The following post from Making Change at Walmart describes a new website they have created that depicts what life is like for the associates who make America’s largest retailer the success it is, as they gear up for Walmart’s Annual Shareholder’s Meeting.
Walmart made $16 billion in profit last year. The Walton family, who owns and controls Walmart, holds $144 billion in wealth – as much as 42% of Americans combined. Yet hundreds of thousands of Walmart workers are struggling to get by on less than $25,000 a year. Many are forced to turn to government assistance programs just to get by. And Walmart workers aren’t the only ones who are hurt by the Walmart economy, where the low-road, profit-at-any-cost business model rules.
Today marks the launch of a new site that aggregates the real life stories of trying to get by in the Walmart economy. The site provides a space where all people can share their examples of how the Walmart economy is impacting them.
WHAT IS IT?
As Walmart workers gear up for Walmart’s annual shareholders’ meeting, they will be holding actions all across the country. At these events, Walmart workers and their allies will build a wall that represents the true face of the unfair divide growing in this country. On it, we will place photos, images and objects that represent the struggle to get by in the Walmart economy. This could include anything from pictures of broken down cars people can’t afford to fix and student loan bills to photos of empty lots where business been driven out and pay stubs.
WHY ARE WE BUILDING IT?
It’s time we speak out against the Walmart economy that is hurting our nation. We can’t let the 1% of this country hide in their gated communities without having to see the reality the rest of us face every day. We want to pull back the veil of shame that surrounds economic struggles in our country and show that inequality–driven by families like the Waltons–is something all of us are facing, whether that means struggling to pay bills, drowning in debt or being unable to retire.
HOW CAN I CONTRIBUTE?
You can help Walmart workers show the Waltons and families like them how the Walmart economy impacts us all. Visit www.WalmartEconomy. com and post your story or symbol of the economic struggles we all face in our day-to-day lives. This is our chance to tell the true story of trying to get by in America.
You can submit images, videos and stories to the website www.WalmartEconomy.com/submit or on Instagram and Twitter using #WalmartEconomy. The stories and images will then be displayed on WalmartEconomy.com for all to see.
Sample Tweet: The #WalmartEconomy means (fill in the blank with your story).
1. Go to walmarteconomy.com/submit
2. Select in the left corner if it will be text, photo or video
3. Enter your name and email in the right corner
4. Write your text and/or upload your photo/video
5. Check the boxes on the bottom “I accept the Terms of Submission”
6. Click submit in the bottom right