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No rest for Wal-Mart

November 21, 2005 - Last week was a national week of action targeting Wal-Mart, led by the 400-member coalition Wal-Mart Watch. Thousands of events probing the worker, human rights, environmental and other problems of the Arkansas retail giant were held across the week, including screenings of Robert Greenwald's new documentary, "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price."

Wal-Mart movie hits the N.C. Triangle

November 12, 2005 - In coordination with "Higher Expectations Week" -- a national campaign aimed at Wal-Mart's corporate practices -- the Institute for Southern Studies, along with the NC Justice Center and Independent Weekly, is hosting theater

"Bank of Wal-Mart" facing stiff opposition

November 10, 2005 - As we edge closer to "Higher Expectations Week" -- Wal-Mart Watch's national campaign to hold the retail giant company accountable -- comes this report from Roby Block of Talk Business about Wal-Mart's attempts to expand into the banking sector:

Wal-Mart PR battle reaches boiling point

November 2, 2005 - The public relations battle over Wal-Mart is definitely heating up. Years of criticism of the company's business practices are now reaching the boiling point, and in return, the company is launching one of the most aggressive counter-offensives in corporate PR history.

Time to rein in Big Oil

October 28, 2005 - The NY Times has a story today headlined "Big Rise in Profit Puts Oil Giants on Defensive," which shows how hard times at the gas pump for ordinary folks means good times for oil execs:

Wal-Mart PR offensive takes a hit

October 26, 2005 - No sooner did I hit "publish" on the previous post about Wal-Mart's highly-publicized list of proposed good deeds -- a new low-cost health plan, a zero-waste environmental policy, supporting a minimum-wage hike -- than I find this story, due to appear in Wednesday's

Wal-Mart steps up PR offensive, supports minimum wage hike

October 26, 2005 - Just a day after unveiling a new "low cost" health insurance plan for its employees (which includes, critics note, a $1,000 deductible), Arkansas-based Wal-Mart came out with another startling revelation, noted in today's Wall Street Journal news roundup via Arkansas Daily Blog: Taking on critics of its treatment of employees while acknowledging the needs of working-class customers, Wal-Mart Stores Chief Executive Lee Scott, called on Congress to consider raising the minimum wage.