Every day, another community has to fight off mega-corporation Wal-Mart. Now the retailer has set its sights on Boston, where I live. For years, I’ve added my voice to the protests of Wal-Mart and other similar big-box retailers. Here’s why:
- They kill small, independent businesses and change the character of the areas they enter
- They make a profit at the expense of their employees’ health and ability to earn a decent wage
- They use sweatshop labor overseas
- If Wal-Mart locations do not work out, they leave behind a big box, a parking lot, unemployed people, and ghost towns where all the competing stores closed down long ago
Here are some places to look for information on fighting Wal-Mart:
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance is a group fighting big-box stories, and promoting “buying local.”
Here’s a tool kit for fighting Big Box sprawl.
Check out Sprawl Busters.