We must stop Wal-Mart’s outrageous behavior now.
As you may remember, late last year Wal-Mart formed its own right-wing front group to try and defend the company. Wal-Mart called the group, Working Families for Wal-Mart, even though it had no working families, was funded directly by Wal-Mart, and is being run out of the same office as their public relations war room.
Since then, this group has recruited a cadre of some of the dirtiest and most extreme right-wing operatives with ties to Karl Rove, the New Hampshire phone jamming scandal and the Swift Boat Veterans. And, following Karl Rove’s playbook, Wal-Mart’s operatives immediately launched attacks against leading Democrats and even launched a website personally attacking WakeUpWalMart.com staff.
But, yesterday, Herman Cain, one of the steering committee members of Wal-Mart’s front group and a well-known right-wing commentator, completely crossed the line in a column he wrote by describing Democrats who are standing up, on behalf of working families, and asking Wal-Mart to be a responsible corporation as “Hezbocrats.”
Mr. Cain’s attempts to associate great leaders like Senator John Edwards, Senator John Kerry, Senator Joe Biden, and others with Hezbollah is inflammatory, ridiculous and an insult to every American leader who has stood up and said America’s largest employer, Wal-Mart, should be responsible and pay a living wage and provide affordable health care to its employees.
Please join us in calling on Wal-Mart to immediately apologize to the American people, denounce Mr. Cain’s remarks as outrageous, and ask Mr. Cain to resign from Wal-Mart’s front group. Sign the petition on this page.
Unfortunately, Mr. Cain’s remarks come right on the heels of another embarrassing incident for Wal-Mart’s front group when Ambassador Andy Young, the former chairman of Working Families for Wal-Mart, was forced to resign for using derogatory statements to defend Wal-Mart’s business practices.
As some of you may recall, Ambassador Young insulted Asian-Americans, Jewish-Americans and Arab-Americans in trying to defend Wal-Mart’s business practice of putting small businesses out of business.
Both Andy Young’s remark and Herman Cain’s column are a disgusting display of how the politics of personal destruction now runs rampant through Wal-Mart's right wing war room. The tactics of Wal-Mart’s steering committee members are unbecoming of the corporation, leading Wal-Mart down a very dangerous path, and insulting to every American who believes in affordable health care for all, corporate responsibility and living wages.
Please join us in immediately calling on Wal-Mart to apologize to the American people by signing the petition on this page.
The good news is, while Wal-Mart suffers from these embarrassing incidents and their first profit decline in more than a decade, our campaign to change Wal-Mart is gaining tremendous momentum as we travel around the country on our 2006 Change Wal-Mart, Change America national bus tour. In just the last few weeks, the tour has been featured on the front page of the New York Times, ABC World News, the Washington Post and countless other media outlets.
With over 256,000 supporters all across America, we hope Wal-Mart will use these two incidents as an opportunity to shut down its pointless attack group, end its association with these right-wing operatives, stop its misguided attacks against so many Democratic leaders, and realize that only through real positive change will Wal-Mart become a better company.