Friday, June 06, 2008

If there is an international corporation that epitomizes globalization it is Wal-Mart. Today the corporation operates in 14 countries. According to the Wikipedia entry on Wal-Mart it is now the world's largest corporation both by revenues and by number of employees. Even when compared to public institutions it ranks #4 in the world (though items such as the PLA of China and the US military are left out). But speaking of globalization and China the same Wikipedia article notes that over 70% of the merchandise in Wal-Mart stores is manufactured in China. Is Wal-Mart just as much a part of the capitalist/public organization"China Inc" as the PLA ??
Not that Wal-Mart doesn't have its opposition. The two most prominent organizations are Wal-Mart Watch and Wake Up Wal-Mart. Both are basically coalitions of unions and social justice groups concerned with the (abysmal) labour policies of Wal-Mart. The following appeal is from one of these, Wake Up Wal-Mart, and it concerns a recent article in the New York Times basically saying that opposition to Wal-Mart is dying. help to prove the article wrong by joining Wake Up Wal-Mart in writing to the NYT.

Your Story Was Not Told‏
The Team (

Check out The New York Times' website today and prepare to be disappointed. A new article claims the relationship between Andy Stern and Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott signals a general slowdown in the movement to change Wal-Mart.

We couldn't disagree more.

Look at our campaign's track record. This year, you've continued to spread our message, making one of the largest grassroots movements in America. 427,000 grassroots activists have joined our campaign, a supporter base larger than the population of Miami.

Your overwhelming support for maltreated Wal-Mart workers like Debbie Shank and Olga Sanchez nearly crashed our web servers. Just this year, you've sent hundreds of thousands of emails to newspapers and politicians. Frankly, you've done more to change Wal-Mart in the past few months than we have space to mention.

The real story wasn't told in today's article, but your voice can still be heard. Write The New York Times today. Tell them you have not stopped working to make Wal-Mart a responsible corporation.

America deserves to know that has NO intention of letting Wal-Mart off the hook.

Wal-Mart would be foolish to think greenwashing and spin will satisfy millions of its critics. They are also mistaken if they think one New York Times story will alter our course. If anything, it will only steel our resolve.

Don't wait to take action. Write The New York Times today. Tell them to write the real story. Your story.
Use this page to write The New York Times
Thanks for all that you do,
The Team,

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