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Another Black Friday Walmart workers strike

Walmart on Black Friday 2009. By Laurie (CC BY-ND-NC 2.0)

Walmart on Black Friday 2009. By Laurie (CC BY-ND-NC 2.0)

via Hotair:

If you’re heading out to go hunting for holiday deals on the day after Thanksgiving this year, there’s a possibility that you will run into some problems if you plan on looking for those early gifts at Walmart. Workers who are still trying to form a union among the chain store’s employees – and their supporters in “social justice” circles – are planning another walkout for the busiest shopping day of the year. The details, however, are still somewhat vague.

Walmart employees who are organizing as part of OUR Walmart are promising the biggest strikes ever on Black Friday, saying more employees will participate than the previous two years.

Barbara Gertz, an employee from Denver, Colorado, said organizers are expecting to see protests in 1,600 stores. While they don’t yet have a headcount of how many workers will strike or in how many cities, she said they’ve gotten calls “every day” from employees who want to join in.

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More Federal Agencies Are Using Undercover Operations

John Henderson (CC by 2.0)

John Henderson (CC by 2.0)

via The New York Times:

WASHINGTON — The federal government has significantly expanded undercover operations in recent years, with officers from at least 40 agencies posing as business people, welfare recipients, political protesters and even doctors or ministers to ferret out wrongdoing, records and interviews show.

At the Supreme Court, small teams of undercover officers dress as students at large demonstrations outside the courthouse and join the protests to look for suspicious activity, according to officials familiar with the practice.

At the Internal Revenue Service, dozens of undercover agents chase suspected tax evaders worldwide, by posing as tax preparers, accountants drug dealers or yacht buyers and more, court records show.

At the Agriculture Department, more than 100 undercover agents pose as food stamp recipients at thousands of neighborhood stores to spot suspicious vendors and fraud, officials said.

Undercover work, inherently invasive and sometimes dangerous, was once largely the domain of the F.B.I.

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26 arrested for protesting outside Walmart billionaire’s New York home

News Article CNNMoney 10/16/14:

Hundreds of protesters picketed outside the home of Alice Walton, the billionaire daughter of Walmart’s founder.

A total of 26 protesters were arrested when they blocked Park Avenue in the upscale New York neighborhood where Walton’s home is located. Another 16 were arrested in a similar protest outside a Walmart office in Washington, D.C.

The New York protesters carried signs that said “The Waltons are robbing America” and chanted “What do we want: Respect. When do we want it: Now.”

The workers had marched to Walton’s home to deliver a petition demanding that Walmart (WMT) start paying a minimum wage of $15. They were not allowed in the building.

The Walton family is one of the richest in the world. Alice and three other family members are among the top 10 richest Americans.

“If Walmart wants to call its workers ‘associates’, they should start treating us better,” said protester Barb Gertz (sitting in a green T-shirt in the photograph below).

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Can mesh networks and offline wireless move from protest tools to news?

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FutUndBeidl (CC BY 2.0)

via Niemanlab:

From the protests in Hong Kong to Occupy and Sandy in New York, a new generation of tools is allowing communities to connect without using the Internet. Can they have a use in news too?

In the rush to get from here to there, not many travelers in Boston’s South Station are likely to notice the two blue wifi icons near the Martin’s News Shop informing them that they are now in range of the “Pulse of South Station.” And if they did, they might rightly assume that it was some kind of marketing campaign.

But at its inception in 2005, the Pulse of Boston (of which that sign was a part) was also much more than this: It was a cutting-edge experiment in hyperlocal, offline, wireless news and community. And while the original Boston Globe effort lasted less than a year, today both global events and advances in DIY wireless technologies are rebooting interest in this physically proscribed approach to hyperlocal communications — exploring how wireless connections that don’t rely on the Internet can serve as both community hubs and crucial information sources.

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WATCH: Police in riot gear arrest California Walmart workers during sit-in over wages, firings

Police in riot gear arresting Walmart workers (KTLA)

Police in riot gear arresting Walmart workers (KTLA)

via Raw Story:

Police decked out in riot gear arrested Walmart workers and supporters after they blocked an intersection in front of a Pico Rivera, California store Thursday evening.

KTLA reports dozens of protestors were taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies wearing riot helmets and holding batons, several hours after the sit-in began, drawing hundreds protesting working conditions at the retail giant.

The sit-in followed a work stoppage  earlier in the day at the company’s Crenshaw Boulevard store in Baldwin Hills.

Employees in Baldwin Hills store stopped work and sat on the floor with tape over the mouths reading ‘strike,’ while holding signs saying, “Walmart stop the illegal threats.”

Walmart is currently under investigation for firing and threatening  employee activists.

Activists have been setting up protests at Walmart stores across the country, posting pictures on twitter at #walmartstrikers.

In Pico Rivers, some workers sat in the middle of the busy intersection holding signs and lit candles as deputies pulled them to their feet and loaded them into buses.

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‘History In The Making': Workers Hold First Sit-Down Work Action Targeting Walmart

“Stand Up, Live Better! Sit Down, Live Better!” workers chant. (Photo courtesy of DC Jobs With Justice)

“Stand Up, Live Better! Sit Down, Live Better!” workers chant. (Photo courtesy of DC Jobs With Justice)

Sarah Lazare writes at Common Dreams:

With tape symbolically strapped over their mouths, and holding signs demanding “stop the illegal threats,” dozens of workers on Thursday sat down amid the cash registers and merchandise racks of a Los Angeles Walmart store, in the first such work action to target the world’s biggest retailer.

Hailing from stores across California, including the Crenshaw District store where the sit-down is located, the workers say they are protesting the company’s unlawful drive to silence and intimidate associates for organizing in their workplaces. Later in the evening, workers will be joined by hundreds of community supporters, according to a statement from OUR Walmart.

“I am out here on strike because of retaliation and disrespect,” Venanci Lune, worker at a different L.A. Walmart store and member of the organization OUR Walmart, told Common Dreams over the phone from the protest.

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Thousands Swarm Budapest Streets to Protest Unprecedented Internet Tax

By Miran Rijavec via Flickr (CC by 2.0)

By Miran Rijavec via Flickr (CC by 2.0)

via Mashable:

Hungary’s government wants to tax Internet data, and thousands of citizens responded to the plan by swarming the streets of the capital on Sunday night.

Around 10,000 people turned up in Budapest to protest the proposal, which would tax Internet providers 150 Hungarian forints (around $0.60) per gigabyte of traffic they serve to users. The protesters, who mainly organized through a Facebook group that has almost 220,000 likes, are afraid that providers will push the cost of the tax down to customers, limiting Internet access and hurting freedom of speech.

Read More: http://mashable.com/2014/10/27/hungary-internet-tax-protest/

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Egyptian security forces raid universities with aim of suppressing campus dissent

"Al-Azhar University students walk past riot police during a protest conducted by a pro-Muslim Brotherhood student movement in Nasr City district on 12 October 2014." Photo cred: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

“Al-Azhar University students walk past riot police during a protest conducted by a pro-Muslim Brotherhood student movement in Nasr City district on 12 October 2014.” Photo cred: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

via IFEX.org:

Egyptian authorities should release more than 110 university students arrested since the start of the school year on October 11, 2014. The arrests were apparently aimed at preventing a revival of campus protests that have erupted repeatedly since the overthrow of the former president, Mohamed Morsy, in July 2013. The arrests and subsequent activities appear to be solely directed at the students’ peaceful exercise of the right to free assembly.

Security forces arrested at least 71 students in 15 governorates on October 11, according to the Students for Freedom Observatory, an activist group formed this year to track worsening restrictions on campus political activities. The group said many students were seized from their homes in pre-dawn raids that involved uniformed police, plainclothes officers, and heavily-armed special forces units.

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Protests in Pakistan: Curiously Underreported by International News

Thanks to a Facebook commenter on this post, the underreporting of the protests in Pakistan has been brought to my attention. While some of the mainstream media has covered these protests, their narrative has been dwarfed by other, more popular stories. Here’s a short recap from different sources.

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Imran Khan, Pakistani politician and former cricketer.

“Imran Khan vows to carry on protest till Pakistan PM resigns” via Arab News:
(September 28)

LAHORE: Opposition politician Imran Khan has vowed to continue his protest against Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif until the leader resigns over allegations of election rigging.

Khan, along with populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, has been staging a sit-in in capital Islamabad since August 15.

Last week he took his protest to Pakistan’s largest city Karachi and on Sunday he addressed thousands of people in his home town and Pakistan’s second largest city — Lahore, which is also the home town of Sharif.

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