Respect DC Town Hall

Respect DC Town Hall, June 29th 11:30am-1:30pm Teamsters Labor History Research Center at George Washington University’s Gelman Library, 2130 H St NW, 7th floor (near the Foggy Bottom Metro). First, thank you all for your hard work as we have brought the fight to Walmart this spring. Our visits to Walmart stores in May as part of the Walmart at 50 tour had a huge impact, along with our massive parade and rally, as Walmart went into their shareholders meeting with their backs against the wall. And we aren’t stopping! Our next big event will be next Friday, June 29th, from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Teamsters Labor History Research Center at George Washington University’s Gelman Library, 2130 H St NW, 7th floor (near the Foggy Bottom Metro). To sign up contact organizer@respectdc.org! Walmart has already started running ads and talking about their 50th anniversary this year, and will be kicking their PR machine into high gear starting the week of July 4th about how great Walmart has been for America. We know this isn’t true, we know what Walmart’s track record really is, and we need to keep up the pressure on them to...

Respect DC Parade!

Join the parade and festival to tell Walmart to Respect DC! Thursday, May 31, 11am-2pm, Meet at 801 New Jersey Ave NW, or get on the bus from the Gallery Place Metro (7th and H NW). rnrnJust last month Walmart announced they are delaying store openings in DC by a year, with their annual share holder meeting coming up June 1st and 2nd, now is the time to act! We need you out in numbers in the streets demonstrating your support! Walmart needs to know they must RESPECT DC or STAY OUT!rnrnWe will be holding a huge, festive, parade through DC to showcase the changes Walmart needs to make if they want to come into our city. We will have convertibles, floats, stilt walkers, face painters, clowns, motorcycles, bikes and more. We will be marching from the proposed Walmart at 801 New Jersey Ave., NW to their DC offices at 8th and G Street, NW, where we will have street party.rnrnTo RSVP for yourself or your organization (and to register your parade float or other vehicle), contact Mike at organizer@respectdc.org / mike@dcjwj.org or 202-255-7974 or Dyana at dyana@dcjwj.org or...

DC Jobs with Justice and Respect DC’s Spring of 99% Training “energized” attendees

The Spring of 99% nonviolent direct action trainings happened all over our country last week. The goal was to train 100,00 people across the United States on nonviolent direct action. Locally in DC,on Sunday, April 15th, people gathered at the AFL-CIO for the DC Jobs with Justice and Respect DC Spring of 99% training. Some of the training attendees hailed from organizations like the Democratic Socialist of America (DSA), the New Organizing Institute and Pride at work. Participants discussed their personal stories of how they are the 99%. They also saw a short film on the economy, and learned how to do hassle lines for nonviolent direct action. Attendees felt energized and wanted to learn more about getting involved with DC Jobs with Justice and the Respect DC campaign. If you would like to learn more about the Spring of 99% and how to be involved with DC Jobs with Justice contact Lillian@dcjwj.org. If you would like to learn more about the Respect DC campaign please contact Mike at Mike@dcjwj.org or Dyana at...

Respect DC Demands Councilmembers Disclose Ties to Walmart and Developers

rnrnDespite the cold and the last minute cancellation of the public hearing on a ballot initiative to ban direct corporate contributions to DC candidates, dozens of people showed up this morning at One Judiciary Square to demand accountability from their elected officials. “We are sick and tired of having elected officials who are bought and paid for,” said Courtney Stewart, Chairman of the Reentry Network for Returning Citizens. “We need real ethics reform that will help ensure we have a City Council that works for the citizens of DC, not big corporations like Walmart.” rnrnRespect DC, a coalition that includes DC Jobs with Justice, is calling on all current City Council members with a Walmart planned for their ward to disclose their financial ties to both Walmart and the developers who plan to build the stores. “Unfortunately, because of ‘bundling’, where developers and others create shell companies for the sole purpose of getting around contribution limits, we don’t know how much money current Council members have received from JBG, Foulger-Pratt, A&R, or Walmart,” said Dyana Forester, with DC Jobs with Justice. “We need to know if our officials are in the pocket of Walmart and big developers.”rn rnThe Washington Times reported on March 3, 2011 that Derek Ford, campaign treasurer for Ward 7 Councilwoman Yvette Alexander, was hired last year by a public relations firm working to lay the groundwork for Walmart to open stores in DC. In addition, Alexander was recently represented before the BOEE by David Wilmot, a Walmart lobbyist. The Times has also reported that Wilmot has been raising money for Ward 4 Councilwoman Muriel Bowser.rn...

Walmart: Respect DC

rnrnWal-Mart:Respect DC rnDC Jobs with Justice is helping to lead the Living Wages, Healthy Communities campaign to force Wal-Mart to respect DC workers and communities. The campaign is working to educate the community about Wal-Mart’s record of worker exploitation and negative impact on communities and to demand that no Wal-Mart store open in DC without an enforceable Community Benefits Agreement that ensures workers and communities benefit.rnMore info at...

Respect DC flash mob hits Laurel, MD Walmart

rnrnOn Saturday afternoon, shopper at the Laurel, MD Walmart were treated to a surprise rendition of Aretha’s Franklin’s “Respect,” courtesy of Respect DC. More than 70 activist participated in the flash mob, urging Walmart to respect its workers and DC communities. The flash mob was led by members of the District Circus Marching Band, featuring Kristen Arant on drums and vocals. DC JwJ Student Action Project coordinator Isaiah Toney accompanied on sax and SongRise’s Vera Leone provided back-up vocals. rnrnMany associates at the Laurel store are members of the new associate-led Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR WALMART). Last month nearly 100 associates from across the country traveled to Bentonville, Arkansas to speak directly to company executives to ask for respect and dignity at jobs that pay fairly and guarantee workers a voice. They were able to speak with Senior Vice President, Global Labor Relations Karen Casey about their issues and concerns in the workplace while Casey made promises of no retaliation against those associates who were present.rnrnTo sign the petition to support Walmart Associates and their organizing campaign go to http://tinyurl.com/3fb7fsarnrnFor more information about the Respect DC campaign, visit www.respectdc.org.rnrnDon’t forget to “like” Respect DC on facebook:rnhttp://www.facebook.com/#!/RespectDCrnrnAnd “follow” us on twitter:...