Posts Tagged ‘WalMart boycott’

WalMart thinks we “like” them

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Just received this e-mail:WalMartFrown

Hi – I’m Kate with – (the web’s largest coupon database) and noticed you mention ‘Walmart’ on your page:

If possible, could you please add a link to our Walmart coupon page?

I believe it would be a terrific resource for visitors after reading about Walmart on your site.

We’d really appreciate it! đŸ˜‰ Thanks!

– Kate


Me to Kate:

Dear Kate

Really? };+


Me to you all:

I know some of you will look at the coupon site even though you know that no one who supports public schools should ever shop at WalMart.

Love you anyway ;-}


PSAT for 7-30-13: Tell the big box stores what our children and our schools really need!

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

psat_logoNot sure why WalMart and Costco need to get involved in our children’s education, but at least Costco is asking what we think about testing instead of just spending billions to force public education into a disastrous direction, as the Walton family has done.

Vote here in the Costco poll: “Are standardized tests a fair measure of student achievement?”

I posted this comment on the Walton Family Foundation – Education Reform Facebook page.: “Why would anyone who cares about public education shop at WalMart?”

Wonder how long it will stay there? Why don’t you try?





PSAT for 4-30-13, Part 1: Stop shopping at Walmart!!!

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Why would anyone who cares about public schools shop at Walmart?

Really, folks. It’s your money. And when you shop at WalMart, your money goes to support:

  • more charter schools: $3.8 million in Chicago alone  including $230,000 for UNO charter schools.
  • more school closings: $500,000 to pay for Chicago’s sham “public engagement” school closing hearings.WalMartFrown
  • more astroturf “parent” groups like Stand for Children (millions) and Parent Revolution ($6.3 million) to push the parent trigger and other corporate reforms.
  • more high-stakes standardized testing: Walton supports teacher bonuses linked to raising test scores.
  • more vouchers for private and religious schools.
  • more Michelle Rhee: despite the recent scandals involving Rhee, WalMart just upped their giving to $8 million.

According to Diane Ravitch, “they commit about $160 million each year for charters, vouchers, Teach for America, think tanks, and media. Everything they do has the singular goal of dismantling public education and opening the schools to untrained, uncertified teachers.”

Maybe if every parent, every teacher, and every student in Chicago stopped shopping at WalMart, we wouldn’t all have to be out in the streets time and time again, like the three-day demonstration planned for May 18-19-20. 

Why boycott?

I had a plan to raise a boycott issue once a month, taking a cue from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s strategy – “our agenda calls for withdrawing economic support from (businesses).”

I’ve also pointed out that, even without an admittedly unlikely crippling nationwide boycott of WalMart, Microsoft, Hyatt Hotels, etc., we can effectively put pressure where it really hurts: that is, in the corporate image of these companies.

I haven’t stuck with that plan, with so many other actions to take over the past months, but I remain convinced that we have the power to stop these corporate school raiders. WE JUST HAVE TO USE IT.

So. I guess I’m going to be harping on boycotts and attacking the corporate image of these corporate reformers once a month again for a while. I hope you’ll help spread the word.

PSAT for 9-25-12: Protest Walmart!

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

I already forgot my new strategy to call for some boycott or action against a corporate reformer on the first Tuesday of every month, but it’s my blog and I figure I can go after WalMart any time I want.

I have close relatives who work at WalMart and they have been able to build a pretty nice life. I have even been known to go to WalMart once in a blue moon and (also rarely) to order from Walmert online because they usually have the cheapest item of a set of choices. But I’m going to stop doing that for good.

After seeing the “Teachers Rock” infomercial for Teach for America and the “Won’t Back Down” movie, heavily promoted by WalMart, I really have had it with them.

You don’t have to go that far if you don’t want to. Here’s something real and simple that you can do to tell WalMart that we don’t accept their vision for our country, our schools, or our children and families.

I received this message from Paco Fabian of Warehouse Workers for Justice:

This past week, Walmart warehouse workers went on strike in Elwood, IL, to protest wage theft, discrimination, and retaliation against those that spoke out demanding more respect.

Walmart warehouse workers endure extreme temperatures, inhale dust and chemical residue, and lift thousands of boxes weighing up to 250 lbs. with no support. They never know how long the work day will be—sometimes two hours, sometimes 16 hours. Injuries are common, as is discrimination against women, and illegal retaliation against workers who speak up for better treatment.

That’s why I started a petition to Walmart, demanding changes in their warehouses.

Click here to sign the petition supporting Walmart’s Illinois warehouse workers.


–Paco Fabian

This petition is looking for 10,000 signers and already has over 8,000. For Public Schools Action Tuesday, let’s help them out in honor of our public schools!

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Julie Woestehoff is PURE's executive director. Julie's work has earned her a Ford Foundation award and recognition as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Chicago.