Saturday, June 30, 2012

Chinatown Anti-Walmart Protest

Thousands of Angelenos protest against the new Walmart which is under construction in LA's Chinatown. Union members, activist, and residents of Chinatown don't want the new Walmart to be completed. Walmart has faced criticism for underpaying their workers, forcing many of them to file for food stamp assistance.
Local residents also fear Walmart may force small unique business owners to fold due to cut throat competition practices, resulting in a loss of cultural identity of LA's Chinatown.
Today marked the largest protest against any Walmart to date and was lead by Walmart employees.

Marching up Broadway.

Tom Morello sings at the rally.

Maria Elena Durazo, Executive Sec. of LA Co. Federation of Labor AFL-CIO.

Grammy Award winning performer, Ben Harper, singing his anti-Walmart song.

Teamsters showed up in style flying the colors.
Photos by Ted Soqui © 2012