Last week, OUR Walmart members and their growing coalition of allies from around the country met in Washington, DC. The group met to discuss the successes and short-comings of last year’s historic Black Friday strike, as well as to build toward a more bigger and more exciting 2013.
Organizations representing a broad cross section of the progressive movement, from labor and corporate watch-dog groups to civil rights and womens’ groups gathered to express their support for Walmart workers. The organizations pledged to take swift bold action against Walmart’s attempts to silence and intimidate its workers for speaking out for change. Additionally, they discussed an exciting calendar of events for 2013.
Ally support was absolutely essential to the success of Black Friday and to Walmart workers continuing efforts to make change. If the strength of the allies at this first meeting is any indication, it looks like 2013 will be a promising year for making positive change in the lives of Walmart workers.