Say "NO" to Walmart this Saturday. Altadenans opposed to Walmart's proposed store should join the rally to protest Walmart's plans to invade Chinatown. The march against low-wage jobs will begin at 10 am at LA State Historic Park ...(called the Cornfield) - 1245 North Spring St., LA 90012 -- adjacent to Chinatown. More than 10,000 folks are expected. Watch this great video about Walmart. Learn more about the rally here. Read Bobbi Murray's great article about the threat of the "Walmart-ization" of greater LA.
Does anyone know if Walmart has spread any of its charitable "philanthropy" to nonprofit groups in Altadena? That's part of its overall strategy to neutralize opposition to its expansion efforts, as Donald Cohen and I wrote in our article, "Walmart's Legal Bribery," posted on Huffington Post and reposted on the Altadena Patch a few days ago.
If you want to learn more about Walmart's negative influence on communities, employees, women, the poor, immigrants, the environment, and on the overall economy, check out historian Nelson Lichtenstein's book, The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business, Charles Fishman's The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World's Most Powerful Company Really Works -- and How It's Transforming the American Economy, Anthony Bianco's Wal-Mart: The Bully of Bentonville: How the High Cost of Everyday Low Prices is Hurting America, and/or Liza Featherstone's Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers' Rights at Wal-Mart.