On Black Friday Maine Greens participated in a Flash Mob at the Scarborough location of WalMart. The action, hosted by the Southern Maine Worker’s Center (SMWC), was in Solidarity with striking WalMart workers throughout the U.S., and to point out unfair labor practices that are commonplace within WalMart. SMWC says:
A study in California showed that one 200-employee Walmart store costs taxpayers $840,000 in subsidies including: food stamps, the Earned Income Tax Credit, subsidized school lunches and subsidized housing.
In addition WalMart has been consistently cited for low wages, lack of benefits including paid sick time and health insurance, forcing workers to under-report hours, and more.
Maine Greens were proud to participate not only in organizing and leading the Flash Mob, but also in informational leafletting and holding signs of protest on Black Friday yesterday.
California Green Cres Vellucci opts to stay in his car rather than stop and breathe the air in the central valley. Even so, he did stop recently to participate in a protest against plans to build a 1.2 million square foot Wal Mart distribution center that would bring more than a thousand diesel trucks to the area, already burdened with serious air pollution problems.
This is the beginning to the article by Sena Christian, and she goes on from there to ask, where are all the Green jobs?
Our own Wes Rolley is quoted, saying
“As it stands, it will achieve something, but not enough,” said Wes Rolley, a Green member who blogs about ecological issues. He pointed out that during the New Deal, the Works Progress Administration created more jobs in a four-month period than President Obama has promised to create or save by 2011.