dnabsuH enizagaM

"If you aren't certain about things, if your mind is still open enough to question what you are seeing, you tend to look at the world with great care, and out of that watchfulness comes the possibility of seeing something that no one else has seen before. You have to be willing to admit that you don't have all the answers. If you think you do, you will never have anything important to say." - Paul Auster

Tuesday, September 13


Tomorrow, the Benton County Daily Record was supposed to print an open letter to Lee Scott, Wal-Mart's CEO, from WakeUpWalMart.com. The letter asks Wal-Mart to work with our campaign to help address the economic and health care crisis facing its 1.3 million workers, all working families, our communities, and our country by agreeing to "six demands for change."

Today, the Benton County Daily Record, in a stunning move, refused to print our letter, really YOUR letter, declaring it "defamatory."

Last week, Lee Scott said, "When you do the right thing, good things accrue to you." We agree. Our letter, which was written in the spirit of the Hurricane Katrina aftermath, states, "Just imagine the good Wal-Mart can do if it works with us to become a better company by doing the right thing - everyday. We hope you will view our 'six demands for change' as a sincere effort to form a new partnership for change."

Please help us change Wal-Mart today by signing our "six demands for change." Your free speech still matters despite the Benton County Daily Records' refusal to print our ad.


Our genuine hope with this open letter was to offer Lee Scott an olive branch, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, to build a new working relationship to improve the lives of millions of Americans everyday. Evidently, the Benton County Daily Record believes asking Wal-Mart to do the right thing every day is 'defamatory.'

Please forward this link on to your friends and family, and ask them to add their name to our letter, asking Wal-Mart to agree to "six demands for change:"


Together we are going to change Wal-Mart and build a better America. Thank you.

Paul Blank


Mr. Lee Scott, CEO
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Bentonville, Arkansas 72716-8611

Dear Mr. Scott,

In the wake of the terrible tragedies caused by Hurricane Katrina, Wal-Mart helped ease the suffering of many Americans. This crisis brought out the best in Wal-Mart and we applaud your hurricane relief efforts. We hope Wal-Mart's response to Hurricane Katrina represents a turning point.

Wal-Mart has a great opportunity to work with us to help improve the lives of so many Americans who face an economic and health care crisis everyday, everywhere in America. The American people want to know, will Wal-Mart do what is right for America or will Wal-Mart lead a race to the bottom.

We believe now is the time for Wal-Mart to address the serious issues facing its 1.3 million workers, their families, our communities and our country by agreeing to the following "six demands for change."

  • Living Wage. Pay all Wal-Mart workers a fair living wage so they can support their families.
  • Affordable Health Care. Provide all workers comprehensive, affordable health insurance coverage so they can care for their families and no longer be forced to rely on taxpayer-funded public health care.
  • End Discrimination. Ensure equal opportunity and equal pay for women and people of color in your workforce at all levels through a stringent and independent monitoring process.
  • Zero Tolerance on Child Labor. Adopt a zero tolerance policy and institute an independent monitoring program to stop the exploitation of child labor in the United States and abroad.
  • Buy American. Establish a "Buy America" program that annually increases the percentage of "Made in America" goods purchased by Wal-Mart so as to help protect American jobs.
  • Respect Communities. Work with local communities to effectively address Wal-Mart's negative impact on issues like traffic, sprawl, the environment, and local businesses.
As you stated recently, "When you do the right thing, good things accrue to you." We agree. Just imagine the good Wal-Mart can do if it works with us to become a better company by doing the right thing - everyday. We hope you will view our "six demands for change" as a sincere effort to form a new partnership for change.

In the end, we are not your enemy. Our goal is to be your partner in making Wal-Mart a better business. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you and discuss how we can help Wal-Mart grow and prosper in new ways. But, make no mistake about it, if Wal-Mart refuses to change for the better, we will continue to build this broad-based social movement into one of the most powerful forces for change the nation has ever seen.

Wal-Mart has an incredible opportunity - right now - to work with us to better the lives of all your workers, to set a new standard for corporate America, to be a better business, and to build a better nation. We hope you will and look forward to your response.

WakeUpWalMart.com - America's Campaign to Change Wal-Mart.

P.S. This November we, along with a broad coalition of community organizations, will be launching Wal-Mart Week, November 13th - 19th, to highlight Wal-Mart's negative impact on America. You can go to www.walmartweek.com and learn more about the actions we will be taking and the movie being released. Our hope is that by then, instead of highlighting Wal-Mart's failures, we can stand together and celebrate a new day at Wal-Mart - a day when real change improved the lives of millions of Americans.


At 11:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

change one word - "demand"

you don't get anywhere with a large multinational by demanding anything. They immediately have to reject your concerns. Make them look like the good guy by accepting your suggestions / call to action.

-P (your favorite corporate hack)


Post a Comment

<< Home