Infographic: Which stores are denying their workers a Thanksgiving?

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This year, retail stores are facing pressure from consumers, workers and some politicians, to close on Thanksgiving, allowing their employees to spend the (admittedly problematic) holiday with their families and friends. After the jump you’ll find a handy infographic which shows you which stores are closing and which stores are forcing their employees to work on the holiday their CEOs undoubtedly take off. 

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ThinkProgress is doing an excellent job documenting The War on Thanksgiving, a war Bill O’Reilly surprisingly doesn’t care about. They’ve compiled a list of stores staying open on the holiday (see below). They also reported on a Pizza Hut manager who was fired for refusing to open his store on Thanksgiving. The company asked Tony Rohr, who’s been with Pizza Hut for 10 years to resign. He chose to write them a letter instead, saying,

 I am not quitting. I do not resign, however I accept that the refusal to comply with this greedy, immoral request means the end of my tenure with this company [...] I hope you realize that it’s the people at the bottom of the totem pole that make your life possible.

Check out the the news story about Rohr, which includes a video and transcript, here. Also, one of my favorite responses to the story is the argument that hospitals and police precincts remain open on Thanksgiving. So why shouldn’t Pizza Huts? Such a good point. Because pizza saves lives.

Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 11.13.50 PMKatie Halper started identifying as a feminist at the age of 5 when she attended her first pro-choice rally and began calling out the musicals she watched instead of cartoons for being “prejudiced against women.” She realizes this is a ridiculous photo.

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Born and raised on the mean streets of New York City’s Upper West Side, Katie Halper is a comic, writer, blogger, satirist and filmmaker based in New York. Katie graduated from The Dalton School (where she teaches history) and Wesleyan University (where she learned that labels are for jars.) A director of Living Liberally and co-founder/performer in Laughing Liberally, Katie has performed at Town Hall, Symphony Space, The Culture Project, D.C. Comedy Festival, all five Netroots Nations, and The Nation Magazine Cruise, where she made Howard Dean laugh! and has appeared with Lizz Winstead, Markos Moulitsas, The Yes Men, Cynthia Nixon and Jim Hightower. Her writing and videos have appeared in The New York Times, Comedy Central, The Nation Magazine, Gawker, Nerve, Jezebel, the Huffington Post, Alternet and Katie has been featured in/on NY Magazine, LA Times, In These Times, Gawker,Jezebel, MSNBC, Air America, GritTV, the Alan Colmes Show, Sirius radio (which hung up on her once) and the National Review, which called Katie “cute and some what brainy.” Katie co-produced Tim Robbins’s film Embedded, (Venice Film Festival, Sundance Channel); Estela Bravo’s Free to Fly (Havana Film Festival, LA Latino Film Festival); was outreach director for The Take, Naomi Klein/Avi Lewis documentary about Argentine workers (Toronto & Venice Film Festivals, Film Forum); co-directed New Yorkers Remember the Spanish Civil War, a video for Museum of the City of NY exhibit, and wrote/directed viral satiric videos including Jews/ Women/ Gays for McCain.

Katie is a writer, comedian, filmmaker, and New Yorker.

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