This week, many of our members are in Bentonville, Arkansas to speak out at the Walmart annual shareholder meeting – fighting for a voice in decisions that affect our work, our communities, and our lives.
We have been going to the Walmart annual shareholder meeting for years now, but this year, it’s going to be HUGE – Senator Bernie Sanders is joining us in support of a proposal that would allow workers to be represented at the corporate board at Walmart.
We need YOUR support to amplify our message online while we are crashing Walmart shareholder week.
WHERE TO START:
Do you follow our social media accounts and receive our emails? These are the places to get the latest updates that we need your help to amplify, so be sure you’re subscribed to our updates on all of the platforms you use.
Are you on Twitter? Creating an account is free and easy! If you already have one, skip down to the “Twitter Tips” section below.
First, create an account
- On twitter.com, click on “sign up”
- You will be asked to provide your name, your phone number or email, and to create a password. Note that your “name” is not actually your legal name, but rather it is your Twitter “handle” – how people will recognize that a tweet is from you, or tag you in their own tweets. For example, our organization is @forrespect – there are no spaces in handles.
- Verify your email or phone number by entering a code that Twitter will send you.
- Create a secure password.
- Upload a profile photo – this should be a clear, friendly image of your face so people get a sense of who they are interacting with.
- Enter a bio – tell people where you’re from, what you’re about, why you are fighting for respect, etc.
- You can enter interests and start looking for people to follow. Once you do, you’ll be able to click “tweet” and start broadcasting your thoughts to the world.
Next, start tweeting!
- Twitter is about joining and contributing to the conversation. One way to do this is to use hashtags – when you click a hashtag, you can see everything someone is saying about that topic. For any tweets about the Walmart meeting, use the hashtag #WalmartShares. Do not use more than one or at most two hashtags in a tweet.
- Write a tweet about why you support our fight – the strongest tweets are ones that are personal, share your experience or part of your story, and make a bold statement. Don’t forget to tag us by typing @forrespect – and you can also tag @Walmart, and @BernieSanders.
- If you see a tweet that you’d like to amplify, go ahead and click the heart, but it’s also a good idea to retweet, or even better, quote tweet it and add on your own message and thoughts about the tweet. (The same goes for a tweet you DON’T like – but we know going negative isn’t for everyone!)
2) SHARE YOUR SELFIE:
Tweets with images receive 150% more retweets than tweets without images. Facebook posts with images see 2.3 times more engagement than those without images. So pull out your phone, turn that camera around, and share your beautiful face with the world! Here are some prompts that you can answer for your tweet or Facebook post:
- Who are you and why are you supporting workers crashing Walmart shareholder week?
- What would you do if you were on the corporate board of your employer? What policies would you fight for? How would a real voice at work change your life?
- What has been your experience as a working person in this country? How do you manage – or not manage – to make ends meet and support your family?
- What kind of economy do you want to build for your kids and grandkids? What kind of world do you want to live in?
- Remember to use #WalmartShares and tag our United for Respect Facebook page and @forrespect Twitter account..
3) WATCH & SHARE THE LIVESTREAM
We are going to be going live on Facebook with Senator Bernie Sanders from outside of the Walmart shareholder meeting. We want as many people as possible to watch the livestream – that’s where you come in.
- Step one: Tune in to the livestream – go to our Facebook page at 11:30am Central Time (or 12:30 pm Eastern, or 9:30 am Pacific) to watch the livestream – go ahead and log on a bit early to make sure you catch the whole thing.
- Step two: Engage during the livestream – click on the emoji reactions when you hear things you love. Leave comments when you have thoughts about what you’re hearing. Respond to other people’s comments! Comment saying where you’re watching and supporting from.
- Step three: Share the livestream with your friends – while you’re watching, click “Invite friends to watch” and click any and all friends you think might tune in. Facebook will notify them that you have invited them to watch. You can also click “Share” to share it as a post on your timeline, and write a quick post asking your friends to tune in.
4) JOIN OUR MASS CALL
Our fight isn’t ending just because we showed up at the Walmart annual shareholder meeting. We are going BIGGER than we’ve ever gone before. We will be hosting a mass call on Monday, June 10th, to share next steps about our campaign. The call will be at 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern
Register for the call right here to learn more about what we’re doing and how you can get involved. At the time of the call, you’ll get a phone call directly to the number you provide – all you have to do is stay on the line, no need to dial-in.
5) CHIP IN
There are 1.5 million Walmart associates in the U.S., 16 million retail workers overall, and even more millions of other low wage, hourly workers who are generating billions in profits for our employers who hoard that money at the top. We are demanding our fair share.
We need big structural changes in our economy that prioritize the needs of working people over returning profits to investors, enriching billionaires, and driving deeper inequality.
We are making history, but we need your support in order to grow larger and stronger. In just the past year, we were able to reach almost six million people! Every contribution – whether it’s $3 or $50 – grows our movement for moments like this.
We can’t do any of this alone – thank you for being with us! And remember to share about your donation on Facebook and Twitter to encourage your friends to chip in, too.