The December 23rd Black Friday Walmart strike in the US is about dignity and fairness for Walmart workers and an end to Walmart retaliation when they speak out for those reasonable and just demands. It is informal and decentralized, yet has proven to be exceptionally effective – perhaps for those very reasons.
I am writing this from Canada in solidarity with US Walmart workers and the incredible courage and sheer brilliance they have shown in organizing these actions that are capturing the hearts and minds of so many. It is also recognition that this strike has major implications outside the US, as there are 300+ stores in Canada and thousands in Mexico and other parts of the world.
I’ll aim to keep updating this list and if I have miss any important pieces, organizations, etc…, please let me know! —dp
THE KEY PLAYERS
Our Walmart – OUR Walmart is an organization of, by, and for current and former Walmart Associates and is heavily involved in organizing the Black Friday actions. Be sure to check out their website for a much richer understanding of what they are doing and why they are doing it.
Making Change at Walmart – Anchored by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Making Change at Walmart is a coalition of Walmart associates, union members, small business owners, religious leaders, women’s advocacy groups, community groups, multi-ethnic coalitions, elected officials, and ordinary citizens who believe that changing Walmart is vital for the future of our country (and the world).