Socialist Party members (as individuals and as part of Locals) took part in pickets outside of WalMart this "Black Friday".
Albany- Members took part in the Black Friday actions in Glenmont, NY. Dan K joined about 100 labor activists there.
Chicago- Members took part in the Cicero, IL Action/ From Art Kazar "I wore my SP button and met a fellow IWW member. 28F-30F which isn't bad, but it was windy. Stood at the south entrance/exit to Walmart for about 50 minutes."
Dallas–Fort Worth Metro, TX - SPers participated in the Gran Prarie action. Marjorie S. reported "150 came out in total, incl several striking workers in this particular Walfart"
Philadelphia- Members participated in the Walmart protest at the "Black Friday Block Party" for fair wages. David R. reporte dthat "Activities included chanting, handling out leaflets, and marching around the parking lots of several stores."
The Philadelphia Local of the Socialist Party participated in the national wave of actions immediately following the lack of indictment of Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson, MO PD in the coldblooded murder of Michael Brown.
On Monday the 24th, immediately following the announcement, Local
member Marc Train went to the preplanned rally point at Philadelphia City Hall where over a few hundred activists had already been gathering in anticipation. While the marchers had already left the area as they marched west, Marc was able to keep in touch with, and eventually caught up to the march, which had already had two demonstrators arrested for disorderly conduct for allegedly entering I-95.
On the 25th, at approximately 3:00 PM, Marc joined the second planned demonstration at City Hall which slowly drew in over a thousand activists who began a determined march up Broad Street to Cecil B Moore, once known as Columbia Avenue, where the original Black Panther movement once organized a revolutionary community movement that developed free breakfasts for school kids, radical education, and community self-defense. A speak out was held in front of Morgan Hall in the heart of Temple University campus, which, amongst other points, the gentrification of poor communities of color, combined with an increasingly militarized police force, was robbing people of color of their opportunities and their dignity.
The march then continued west and south into the night to the 9th Police District, where the two men, who had been arrested the previous night, were being held. The marchers, mostly young and militant students and people of color, were met with a wall of police blocking the building and hemming them in on the street in front of the police station. A lively and powerful speak out of the community was held to air the desperation and the severity of oppression under the weight of racist police and capitalist tyranny.
A sit-in was then declared to further entrench this solidarity demonstration, resulting in the expedition of the arraignment and release of the two men who had been arrested Monday night. The activists then proceeded to hold a celebratory march down Benjamin Franklin Parkway to City Hall, and then west to Rittenhouse Square, a playground of the wealthy elite of the city.
The demonstration disbanded around midnight on Tuesday, with affirmed pledges to present a three-point list of demands:
1: Hit the capitalist police state in its wallet by Boycotting Black Friday;
2: Demand more accountability from the Philadelphia Police by enforcing mandatory body cameras and a Citizen Review Board with subpoena powers
3: Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
The march on Tuesday was livetweeted by SP Philly member Marc Train @MarcTrainPHL
Members of the Northern NJ Local New Jersey an Greater Philadelphia Local gathered on Sunday November 23rd at the William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia for an afternoon of discussions around party action/priority campaigns.
This is the first of a few events and projects the Locals hope to work on on as we build the Socialist Party in New Jersey and NE Pennsylvania.
On November 11, 2014, members of the Ventura local and YPSL hit a Board of Trustees meeting for the Ventura County Community College District. They spoke about the ineffectiveness of a privatized cafeteria as it loses money and creates separation amidst staff, administration, workers, and students. They proposed a student run co-op as a solution and gave an update about Moorpark College's Co-op planning and research group's
endeavors and roadblocks. They also spoke up about the exploitation of their groundskeepers, custodians, and maintenance workers on campus; something they've discovered in their start up attempts. So far they are gaining nothing but support from the Board, their Associated Student Government Reps, and their Student Trustee, but the battle is far from won.