About 35-40 activists braved the cold on Thanksgiving evening at the Walmart on the corner of Butterfield Rd. and Kirk Rd. in Aurora, IL. Thanks to the Northern Illinois Light Brigade (NILB), we had beautiful, lighted signs that shoppers and ongoing traffic could see. The signs read, “Living Wage Now!” and “Fight for $15″ You can check out some of the photos that will eventually be loaded to the NILB Facebook page.
The action was peaceful and our really cool lighted signs earned a number of honks from holiday travelers. There was a bit of controversy when we approached the Walmart store. A number of security guards attempted to stop us from taking up a spot in front of the store and told us that “we had to leave now or they would call the police.” We stayed for 3-5 minutes and chanted, “Low Pay is not OK” and “hey-hey, ho-ho, the poverty wages have to go!”