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  • WalMart’s legislative affairs team is just above Proof on 8th, where it dead ends into the American Art Museum. Seems like a better place for a protest against the company.

    • Seriously, shouldn’t a Walmart protest be somewhere near a Walmart or the Walmart offices? And they’re sitting down in the middle of K and 18th?

  • These clowns are creating an unbelievable traffic nightmare. Their right to expression and speech ends when it causes hardship on others. Remove them and either put them on the sidewalk or in jail. Also, I dont even understand the location. What about one of the new, much hated, walmarts??

    • I do not think that is the test for free speech, but okay. I’m not arguing they aren’t outside the bounds of constitutional free speech here, but causing traffic is not the test.

      These protests would have been nice back when the city was considering the living wage bill that would have prevented Wal-Mart from continuing to pay its employees less than enough to live on and effectively closing down competition in any given geographic area where they operate. Now they just seem pointless really.

    • so I’m guessing you were not a fan of the civil rights movement….?

      • Oh boy. Couldn’t you have squeezed a comparison to hitler in there too? come on.

        Obviously their grievances against walmart apply to walmart, whereas the civil rights grievances were against a system that everyone was a part of. If the civil rights movement had the sole purpose of protesting Sears Roebuck HR policies, I dont think it would have had much legitimacy either.

        • Yep, as I suspected, you don’t get it. Sorry for your inconvenience.

          • You’re right. I don’t get it. I find the comparison between the history of barbarism and human rights abuses that were being fought in the civil rights era to shitty pay and benefits to be pretty strained, manufactured, and actually pretty offensive.

            But yeah, I dont get it.

          • What is there to get, beyond how incredibly thick you are anon. I would love to hear one time that a protest such as this “LOOK AT ME” type guerrilla protest has ever caused people to pick up pitchforks to join the rally. The answer is never. You know.. because occupy worked out so well when it became a bum filled rats nest and all.

            There needs to be laws against this type of shit that will allow for cops to come through and fine these people and impound their props when people illegally gather in obstructive ways like this. Protest in the park not in the intersection.

        • You do know that when Martin Luther King was murdered he was in Memphis supporting a janitor’s strike, right? He believed that action for economic justice for poor people was part of the civil movement.

          True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth.
          — The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

          • Sorry, should have been clearer that this was the full quote:

            “True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth.”
            – The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

          • Thank you. Many people forget this side of Martin Luther King’s work.

    • You must be new here.

    • they are not creating a traffic nightmare; the cars are. people who drive cars should be removed and put in jail

  • Seems like a productive use of their time.

  • Visible from my office. Without knowing it was Walmart I thought it was an upside-down green Redskins logo. I’m totally lost why they’re not on 8th.

  • Apparently the Walton Family Foundation is in a building on 18th street. So that’s why they selected the location. I would agree that the lobby shop is a MUCH better choice… seems like the foundation is a positive part of Walmart and not really worth protesting.

    • Well, it’s likely their intent to make the Wal-Fam Foundation so positive that it balances out the actions of the more naughty parts of the Wal-Mart deathglomerate.

    • Um, how much do you know about the WFF?

  • Shouldn’t they be protesting consumers who value low prices?

  • I am scheduled to have some very expensive boots delivered to the FedEx on the 1800 block of K Street. These low-wagers better not hold things up!

  • Do Walmart protesters actually think the folks employed at the shady mom and pop stores around the City are somehow better? I love my corner store in Pewroth, don’t get me wrong. But I seriously doubt they are paying 15/hour or offering health insurance. Hell I think half the employees are underage family members. And they all live in MD by the way. Does Walmart suck in a lot of ways. Sure. But lets not romanticize the alternatives either in this City or any other.

    • Walmart completely hides the social relationships involved in the production of commodities. Workers of the World unite!

    • Some local businesses may not treat their workers much better, but they are better to have for our local economy. Walmart has a business strategy of leveraging their huge pockets to undercut small businesses and drive them out of business. Once they are getting the majority of the business in the area, all of our money starts funneling to the Walton family trust, and not circulating around our area.

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