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Nov. 21 To Dec. 4

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The WalMart Distribution Center at 23701 W. Southern Ave., Buckeye will be one site of protests Friday. Image courtesy WalMart
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Featured This Week Are Protests At WalMart Locations, A Bradley Manning Half Marathon And A Bank of America Foreclosure Event


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Nov. 21, 2012 — Featured is Black Friday protests of WalMart at two locations.

The first will begin at 9:30 a.m.  at the WalMart Distribution Center, 23701 W. Southern Ave., Buckeye. Those wishing to carpool to this event can meet by 8:30 a.m. at the Worker's Resource Center, 331 E. Willetta, Phoenix. The action is expected to end at about noon before moving on to the second location in Tempe.

At 11 a.m., a protest is expected to begin at the WalMart retail location, 800 E. Southern Ave., Tempe. The group from the Buckeye protest are expected to join this action at about 1 p.m.

Workers and activists are calling for increased wages and benefits for WalMart employees. The protests are based upon workers being subject to low pay, an increase in health insurance premiums, and not being given the option to have the day off or having Thanksgiving off.

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Thursday Nov. 22

Happy Thanksgiving

A group of Phoenix area activists are hosting an unsponsored community organized half marathon in support of Bradley Manning on Camelback Mountain beginning at 7 a.m at Paradise Valley Town Hall, 6401 E. Lincoln Drive. Manning is the soldier alleged to have passed along military secrets to WikiLeaks. For more information, visit

Friday, Nov. 23

In support of WalMart workers, picketing events will be held at two locations in Phoenix. At 8:30 a.m. a group will carpool from the Worker's Resource Center, 331 E. Willetta, Phoenix, to the WalMart Distribution Center, 23701 W. Southern Ave., Buckeye. The protest there is expected to run from about 9:30 a.m. to noon. Another protest will begin at WalMart, 800 E. Southern, Tempe, at 11 a.m. For more information, visit

Saturday, Nov. 24

A small group of Ron Paul supporters is planning a “Opt Out Of The TSA Day Rally” beginning at 10 a.m. The group plans on meeting the light rail park and ride, Gateway Community College, 3800 E. Washington, Phoenix. For more information, visit

Explanations and solutions for successful Homeowner’s Association management and participation will be presented by the city of Scottsdale’s Neighborhood College Program beginning from 6 p.m to 7 p.m. at Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th Street, Scottsdale. For more information, visit

Monday, Nov. 26

A community discussion, “Myth, Religion, Politics and Psychology,” will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. at Aside of Heart, 901 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix.

Tuesday, Nov. 27

The Credit Suisse Group AG, a Swiss multinational financial services company headquartered in Zurich and one of the most influential investment banks in the world, will host their Technology Conference at The Phoenician Resort, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Lexmark, SAP and many other corporations will also be presenting and attending.

A community education event hosted by the city of Scottsdale will explain homeowner’s associations from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th Street, Scottsdale. For more information, call 480-312-2342 or visit

Bank of America will hold a series of foreclosure avoidance and short sale events Nov. 27, 28 and 29 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, 340 N. Third Street, Phoenix. BofA mortgage borrowers will be provided with information and counseling on loan modifications, short sales and other foreclosure avoidance measures.

Friday, Nov. 30

A potluck event designed to increase pressure on Salt River Project to halt their work with the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to bring products from the 20 or so companies that have ceased their participation with ALEC in 2011.

Saturday, Dec. 1

Organizers of National Homeless Persons Memorial Day are encouraging Americans to light a candle in their homes Dec. 1. For more information, visit

Those opposed to the Santan Loop 202 freeway will be holding an awareness and benefit event from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Gila River District Four Services Center, Sesame Road and Ho’i Street, Chandler. A $5 donation is encouraged but not required. Organizers are attempting to remain mobilized about the potential freeway although the “no build” vote was recently passed. Education about the lands and the O’odham as well as music will be presented.

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