Occupy Seattle Occupies Wal-Mart

Occupy Seattle Occupies Wal-Mart

On Friday, November 25th, Occupy Seattle will join Occupy Tacoma, Occupy Bellingham and Occupy Everett in a statewide protest at Wal-Mart in Renton at 2:00pm.

With its long history of mistreating workers and suppliers, its recent announcement of significant cutbacks on employee health care, and its obscene profits, Wal-Mart is a prime example of how the 99% are suffering at the hands of the 1%.

Wal-Mart is the largest corporation in the world and proof positive of how big business is destructive to our democracy. While Americans are shopping at Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart is buying Congress. Last year, Wal-Mart paid over $4.3 million in campaign contributions (not to mention the monies funneled through donations to lobbying organizations) to protect its interests.

Unfortunately, its interests are not those of its employees. With $14.3 billion in profits in 2010, Wal-Mart still saw fit to eliminate health insurance coverage for part time employees, cut company contributions to employee health savings accounts by 50% and increase health care premiums 17% to 61% for over 2.1 million employees worldwide. According to an article in the Huffington Post, the average Wal-Mart worker makes $8.81 per hour, while the CEO makes $8990.00 per hour.

The Walton family (the largest shareholders of Wal-Mart stock and descendants of its founder) is the wealthiest family in the United States with an estimated net worth of $92 billion (according to Forbes’ latest ranking). That’s more wealth than the bottom 40% of Americans combined. They directly gave $7,000,000 in political contributions in 2010 and billions more through their family foundations in an effort to buy our legislative process.
It’s time to Occupy Wal-Mart, to shine the spotlight on its many abuses and to support its millions of workers in their struggle for a living wage. Transportation will be leaving from Westlake Center starting at 12:30pm.

13 Responses to Occupy Seattle Occupies Wal-Mart

  • John Ellis says:

    After having been kicked out of one Wal-Mart parking lot, putting flyers on cars stating that cops become “legalized killers” with a god-ego when they strap a killing machine to their body, this being against Wal-Mart policy, determined I was not to repeat bad history.

    So, I went to another Wal-Mart in another town and being careful to put only 50 flyers a day on cars parked in their lot, preceded to do it in the most out of sight way possible. But alas, here comes the Wal-Mart store dictator to hit me with logic just out of this world:

    MANAGER: Were not against you organizing a union for our employees, we just do not want our customers to be offended by what your trying to say.

    JOHN: But, freedom of speech means that no one has the right not to hear, only in a police state do those in power have a right not to hear.

    MANAGER: Yes you have freedom of speech on public property, but this is private property, so you must leave or I will call security.

    JOHN: But, when the U.S. Constitution was written there was no such thing as public property, so the First Amendment was written specifically for private property, manly because the rich nobility of Europe owned most all the private property.

    MANAGER: Your violating the rights of our customers by forcing them to look at your papers. Your rights may not violate the rights of others.

    JOHN: Papers organizing my lower half of society, surely they do greatly violate the emotions of your upper half as they own all the wealth. But violate their rights, I most certainly do not and they will just have to stomach the gut wrenching stress of it.

    MANAGER: (as he flipped on his cell phone he yelled out), “Security!”

    • John Ellis says:

      MANAGER: You are soliciting, trying to get something from our customers, we do not allow this.

      JOHN: Each flyer costs me a penny, it is a free gift from me to a stranger, and as every church goer will tell you this is essence of love, to “Give without expecting something in return.”

  • John Ellis says:

    In the days of our founding fathers and their love of legalized slavery, the 50% of society we know as Uneducated Laboring class — surely they were kept completely isolated from the 40% Educated Middle-class by a legalized bondage that degraded people to chain slaves and bond slaves. Also there was debtors prisons that must have been filled to overflowing.

    Comes now state of the art economical slavery, and it to be twice as cruel as chain slavery ever was in those most brutal days. For in Ben Franklin’s time there were no homeless among the laboring class, no starving laboring class kids and no elderly dying under freeway bridges. For chastised by High Society was any slave owner who failed to feed and house his slaves to their last breath and dying heart beat.

    And so, does not High Society know that if the 40% Educated Middle-class and the 50% Laboring-class were to ever unite together, that it would be rebellion and destruction of their rule forever?

    Therefore, Occupy the slums, nationalize every closed down school and vacant library in the slums and most important — nationalize the entire economy of the slums.

    Goal being for society to have no communication or trade with the 10% of society we know and worship as — High Society and the Country Club-class.

  • John Ellis says:

    .01% High Society (80% of wealth)
    10% Country Club class (10% of wealth)
    40% Educated Middle-class (10% of wealth)
    50% Uneducated Laboring class (impoverished slaves)

    Now, there are those who argue most convincingly, they being 99% of society, that we all have a different level of ambition — because everyone has a different ability to achieve. As they feel its the nurture syndrome, where the more good your parents, teachers, supervisors and friends were to you in life, the more honorable and good will be your ambition. The theory being that from our inner goodness, first comes good ambition, then good desire to learn and finally a good and moral ability to achieve.

    Also, there are those who conclude that brains like sex appeal and wealth pass from father to son. The idea being that if one has not the brains to achieve, then their not so stupid as to waste time trying to learn things they cannot comprehend, nor so stupid as to think they have the ambition to reach a goal when they don’t even understand what their trying to accomplish.

    But really, what difference does it make? For in High Society there are the rich nobility with old money from centuries ago, also those with new money such as Bill Gates. And it makes no difference how you got the wealth just as long as you have the drive and ability of an investor to generate high wealth.

    And if you have the ability to swing a golf club, be CEO of a multinational or a high stakes gambler on Wall Street, then the Country Club-class has mutual gratification yielding pleasure to perfection.

    Then there is the Educated Middle-class, the gods of society who in effect, and in actuality, rule society. For their mid-level ambition qualifies them to wear a gold bar on their solder and order legalized killers into battle, to be all of law enforcement, all supervisors and to lead all there ever was to lead.

    Then there is the Uneducated Laboring-class, those who lost all ambition to study in high school. But I tell you, me with they have such an over abundance of ambition to do an honest days manual labor, we for an absolute to hard labor generate all of society’s wealth.

    Then there are those who have not been able to earn a living wage from birth, they being about 90% of the lifetime permanent homeless. Funny thing, a great many of then had the most loving and nurturing parents, a great deal more nurturing then a great many in a much higher class.

  • John Ellis says:

    Nationwide we see not hardly a Wal-Mart store with a union, all because they have the employees so terrorized afraid to loose their jobs. But, with a large support group from the community, several hundred walking around the store calling out, “Wal-Mart needs a Union,” with hundreds cheering them on at their union meetings, now that is what the War On Terrorism is all about.

    (1) Compose a pamphlet showing all the advantages to having a union: healthcare, pension security, job security, higher wages, etc;. Use 8.5 x 11 paper folded to 5.5 wide x 8.5 high. Place a 2 inch piece of tape on top-left of folded paper, and stick pamphlet on driver-side door window, directly over door handle. Should hang like a greeting card on a Christmas tree.

    (2) Make copies of my comment headed: WAL-MART LOGIC — POLICE STATE SLAVERY. Hand a copy it to anyone who complains.

    (3) Walk up to each and every Wal-Mart worker and say, “We are here to get you a Union. Would you like to read our pamphlet?”

    (4) Compose a pamphlet showing the public all the harm Wal-Mart is doing its slaves and the world. Pass it out at all store entrances.

    (5) Run box ads in local news papers and free shoppers.

    (6) Place 4 ft. by 8 ft. signs on the backs of pickups and park them directly in front of store entrances.

    (7) Be in the employee section of parking lot during change of shifts. Organize — Organize — Organize.

    • R08 says:

      I would love to participate in getting the word out regarding the need for a Wal-Mart Union. I know they fight hard against it and have much practice breaking up anything that smells like the start of a Union. I would want to get together and create a stronger battle plan beyond distributing flyers and the other points you mentions. Not saying to drop those things but develop those key points as well as others in the mix.

      • John Ellis says:

        You need a dozen or more activists to gang up on a Wal-Mart — or chance of success is slim. Main obstacle being a majority of employees resistive.

        Park your vehicle outside of their parking lot and keep your identity secret or like me they will place a tracking devise on your car, know your approaching the store and be waiting in the parking lot to harass.

        My thought is, put your game plan before a vote of the General Assembly, a day of 300 or more occupiers organizing a union at Wal-Mart would be super. My goodness, if Occupy Seattle won’t go for it, then you need a massive rebellion within your Revolution.

        Surely there’s nothing more enslaving in America then the big unions, all pro-Democrat Party supporters. Surely if the AFL-CIO were to control all the Wal-Mart unions it would be disaster.

        So count me in — lets go for it.

  • John Ellis says:

    Comes now a revolutionary new type of social morality, and a better way then government forced socialism that has proven to be unworkable.

    For socialism by force is the idea that happiness may be achieved by using the deadly force of government to establish equal wealth for all and equal control. And in this way, eliminate the need to have compassion, pity or benevolence for those less educated, defiantly no need for anyone to feel grateful as we have an “unalienable right” to have equal wealth.

    And though the goals of both force and no-force socialism is correct, equal wealth for all, I’m afraid the deadly force concept of how to achieve happiness would make it impossible for there ever to be happiness.

    A society where everyone is able to experience the most pleasing of all emotions; to feel compassion, pity and benevolence toward those in a lower class, and to receive a grateful response in return.

    So, forced socialism requires the deadly force of government and all those legalized killers who get a god-ego strapping a killing machine to their bodies. Whereas, social morality requires the elimination of all force, especially deadly force.

  • REPUBLIC says:

    Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. — Benjamin Franklin

    I am not suffering at the hands of the 1%, but if you feel that the wealthy are stepping on you, and it is a priority then you don’t know what is about to take place next. Do you want to put these guys out of business? No kidding, I have a better idea quit standing around and ask the government for anything and be more productive. Start a social business or find one and advertise it here, and I will be the first one to support the social business. Please don’t give me the lecture that it cannot be done because the 1% will repress the soical business. If we stand as a community and support social business the 1% will fall in their own demise. If you want to eliminate weeds in a garden take care of it and plant good seeds and eventually will overtake the weeds.

    Do you want to defeat capitalism? Do something about it! Quit asking the government be an American and start a social business or find social business and advertise it. Open a social business for the people and eventually these capitalists will see the success that social business will have, and they will eventually change their ways especially when people stop buying from the evil capitalists or eventually they will fall in their own demise.

    One thing that I firmly believe is that an eagle cannot fly without balance. If there is too much weight on the left wing it will crash; if there is too much weight on the right wing it will crash; if there is too much weight in the center it will crash. What I am saying is the key to a fair government is that all parts of the government need to be balanced and all political parties should be in the government so that will keep balance in our government. If we have a one political party it will become totalitarian, look at history. The government will no longer fear people because it will be ran by elites and as soon as someone stick their head up it will get chopped off. If we have too much left wing, right wing or center this nation will become like any other nations where people’s rights are violated and nothing can be done. In other words an elite of 1% will have too much power and will not fear us.

    If you feel that I don’t know what I am talking about then please vote for Obama because we all know that he hates our constitution, wealthy people, (he is wealthy too, hypocrit),and our way of government. How many times has he called this nation into a “state of emergency”. People will get used to that “state of emergency” as if it is just a natural thing, but people don’t realize that this is a big part of testing the population and let us get used to those “state of emergencies” so the government will implement more policies and shove it down our throats without our say. I am sure that you remember the 9/11 “State of Emergency” that the Patriot Act and the Homeland Security were born without our consent.What did we do? We sat down and took it!!

    Second, when Obama wins the relections in 2012 something significant to a magnitude will happen that the news media part of the government propaganda will emphisis so broadly that a “State of Emergency” will be declared and your rights of the Second and Fouth Amendmend will be rewritten and suspended respectufully to the point that government agents will go house to house in search for weapons and consfications will take place without restitution all in the name of “National Security” and “State of Emergency”. It has already happened once before when federal agents went to a older lady’s house to take her weapons away after the Katrina aftermath. Her only crime was that she was trying to protect her property from being looted. Since we Americans are not honest or respectful of other people’s property, and the police cannot be everywhere to protect poeople’s property the best defense is a personal weapon. Believe it or not, better yet, live in denial, but that was a test to see how the people reacted, again we all sat down and took it!! While the government deliberate violating our rights you are standing around to fight the 1%. Now they know that we are willingfuly give up our rights for safety it will be easy for the government to step all over us. Yes, I know the wealthy are killing us, keep thinking that.

    1. Here is a story about weapons consfications from the Katrina aftermath where the federal government consficates people’s legally registered weapons http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-taU9d26wT4

    2. Here is another story where our government let Mexican cartel puppets purchase weapons in United States and let them take it to Mexico. In other words the criminal have more rights than you and I. Watch this: http://www.youtube.com/user/NRAVideos?feature=watch

    3. There you have it, that is what happens when you put too much weight on one side of the eagle. Hail to Amerika Socialism!! Socialism is good check this out. Amerikans that are pro revolution in Egypt: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45426434/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/

    Let me know if I am just blowing smoke up you know what. Besides you think that the police are bad now, watch in a few years, for the sake of a big “State of Emergency” and “National Security” let me know how gentle will they be to us all. I will not say anything like, I told you so, because you may or may not remember what I wrote today or just plainly did not pay attention to the videos that I am making available for everyone to see. Once we realize that the government can just suspend our rights with a stroke of a pen it will be too late for all of us.

    I wish that someone will reply to this blog of mine and let me know by making a comment and chose if:

    a. I and the the videos are a conspiracy theory

    b. My head is so far up where the sun don’t shine and I don’t see the real problem

    c. It is a right wing propaganda and it is made up stories and edited to fit their propaganda

    d. Those issues are not the concern of this group

    e. I will not watch the videos nor will I pay attention what you have to say

    f. Make no comments and stay in denial

    May God help us all. Everyone should pray on their knees that what I am saying will never happen.

    • John Ellis says:

      Comes now the highest law in the land, be it civil law, criminal law or moral law, and it not to be found in all the U.S. Constitution:

      “No one shall enrich themselves upon the misery of another.

      For slave owner Ben Franklin and all the other slave owning founding fathers, by their smokescreen papers was created a make believe government that has since 1776 enabled a rich nobility Empire to plunder by imperialism most brutal.

      For a money dictatorship has Empire USA always been, from its courts that always rule in favor of the party most wealthy, to an election process so money controlled that it makes democracy impossible.

      And the above most belligerent poster, he needs to stop terrorizing us with his extreme hostility or have his posting privileges terminated.

      • REPUBLIC says:

        If the USA Constitution is such an evil for the past 200 plus years, and you hate it so much why are you still living in the UsA you have a choice to move anywhere in the world and renounce you American citizenship upon arrival in your new country. Many other soicalist, communist and other type of tyrrany totalitarian have fall many times over. The USA constitution has outlived all those unstable governments. Please do yourself a favor along with the rest that thinks that the grass is greener in the other side just move elsewhere in the world.

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  • John Ellis says:


    Wal-Mart is the world’s largest corporation when it comes to employees and cash flow, high volume retailer of low cost items that it be. But, when it comes to the largest in profit and capital ownership the oil giants would of course take first prize.

    And having the largest in-out cash flow, Wal-Mart has a gigantic impact on our economy and how is ruled our brutal imperialism, both at home and abroad. For in your little to medium size town, dictator Wal-Mart has absolute rule over local politics, the heart, mind and conscience of you politicians having been bought and paid for.