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Black Friday Walmart Protests: A Frontline Report by Dennis Gilman

Gilman's report from the front lines

Wobblies, Unitarians, Occupy folks, and assorted concerned citizens converged on at least two Walmart locations in the Valley on Black Friday to protest the way the mega-corp treats its workers, and local videographer Dennis Gilman was on hand to capture some of the action, as you can see above.

See also: -Black Friday 2012 Video Roundup -- Fights, Crowds, Dogpile at Local Walmart and More

The demonstrations in Buckeye and Tempe were part of protests against Walmart in several cities nationwide. USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor and other media outlets report that the effort was organized by the union-backed group OUR Walmart, Organization United for Respect at Walmart.

Such protests, alas, did not allay the usual Black Friday insanity that occurred at some Walmarts and others retailers, as noted by my colleague Ray Stern.

Those scenes bring to mind one of the greatest Christmas song of all times, "Fuck Christmas," by the seminal punk band FEAR.

A very depressing holiday, all in all...

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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