Community, Faith, Labor Communities Unite in Largest Ever Anti-Walmart Rally to Stop “Walmartization” of L.A. Jobs

Saturday, June 30, 2012

CONTACT:  Caroline O’Connor, L.A. County Federation of Labor, 213-400-8401 or coconnor@launionaflcio•org  (coconnor@launionaflcio•org)  

Ten thousand in L.A.’s Chinatown to tell Walmart:
“L.A.’s future won’t be bought off”

 Los Angeles – On Saturday, ten thousand Southland residents concerned about the growth of L.A.’s low wage economy and the influence of the nation’s largest retailer will march through L.A.’s Chinatown to call for an end to the “Walmartization” of L.A. jobs. Saturday’s march and rally will be the largest anti-Walmart demonstration in history.

Demonstrators will include Walmart Associates from stores in Crenshaw and other neighborhoods, workers at Walmart warehouses in the Inland Empire, Chinatown residents, community organizations, faith leaders and union members who have united in a growing campaign to keep Walmart out of Chinatown and make the retailer change the way it treats workers and communities.

Saturday’s event will begin with a rally in Los Angeles State Historic Park (the Cornfield) north of Chinatown at 11:00am with musical act The Billionaires and will proceed along Broadway to the intersection of Broadway and Cesar Chavez Blvd. There, under Chinatown’s historic dragon gate, speakers will call on Walmart to stop its cycle of impoverishing communities and on city officials to reject Walmart’s proposal to build its store in the middle of the Chinatown historic district. Speakers and performers will include Dolores Huerta, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Tom Morello, United Food and Commercial Workers President Joe Hansen, Maria Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the L.A. County Federation of Labor, Chinatown residents and workers from Walmart and Walmart supply chain warehouses.

This effort to hold Walmart accountable to the concerns of workers and communities has gained new energy in recent months as the bribery scandal and cover-up, allegations of new labor violations at warehouses and the company’s aggressive efforts to open a Chinatown store against the wishes of local residents have raised new and deeper concerns about Walmart and its practices.

Who: 10,000 people comprising working families, Chinatown residents, faith leaders, and community groups

What: March and rally through Chinatown to stop Walmart

When: Gathering in Los Angeles State Historic Park: 10:30am

Program in the Park: 11:00am

Chinatown March: 11:15am – 12:00pm

Rally at Cesar Chavez Blvd. & Broadway: 12:00 Noon

Where: Los Angeles State Historic Park: 1245 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Marching route:

Rally: Cesar Chavez Blvd. and Broadway

Visuals: 10,000 marchers, including Chinatown lion dancers, Korean drummers, motorcycles, families and children, through the streets of Chinatown holding giant banners and thousands of signs.



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