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The first Walmart strikes EVER

  • This is the first time that Walmart’s retail workers have ever gone on strike in the corporation’s 50-year history, and momentum is building fast. Workers in Florida, Maryland, Texas, Washington, California, Missouri, Minnesota and Kentucky all walked off the job — bringing the strike to a total of 12 states.
  • Will you sign our statement of solidarity with striking Walmart associates across the country? We’ll deliver those message directly to workers.

Taren S-K, SumOfUs.org

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October 14, 2012 | “I’ve never been part of anything like this before.”

Those are the words of an organizer who arrived at Walmart’s hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas last week, along with nearly 100 Walmart workers from across the US, to peacefully protest at Walmart’s annual investor meeting. They were joined by warehouse workers from Walmart’s supply chain who went on strike last month.

This is the first time that Walmart’s retail workers have ever gone on strike in the corporation's 50-year history, and momentum is building fast. Workers in Florida, Maryland, Texas, Washington, California, Missouri, Minnesota and Kentucky all walked off the job -- bringing the strike to a total of 12 states.

These workers don't have a union, and they are taking a HUGE risk by going on strike. But if they know that tens of thousands of people are standing with them, it will give them the boost they need to keep up the fight in the face of Walmart’s potential retaliation.

Will you sign our statement of solidarity with striking Walmart associates across the country? We’ll deliver those message directly to workers. <>

This is truly a historic moment to stand with Walmart workers, some of whom traveled on an airplane for the very first time in their lives to go to Bentonville and stand up for their rights.

SumOfUs.org members around the world have been standing with Walmart workers. When warehouse workers in Walmart's supply chain walked off the job last month, nearly 100,000 of us signed a petition to Walmart executives supporting their demands. The warehouse workers delivered those petitions to Walmart executives in Illinois, and the next day, they won! Workers who were fired for organizing got their jobs back and received full back pay, and workers have reported that safety conditions have improved. And just last week, we took out ads in all three local Bentonville papers calling on Walmart to stand with workers. Together, workers and SumOfUs members are going toe-to-toe with one of the largest corporations in the world -- and we have a real chance of winning.

Walmart is the largest private employer in the world, and workers have long complained of low pay and lack of benefits. Core to its business model has been to bust unions and make sure that workers can’t organize to demand decent wages and fair working conditions. But with workers in 12 states now on strike, Walmart can’t ignore its workers anymore.

Risking your job, next paycheck and livelihood to speak up for what’s right takes courage and strength. As each subsequent worker walks off the job, the power of Walmart workers around the world grows. Signing a card to workers will encourage them, but it will also show Walmart's bosses that citizen-consumers won't tolerate their race-to-the-bottom economics anymore.

Sign our solidarity statement with Walmart workers now.

In solidarity,

Emma, Rob, Claiborne, Rob, Paul, Taren and the rest of us

Related:

Walmart's First-Ever Retail Worker Strike Spreads To 12 Cities. Huffington Post, October 9, 2012. <>

Walmart strikes spread to more states. The first-ever walkouts by warehouse workers and store employees are a game-changer. Salon.com, October 9, 2012.
 

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Vatican II, 50 Years On: The Sunlight That Shines Today

  • And Good Pope John did it smiling. This would be a joyful revolution and nothing would ever be the same again.
  • Catholic Church '200 years behind,' Cardinal says before death

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

Good Pope John entering Saint Peter's for the opening ceremonies of the Second Vatican Council on October 11, 1962. "It meant being out in the world," Sister Simone tells The Politics Blog, "encountering life there." AP Photo

October 11, 2012 | Fifty years ago today, in Vatican City, a couple of guys shoved open a pair of larger bronze doors. The pope gave a speech. This is part of what he said:

"In the daily exercise of our pastoral office, we sometimes have to listen, much to our regret, to voices of persons who, though burning with zeal, are not endowed with too much sense of discretion or measure. In these modern times they can see nothing but prevarication and ruin. They say that our era, in comparison with past eras, is getting worse, and they behave as though they had learned nothing from history, which is, none the less, the teacher of life. They behave as though at the time of former Councils everything was a full triumph for the Christian idea and life and for proper religious liberty. We feel we must disagree with those prophets of gloom, who are always forecasting disaster, as though the end of the world were at hand."

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Catholic Church '200 years behind,' Cardinal says before death, Livia Borghese, for CNN

  • Martini was known for his progressive position on some of the Church's most controversial issues, including priestly celibacy, the use of condoms, euthanasia and homosexuality.
  • First bishop found guilty in sex abuse crisis
  • Franciscan friars back American nuns in Vatican spat
     

A creed for the entitled

  • I am a job creator and I am entitled (and yes, this is sarcasm).
  • Bill Watterson | The Calvin Decade

Steven Pearlstein, Washington (DC) Post

September 30, 2012 | I am a corporate chief executive.

I am a business owner.

I am a private-equity fund manager.

I am the misunderstood superhero of American capitalism, single-handedly creating wealth and prosperity despite all the obstacles put in my way by employees, government and the media.

I am a job creator and I am entitled.

I am entitled to complain about the economy even when my stock price, my portfolio and my profits are at record levels.

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Bill Watterson | The Calvin Decade
/ Friday's Funday



 

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But What About the Other 1 Percent: the Veterans?

  • Veterans are "the other one percent." But the tiny minority of Americans who carry the heavy burden of war face enormous challenges that neither presidential candidate is addressing.
  • There are about 2.4 million veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq, nearly a million of whom may still carry with them a heavy burden of war, in the form of wounds, diseases or chronic conditions.
  • Vets Confront Mental Health Crisis, Soldier Suicides and Violence

Dan Froomkin, Huffington Post

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October 11, 2012 | Ordinarily, when the U.S. is at war, there would be some discussion of that war in the presidential campaign.

In the 2012 election cycle, however, the public has been left largely in the dark when it comes to the candidates' views on the war the U.S. is still fighting in Afghanistan, or the war the U.S. recently stopped fighting in Iraq.

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Vets Confront Mental Health Crisis, Soldier Suicides and Violence, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

  • On Afghan War 11th Anniversary
  • The Right Wing Shafts Our Veterans
  • Suicide and the Soldier

 
 

The Message From Both Parties Is That Americans Are Disposable

  • The attitude of both parties is: if you are not the one percent, you are disposable.
  • Robert Scheer | Obama, Romney Leave No More Room to Argue

Paul Craig Roberts, PaulCraigRoberts.org

September 7, 2012 | If political conventions are ranked on a one-to-ten scale for intelligence, I give the Republican Convention zero and the Democrats one.

How can the United States be a superpower when both political parties are unaware of everything that is happening at home and abroad?

The Republicans are relying for victory on four years of anti-Obama propaganda and their proprietary programed electronic voting machines. For nearly four years Republican operatives have flooded the Internet with portraits of Obama as a non-US citizen, as a Muslim (even while Obama was murdering Muslims in seven countries), and as a Marxist (put in power by the Israel Lobby, Wall Street, and the military/security complex).

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Robert Scheer | Obama, Romney Leave No More Room to Argue, Robert Scheer, Truthdig

  • Mitt Romney beat Barack Obama because he was more energetic in distorting the significance of their miniscule differences.
  • Noam Chomsky On How Progressives Should Approach Election 2012


 

The School of the Americas: Class over?

  • Campaigners continue to risk jail trying to close one of the most notorious US institutions that sowed regional strife.
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  • Mobilize your community for the November Vigil (Nov. 16-18, 2012) at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia.

Inside Story

October 6, 2012 | Inside Story features human rights activists who continue to risk jail trying to close the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (SOA / WHINSEC), one of the most notorious US institutions with a long history of atrocities and military repression in the Americas.

Click here to watch the segment on YouTube.

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"Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation..." - Noam Chomsky

Victory for Chávez is a victory for Latin America

  • U.S.-backed Henrique Capriles and his Democratic Unity coalition (MUD) had hoped to return the wealthy classes — national and foreign — to their former unchallenged status by reversing the social and economic gains of the vast majority of Venezuelans.
  • Long live Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution!

Gloria La Riva, Liberation News

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October 8, 2012 | With 54.42 percent of a record-turnout vote, Hugo Chávez has won a fourth term as president of Venezuela, in a race widely recognized as a crucial struggle between the progressive forces of the “Bolivarian Revolution” and the right-wing opposition of U.S.-backed Henrique Capriles.

Capriles and his Democratic Unity coalition (MUD) had hoped to return the wealthy classes — national and foreign — to their former unchallenged status by reversing the social and economic gains of the vast majority of Venezuelans.

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