Archive for September, 2005


Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

My friend Jill Miller Zimon alerted me to this story in the 3 October issue of Fortune. If one entity could be said to have come out of the disaster that is Hurricane Katrina smelling like a rose, it is Wal Mart. I’ll wager that this will become a major business case in every business […]

Free speech on the Towpath Trail?

Sunday, September 25th, 2005

(Cross-posted from Cleveland Diary) The Brooklyn Sun Journal reported Thursday that “Tax Increment Financing” legislation, which steers Steelyard Commons property tax revenue to help pay for extension of the Towpath Trail from Harvard Avenue to Settlers Landing, is about to be passed by Cleveland City Council. Ward 13 Councilman Joe Cimperman, who took most of […]


Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

Taking a cue from MoveOn, Wal Mart No Way has produced 30- and 60-commercials spotlighting the negatives of the Bentonville Behemoth. The commercials — written and directed by Daniel Stolzman — are running on New York’s NY1 cable channel. The Bank Of Ameri Err… Wal Mart… There are a lot of ways this could go […]

Wal-Mart corporate is revving up the spin machine

Sunday, September 18th, 2005

From Jim Gilliam via the WalmartMovie Blog. You’d think their hotshot blogging consultant would clue them into the fact that stealth campaigns don’t happen in the blogsphere. Maybe someone from Cleveland’s failed school levy should have a chat with Lee Scott? They must be flushed with the sucess of their clandestine Steelyard Commons maneuvering.

Cleanup in aisle 7!

Sunday, September 18th, 2005

P1090367 Originally uploaded by the_schneller2000.

Blogging for Walmart

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Mike Krempasky goes to work for Walmart, “helping companies appropriately shift conversations online, to not only build a better image – but to actually be better online citizens.” Welcome to the conversation, Mikey. Sorry we got started without you…

A NCW reader writes

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Received in an email from a Small Business Owner in North Central Ohio: The people of Cleveland need to stand up and fight against Wal-Mart. My grandfather started our grocery business in the 1940’s and with the newest Wal-Mart Supercenter to open in the next year, there is no way that I or my business […]


Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

One of my favorite Science Fiction series from the ’70s was Fred Saberhagen’s Berserker stories. Berserkers are the literary precursors of the the Cylons and the Borg, crushing all opposition in their path. What makes them such terrifying adversaries is their infinite abilty to morph and adapt as the playing field changes. That’s how I […]

Congressional hearing on Wal-Mart business practices this Monday in Cleveland

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

Members of Congress led by Rep. Sherrod Brown will hold a field hearing at Cleveland State this Monday on “the consequences of the Wal-Mart business model for American workers, small businesses and communities”. The time and place:Monday, September 19, 2005 10 to 11:30 a.m. CSU Cleveland Marshall Law School 1801 Euclid Ave. (corner of 18th […]

Bully Report: Bait and Switch in Cleveland, OH

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

Cleveland is one of six communities featuredin a report by on the retailer’s dubious business practices.

More sweatshop allegations

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

From Workers in six countries filed a class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores (Research) claiming that the world’s largest retailer overlooks sweatshop conditions at toy and clothing factories from China to Nicaragua. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in California state court, lists as plaintiffs 15 workers in Bangladesh, Swaziland, Indonesia, China and Nicaragua. They claim they […]

68 dead fish

Sunday, September 11th, 2005

04 – record Originally uploaded by karmalized.

Poor Jack Yoest

Friday, September 9th, 2005

Little does he realize he’s created one of the best resources for finding out who’s against Walmart. He links to Jeff Hess’ Mall*Wart banner and cleverly chides “Goodness, the WalMart hating Marxists have clever logos.” Thanks for the link, Jack!

NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice publishes Walmart Report

Thursday, September 8th, 2005

What Do We Know About Wal-Mart?: As Wal-Mart continues to expand across New York State and looks to enter New York City, growing attention is being focused on the company’s employment practices and local economic impact. Given what’s at stake, good information is critical but there is currently a wealth of incomplete and conflicting data […]

Welcome to Texas

Thursday, September 8th, 2005

Welcome to Texas Originally uploaded by p2wy.