Posted 1 year ago on Nov. 22, 2012, 9:04 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Picket line happening right now in Miami! -- other actions, including walk-outs, have already begun in Ohio, California, Maryland, New York, Florida, Texas, Indiana, Wisconsin, Arizona, North Dakota, Alabama, and growing as of 11pm Eastern time! See below for info on following live updates
We are reaching out to you today to see if you would consider supporting the Walmart workers who are being unfairly fired for organizing their peers.
Why should I support the workers?
Getting fired for demonstrating is a scary thing. We at the Occupy Solidarity Network would like to help alleviate that worry for anyone who is fired in retribution for organizing or demonstrating at Walmart. Walmart workers decided in October 2012 to strike on Black Friday after they were targeted for retaliation for speaking out against substandard work conditions and treatment in the first ever walk out in the history of the company. Now we are looking at a world in which the bravest workers of Walmart are being fired so they may be silenced.
We will support the workers participating in organizing efforts and nonviolent demonstrations in support of the fight for economic civil rights of the Walmart worker effort. Money raised will go towards paying stipends and living expenses for workers fired for organizing and participating in acts of peaceful civil disobedience.
Click here to support the Walmart organizers today!
Click here to donate to the Walmart Workers Food Fund!
#walmartstrikers solidarity in Kenosha, WI from overpass light brigade
To find a walk-out/picket line near you, see here. For live coverage, follow @ForRespect, @ChangeWalmart, and #WalmartStrikers on Twitter.
You can also support the strike and show your solidarity on social media using Thunderclap or sign this petition from Jobs With Justice.
More social media resources:
Past articles for more information on supporting Walmart workers and the Black Friday Strike:
More info via Making Change @ WMT (see original link for sources)
Posted 1 year ago on Nov. 22, 2012, 8:57 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
If you listen to the mainstream media in Canada and Québec (or
elsewhere), you could be forgiven for believing that Québec's student
movement is running on cold embers these days. After a historic and
lively protest movement that saw hundreds of actions and hundreds of
thousands of people in the street demanding an end to the continued
neoliberalization of the education sector, a great victory was
achieved when the newly-elected Parti Québécois promptly repealed the
tuition hikes proposed by the former government. But this victory has
proven to be far from the end of the story for Québec's students,
which inspired the world with their activism, and - strangely enough -
brought banging pots and pans back in vogue.
The tenacious group of students known as CLASSE have reformed their
organization as the ASSÉ - roughly in English the "Association for a
Solidaric Student Union." ASSÉ, not content with wasting the momentum
they fought so hard to gain, is preparing to take the tuition fight to
the next level by demanding free university-level education be
guaranteed for everyone. Today's (continuing the tradition of monthly protests on the 22nd of the month) brought this demand back to the forefront of the
education debate in Québec. Thousands marched in Montreal, and nearly 60,000 students were on strike today. A recent press release by the group stated
that "in reality, though the tuition hike has been cancelled, teaching
institutions are not sheltered from other dangers such as the
commodification of knowledge." ASSÉ continues to lead the way in
demonstrating how education in a free and fair society can really work.
Aside from the fight for free education, there are many exciting
developments on the front to ensuring the tuition hikes are beaten
back for good. The newly-elected governments' Higher Education
minister, Pierre Duchesne, will be hosting a roundtable commission on
the financing of universities in Québec, which receive a large portion
of their funding from the government as public universities. A great
number of scandals have arisen in recent months. Notably, Concordia
University (which the author attends) was hit with a $2,000,000 fine
for granting $3.1 million in severance packages to 6 departing staff
members, one of which then pocketed the money and returned to the
university with a salaried position only a few months later.
Radio-Canada later learned that one of the University of Sherbrooke's
expensive new Longueuil campus buildings, found at the time to be
necessary expansion of the university, is almost vacant and lacking
private partners three years after its opening. Because of these
frequent and continuing scandals, the student movements are eager to
meet Minister Duchesne and defend student budgets against the excesses
of the universities' senseless spending sprees.
And finally, student organizations continue to contest the violent
police repression that was seen during the student strike. This week,
students at the CÉGEP du Vieux-Montréal (a post-secondary college)
voted with a nearly two-thirds majority to go on strike again this
week, demanding that the government drop all criminal charges against
student strikers. At this time, there are hundreds of charges awaiting
student strikers for a variety of actions of civil disobedience that
were committed. The ASSÉ, as well as the two other student groups
representing university and CÉGEP students, have partnered with
several prominent unions in Québec to call for a full inquiry into
police repression and violence against the student movement.
Those interested in hearing more about the fight for free tuition in
Québec are encouraged to visit Translating the Printemps
Érable or the ASSÉ
website (French only).
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