The Significance Of Wal-Mart's Defeat In Inglewood

Despite a million dollar public relations effort, Wal-Mart plans for a "Supercenter" in Inglewood, CA, were thwarted by a historic grassroots intiative.
April 24, 2004, 1pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"This month a coalition of grassroots organizations in the city of Inglewood scored a historic victory against Wal-Mart, thwarting plans by the retail giant to build a giant “Supercenter” the size of seventeen football fields in the west of Los Angeles County. Construction of the Supercenter would have represented Wal-Mart’s first foray into the supermarket business in Los Angeles.

... Had the voters of Inglewood approved the referendum, they would have essentially granted Wal-Mart a retail village of sorts, exempt from the city’s zoning, environmental, and planning requirements. Sixty percent of Inglewood residents voted against the measure, despite a more than one million dollar public relations effort by Wal-Mart." Amy Goodman interviews an organizer of one of the community groups that successfully mounted a campaign against a Wal-Mart Supercenter."

Thanks to Abhijeet Chavan

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Published on Thursday, April 22, 2004 in Democracy Now!
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