In a little more than 24 hours the doors open on the Steelyard Commons Wal-Mart. At 8:36 a.m. on 19 May 2005 citizens who opposed that store came together and turned the lights on at No Cleveland Walmart intending to stop it from every being built.
It would be easy to say that we failed miserably; that we didn’t even cause a hiccup in the process of building Cleveland’s first Wal-Mart.
But, were it not for that first Blogger MeetUp where we all said that a Wal-Mart in Cleveland would be a bad thing for the city and its residents, there would not have been The Writing On The Wal, which is still the only international, independent voice on all things Wal-Mart.
Since that first post we haven’t missed a day and nearly 3,000 posts later, we’re still going strong.
In remembrance of that first post and the bloggers who said we’re not going to take it anymore I echo our launch sentiment from Tim Russo, the Democracy Guy, and remind us all that it’s grassroots, baby.