This Friday is the height of our national shopping season. How can we stand in solidarity with Wal-Mart associates during this hectic time?
We join OUR Wal-Mart in inviting individuals, families, and congregations to use this prayer on Thanksgiving:
"Spirit of Life/Most Divine/God/Beloved Community/Creator, We give thanks. We give thanks for those of us gathered at table. We give thanks to those who bring us this day our food. We give thanks for the food farmers and workers collected. We give thanks for the hands who helped set this table: factory workers, construction workers, truck drivers, mechanics, stock people, cashiers, managers.
This Black Friday, we remember that we are not replaceable, we are priceless. We remember community and compassion can see us through the coming winter, storms and tribulations. We remember we are blessed to have each other after ages of struggle.
You are a God of compassion and justice, Who has taught us to pursue a more just and sacred society, built upon foundations of fairness and love. As we enjoy this delicious meal surrounded by loved ones and dear friends, we turn our hearts inward to You this Thanksgiving, Oh God, with thanks for the blessings you have bestowed upon us, so evident here on this special day.
And we lift up Walmart workers and other low-wage workers in our nation all days but especially tonight and tomorrow as they claim their voice. We join our voice to theirs; they remind us of all that we are and all that we fight for. We give them our thanks, our love, and our support.
2. Tell Wal-Mart Workers about the WorkIt App.
OUR Wal-Mart has partnered with app designers to create a tool that will connect Wal-Mart associates. Now, you can help get the word out. Brave the crowds on Black Friday to make sure employees have a chance to hear about it! Go to blackfridayblitz.org to sign up, then distribute this quarter-page flyer:
Suggestions and Rules for Visiting Wal-Marts:
• When distributing palm cards or items, greet the intended recipients and offer one to them. If someone declines,
don’t try to force them to accept. Wish the recipient a good day, whether or not they accept. Do not leave palm
cards or items on shelves, the floor, the ground or anywhere else.
• If you are leafleting associates, do not interrupt if they are assisting customers. Wait until after they have finished.
Ask associates to read the palm card during breaks or after work.
• If you see anyone drop palm cards or items, please pick them up.
• Be peaceful, professional and polite.
• You are not “soliciting” by talking to associates or asking them to accept leaflets or other items.
• If a police officer or manager asks you to leave, explain that: associates have rights under federal law and the First
Amendment to participate in events at Walmart’s stores.
IMPORTANT: If you live in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Ohio or Texas, we ask that you remain off Walmart
property and do not enter the store. Courts have prohibited non-associates who are agents of OUR
Walmart from holding events inside Walmart stores or on adjacent parking lots and sidewalks in Arkansas, Colorado,
Florida, Maryland, Ohio and Texas. A court has prohibited non-associate agents of OUR Walmart from holding events
inside Walmart’s California stores (parking lots are okay). In these states, be sure to follow these rules.
3. Spread the word on Social Media.
Thanks for standing alongside OUR Wal-Mart associates this Friday and always!