Occupy Ann Arbor mic checks Wal-Mart on Black Friday

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  1. Posted November 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    And, yeah, you have to sit though a stupid ad first. It’s ironic, isn’t it?

  2. kate
    Posted November 25, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    hey! I hope you are okay.
    Read a comment in A2.com article on this event that someone punched you in the nose?

  3. Posted November 25, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for doing the protest at Wallmart. I have a few suggestions, and a request.

    Change the brand – You are doing a great, patriotic thing here. Wallmart famously started off with a big “Made in USA” approach in the ’90’s, but quickly offshored everything to make even more money. There largest trading partner by far is China, a communist government that represses free speech. We want our country back from those that would sell it off piece by piece. It is not Occupy anything, you are the Minutemen (an women) defending our way off life. Try to think of it that way anyway. That is my suggestion.

    The repeat chanting has got to go. That is something too big of a negative. Buy a bullhorn at Radio Shack.

    My request, please post on Annarbor.com with a clear, concise message about Wallmart and their greed and lack of American content, then let everybody know so we can recommend it to the top of the article.

  4. Posted November 25, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think anyone punched me in the nose, Kate. The Ypsi event went really well. We had about a dozen people. We walked down Cross Street, Michigan Ave, River Street and Hamilton with our signs. We got a lot of positive honks. Then we had a few drinks at the Sidetrack… Maybe someone at A2.com said they wanted to punch me in the nose. Whatever it was, it doesn’t seem to be there now.

  5. Posted November 25, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    And, General Demetrious, I think the human mic thing is for legal reasons. As I understand it, the use of megaphones is prohibited in certain places. So, this method has evolved as a way to work around that. I can see how it might rub some people wrong way. I kind of like it, though, as it forces people to be brief.

  6. Posted November 25, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    The A2.com comments are quite depressing. It’s apparent that it’s a sin to speak ill of Wal-Mart, though I fail to see what there is good to say about them.

  7. Eel
    Posted November 25, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    They’re just mad because they didn’t get a $2 waffle maker.


  8. Posted November 25, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Cheer up Peter. Those are most likely fake posts. Walmart is well know for hiring “on-line reputation consultants” to water down posts. That’s why it is important to back up any protests with a concentrated on-line effort afterwards.

    Regarding the mic-check, it really has to go. Makes you sound like mindless drones when you certainly are not. If you aren’t willing to risk amplification, read together in unison from a sheet or email on your phone.

    As far as I know, there is no protection afforded by doing the repetition thing. If you are in the store, or on the lot, you are on private property.

  9. Ben
    Posted November 25, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    You don’t have to sit through an ad if you have AdBlock Plus installed. It’s free. Search for it!

  10. Posted November 26, 2011 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    I haven’t seen a transcript from this event in A2, but I just stumbled across one from an Occupy event at a mall in Lincoln, Nebraska yesterday.

    Mic Check X3

    Occupy Lincoln X3

    Join us at Centennial Mall!

    My partner got into an accident. We are now a single income family. I have to decide between buying food or paying my electric bill.

    I have owned my house for 20 years. I missed payments when I had emergency surgery. Now they are foreclosing on my home.

    I did not graduate high school. I had to take care of my Mom who got cancer.

    I spent $30,000 to get my degree. I am now a handyman

    My retirement fund collapsed. I had to delay my retirement and I still can’t afford all my medical needs.

    Mic Check X3

    Chants were:

    Corporations are not people, money isn’t speech…
    Hey, hey, ho, ho corporate greed has got to go…
    Support your local business’s, buy american made.

    We had some great support there! Thank you for those in the audience that participated in the people’s mic!

  11. Posted November 26, 2011 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    And did anyone else hear that I’d been punched in the nose yesterday? I’m still not sure where that rumor came from.

  12. Edward
    Posted November 26, 2011 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    The nose doesn’t do anything but smell. If someone wants to take you out, they should go for your blogging hand.

  13. Posted November 26, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    It’s in one of the commentsx. Search for bloody nose. I think you have some haters

  14. Posted November 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    Weird. I don’t see it. I wonder who it was that submitted it. What exactly did they say?

  15. Posted November 26, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    OK, I looked a third time and found it. Weird. I’m sure I’ll post about it eventually. There is another Mark Maynard in town.

  16. dirtgrain
    Posted November 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    I saw a guy who looked an awful lot like you at EMU maybe two months ago–except that he wasn’t as brutish and graceful as you.

  17. CM
    Posted November 26, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Reading the comments in the AnnArbor.com thread makes me want to give up on society and walk into the ocean.

  18. Posted November 26, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad it’s not only me.

  19. Meta
    Posted November 26, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    More footage of the WaltMart protest.


  20. dirtgrain
    Posted November 26, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    I would like to know to what degree the comments section at AnnArbor.com represents the community.

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