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Occupy Wall Street

Stores open/closed on Thanksgiving

The following is a list of stores that were closed or open on Thanksgiving day today.  While I’m not the biggest fan of the origins of Thanksgiving I am a big believer that people should have time to unwind especially on a day when families traditionally get together.  The only decent argument from consumers for opening on Thanksgiving is that these lower income retail workers need the extra work and in some cases get paid extra for the holiday.  My response?  These massive corporations should recognize the value in mentally healthy employees and just pay them for the day off… even the part timers.  The morale boost is worth it especially entering the busiest time of the year for these retailers.  I will be boycotting the stores open on Thanksgiving until at least January 1st so that their 4th quarter earnings doesn’t show a penny of my money.

Stores CLOSED on Thanksgiving   Stores OPEN on Thanksgiving
worthy of shopping at   worthy of boycott
A.C. Moore Bealls
Babies R Us Belk Black
Barnes and Noble Best Buy
Bed Bath & Beyond Bonton
Big 5 Sporting Goods Burkes
BJs Dicks Sporting Goods
Burlington Dollar General
Cabelas Family Dollar
Christopher and Banks Farm and Home Supply
Costco Five Below
Crate and Barrel Gander Mountain
Dillard’s Goodys
DSW Gordmans
Fred Meyer HH Gregg
Freds JCPenney
Game Stop Kmart
Golf Galaxy Kohl’s
Golfsmith Macys
Half Price Books Meijer
Harbor Freight Michaels
HEB Stores Modell’s Sporting Goods
Joann OfficeDepot
Marshalls Peebles
Menards RadioShack
Neiman Marcus Reeds Jewelers
Nordstrom Sears
P.C. Richard & Son Sears Outlet
Patagonia Shopko
PepBoys Sports Authority
Petco Stage Stores
Petsmart Target
Pier 1 Imports Toys R Us
Raymour & Flanigan Walmart
REI
Sam’s Club
Sportsman’s Warehouse
Staples
TJ Maxx
Tractor Supply
True Value

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What does Occupy have to do with Nontheism?

Dear Fellow Atheists, Secular Humanists, Freethinkers and other Nontheists,

Why is it that we don’t see many Christian fundamentalists or Tea Partiers taking part in Occupy? Because of an alliance that began in the 70s. Back then, corporations wanted more of a voice and religious Americans needed more cash. The result was the “Moral Majority.” This 40-year alliance explains why religious right wingers, who claim to be moral and pro-family, vote with Tea Partiers against help for families and the working class – after all, we can’t afford all that and letting corporations off the hook in paying taxes.

Luckily the number of fed-up people has grown about as fast as a CEO’s annual bonus and we now have the power to cut the corporate influence that has infested our politics. Since six mega-corporations now control much of our prime time news flow (see Who Owns the Media?), mainstream media hasn’t been covering Occupy too accurately, to put it nicely.

And it’s not just FOX. The rest of corporate media minimizes the message by focusing on clashes, using words like “terrorism” and the “destruction and violence” that supposedly accompany “anticapitalist demonstrations.” With the Oakland fiasco, the networks covered the police brutality but played down the message. That night ABC first treated us to a story about Bernie Madoff’s wife. Only after did they show footage of tear gas flashing through a rose-colored fog, a symphony of yells, shouts, cries and screams in accompaniment. ABC punctuated its coverage by citing an unidentified poll showing the Movement’s “unpopularity.” A fact check, however, revealed the opposite – a thumbs up from the masses. The next day they completely ignored a meeting protesters had with Tea Party kingpin, John Boehner.

Other ways the anti-corporate message is diminished is by lowballing. Many local news channels claimed NYC had only a 1,500-2,000 protesters, while non-corporate news sources gave figures of over 20,000.

Local coverage mimics national coverage in painting this movement in unpalatable terms, utilizing words like “chaotic,” “anarchistic” and having “no common purpose.” I don’t know where the news crew was, but in the protest I took part in all one had to do is glance at the sea of signs to notice that the message was getting corporations to pay their share of taxes and take responsibility for the environment.

Then there’s unabashed neglect. A FAIR report noted that during the initial protests, only CNN briefly mentioned it. On his TV show (9/21/11), Keith Olberman said: “So five days … protesting corporate control of the economy, and you haven’t heard a word about it on the news?” He later remarked, “If that’s a Tea Party protest in front of Wall Street … it’s the lead story on every network newscast.”

Moral: Conservatives calling the media liberal is like Madoff calling his investors savvy. To get the whole story on the corporate social responsibility movement, supplement your news with independent news like AlterNettruthoutOpEdNewsNPRor foreign news. Progressive non-corporate sources will also help you keep an eye on the Religious Right Wing and the Tea Partiers, or try People for the American Wayand the Center for Inquiry. For info on how your senators voted with respect to secular values, see the Secular Coalition’s Secular Scorecard.

Keep on protestin’

Emily Paine

References:
FAIR Activism Update: Some Breaks in the Blackout of Wall Street Protests
Whitewashing the Blackout of Occupy Wall Street
What if the Tea Party Occupied Wall Street? Corporate media skip anti-corporate protests
4 Polls That Show Occupy Wall Street is Just Getting Started
CNN’s Factcheck Failure on Occupy Wall Street
The above letter was sent to me by email and posted here with permission from Emily.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Sapient - November 5, 2011 at 9:41 pm

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