Support Walmart Workers Standout – Thursday, November 29th, 2012
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
372 William S. Canning Blvd, Fall River, MA
Sidewalk on Plymouth Ave
You are invited to join us as we hold signs of support for the Walmart labor struggle, and signs to express our views on how Walmart affects our community.
Coalition to Save Our Schools Launch Meeting – Saturday, December 1, 2012
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Keith Middle School
225 Hathaway Blvd, New Bedford, MA
You are invited to attend a meeting to launch the SE Massachusetts Coalition to Save our Schools.
We will be discussing our vision for education reform in SE Mass.
Please attend and bring others who you think will join us in fighting for a public school system where every student will have the opportunity to develop to their full potential. A school system where students, parents and teachers and their unions have a say and not the corporate scammers.
Lunch will be served
General Assembly cancelled for Sunday Dec. 2nd!
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
G & J Building
209 Bedford St, Fall River, MA
United Neighbors of Fall River Office, 4th floor.
If the main entrance on Bedford St. is not open, we leave a contact phone number on the 6th street entrance so someone can let you in. Usually you can call Justin 774.526.5351 to reach the group.
Join us as we report back on Occupy Fall River business, discuss news, make announcements, hold discussions on current events, and plan for our upcoming initiatives.
Some of this week’s agenda items: Report backs, further Walmart action, Budget for All, student debt and Strike Debt, and Occupy East Bay.
Black Friday Walmart Protests – Support Walmart Workers in Their Labor Struggle
On Black Friday, called together by the joined forces of Occupy Fall River and Occupy Providence, a protest caravan paid visits to four Walmarts: Fall River, Swansea, Seekonk, and Providence. Activists from local organizations came together to participate and show support for the Walmart workers struggle. A day of action had been called for by OUR Walmart, Corporate Action Network, and Occupy Wall Street.
In Fall River, we entered the store, and led a mic check until we were escorted back out by police. Blocked from completing our three minute action, we proceeded to picket outside the entrance. Next, as a last minute change of plans, we attempted to take the Swansea Walmart by surprise and deliver the demands letter by OUR Walmart. The Fall River Police Department had overheard our plans and called the mall security and Swansea Police Department in advance. We were blocked from even entering the mall. Mall security and Swansea police threatened to arrest individuals for taking photos, recording anything, and even talking on phones. We then proceeded to our next stop in Seekonk. There, we also attempted to deliver the letter. Management advised us that they would only accept the letter and allow us to read it if we took it outside. Once outside, management refused to accept the letter and reading at all as Seekonk police commanded us off the property. We refused, and picketed the store for fifteen minutes until the police delivered their final warning. Afterwards, we conversed with police about the labor struggle as we walked to the sidewalk rally point and then dispersed. Next we arrived in Providence where we met up with a larger portion of Occupy Providence and were allowed right into the building. Fifty activists gathered inside in a row near the checkout lines, careful not to block foot traffic, and delivered a series of mic checks on the Walmart labor struggle and issues of labor. After about twenty minutes in the store, we decided to leave. Providence police escorted us to the entrance without threat or conflict, although management refused to accept the letter from OUR Walmart. We then rallied on the edge of the parking lot by the street.
More photos and video at Facebook.com/OccupyFallRiver