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Walmart’s Walton Family Threatens America’s Renewable Energy Future

Although Walmart has installed more solar power capacity than any other U.S. company, its owners, the Walton family, have invested millions in groups that are fighting to limit the development of solar power, according to a new report from the nonprofit Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). The report, How The Walton Family Is Threatening Our Clean Energy Future, resolves the contradiction by pointing to the multibillionaires’ main motivation: profit. According to the report, “The Walton family—majority owners of Walmart—are impeding America’s transition to a clean energy future. At a time when more than 500,000 households and businesses are generating their own solar electricity, and the U.S. solar industry is employing 143,000 people, the Waltons are funding nearly two dozen organizations working to roll back renewable energy policies, while a Walton-owned company is pushing for regulations aimed at hindering the growth of rooftop solar power.”

Drone Protesters Target Walmart Shoppers To Boycott Honeywell

On Friday, Oct. 3, from noon to 1 pm, anti-war picketers will ask Wal-Mart shoppers at the downtown White Plains, NY store (275 Main Street) not to buy Honeywell consumer products such as heaters and humidifiers because Honeywell also makes engines for MQ-9 Reaper drones as well as other war materiel, including nuclear weapons. “We are now in a new war and our members of Congress can’t even call for a vote on it, much less stop it, because they are responsive only to big arms makers and energy-related companies like Honeywell,” said Nick Mottern, local organizer for the nation-wide Boycott and Divest Honeywell campaign. “It’s time to put pressure on the CEOs who are the real bosses of U.S. politics rather than expecting members of Congress like Nita Lowey and Eliot Engel, who take campaign money from arms makers, to represent our interests.”

US Justice Department To Review Fatal Police Shooting In Walmart

The US government is to review the fatal police shooting of a man carrying a BB rifle in a Walmart store in Ohio, after a grand jury in the state declined to indict the officers involved. The Justice Department’s civil rights division and the FBI will carry out a “thorough and independent review of the evidence” relating to the death of John Crawford III in Beavercreek last month, it was announced on Wednesday. Carter Stewart, the US attorney for the southern district of Ohio, said in a statement that authorities would “take appropriate action if the evidence indicates a prosecutable violation of federal criminal civil rights statutes”. The announcement came soon after a request from Ohio’s governor, John Kasich, and attorney general, Mike DeWine, for the federal authorities to review the case. An attorney for Crawford’s family described the decision not to bring charges in the case as “absolutely incomprehensible”.

Sonoma County Says ‘No’ To Walmart

Wal-Mart has again submitted a proposal to expand its existing discount store in Rohnert Park into a supercenter, selling both general merchandise and groceries. In 2010, widespread organized opposition across Sonoma County and a successful lawsuit derailed the project. Much has changed since Wal-Mart first proposed a supercenter five years ago in Rohnert Park–and the ongoing campaign by a broad coalition of labor, faith, environmental, and community-based organizations to oppose the project has implications for the entire state, if not the nation. For the past five quarters Wal-Mart has experienced falling sales. The retail giant is desperate to expand its market share in large metropolitan regions like the greater San Francisco Bay area. To penetrate metro regions Wal-Mart seeks to increase both the number of supercenters with groceries and to construct 40,000-square-foot ‘Neighborhood’ grocery stores—as Wal-Mart’s grocery sales climbed from 7 percent nationwide in 2002 to 18 percent in 2011. Hence, in addition to proposing the first supercenter in the North Bay (i.e. Marin and Sonoma counties), Wal-Mart is building a ‘small mart’ grocery store in Rohnert Park, also the first in the two counties.

Walmart Moms On Strike

Walmart moms—members of OUR Walmart—have been walking off the job since Friday in protest of the company’s illegal silencing of their co-workers who have been calling for better pay. Walmart mom Evelin Cruz of the Pico Rivera, CA store says: “I’m striking for Barbara, for Tiffany and for other moms who Walmart has tried to silence. Our families cannot continue to struggle on Walmart’s poverty pay and constantly changing schedules while Walmart and the Walton family make billions from our work.” The majority of Walmart moms are paid less than $25,000 a year – forcing many to rely on food stamps and other taxpayer-supported programs to survive. Working women – increasingly the breadwinners and decision makers in households – make up the majority of Walmart’s workforce and are often hit hardest by the company’s poverty pay. Walmart moms walked off the job this morning in Orlando (see photo), joining moms who have already walked off the job in Dallas, Pittsburgh, Southern California and the Bay area. More are expected to strike outside their stores in 20 cities today, including Tampa, Miami, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and the Bay area. The National Labor Relations Board’s historic trial prosecuting Walmart – which includes the illegal firing of moms like Barbara Collins – is currently underway. Barbara was trying to get more hours to put a few dollars aside for her daughter to go to college – when she was fired for striking against Walmart’s illegal retaliation against workers.
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