Walmart workers: Stand up. Live better.

Adam DeRose |

Stand up. Live Better.

Walmart strikerBrave Walmart strikers are spending the week in Arkansas standing up to live better. Some have been on strike for more than a week already and aren’t planning to head back to work until they deliver a strong message calling for dignity and respect to Walmart executives and shareholders on Friday at the company’s annual shareholder meeting.

On Monday morning, the nearly 200 striking workers greeted the executive staff at Walmart’s corporate headquarters as they arrived for work. For more than an hour, these workers stood in silence with tape across their lips holding signs telling Walmart to stop trying to silence them and other members of OUR Walmart. Then, in a roar, they removed the tape and began called out “Stand up! Live Better!” and other chants and songs.

It has been a blessing to join these workers during the week. Workers organized direct actions, store visits to local Walmart stores and canvassed residents and businesses here in Bentonville, Ark. all week. They're working from all angles to change the culture of Walmart to one of respect and dignity.

Tonight at 6:30 p.m. CST, they'll join other leaders from across the globe and host a forum of all Walmart stakeholders including store workers, workers along the supply chain, community members, and faith leaders including IWJ’s Kim Bobo.

Join us tonight online (we'll have the live stream below) and be sure to tweet @IWJnational using the hashtags #Faith4WmtRespect and #WalmartStrikers and let Walmart workers know you are standing with them in the struggle for change at Walmart. 

Click here if you feel called to offer Walmart workers your prayers during this week of action.