On Black Friday, Buy Nothing Day, Nov 29, 2013, nine people were arrested blockading the doors of a Wal-Mart in Alexandria. A court injunction in MD favoring Wal-Mart was useless, as targets in Virginia hurt Wal-Mart’s bosses in Arkansa just as badly.
In addition, the Dec 4 opening of the DC stores on Ga Ave and on H street may have been deliberately times to avoid Black Friday and the protests. If so, just the threat of protests was enough to cost Wal-Mart a lot of money, by forcing them not to open in DC on the biggest shopping day of the year.
The injunction was issued by a MD court, sought by Wal-Mart after an earlier civil disobediance blocked the streets in front of the store in Landover, MD. There was of course no reason for anyone in Virigina (or potentialy, DC) to be deterred in any way by an out-of-state injunction of no legal impact outside MD’s borders!
The Nov 29 protest began with a march on the store, then the blockade, and ultimately the manager had to accept a letter from the strikers demanding livable wages. The parking lot was full of cops expecting the protest, which may have deterred shoppers from pulling in even before protesters arrived. On top of all else, a 25 person prayer vigil still managed to show up at the other Alexandria Wal-Mart after all of this ended!
All arrestees were released by early afternoon.
Other actions against other Wal-Mart stores took place all over Turtle Island, for the second year in a row. At this rate, Wal-Mart will eventually lose more money from having Black Friday ruined than they save by paying workers so little that one Wal-Mart’s management held a food drive for their own employees. At that point they will have no choice but to conceded and raise wages, just as GM, Ford, and Chrysler had to yield to the UAW during the 1930’s.