Wednesday, May 29, 2013

May 31 Deadline: Fund Bangladeshi workers to go to Wal-Mart shareholders meeting


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Help bring Bangladeshi workers to the Walmart shareholder meeting. Pitch in today.
Hi Strout,
Imagine sitting at your job, and all of a sudden, your world starts to literally collapse around you. Walls and floors and stairs and columns all crashing down.
This is precisely what happened to the workers at the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh -- and the collapse killed 1,100 workers.
The shocking death toll was due in large part to terrible safety conditions at the factory -- and was one of a series of tragedies that have killed hundreds of mostly female garment workers who are making clothing for retailers like Walmart.
We think this has to stop -- and that Walmart needs to hear directly from the folks affected.
So when Walmart's shareholders and executives gather next month at headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, we'll be there -- and we're launching a campaign to bring two Bangladeshi workers (Kalpona Akter and Sumi Abedin) to Bentonville, too.

This is not an isolated incident. A drive for lower prices at any cost characterizes Walmart's entire operation, from Bangladeshi factories to a refusal to pay their retail workers a living wage.
So we won't just be bringing the Bangladeshi workers to Bentonville. A caravan of workers from across the country will be in Bentonville, standing up against Walmart's retaliation against and attempts to silence those who speak out.
But we know that having the Bangladeshi workers will be an important part of raising the stakes for Walmart and generating attention for the cause of bringing change to Walmart.
And getting a crowd of folks to fund these workers coming over will do even more. So help us get to $8,700 by next week -- donate $10 or more right now:

In Solidarity,
Eddie
Eddie Iny
Assistant Campaign Director
Making Change at Walmart
P.S. -- The campaign expires Friday at midnight. If we haven't raised the money by then, we probably won't be able to bring Kalpona and Sumi. So please make sure we hit our goal, and donate today.
  

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