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Voices against WalMart II: Bend

The April Second Rally downtown.
Michael Funke
Michael Funke
John Schubert
John Schubert
Micheal Beyard
Micheal Beyard
A speaker
A speaker
Another Speaker
Another Speaker
Joe
Joe
Michael Schnieder
Michael Schnieder
A speaker
A speaker
Peter Gramlich
Peter Gramlich
Thea Larson
Thea Larson
People
People
About 50 people
About 50 people
Signs
Signs
Drummers
Drummers
The rally was started off by Michael Funke, who affirmed that the WalMart north of Bend was "not a done deal". He pointed out the victories that had been achieved in Hood River and other places. He pointed out the fact that WalMart no longer takes questions directly from the community because of the problems it encountered in Gresham. He asked; "How often is it you get to fight a big corporation in your own back yard?"

The next speaker was John Schubert, who said that he had tried for many years to create a model community. He said he did not want to see Bend sucked dry and abandoned as he had seen happen in other communities where WalMart had conducted business. He pointed out the diverse group of people in Bend who are opposed to WalMart.

Jim Bressor spoke next. He had been in charge of the local Coast-to-Coast store in Bend and said that he had been driven out of business by the WalMart to the South. He had seen many of his friends driven out of business because of the practices of WalMart in other parts of the United States.

Micheal Bayard spoke next. He lives close to the area of the proposed WalMart. He said he had limited experience with WalMart, but that "a little is too much". He said that he has made several calls to WalMart, but has received no response.

Thea Larson spoke next. She said that WalMart is the major promoter of slave labor in developing countries. What we buy is based on slave labor. We can do better. We have to care enough to say no.

homepage: homepage: http://notanotherwalmart.org


Bend does it again 02.Apr.2005 20:38

southern oregon solidarity

It is so important this resistance to Walmart. It is as basic a fight as it gets. We are just now on the verge of Waking Up. Our communities are now poised to go back to local commerce, local trade, and fuck the corporations.

Keep it up in Central Oregon! Great report! Thanks for making our own media. This is what indymedia is all about!

Does anyone know of other Anti-Walmart groups around Oregon? 05.Apr.2005 11:20

Nutmeg Alfredo albertkaufman@yahoo.com

if so, please let me know

right now I know of

Beaverton
Gresham
Bend

(active)

have heard about Lake Oswego
Hillsboro
Hood River

in the past...


Keep up the fight 05.Apr.2005 11:58

Gabe

Im so glad that people are finally starting to realise how horrible wal-mart is. Now is the time to resist all corporations. All who read this I plead with you to buy from local merchants and farmers markets. If you cant do that please shop at union stores. Much support to all in bend, and all those around the globe resisting this horrible horrible corporation. Love and resistance