Today at 10:00am various groups are converging on Chinatown to protest Walmart‘s new 30,000 square foot grocery store. The groups are also protesting Walmart’s long-standing labor practice of low-paying jobs. As noted by the website Unionosity, Walmart already has 212 stores in Los Angeles County. Why the need for another? Is their an end to their constant expansion?
Saturday’s march was preceded by a benefit show Friday night headlined by noise punk band No Age at the Human Resources Gallery. Unionosity also enlisted Steve Earle to help raise awareness by submitting a video in which he plays an anti-Walmart song (check it out below). According to planners, it is set to be the biggest anti-Walmart protest ever.
The protest groups have also managed to apply pressure to candidates for LA Mayor. City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti have pledged not to accept campaign contributions from Walmart. The city is also currently reviewing a complaint about Walmart’s building permits filed by the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance.
Protesters will at meet Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 North Spring St., Los Angeles. Head down to the march if you support local businesses and oppose Walmart’s labor practices, constant expansion and its goods imported from cheap labor countries.
Check out Unionosity for more information.