Friday, August 05, 2005

December before last, about six busloads of activists got plenty of local news cameras trained on them by protesting in front of a Wal-Mart on a freezing winter day. Next Wednesday, Wake-Up Wal-Mart is organizing another demonstration, this time in front of the Ferguson Wal-Mart on West Florissant. This one is more important because it is part of a nationwide campaign to open people's eyes about how much the "cheap" store really costs them. Local labor leaders hope to convince the national campaign to focus particularly on St. Louis, and a good turnout next week would make the national leaders take notice.
There will be a press conference at Commons Lane Elementary at 2:00 where several people, including state legislators (Maria Chappelle-Nadal among them), will speak. Feel free to attend. Then at 3:00 the Big Event. I hope some of you will attend. Here's the letter the local office sent out:
Where is it that you can find unremitting labor violations, flagrant disregard for wage laws and Cheetos for the everyday low price of $2.49?
That’s right, Wal-Mart. Wake-Up Wal-Mart
Next Wednesday, August 10th, we’re taking this corporate criminal to task. Did you also know that Wal-Mart, the world’s largest corporation, has been sued for denial of worker’s comp. and unemployment benefits, wage theft, malicious prosecution, retaliatory tactics, and discrimination on the basis of age, sex, race, religion and physical handicap?
This is just the tip of the iceberg, too. Wake-Up Wal-Mart
Did you know that on average, each American teacher spends $500-600 out of their own pockets for classroom expenses? Did you know that taxpayers are being fleeced? Wal Mart also gets huge Property Tax kickbacks that negatively impact the budgets of School Districts all over Missouri and America. That's money that should go to teacher salaries or school supplies.
So what to do? What we do best, and that is get active. Wake Up Wal-Mart has announced a national day of action as the beginning of a back to school campaign that encourages teachers and parents against buying school necessities at Wal-Mart.
The AFT, the NEA, and Change for Missouri will be on hand to make sure that St. Louis becomes the focus of media attention, possibly on a national level.
We are asking one and all to join in a mass demonstration in front of the Wal-Mart on West Florissant, August 10th at 2:30 pm. You can Mapquest directions from this address:
Wal-Mart Store #1265
10741 West Florissant
Ferguson, MO 63135
If you don’t like the fact that your tax dollars pay to subsidize Wal-Mart's expansion and profit margin, then come show your support. Participation will be the key to our success, hitting them right where it counts--their pocketbook.
If you want to RSVP or have any questions, please contact one of us:
Christine Brooks
Joe Bruemmer
Cell: 314-910-0122


At 11:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best regards from NY! » »


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