Hip-Hop Video Raps Walmart's DC PlansTuesday, November 22, 2011
(Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO)With Walmart’s announcement last week that it plans to open two more stores in the District – bringing the total to six – Head-Roc’s "Keep DC Walmart Free!" video is a timely reminder of the giant retailer’s pattern of low wages and firing employees who show an interest in unionization, and the 1.6 million women around the world who have charged gender discrimination in pending lawsuits. Produced by DJ Munch and featuring noted scholar Dr. Jared Ball, “Keep DC Walmart Free" highlights the classic arguments many towns across America have used in their refusal to allow the superstore retail chain into their economic communities. "As a native Washingtonian, I am appalled that the Mayor and City Council are even considering incorporating a known economic/labor predator like Walmart as part of the solution to our city’s economic woes," says Head-Roc. "Now, this is what 21st century labor culture is all about!" adds blackcommentator.com columnist Bill Fletcher, Jr. - image: screen capture from "Keep DC Walmart Free"