Worker-led Walmart Protests Make History on Black Friday

DSC_0008For the second year, members of OUR Walmart have made history.  Leading up to and on Black Friday, Walmart workers and community supporters held 1,500 protests calling for better jobs at the world’s largest retailer—making the 2013 Black Friday actions even more widespread than last year.

Members of OUR Walmart and supporters engaged in peaceful civil disobedience in Los Angeles, Chicago, the Bay Area, Seattle, Dallas, Sacramento, Miami, Minneapolis, and Washington, D.C. The actions resulted in more than 100 arrests, making Black Friday 2013 the largest protest and civil disobedience action taken against Walmart.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of OUR Walmart members and civil rights, faith and community groups and others, the worker-led protests captured national attention and highlighted the fact that too many Walmart workers are struggling to support their families and contribute to their local economies. During the protests, members of OUR Walmart and community supporters called on the retail giant to stop its practice of retaliating against workers who are simply exercising their right to speak out for a better life and improved working conditions, and publicly commit to raising wages and increasing access to full-time hours so that no worker at Walmart makes less than $25,000 per year.

A full review of the Black Friday actions, along with photos and videos, can be found at http://blackfridayprotests.org/.