While Walmart downplays the nationwide protests at the retail giant’s monolithic megastores, . United Food and Commercial Workers Union and Our Walmart have organized the reported “1,000 protests in 46 U.S. states, including strikes in 100 cities” to demand higher pay and more employee benefits. Attempting to thward the nationwide actions, Walmart filed a complaint against the UFCWU – one of the largest unions in the US – to ban any protests or flash mobs and Our Walmart responded by filing a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board alleging unlawful threats to dissuade workers from participating in the actions. Brass Liberation Orchestra and Contra Costa County Congressman George Miller showed their support for the workers at the Richmond, Calif. store and media and protesters were kicked out of the Oakland location. Reports of riot gear clad police being deployed to disperse the protests have surfaced on Twitter as news agencies report the actions have been peaceful.
Back on the peninsula, where there are no Walmarts:), Free Gaza Actions have been planned at 12:00pm and 1:00pm at Union Square and 4:00pm at the Israeli Consulate at 456 Montgomery St. Since the beginning of the recent hostilities between Palestine and Israel – which were sparked by and Israeli Defense Force helicopter gunning down a 13 year old Palestinian boy playing soccer – Emergency Actions for Gaza have been called almost every evening at the Israeli Consulate in the San Francisco Financial District. The actions have been peaceful, however, there was one incident where a Pro-Israeli who apparently assaulted a Pro-Palestinian triggered a tense standoff with police keeping the two sides apart and another where a police officer assaulted a female Pro-Palestinian demonstrator and an OccupySF livestreamer.