Making Change at Walmart kicked off the “Trump’s Values Are Walmart’s Values” National Week of Action on Saturday, Oct. 22, with a rally in Cincinnati, OH.
Events in Washington, DC; Anaheim, CA; St. Paul, MN; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Phoenix, AZ; and New York, NY, followed, and also demonstrated how America’s largest employer, Walmart, shares many of the same values as Donald Trump.
Issues that the events highlighted include:
- How Donald Trump promises to “make America great again,” but sells ties and other goods that are manufactured abroad. Similarly, Walmart promises to invest in buying products made in America, but still is the number one importer in the country.
- Trump’s leaked tax documents show that he may have paid no federal income taxes for decades. Walmart uses tax havens to avoid paying additional American taxes.
- Trump has been accused of sexually harassing and mistreating women. Walmart was accused of sex discrimination in one of the largest class action lawsuits ever.
The rallies also asked Walmart to stop selling materials on Walmart.com that promote or financially benefit Donald Trump. Companies such as Macy’s, NBC Universal, NASCAR, Serta and others have already distanced themselves from Trump’s misogynistic, racist and offensive rhetoric. Walmart has not.
Local government officials who spoke in support of the action included Ohio State Senator Cecil Thomas, Alderman Ameya Pawar of Chicago’s 47th ward, Cook County (IL) Clerk David Orr, DC’s U.S. (Shadow) Representative Franklin Garcia and California Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (65th district).
View photos from each rally here.