The March 20 People's World luncheon honoring workers in the struggle was held at the Clean Carwash Workers Center in South Central Los Angeles.
Walmart suddenly closed five stores giving its employees only a few hours notice and laying off an estimated 2,200 workers.
Walmart has built a vast, undisclosed network of 78 subsidiaries and branches in 15 overseas tax havens.
"It is no accident that they shut down our store, which has been a one of the most successful centers for organizing."
Walmart announced today it was giving its lowest-wage workers a raise to at least $9 an hour by April and $10 an hour by 2016.
"Don't be afraid, come out and fight for your rights, see all these people here. This gives me hope."
As Black Friday marked the start of this year's shopping season, unionists reflected on what they would get workers this year if they could get them anything in the world.
"From Ferguson to Bentonville and across the country, black youth, Walmart workers, and allies are self-organizing to fight back."
Without other ways to redress these grievances, people undertake nonviolent civil disobedience; they break some small law rather than ignore a larger injustice.
As the largest Black Friday strikes and protests scheduled for Nov. 28 rapidly approach, the growing calls for change at Walmart continue.