Monday, June 25, 2012

A March Against "Walmartization" in L.A.

L.A. isn't going to let Walmart expand in the city without a fight. Just got a media alert about a Saturday march and rally meant to stop Walmart from opening one of its smaller stores in Chinatown. They're calling for an end to "Walmartization." Which is a mouthful.


Demonstrators will include Chinatown residents and youth, community and faith organizations, civil rights groups, Walmart associates, Walmart warehouse warehouses, and union workers from a broad spectrum of industries who have united in a growing campaign to keep Walmart out of Chinatown and make the retailer change the way it treats workers and communities.

Saturday’s event will begin with a rally in Los Angeles State Historic Park (the Cornfield) north of Chinatown at 11:00am with musical act The Billionaires and will proceed along Broadway to the intersection of Broadway and Cesar Chavez Blvd. There, under Chinatown’s historic dragon gate, speakers will call on Walmart to stop its cycle of impoverishing communities and on city officials to reject Walmart’s political contributions and proposal to build its store in the middle of the Chinatown historic district. Speakers and performers will include 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dolores Huerta, U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu, musician Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman, United Food and Commercial Workers President Joe Hansen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the L.A. County Federation of Labor Maria Elena Durazo, Chinatown residents, Walmart workers and other Walmart supply chain speakers.

The march takes place at the Los Angeles State Historic Park on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Go here for a map.

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