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Monday, September 04, 2006

Live From Town Hall: Event kicks off

The Seattle Labor Chorus just kicked off the Town Hall meeting for WakeUp WalMart and we just heard from Teamster leader John Williams, who was our first speaker. Steve Williamson of UFCW is currently introducing local elected officials. A large number of state senators and state representativeshappen to be in attendance, as well as Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark.

UPDATE: The treasurer of UFCW has just introduced Ron Sims, who is one of Washington State's best, most fiery speakers. Sims said, in part:
"Nobody should ever have to work and not have health care...nobody should have to see their pension go one should ever have to work for anything less than a living wage."
Sims brought the crowd to their feet with his loud declaration proclaiming that Democrats will retake Congress in 2006 and retake the White House in 2008.

UPDATE II: We're now watching a short video clip produced by WakeUp WalMart introducing the organizers and highlighting the reasons for the "Change Wal-Mart, Change America" tour. It includes footage from news networks, Robert Greenwald's documentary film, and WakeUp WalMart's own team.

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