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  •  I wish somebody would write a good (1+ / 0-)
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    history of grassroots activism against WalMart. Since the 1990s or so, it seems to have come in waves.

    Before the current flurry of labor unrest at WalMart--and I'm not sure what set that off, to be honest; WalMart had been abusing its employees for a long time--I can recall another grassroots citizen flurry against the giant. The earlier outcry had to do with its unlimited expansion, including its willingness to flout community zoning laws, etc.. This was spear-headed, as I recall, by, which produced more than one video on the subject, and organized house parties for viewings. The biggest single result of the earlier campaign seemed to me to  be a lasting taint about "WalMart" in the culture at large. (When NPR made the error of running WalMart spots for a brief time in the early 2000s, they had to discontinue them because of listener outcry.)

    Anyway, to have a better idea where we're going, it would be great to know where we've been.

    Thanks for the diary.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 09:31:00 AM PST

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