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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

wal-mart = EVIL

...well, it's a source of a lot of problems anyway.

as pink floyd elucidated in their song "money," "money is the root of all evil today." and i concur completely. and so, i also conclude that walmart is evil.

which is why i was so ecstatic to receive word of a new grassroots movement to screen a new film, titled the high cost of low price, about wal-mart corporate policy, its exploitation of workers, and its negative effects on communities, the american economy and american people, all for the sake of cheap costs and revenue.

as alternet writes:
"Every new Wal-Mart store creates a ripple effect -- family businesses close up shop, factories shut down, communities get squeezed, and fulfilling careers are turned into nightmare chores. Meanwhile, taxpayers are footing the bill for the healthcare of thousands of Wal-Mart's employees, while the company receives exorbitant tax breaks from the very same communities Wal-Mart will eventually discard. These are blatantly anti-family, anti-American practices."
so, i, being a grassroots-movement-kinda-gal, a fervent opposer of wal-mart, lover of fair trade, as well as being an aspiring media reformer, have decided to sign up to host a screening, hopefully at my school in the fall. and perhaps also in my hometown (which lord knows needs it!)
and hey, you can, too!
sign up here.
and watch the trailer for the film.
have a happy wednesday!
~stephanie "ogbuefi stephi" lee


  • At 7:27 AM, July 21, 2005, Blogger Steve Harper said…

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  • At 8:38 AM, July 21, 2005, Blogger Kristi Joy said…

    Everyone I know hates Wal-Mart, but you're the first person to actually spell out good reasons why it's so bad. Kudos to you!

  • At 10:57 AM, July 21, 2005, Blogger Steve Harper said…

    I agree 100%! Interestingly enough, I have a consulting client that is right now working on a stratgey to help the little-middle level grocery store chains compete with the likes of Wal-Mart. We need to take down this evil beast!!!

    Ripple On My Friend!

    Steve Harper

  • At 11:18 AM, July 21, 2005, Blogger Ogbuefi Stephi said…

    thanks to both of you, for commenting and leaving me with your impressions. it's so nice and rewarding to know that someone is actually reading my stuff and actually identifies with my point of view!
    it is so crucial to spread our concerns and perspectives about these things, and the only way i know how is by writing and discussing with others.
    so thanks, to both of you, and any other readers who have just not felt the need to comment yet, for making my goals and aspirations and dreams a more conceivable reality.
    i appreciate your support and readership.
    thanks and love,
    stephanie "ogbuefi stephi" lee

  • At 12:36 AM, July 24, 2005, Blogger The ZenFo Pro said…

    You know, Wal-Mart is such a seedy organization. Look at the new one here in Oxford. Its not a coincidence that they built it nearest to the trailer parks out on U.S. 27. Both a source of unskilled labor and a ready market for cheap goods.
    They do the same think across the country. They did it in my hometown as well. They feed off the materialism that they help produce.

  • At 11:34 AM, July 24, 2005, Blogger Ogbuefi Stephi said…

    i know, it's horrible. it's also somewhat of a vicious symbiosis between the consumer and the supplier. because more than half of the american population is barely making minimum wage, barely able to support themselves in low-paying jobs (such as the ones wal-mart offers), they need places like wal-mart to get stuff for cheap. and the problem with this is that they are only feeding into the very system that is keeping them down and exploiting them.
    it's horrible, this lack of respect for fellow human life and disregard for human worth, all for the sake of the american dollar.


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