See WalMart ... The Movie. This film
a cinematic event and a social event. Small-group screenings
discussions are being held throughout the country!
|UPDATED December 1, 2011
NOTE: This page is subject to more
than the usual
broken links because of WalMart's aggressive
legal strategies. For example,
the Walmart versus Women site mentioned below
appears to have been
Stay up to date with WalMart-related
posts on my Environmental Geography
I am not a big
advocate of boycotts, but
staying out of Wal-Mart is a
good idea. It is not an ordinary
boycott. Cutting ties to Wal-Mart is a way of refusing
in a very damaging
economic practice. Wal-Mart -- the largest company in
the world --
in a way that increases government welfare spending,
sprawl, drives local companies out of business,
decreases employment in
retail and manufacturing while lowering the wages in
both sectors, and
our tendency to consume natural resources that we do not
Many people continue to support Wal-Mart because they do
not think they
can afford to shop anywhere else. There is an element of
truth to this,
and of course, it is part of Wal-Mart's plan -- kill off
competitor. In short, Wal-Mart creates poverty and then
it becomes the
store of last resort for victims of poverty. I began my
with the company while I was still a struggling graduate
student, so I
sympathize with this argument, but I have managed to
stay away for more
than a decade.
Blogger and fellow coffee
fanatic Jeff Hess has a great idea for those who cannot
afford to avoid
WalMart altogther but who want to send a message: just stop
If all of this sounds far-fetched, browse the web
below for more information. See the WalMart
list at DMOZ
for more than two dozen anti-WalMart
sites. Very few
have generated more antagonism than WalMart.
WalMart is about to open a second super store in the small town
Raynham, Massachusetts. Some objections were raised when the
first proposed, but Raynham is now on its way to becoming the
WalMartized town in New England, and perhaps the most
of its size in the world.
India appears to be WalMart's next frontier. The blog
's article "Wal-Mart
and its entry to India
" offers a number of reasons for Indians oppose this, and I'm
that this page is cited as a resource.
is a campaign focused on the low pay of
WalMart employees. (This NYT article might require free
The PBS show Frontline
the question, "
WalMart good for America?
" The discussion board includes
the most cogent critiques and defenses of the company that I
online (where many critiques and defenses are passionate, but
WalMart has finally
decided to take on its critics, corrupting NPR in the
process. Read about it at
Clamor Magazine .
WalMart is one of the financial backers of the
, a "think tank" that is bent on
public education. Unfortunately,
PI is very powerful is "liberal" Massachusetts, where it has
on the boards of education and higher
Not all big box stores are created equal. Since 1997, I have
Costco as a way to stretch my miserly faculty pay check (see
Institute note above). I felt a little guilty, but decided, "At
it is not WalMart." Recently, I learned that there is a reason I
Costco more -- it is run much more fairly. Read Moira Herbst's
to learn how Costco keeps prices low while
workers well. She describes how angry some financial analysts
Costco CEO Jim Senegal. He pays workers more and himself less
a CEO who can live on just a half million bucks a year!), allows
workers to be unionized, and still runs a profitable business.
makes Wall Street analysts very angry, even though stockholders
|Carolyn Sapp (Miss America 1992) supports
Wal-Mart versus Women
web site, which explains how Wal-Mart's policies are
to female employees.
the information clearinghouse for campaigns against big
box stores of
all kinds, of which WalMart is the most prolific and
Case Against Sprawl" on its home page for an overview of
by big box stores.
online forum for discussions about WalMart. Opponents and
defenders of the company made their cases here. I have learned -
- that my
earlier suspicions were correct: WalMart has been shutting down
domains by outlawyering and outspending these non-profit sites.
might be from
and the home of the brave," but freedom is not something they
is a carefully researched and balanced article
the December 2003 issue
of the business magazine Fast Company. It is the best
seen of the ruthless approach that WalMart takes to its
in turn harms the employees of those companies. It provides
detailed examples of behavior I had heard about when I worked in
manufacturing. The pickle jar that nearly killed Vlasic is the
amazing of these stories.
So many of its employees need government support that some
Wal-Mart stores have welfare offices in the store -- for the
work there. One Congressional study entitled "Everyday Low
estimates that a single Wal-Mart "employing" 200
people would cost taxpayers
over $400,000 in added social spending.
Just to show that I have a sense of humor, I am providing this
link to Sora Packir's non-political
. Some of her "Fun Things" ideas sound
like a lot
of fun; if I'm ever inside a WalMart again, I would like to try
Donuts is not in the same league as Wal-Mart, but
it is bad for the
environment, coffee farmers, and America. See my Coffee Hell page to
find out why I
OF THE TIME, I'M NOT THINKING ABOUT WAL-MART!
SEE MY BLOGS FOR MY IDEAS ON GEOGRAPHY
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