The usual left-wing groups were represented-- Jobs with Justice, Occupy Tucson, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), and college students. Who was absent? Wal-Mart workers and representatives of the United Food and Commercial Workers--the union that played an integral role in organizing the national day of protest.
Although Wal-Mart is infamous for paying low wages, intimidating workers who want to unionize, discriminating against women in promotion practices, and avoiding offering health care insurance by manipulating employees' hours, the tipping point for yesterday's protest was requiring workers to start Black Friday work schedules on Thanksgiving at 8 p.m.
Video of the Tucson protest and other details after the jump.
Not surprisingly, no current local politicians or representatives of the main stream media stopped by the rally, but two former politicians walked the picket lines-- former City Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Molly McKasson and former Arizona Legislator John Kromko (pictured above). Check out the video below for interviews with Kromko, McKasson, and other protesters.