“Are Walmart’s values the same as Trump’s values?” asks the campaign, with rallies planned across the country
Washington, DC — As part of the effort to pressure Walmart to denounce Donald Trump’s racist, xenophobic and misogynistic statements, Making Change at Walmart (MCAW) announced a national day of action, with rallies taking place at Trump properties across the country. The rallies, which will take place in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, DC, will call on Walmart to join the other major companies who have withdrawn their support of the 2016 Republican National Convention due to Trump’s history of bigotry and offensive statement against countless groups, including Hispanic Americans, Muslim-Americans and women.
“How long will it take for Walmart to denounce hate? After 42 days of Walmart staying silent on whether it will support Donald Trump and the Republican National Convention, a day of action is needed,” said Jess Levin, communications director at MCAW.
“Walmart, as the nation’s largest retailer, has a responsibility to distance itself from Trump’s long history of racist, misogynistic, anti-veteran, and Islamophobic statements. And until it does the right thing, our campaign will make sure people are asking if Walmart’s values are the same as Donald Trump’s values.”
The campaign also includes a new online video called “Do the Right Thing” that makes clear the shocking level of Trump’s offensive remarks, and shows how major companies like Apple, Walgreens, and Wells Fargo have all denounced Trump by removing their support for the 2016 Republican Convention.
The “Do the Right Thing” online video also asks the American people to sign a letter addressed to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon that asks him to stop supporting or donating to the RNC convention due to Donald Trump’s offensive statements and actions.
Details for NYC, Chicago, Washington, DC, and San Francisco events, all on Thursday, July 7, at 12 noon local time:
- Trump Tower, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, 10022
- Trump International Hotel and Tower, 401 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611
- Trump International Hotel site (former Old Post Office Pavilion), 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20004
- Bank of America building, 555 California Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104
The following articles provide background on this initiative:
- “Wal-Mart Labor Group Asks Retailer to Sit Out of GOP Convention,” Bloomberg News, 6/23/16
- “Making Change At Walmart Demands Walmart Withdraw Support of The 2016 Republican National Convention,” MakingChangeatWalmart.org, 6/23/16 (includes full text of letter to Doug McMillon)
- “Tell Walmart to Denounce Mr. Trump” petition with over 14,000 signatures