Report Back: Wal*Mart Action In Talent, Oregon
Working families are standing up to Wal-Mart, demanding the mega-company pay workers a living wage, provide affordable health care for workers, stop illegal interference with workers' freedom to form a union, respect communities, respect workers, end discrimination and respect the environment.
Counting three SOU students who handed out flyers earlier in the morning because they had to get back to class--our total was 20 and that included (besides students) several community organizations (Oregon Action & PeaceHouse), a couple of unions (SEIU, UFCW) and several children too. A great cross section of America--we were!
The response from Wal*Mart was almost overwhelming. Being kicked off the property was not too surprising, but the arrival of three Talent police and the constant surveilance by management using cameras was really something else. Then after we were out on the sidewalk--seeing the guy on the roof armed with a radio who watched for nearly two hours--that part was bazaar and amazing, I thought. My gosh, they are afraid of something! It seemed to just prove how much of a threat they must really feel. High Profits and Low Wages are to be protected. Cops, radios, cameras, and what ever it takes...
We had fun and I would bet all who participated would agree with that. This is a campaign that will take awhile so it is good to have had such a great activity today.
"Don't seperate the lives you live from the words you speak."
--Paul Wellstone, The late U.S. Senator from Minnesota
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Date: 21 Nov 2002 19:17:50 -0000
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Subject: Tell Wal-Mart to Respect Workers, Respect Communities
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