1,000 AND COUNTING…

A little more than a year ago -- on 18 May 2005, the third Wednesday of the month when Cleveland's bloggers gathered at the Arabica on E. 185th -- No Cleveland Wal Mart was born; because a group of independent writers and political activists got pissed. Just the day before Bill Callahan had posted that the Wal Mart deal in Steelyard Commons that we thought was dead had been resurrected in an after-midnight deal. Tim Russo suggested that those of us who had been writing about Steelyard Commons specifically, and Wal Mart in general should pool our opinions into one blog. George Nemeth volunteered to set up the blog and we were off and writing. For the next five months we hammered away at Wal Mart and the Steelyard Commons project, but the deal was cut and the developer wasn't interested in what citizens might have to say. It was good to see the politician behind the deal Mayor Jane Campbell, go down in the fall elections, but NCWM needed a new, national focus. In October of 2005, Jonathan Rees invited me to join with him and several other bloggers to create a national blog about Wal Mart. After some discussion with my fellow Cleveland bloggers, I offered NCWM as the site for that expanded blog. We knew that we needed to get Cleveland out of the blog's name and began to toss around monikers for the new beast. The Writing On The Wal won out easily. Now, eight months and some 450 posts later, we've reached the 1,oooth-post milestone. The bloggers at TWOTW have written with insight and passion and humor about preventing the Bentonvile Behemoth from crushing our world in the name of cheap plastic crap. We understand that Think Globally, Act Locally is more than just a bumper sticker. While we focus much of our writing on the big picture, on Wal Mart as a corporate entity; the many, many battles won during the past year were fought by activists focused on a Wal Mart opening in their community. These people are the soul of a consumer revolution. And I want to tell more of their stories. One-hundred posts ago I launched my Toothpaste Buycott. With this, my 200th post I'm going to redirect my energies towards the local levels, toward the people who don't want to see their hometowns become ghost towns when the Wal Mart opens on the edge of town. My goal will be 100 posts in 100 days, so if you have a battle raging in your town and think other activists could benefit from the lessons you're learning, let me know. Regular readers will also notice that today we've instituted a new regular feature as part of Wal Mart Wednesday: an open-thread post. If there's something you think others should know about, or have something that you want to run by your fellow readers, you'll be able to use this weekly forum to get anything Wal Mart off your chest. Remember, it's all about the conversation. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

3 Responses to “1,000 AND COUNTING…”

  1. […] 1,000 AND COUNTING… A little more than a year ago — on 18 May 2005, the third Wednesday of the month when Cleveland’s bloggers gathered at the Arabica on E. 185th — No Cleveland Wal Mart was born; because a group of independent writers and political activists got pissed. Keep reading… […]

  2. Jeff Hess says:

    Shalom Lisa,

    Sorry, posting commerical comments, specially when they’re unrelated to the post, qualifies as Spam.

    B’shalom,

    Jeff

  3. […] We’ve come quite a ways since last summer when we passed the 1000 mark. There have been plenty of stories for everyone and we’ve received our share of accolades and collected a few scalps along the way. […]

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