The Walmart Protests Begin
Rallies scheduled in big cities today
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2012 7:17 AM CST
Updated Nov 23, 2012 7:57 AM CST
In this Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 photo a woman pushes a shopping cart away from the entrance of a Walmart store in North Kingstown, RI.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(Newser) – Walmart's Black Friday sale began on Thursday ... as did the Black Friday protests planned by workers around the country. Workers abandoned their posts last night in Dallas, Miami, and Kenosha, Wisc., according to employee group OUR Walmart, and Twitter posts indicate that protests hit other stores as well, including one in Wichita. But today's the big day, though just how big the protests will be remains to be seen, reports the Christian Science Monitor.

According to OUR Walmart's website, the main attraction will be rallies in a handful of cities. Last night's Miami rally saw 30 workers from three area stores join forces with 100-or-so supporters, reports the Nation. Rallies are set for Chicago; Milwaukee; Washington, DC; Dallas; Los Angeles; Sacramento; San Francisco; and Seattle today. Observes the Monitor, "Given its nearly 4,000 stores, these job actions are unlikely to stop–or even slow–Walmart's Black Friday push. The strikers appear to be aiming for visibility rather than confrontation."

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Nov 23, 2012 9:47 PM CST "A secret behind Wal-Mart’s rapid expansion in the United States has been its extensive use of public money. This includes billions in tax breaks, free land, infrastructure assistance, low-cost financing and outright grants from state and local governments around the country. In addition, taxpayers indirectly subsidize the company by paying the healthcare costs of Wal-Mart employees who don’t receive coverage on the job and instead turn to public programs such as Medicaid. This website brings together available information on both kinds of subsidies involved in Wal-Mart’s “double-dipping.” In the future we will add data on other ways Wal-Mart relies on taxpayers to finance its growth."
Nov 23, 2012 4:48 PM CST
I find it sadly hilarious that all of these redneck 'Murican! republicans are screaming in outrage that President Obama is going to sell the country to the Chinese... ...and then hurry to the nearest Walmart to buy the newest shittastic 82" big screen TV on their nearly maxed out credit card. Made in China, of course. It goes wonderfully with the do-it-yourself couch, made in China, and they can eat off their lead-tainted melanine products, made in China as well. Go American, buy Chinese!
Nov 23, 2012 4:27 PM CST
I like Walmart. For health and beauty items and household supplies they beat the competition by a mile. Shopping at Walmart puts a little extra money in my pocket at the end of the month. Sorry if that makes me a bad person.