Black Friday: National Walmart Strikes & Solidarity with Gaza Actions

Oakland Walmart on Black Friday

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.

Israeli Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom Hacked

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.

 

 

Occupy UC Regents, Global Actions and Emergency Global Actions for Gaza

November 15, 2012 is turning out to be a day of action around the world and San Francisco is in sync. With riots in Jordan | Greeks storming German meetingsassaulting diplomat | Mozambique protests over bus fare hikes | Cambodias eviction protesters arrested before Obama visit | dozens of youths protested in front of the Arab League headquarters in Cairo | parts of Europe recuperating after organised labour’s biggest Europe-wide challenge to austerity policies since the euro zone debt crisis erupted three years ago, yesterday | Democracy Now reporting about “The Growing Global Movement Against Austerity” | and Occupy launch(ing) ‘Rolling Jubilee’ debt forgiveness programme, San Francisco is right in step as the all day Occupy the UC Regents and a 5:00pm rally against the recent assault on Gaza at the Israeli Consulate unfold.

UC Regents are in a pickle and tuition hikes are the core of the austerity measures being considered. Interestingly, Peter Taylor – UC’s new chief financial – was previously the managing director for public finance at Lehman Bros., before they collapsed in the largest bankruptcy in American history. While at Taylor was at Lehman, the investment firm expanded UC debt and was part of the interest rate swaps that have cost UC more than $23 million. Although  the passing of Prop 30 will provide millions of tax dollars to public K-12 and colleges, the influx will not be felt by struggling students in the form of lower tuition, which has increased drastically in recent years. The UC Regents are expected to approve a budget, today, the third day of their meetings on the matter and Occupy UC Regents have been OcCuPyInG the Mission Bay campus all night after their Walkout for Higher Education last Thursday and rally on Tuesday.

A screenshot from an Israeli site defaced by Anonymous hackers.

In the Financial District, Anonymous has called for a 5:00pm demonstration at the Israeli Consulate at 456 Montgomery St as part of their Emergency Global Actions for Gaza, due to Israel’s threatening to hit the internet kill switch on Palestine and for the reported 3000 tons of bombs on Gaza, including 75 tons of depleted Uranium, in the past 22 days. Reportedly, Anonymous is currently defacing and taking off-line several Israeli gov’t websites, including http://www.tel-aviv.gov.il/, dannydamon.com, http://falcon-s.co.il/, http://dolevltd.co.il/fuk_isreal.asphttp://securityacademy.com/http://imi-israel.com & icomputers.co.il , according to some of the tweets and news reports:

  1. http://rt.com/news/gaza-israel-strike-anonymous-787/
  2. http://www.dailydot.com/news/anonymous-opisrael-gaza-internet-access/
  3.  http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/israel-and-palestine/121115/anonymous-hacker-group-vows-support-pa
  4. http://tribune.com.pk/story/466092/as-israel-attacks-gaza-palestinians-find-an-unlikely-ally/
  5. http://freakoutnation.com/2012/11/15/anonymous-is-on-it-israel-threatens-to-cut-gaza-off-from-the-internet-telecommunications/
  6. http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2012/11/15/anonymous-hackers-deface-israeli-sites-in-retaliation-for-gaza-attacks/
  7. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2012/11/14/is-hamas-winning-the-twitter-war/?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost
  8. http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/11/15/bombs-are-falling-like-rain-in-gaza/