Protesters Speak Out Against Walmart | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Protesters Speak Out Against Walmart

Play associated audio
Geoff Millard and Tricia Kinch say they don't want to see Walmart come to the District. The company has announced its intention to build four stores in the city.
Jessica Gould
Geoff Millard and Tricia Kinch say they don't want to see Walmart come to the District. The company has announced its intention to build four stores in the city.

By Jessica Gould

As developers discuss plans for Walmart's first D.C. stores, some residents are making their opposition known.

A band of singers trudged their way through the snow-covered streets of Northwest D.C., but these carolers weren't interested in spreading holiday cheer.

"It's our city and we'll fight if we have to," they sang.

In November, Walmart announced its plans to open four stores in the District. Labor unions and some neighbors are opposing the move. Ward 4 resident Geoff Millard is one of them.

"We don't need a company that comes in and lowers wages and actually takes away jobs," he says.

That's why, Millard says, he joined a dozen other protesters to picket outside the home of Dick Knapp, whose company, Foulger-Pratt, is planning to lease its Ward 4 space to Walmart.

"Walmart, stay out of our town," they chanted.

Knapp however, says the new Walmart will be good for the community and good for the District.

"The moderate income residents on Georgia Avenue are often in need of competitively priced goods," he says.

Walmart representatives say the four new stores will bring a total of 1,200 new jobs to the city, and will provide fresh groceries to under-served areas.

NPR

Not My Job: 'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner Gets Quizzed On Glad Men

The final season of Mad Men is about to begin, so we've decided to ask the show's creator about men who are glad rather than mad — success coaches, motivational speakers and happiness gurus.
NPR

Making Cheese In The Land Of The Bible: Add Myrrh And A Leap Of Faith

Spring in the West Bank means Bedouin herders' ewes and nanny goats are full of milk — and cheese making abounds. The traditional method relies on a few simple ingredients and a long cultural memory.
NPR

Nigerian President Faces Tough Reelection Campaign

Nigerians head to the polls Saturday to vote for their new president. The incumbent Goodluck Jonathan faces former military leader, Muhammadu Buhari, who says he's tough on security and corruption.
NPR

App That Aims To Make Books 'Squeaky Clean' Draws Ire From Edited Writers

Clean Reader — an app designed to find, block and replace profanity in books — has drawn considerable criticism from authors. This week, makers of the app announced they would no longer sell e-books.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.