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Activists shut down malls on Black Friday as Ferguson protests intensify

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  • This early afternoon action led to similar shut down demonstrations at the West County Mall in nearby Des Peres, Mo., and the Chesterfield mall. These protests coupled with demonstrations in Chicago, New York, Seattle, and Northern California, where protestors chained themselves to trains, were among the largest in the country this Black Friday.
  • The War on Thanksgiving, December 1, 2014
  • Lesson from the 2014 elections: Inclusive 50-state strategy needed

Riley Winters, People's World

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December 1 2014 | It is known as the busiest shopping day of the year, but this Nov. 28 Black Friday, was more than just long lines and last minute tiffs between shoppers eyeing the leftover merchandise.

Walking inside the Galleria Mall shoppers were greeted by the sound of Ferguson demonstrators who continue to protest and fight for justice in the case of Michael Brown; their commitment to continued demonstrations has recently intensified after the grand jury's announcement that Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed Brown, would not be indicted.

Riley Winters: Contributor, People's World

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The War on Thanksgiving, December 1, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Thanksgiving is slowly becoming just another shopping day as many major retailers are planing to open then.
  • Big Retailers Make Low-Paid Workers Into Exploited Turkeys on Thanksgiving.
  • Part 1: Black Friday is a sad, apocalyptic wallet safari. You'll thank yourself for staying home
  • Part 2: Opening On Thanksgiving Backfires For Retail Stores

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Lesson from the 2014 elections: Inclusive 50-state strategy needed, .John Bachtell, People's World

For the multi-racial working class to play its historic role, it must be united, politically and ideologically mobilized. Influences of racism, patriarchy, prejudice and bias must be overcome. The broad people's movement led by labor must be built in all 50 states, including "red" states and districts, suburbs, exurbs and rural areas if democratic advances are to be won. There is no way around it.

 

Lesson from the 2014 elections: Inclusive 50-state strategy needed

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  • For the multi-racial working class to play its historic role, it must be united, politically and ideologically mobilized. Influences of racism, patriarchy, prejudice and bias must be overcome. The broad people's movement led by labor must be built in all 50 states, including "red" states and districts, suburbs, exurbs and rural areas if democratic advances are to be won. There is no way around it.
  • Activists shut down malls on Black Friday as Ferguson protests intensify

John Bachtell, People's World

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December 1 2014 | A lot of teeming water has already passed under the bridge since the 2014 elections. People are marching and sitting-in over the no indictment in the police murder of Michael Brown, mobilizing to support President Obama's executive order on immigration and organizing Black Friday protests.

The time for licking election wounds is over, but lessons are still being drawn from the setbacks.

John Bachtell is national chair of the Communist Party USA. Previously he was Illinois organizer for the party, and is active in labor, peace and justice struggles. He grew up in Ohio and currently lives in Chicago with his family.

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Activists shut down malls on Black Friday as Ferguson protests intensify, Riley WintersPeople's World

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  • This early afternoon action led to similar shut down demonstrations at the West County Mall in nearby Des Peres, Mo., and the Chesterfield mall. These protests coupled with demonstrations in Chicago, New York, Seattle, and Northern California, where protestors chained themselves to trains, were among the largest in the country this Black Friday.
  • The War on Thanksgiving, December 1, 2014
  • Lesson from the 2014 elections: Inclusive 50-state strategy needed

 

Dining Out in Dinkytown

  • Remembering the Minneapolis Truckers’ Strikes of 1934
  • Special Report | American Class Warfare: Week Ending November 9, 2014

 

Bryan D. Palmer, The Bullet, Socialist Project

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b1057.jpg November 19, 2014 | If you are in Minneapolis, after a hard day's night, the place to go for a morning pick-me-up is Al's Breakfast. Or so I was informed. Being in the Twin Cities in mid-July, I made my way to the legendary AM eatery, located in the heart of Dinkytown, the neighborhood adjacent to the University of Minnesota where Al's is located.

Mind you, no one had told me anything about the place. My heart sank as I rounded the 14th Avenue corner and took in the line that had formed outside of an establishment half way down the block. As I shuffled into place at the end of the queue and glanced inside my spirits nose-dived even further.

Bryan D. Palmer is the author of Revolutionary Teamsters: The Minneapolis Truckers’ Strikes of 1934 (Chicago: Haymarket, 2014) and a past editor of the journal, Labour/Le Travail. He is the Canada Research Chair, Canadian Studies Department, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario. This article first published on the Labor Online website.

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Special Report | American Class Warfare: Week Ending November 9, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

11/1classwar.jpgThe people are fighting back and the elites recognize it. There is fear in the investor class as they see people organizing and mobilizing. Corporations are now investing more time and money in preparation to protect themselves from investor actions and legal challenges. The actions of corporations and governments against the people are a sign of their fear, and a sign of our unrealized strength.

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Communities in Resistance: Presentes!

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SOA Watch

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Here are some awesome photos of action by Vigil to Shut Stewart Down photographer Steve Pavey. 

November 21-23, 2014 | The 25th annual November Vigil kicked off Friday night with a packed plenary session and opening concert. 

Saturday morning, SOA Watch activists with other allies, led by the Georgia Detention Watch coalition and the Alterna community in LaGrange, gathered outside of the Stewart Detention Center to stand in solidarity with those who continue to be impacted by the SOA and to emphasize the connection between closing the SOA/WHINSEC and the root causes of migration. 

Sunday morning, we continue to commemorate the martyrs. The Central American refugee crisis, the "Drug War" massacres and disappearances in Mexico, and the protests against police brutality in Ferguson have made clear -- we must unite our struggles and push back against the militarized security forces that only "serve and protect" the interests of the elites. 

SOA Watch, founded by Fr. Roy Bourgeois in 1990,  is an independent organization that seeks to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas, under whatever name it is called, through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.

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2014 Black Friday Walmart Protests

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  • Walmart Workers Promise Biggest Black Friday Strike Ever

Black Friday Walmart Protests

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This Black Friday we need to send the Waltons a message. We can’t sit back while their workers go hungry any longer. And Walmart and the Waltons must stop taking illegal actions against Walmart workers who want to work hard and be able to provide for our families.

To take action, you just need to go to your local Walmart with a sign saying that you support the workers fighting for fair pay and respect, get a picture of yourself, and tell the manager you support the workers’ cause. Walmart tracks all of these actions and they have a huge impact. Here’s an example picture!

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Walmart Workers Promise Biggest Black Friday Strike Ever, Bryce Covert, ThinkProgress

  • The company has admitted that less than half of its workforce makes more than $25,000. But it could easily raise pay by ending stock buybacks or raising the cost of an item like a DVD by a penny.
  • The Big Box/Fast Food Business Problem: November 14, 2014

 

 

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