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Charleston, SC- Join us, Sunday, December 9 at the Intersection of King and Calhoun Streets in Downtown Charleston, SC starting at 2 pm, to put Walmart on the naughty list . We will carol our way through the Second Sunday on King Festival in a consciousness raising salute to local business and a challenge to the values of Walmart.  We’ll sing special “Xmess Carols” praising local business and American products while distributing literature about how much big box bargains are costing the American middle class.

Participants from local human rights organizations of all types will participate in festive, holiday apparel.  We’ll pause as we move South down King Street to shop and enjoy the festival.  Our Uncle Sam-ta will hand out “nice list” recognitions to stores offering local and American made goods which we’ll share online.  You can follow preparations and sign up to participate online at or call us the day of the event on our cell phone at (843) 870-5299.  The event will last about an hour.

Walmart helped offshore over 133,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs between 2001 and 2006 to China.   The nation’s largest retailer now pays workers so poorly that over two billion dollars is spent each year providing Walmart employees with Medicaid and Food Stamps.  Meanwhile Walmart receives huge and largely hidden subsidies through special tax districts and infrastructure expenditures from Government to enable it to undersell established competing businesses.  Where Walmart appears, wages and benefits fall.  It destroys two jobs for each one it “creates.”  

Each Christmas low prices enabled by low wages here and slave wages overseas lure Americans to abandon US products and local businesses.  With each annual cycle, America loses more of its middle class, its manufacturing strength and the local character of our community businesses.  Walmart is slowly transforming the American economy into something increasingly like China’s, leading a race to the bottom for the entire retail industry.  Its time to tear down that Walmart and put them on the naughty list.


Originally posted to wjhamilton29464 on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 07:35 AM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions.


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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through

    by wjhamilton29464 on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 07:35:05 AM PST

  •  The TV show leverage (2+ / 0-)
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    JayRaye, subtropolis

    The last episode of the TV show leverage was on how the leverage team destroyed a "value mart." The show made its point about how poor Walmart is for a community.

    Practice tolerance, kindness and charity.

    by LWelsch on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 07:59:44 AM PST

    •  Increasing Resistance (2+ / 0-)
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      subtropolis, LWelsch

      Walmart is facing increasing resistance, but they're still a huge force.  Over a third of the disposable diapers used in the USA are purchased there.  

      We're getting a better response from the public, even down here in conservative, SC.  People know Walmart is bad, but many swear they can't afford to shop elsewhere.

      Channeling people into functional alternatives is important, but hard to do in areas where Walmart dominates the market.  It's the only surviving full service Grocery store in the South part of North Charleston here.  Of course it put it's three competitors out of business.

      William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through

      by wjhamilton29464 on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:24:05 PM PST

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      •  I've beein in a Walmart just once (0+ / 0-)

        To use the toilet. And only because the person i was with needed to go. I refuse to shop in one.

        The small town i moved to 5 years ago has finally lost its battle to keep WM out. After spending $millions in legal costs. It's a damned shame.

        All things in the sky are pure to those who have no telescopes. – Charles Fort

        by subtropolis on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 01:56:22 PM PST

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        •  Sorry to Hear (0+ / 0-)

          I'm sorry to hear that your town lost it's fight against Walmart. However you can fight them on the ground.  You can prepare your entire town to resist the damage.  It won't be perfect, but it may save some of your businesses and civic life.

          William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through

          by wjhamilton29464 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 01:17:38 PM PST

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