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Faith support on Black Friday at Walmart

Faith support on Black Friday at Walmart

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On Black Friday (the busiest shopping day of the year) community, faith and labor allies visited nearly 1,500 Walmart stores in support of workers who are standing up for dignity and respect. Community support for workers is growing, and thousands of allies called on Walmart to be a better employee, pay its workers a living wage, schedule regular shifts and stop the culture of intimidation and retaliation in its stores. Interfaith Worker Justice staff lead and joined actions in Chicago, Dallas, Boston, Seattle and the D.C. metro area. IWJ supporters joined actions, led vigils and prayed for workers in hundreds of cities all across the U.S.

Black Friday vigil

Protest

Former IWJ organizer and seminary student, Joe Hopkins faced arrest at an action on Chicago's north side to draw attention to the immoral working condtions at the country's largest retail store. After his release, Joe told us:

I grew up around Walmart stores in rural Pennsylvania, and I never gave them much thought. I would shop there on occasion, and sometimes my friends and I would just end up there because they were some of the few places still open after 10 p.m. But I also knew from a young age that people with a lot of resources have a responsibility to help other people who have less. When I learned that Walmart’s executives make millions of dollars, and the Walton family has billions of dollars, I knew that they should help their workers first. Why don’t they? Can they somehow not hear the wages of their workers, the wages that they kept back by fraud, crying out? Today I joined my voice to the chorus of protest and put my body in the street so that the trumpet of justice would sound loud enough for even Walmart to hear.

Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. —James 5:4

Faith leaders confronted store managers and asked them to pass along a letter of support for better working conditions and respect for workers at Walmart.

With store manager

Tim and manager

Together we can call on Walmart to be a model employer! Thank you for supporting this campaign!
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  1. Michael Parry's avatar
    Michael Parry
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    God bless us everyone who confronts the beast greed!
  2. Edson Udson's avatar
    Edson Udson
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    Universal Movement of Consciousness by Edson Udson (all rights reserved)

    A great movement for peace, love and freedom around of the world, but to obtain results and do solve problems as poverty, abuses and violence is necessary "union" and "good will" translated in a simple word..."love". Respecting and preserving the nature or combating differences as racism, sexuality or culture and accepting any kind of love, no discriminating anyone in anywhere for anything. I believe it be possible...because love, respect and freedom are all of good.

    for worldwide children
  3. Jose Padilla's avatar
    Jose Padilla
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    I agree with Love is the motor to transform the world starting in the inside of our families
  4. Jose Padilla's avatar
    Jose Padilla
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    I agree with Love is the motor to transform the world starting in the inside of our families
  5. Florence Applebaum's avatar
    Florence Applebaum
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    Greedy people clearly care only about themselves. The only way to get Walmart to change its ways is to get people to stop buying from them or get a good union to organize.
  6. Johnathan Reynolds's avatar
    Johnathan Reynolds
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    This nationwide demonstration says several good things. We can be united for a good cause. The cause that brought about this unity was a crying out for justice. "Best beloved of all things in My sight is justice."
    We can work toward an ever-refined level of justice personally as well as collectively. This demonstration was/is a great encouragement and rightfully must be regarded a victory.

    An analogy - I see a child playing in the road and a truck speeding toward the child. Should I warn the child or remain silent?

    Walmart and many other corporations are the truck. The child is our civilization. What are we going to do?

    The BEST thing is to stop the truck - to change the heart of the truck. Unfortunately, throughout history those blinded by materialism are not aware of justice, honesty, integrity, etc. - they can't be aware because they have self-blinded themselves. Failing changing the heart, then we must warn the child.

    The most effective warning will cause the cessation of any possible contact with the truck. Never shop in Walmart again and warn our friends about the danger to civilization and help them to see the desirability of putting Walmart out of business by not trading.
  7. Johnathan Reynolds's avatar
    Johnathan Reynolds
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    This nationwide demonstration says several good things. We can be united for a good cause. The cause that brought about this unity was a crying out for justice. "Best beloved of all things in My sight is justice."
    We can work toward an ever-refined level of justice personally as well as collectively. This demonstration was/is a great encouragement and rightfully must be regarded a victory.

    An analogy - I see a child playing in the road and a truck speeding toward the child. Should I warn the child or remain silent?

    Walmart and many other corporations are the truck. The child is our civilization. What are we going to do?

    The BEST thing is to stop the truck - to change the heart of the truck. Unfortunately, throughout history those blinded by materialism are not aware of justice, honesty, integrity, etc. - they can't be aware because they have self-blinded themselves. Failing changing the heart, then we must warn the child.

    The most effective warning will cause the cessation of any possible contact with the truck. Never shop in Walmart again and warn our friends about the danger to civilization and help them to see the desirability of putting Walmart out of business by not trading.

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