Happy 50th Birthday, Walmart?

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This week is Walmart’s 50th birthday. While the champagne may be flowing at Walmart HQ, for the rest of us, Walmart’s anniversary is hardly cause for celebration. There’s a real cost to those “low prices” Walmart promises — and our communities are paying the price.

Walmart lives and dies by its public image. So, to commemorate its 50th birthday, we created an infographic for you to share with your friends, to help spread the word that Walmart’s business model is bad news for our communities and our world.

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infographic citations1. The Effects of Wal-Mart on Local Labor Markets, David Neumark, Junfu Zhang and Stephen M. Ciccarella Jr., January 2007
2. Which is the World’s Biggest Employer?, BBC News, March 2012, and Walmart’s Investors website for the latest Walmart employee count.
3. Is Wal-Mart a Bargain for its Workers?, PBS Frontline, 2004
4. SimplyHired.comWalmart1Percent.org
5. The Few, the Proud, the Very Rich, UC Berkeley
6. Walmart International Presence, Wikipedia
7. Featherstone, Liza. Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle For Workers’ Rights At Wal-Mart. Basic Books, 2005. [link]
8. CHARTS: Just How Big Is Walmart? Mother Jones, March 2012
9. List of countries by electricity consumption, Wikipedia
10. Everyday Low Wages: The Hidden Price We All Pay For Wal-Mart, The Democratic Staff of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, February 2004; Walmart: About Us. We think the cost to U.S. taxpayers may be higher than this source mentions, but we’ve gone with the more conservative number used by the Committee staff.
11. Students and Community Groups Protest Republican  Eric Cantor at Harvard University, Health GAP, February 2011

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