Friday, February 4, 2011

Activists and Local Communities Gaining Ground on Exposing Wal-Mart For Deceptive Practices

John Galt
Activist Post

The myth of Wal-Mart as an indispensable part of Americana that presents the poor with a wide selection of affordable products is coming unraveled.

The revelation that Wal-Mart actually kills jobs and damages local communities is contradictory to their own brand marketing, but in a Yahoo news story Wal-Mart is drawing ire from the very people who it claims to be helping.  The story cites a report released in January by City University of New York's Hunter College Center for Community Planning, which studied 50 Wal-Mart stores and the impact they have had on the surrounding communities.  The conclusions are striking:
The overwhelming weight of the independent research on the impact of Wal-Mart stores . . . shows that Wal-Mart depresses area wages and labor benefits . . . pushes out more retail jobs than it creates, and results in more retail vacancies.
This report has led the City Council to condemn Wal-Mart, saying:
'To me, Wal-Mart is definitely not welcome in this city,' asserted Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito. 'It is a union-busting, tax-evading, wage-suppressing, job-destroying, civil-rights abusing, food stamp-denying, multi-national corporation that has no place in this city.'

Wal-Mart believes that this independent research was based on "randomly selected statements from . . . flawed studies."  The report comes at a difficult time for Wal-Mart as it has rolled out a new marketing campaign that portrays the company as a place not only for cheap goods, but for healthy goods.  A press release issued in January announced: Walmart Launches Major Initiative to Make Food Healthier and Healthier Food More Affordable.  CEO Bill Simon stated that, "No family should have to choose between food that is healthier for them and food they can afford."  Yet, according to the independent research conducted from 50 store openings, Wal-Mart has contributed to the very poverty they supposedly wish to alleviate.

This latest research into the impact that Wal-Mart has on local U.S. communities only enhances the other forms of slavery that Wal-Mart is well-known for across the world, with well-documented slave labor being used to create their "cheap" goods by poor people in other countries so that poor people in the U.S. can afford them.  This is an organization known for blatant discrimination against women, and for playing games on every level with people's wages and healthcare.

Perhaps most disturbing of all is that they are not satisfied with only enslaving their workers and those who supply their shelves; they recently turned their attention to the consumer as well.   When Janet Napolitano revealed her "If You See Something, Say Something" program for Homeland Security, it was Wal-Mart she chose as the retailer to represent this fascist initiative of private corporations and government working together to spy on Americans.  This program is nothing short of an East German snitch program that turns each American against their neighbor, thereby strengthening the power of the Homeland Security State -- not America itself -- and already has led to dire consequences

So, when Wal-Mart announces that it is concerned about the health of its customers and would like to advise you about what your family consumes at the dining table, you had better check the ingredients.

10 Re-Solutions For Non-Violent Rebellion
Use Your "Tools of Freedom"

This article may be re-posted in full with attribution.


If you enjoy our work, please donate to keep our website going.


Anonymous said...

Walmart has raised prices so much recently that they are not really cheaper than many of their competitors anymore. The best thing about Walmart is you can shoplift there and not feel guilty. I consider it 'subversive shoplifting.'

Anonymous said...

I disagree with much of this article but I will NEVER enter a Walmart store again just because of the Janet Napolitano propaganda message.

Anonymous said...

This is news? I've known this about Walmart for at least 13 years... since they obliterated most business in the small town I was living in at the time. Most workers are just below full time hours so they don't qualify for health insurance. Only time I enter Walmart is when I can't find an item elsewhere in town... which unfortunately is too often. Wise up America, you're supporting China and globalism every time you shop there.

Anonymous said...

Another Scumbag Retail outlet is Sears/Kmart having worked there 12 yrs I can see many of the same Deceptive practices the only difference is scale if Sears Kmart were bigger the ramifications would be bigger!

Anonymous said...

John Galt, this article does not sound like you. If you knew what that name stood for, then perhaps you would change your angle on this one.

John Galt would know that Wal Mart is not in business to alleviate poverty.

They are not in business to create fertile ground for competition.

They are not in business to raise the standard of living for the cashiers.

These all could, to a degree, be outcomes of certain business practices, sure. It is up to Wal Mart to implement or not implement, and our response is to sanction or not sanction with out dollars. It is really that simple.

As of today, we are sanctioning the crap out of Wal Mart's business model. So is China. So is Mexico. By shopping there for anything, you are voting in favor of Wal Mart.

I see Wal Mart as the "company store" for the United States. They represent much of what is wrong with our society. They sell slave labor junk, and it appears that Americans love slave labor junk. What can you say? We would not be having this conversation if Americans did not have an unquenchable thirst for slave labor junk.

Wal Mart has been at the right place at the right time. Our devalued dollar, devalued standards, high apathy fed by ignorance, and schizophrenic foreign policy have made their model work quite well. If we did not love it, we would not need to have this conversation. This is not Wal Mart's problem, this is the problem of the American consumer. Too lazy to go somewhere else. Too lazy to realize that they are not saving that much, if anything by choosing Wal Mart. Too lazy to see that saving a penny by choosing slave labor is short sighted, and the net loss in local wages and product quality far, far negate any immediate savings at the register.

woofmetoo said...

Proud to been Wart-mal free for 5 + years now. We do not miss their china made trash ! REALLY !
Learn to do without or buy online at Still made in

Anonymous said...

Wal-Mart isn't the Disease, it is merely a symptom. The Disease is a culture that extols greed and living in excessive luxury. Americans suffer from the "I Got Mine, Now Screw You" mentality. It is now too late to stop the collapse, the Disease is Terminal to the United States and the only Cure is complete Collapse. Hopefully the Survivors will be wiser.

Anonymous said...

Shop at Walmart, bomb an Afghan villiage, destroy a local economy. Your dollars from Walmart purchases go to China to pay for the crap that they make and sell to Walmart. The manufacturer takes those dollars to the Chinese State bank and exchanges for Yaun, the local currency. Those Yaun are created from thin air by the China Central Bank who now has dollars. Those dollars are used to purchase US Treasuries for which we as citizens are responsible to pay the principal and interest through income taxes. Those dollars are than spent by the US government on programs including military, hence bombs. Your Walmart purchases are expanding the buget defecit here and creating inflation in China which we are now importing. By American made goods and stop the war in Afghanistan.

Anonymous said...

i think we need a good healthy collapse, no football,no beer,no britney,no snooky,no more money for wars or isreal.

Anonymous said...

Wal-Mart takes the money, that many can ill-afford to spend, a little at a time so that they don't even know where their money went. And then they end up with empty pockets and a house full of worthless junk. It's a disease and Wal-Mart is profiting by making junk so affordable that many can't resist the temptation to buy things they don't even need.

Chrissie said...

The supermarket, Tesco has destroyed many communities in England. It builds large stores 'out of town'. This draws customers away from the town centres and other shops to a massive store that has the buying power to undercut most smaller companies.. There is evidence of bribing local councils for planning permissions, not just in the UK but in Turkey too,

Tesco pay very poorly and the customer service is as you would imagination any multi-national to be.
They have forced farmers out of business by not paying a fair price for produce
These are just some of the problems with Tesco, perhaps someone could write an expose?

Anonymous said...

when people donate to goodwill they steal from themselves, put the local thrift stores out of business and send most of the money out of their community and back to corporate, sometimes in another state.

Post a Comment