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Published on Nov 25, 2011
Occupy OKC Members Mic Check Walmart. This is the third and last Walmart stop of the evening, where ten activists were arrested when Walmart brought in the Del City Police to tackle and handcuff the participants as they were peacefully leaving the store. Four women and six men were arrested. I was filming, they asked me to stop, and I complied. As I was leaving, a Del City police officer tackled me from behind, knocking me to the floor and roughly handcuffing me.
Here's our mic check, written almost a full year before Walmart workers began to organize to strike on Black Friday, 2012 (it was shortened at the last Walmart):
Attention Walmart employees It is a shame and an outrage That you are forced to work today When you should be home With your friends and families
It is a shame and an outrage Walmart makes huge profits From your labor But only pays you pennies
It is a shame and an outrage While you slave away At below poverty-level wages Walmart's CEO Mike Duke Makes 19 million a year
It is a shame and an outrage You may earn $8.75 an hour While CEO Mike Duke Makes 19 thousand an hour
It is a shame and an outrage That you struggle to survive And feed your families While Walmart profits Over $10 billion dollars a year
It is a shame and an outrage That millions of female employees Have been discriminated against But have been refused their day in court
Walmart is unjust Stop what you are doing Leave your carts behind And join us! Buy local!