Walmart pulled a fast one and pushed through its permitting knowing city council was voting to prevent them from going into Chinatown a few months ago. They won. The community is upset that they pulled a fast one but aren’t taking it lightly. (This isn’t the only store they are opening that caught a community off guard and isn’t entirely welcomed either as Altadena recently discovered).
At the rally there will be many speakers to help explain why Walmart in Chinatown is a bad idea. Among them:Speakers and performers will include 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dolores Huerta, U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu, Grammy winning musicians Ben Harper and Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman, United Food and Commercial Workers President Joe Hansen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the L.A. County Federation of Labor Maria Elena Durazo, Chinatown residents, Walmart workers and other Walmart supply chain speakers.
Deets: Rally starts at 10:30AM at Los Angeles Historic Park (Corn Fields) with a rally at 11AM, then to march for a final Rally at Cesar Chavez Blvd. & Broadway: 12:00 Noon for the close.
Full press release after the jump.
MEDIA ADVISORY FOR
Saturday, June 30, 2012
CONTACT: Caroline O’Connor, L.A. County Federation of Labor, 213-400-8401 or [email protected]
Thousands in Los Angeles unite for largest ever anti-Walmart rally to stop Walmart expansion & “Walmartization” of L.A.
Ten thousand marchers 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 Chinatown residents and youth, small business owners, community and faith organizations, civil rights groups, Walmart associates, Walmart warehouse warehouses, and union workers from a broad spectrum of industries 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 political contributions and proposal to build its store in the middle of the Chinatown historic district. Speakers and performers will include 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dolores Huerta, U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu, Grammy winning musicians Ben Harper and Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman, United Food and Commercial Workers President Joe Hansen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the L.A. County Federation of Labor Maria Elena Durazo, Chinatown residents, Walmart workers and other Walmart supply chain speakers.
This effort to hold Walmart accountable to the concerns of workers and communities has gained momentum in recent months with the public relations phony reporter scandal in Los Angeles, the $24 million Mexico bribery scandal and cover-up, L.A. labor’s call to on area politicians to rebuke Walmart contributions, allegations of new labor violations at warehouses, and the questionable permitting process by Walmart to open a Chinatown store against the wishes of area small business and residents.
Who: 10,000 people comprising working families, Chinatown residents and youth, small business owners, civil rights, community, faith and labor groups
[speakers and performers listed above]
What: Thousands march and rally to stop Walmart expansion in Chinatown and greater L.A.
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: http://lalabor.tumblr.com/map#.T-JQXEfQqSo
Rally: Cesar Chavez Blvd. and Broadway
Visuals: 10,000 people including Chinatown lion dancers, Korean drummers, Teamsters motorcycle club, families with children, marching through the streets of Chinatown holding giant banners and thousands of signs. Major rally under Chinese dragons at Chinatown entrance, Broadway and Cesar Chavez