Black Friday labor protesters march on Wal-Mart, get inside

On Black Friday, also known as Buy Nothing Day, labor protesters including
striking Wal-Mart associates marched on the 1st and H st Wal-Mart in
the third protest there this week. Some of the protesters managed to
get inside first in a trickle, then a flood before police pushed them
out. Several protesters were shoved by the same cop, and some were also
threatened.

The striking Wal-Mart associates were apparently singled out by cops
outside the store to be photographed. This raises the question of
whether Wal-Mart security will receive copies of those photos to target
workers for retaliation. Some of the strikers said they were standing up
for better pay and hours and had no choice but to risk facing
retaliation. They are demanding $15 an hour and full time hours, which
would be about $25K a year. Given outrageous DC rents this is a
necessity.

In the meantime, Wal-Mart continues to go out of their way to
encourage associates to apply for food stamps and Medicaid, this causing
taxpayers to essentially pay part of the wages of Wal-Mart’s workers.
How Wal-Mart’s competitors are supposed to pay both their own workers
and taxes to pay Wal-Mart’s workers must not be Wal-Mart’s problem, hell
it may even be part of their strategy for putting all competitors out
of business.

Video focussing on the protest inside the Wal-Mart

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