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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:07 AM

Congressman-Elect Alan Grayson Shows Up At Florida Wal-Mart To Support Strikers

The great Wal-Mart strikes of Black Friday 2012 have begun. Workers across the nation are walking out, and thousands of Americans are expected in demonstrate in solidarity today and tomorrow.

In Orlando, Congressman-elect Alan Grayson joined the strikers. Here’s a photo of him walking Lisa Lopez off the job tonight (thanks to United for Respect at Walmart for the photo):



LINK to this story:
http://boldprogressives.org/photo-congressman-elect-alan-grayson-shows-up-at-florida-wal-mart-to-support-strikers/

The bulk of walk-outs and demonstrations are expected to occur tomorrow. Click here to find one near you.

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Reply Congressman-Elect Alan Grayson Shows Up At Florida Wal-Mart To Support Strikers (Original post)
ProfessionalLeftist Nov 2012 OP
xfundy Nov 2012 #1
Tx4obama Nov 2012 #2
pinboy3niner Nov 2012 #3
pinboy3niner Nov 2012 #29
Marie Marie Nov 2012 #4
aquart Nov 2012 #7
Auntie Bush Nov 2012 #18
madamesilverspurs Nov 2012 #5
WillyT Nov 2012 #6
Joe Bacon Nov 2012 #8
zentrum Nov 2012 #9
Divine Discontent Nov 2012 #10
Rockyj Nov 2012 #11
bvar22 Nov 2012 #12
tavalon Nov 2012 #13
clyrc Nov 2012 #14
ananda Nov 2012 #15
whathehell Nov 2012 #26
gateley Nov 2012 #16
libdem4life Nov 2012 #17
sabrina 1 Nov 2012 #23
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #19
hay rick Nov 2012 #20
pipewrench Nov 2012 #21
Ghost in the Machine Nov 2012 #22
Superbot Nov 2012 #24
Matariki Nov 2012 #25
Enrique Nov 2012 #27
xtraxritical Nov 2012 #28

Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:36 AM

1. Those who walk out need to have access to jobs.

Or at least unemployment.

Any way people here have small companies that can employ them? I hope so.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:41 AM

2. K&R n/t

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:47 AM

3. Good for Grayson! I'll be joining strikers in L.A. in the morning.

There are at least 3 major actions in L.A. tomorrow, and the one I'm going to has 182 L.A. Occupiers signed up to join the strikers.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 05:02 AM

29. WOW! The protest was a HUGE success!

It may have been the largest Black Friday Wal-Mart protest in the country!

I need to put up a report and photo thread, but I'm still too wiped out to think about that--or to face the task of culling my 127 photos down to a reasonable number to post. I don't even know how I'm even staying up right now.

This was the Paramount, CA protest at which 9 protesters--including a retired pastor--were arrested. DUer Fire Walk With Me posted a thread focusing on a photo of the pastor's arrest:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021874379

For anyone who may be interested, my 127-photo album from the protest is here (best viewed as a slideshow):

http://s948.photobucket.com/albums/ad321/pinboy3niner/WalMart%20Strike_Paramount%20CA%2011_23_12/

I'm not a good photographer, and mainly tried to focus on the diversity of the individuals and groups participating in the protest. In addition, I photographed the arrests as the L.A. County Sheriff's Department executed them, but my vantage point was less than ideal.

When I say I'm not a good photographer, I'm not kidding. After it was over and protesters gradually were dispersing, I was sitting on the grass by the main entrance to W-M's parking lot when, suddenly, a Sheriff's Dept. truck with riot gear-clad deputies hanging off the sides passed RIGHT in front of me. It would have made for a great photo, but I fumbled for the camera I'd already put away in my backpack and by the time I got to it, the best I could do was a long shot of the back of the vehicle before it disappeared from view...



C'est la vie...

P.S. - A local newspaper report gives some idea of worker participation in the strike that contradict's Wal-Mart's claims, and also addresses the effectiveness of Wal-Mart protests:

http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_22054148/walkmart-walkout-protestors-planning-arrests-at-paramount-location




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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:51 AM

4. Isn't it great to have him back?

Always on the right (er- make that the correct) side of the issues.

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Response to Marie Marie (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:36 AM

7. YES!

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Response to Marie Marie (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:32 PM

18. His return was some of the best news on election night.

He's the best! You go Alan!

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:50 AM

5. Love that pic!

So I swiped it and shared it on facebook as contrast to our teabagger rep, Cory Gardner, who would be more likely to support Walmart's suppression of its workers.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:03 AM

6. HUGE K & R !!!




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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:36 AM

8. OH YEAH!

GO, ALAN, GO!

P.S. F U, Walton Family and F U WalFart!

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:58 AM

9. Love you Alan!

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 03:06 AM

10. bbut buttt, the Waltons need another 10 BILLION apiece

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:34 AM

11. Love this dude!

Since he lost in 2010 I've been listening to him as regular guest on the Stephanie Miller Show! I knew he'd be voted back in as he really cares about the people he serves!

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:42 AM

12. Now THERE is a "DEMOCRAT"!

Wouldn't it be great if LABOR enjoyed the support of the whole Party?

One can NOT be FOR "Free Trade",
and support Organized LABOR at the same time.
The two positions ARE mutually exclusive.

The Graven Image on the altar....

of the new Church of the Giant Invisible Hand.

This new religion demands absolute Blind Faith Devotion to an invisible Deity for which
no concrete evidence exists.
In fact, all real world evidence contradicts the existence of this new deity, yet our leadership uses this deity to justify Economic Policy that negatively affects Billions of people,
but enhances the fortunes of the privileged handful who sit on the gilded thrones of the 1%.


Sorry, Virginia,
but there is NO Giant Invisible Hand,
and no such thing as "Free Trade" or "Free Markets".
Like other religions with invisible deities,
this new religion is a SCAM invented by The RICH to get more money for themselves.


Solidarity99!
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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:43 AM

13. And this is why I sent money to this man

He is a Wellstone populist. If we could only get 100 more, this nation and even this world would benefit.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:46 AM

14. I love this!

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:47 AM

15. Thank you Mr. Grayson..

.. for doing what a decent rep should do!

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Response to ananda (Reply #15)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 12:07 AM

26. +10 n/t

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 04:22 PM

16. Walkin' his talk! nt

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 05:42 PM

17. Walking, Talking and Photos to share ... Take note, current Democrats

This is what we want. Real Heroes. Leaders not followers. A person sent to represent us that doesn't look, sound, walk, talk like a Republican or any reaonable facsimile of same.

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Response to libdem4life (Reply #17)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:26 PM

23. Yes, this is a Democrat with courage. He doesn't worry about

'what will it look like if I do this'. He is a true leader, hopefully others will follow.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:34 PM

19. K&R!

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:03 PM

20. K&R

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:21 PM

21. thanks ProfessionalLeftist +10000

Smart man with a smart vision.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:22 PM

22. He needs to grow his moustache & goatee back!! n/t

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:34 PM

24. I don't mean to rain on the parade

 

But am I the only one who thinks this is one of the reasons American Corperations export jobs overseas? If you have a job, freaking keep it until you have another one lined up! I have a couple of relatives who have worked at Walmart for a few years and they are doing better than me. IDK... grill me I guess.

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Response to Superbot (Reply #24)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:56 PM

25. Interesting. What do you think of the history of the labor movement?

And all the contributions that Unions made to America's overall quality of life? Were their strikes wrong in your opinion? Should they have just kept their heads down and mouths shut and been happy they had jobs at all? What do you think YOUR life would be like right now if they had?

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Response to Superbot (Reply #24)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 12:28 AM

27. yes

because American workers have more freedom to demand good working conditions than China for example. So what is your answer, to reduce those freedoms to match China? For workers to voluntarily accept worse and worse conditions to match China?

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Response to Superbot (Reply #24)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 01:21 AM

28. Read some Upton Sinclair (The Jungle) then talk to me.

 

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