Wal-Mart's environmental award...

Our (ahem, my) recent story on the liberal lovefest in Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott's honor scheduled for tonight in NYC, outlined the problem with lavishing praise on the chairman of a corporation whose practices are still riddled with devastating problems.

Carrots and sticks, sure, but these folks are just about to hand him the whole crop of carrots for Wal-Mart's very real (and simultaneously self-serving) improvements in environmental practices. All this, while workers continue to get the shaft.

Change to Win's Greg Tarpinian is organizing a protest this evening at Rockefeller Center (map HERE).

Tarpinian's letter notes that:

Even the filmmaker Ron Galloway, who made a movie about his love for Wal-Mart, quit the company's 'Working Families' front group last week because of the way it treats its workers: "I understand Wal-Mart has to find a way to grow earnings and increase shareholder value," said Galloway, "but I don't believe they should do it on the backs of their long-term employees." (Los Angeles Times, Oct. 11, 2006)
In NY? Go. (Changetowin)

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card


Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.