striking at peace, with non-violent behaviours, yet the police are adamant in removing them from PUBLIC grounds by force, arresting our fellow classmates and using violence.

I understand that most of you may not live in Hong Kong, but the situation here is grave. We do not want a repeat of the Tiananmen Massacre and we are urging the government to release the arrested students.

Those who are not participating in the strike has currently been cut off from live feed from our major TV station and we are scared that this means the police will be stepping up their forces in removing students from the strike. 

Please support Hong Kong by signing our petition: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/support-hong-kong-democracy-and-prevent-second-tiananmen-massacre-hong-kong/dfdCpQZz

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Here are the faces of the 43 teachers’ college students who have been missing for more than two weeks following a police ambush in the Mexican state of Guerrero. “These students were politically involved in their communities, so that makes us think this is political,” says Valeria Hamel, an activist and law student at Mexico City, where students have launched a 48-hour strike, calling for the students to be returned alive. Watch her interview on Democracy Now! today.

Argentinian Police Commander Juan Alberto López Torales fakes an accident by throwing himself on a slow moving car to stop a protester. The incident occurred in the middle of a union conflict by workers who were made redundant in the Lear auto parts factory. The demonstrators were protesting in a different form: they were in cars, driving very slow to cause traffic jams. The driver of the car was arrested because of this “accident” for assaulting an officer. [video]