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NYC’s Price For A Walmart: $35 Million

New York Daily News (Blog), By Adam Lisberg April 13, 2011. The battle over Walmart moved to the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development Wednesday as the agency considered selling a chunk of city land to developer Related Companies for the new mall the big box chain is eyeing for its first city store


Walmart foes battle retailer’s Brooklyn plan

Crain's New York Business, By Daniel Massey, April 13, 2011. Walmart opponents took their campaign to a mayoral hearing Wednesday, trying to delay the transfer of a city-owned parcel in Brooklyn to The Related Cos.  The retailer has had talks with Related about building its first store in the city on the site in East New York, Brooklyn. The property already has City Council approval for retail use. News that the real estate giant would welcome Walmart has opened it up to protests from the retailer's opponents, who want Related to lease to a unionized company like ShopRite.


New York City Says “Don’t be Related to Walmart!”

Huffington Post, By Matt Ryan April 13, 2011. Last Friday, NY Jobs with Justice / Urban Agenda, along with New York Communities for Change, the Retail Action Project, and other members of the Walmart-Free NYC Coalition staged a flash mob in Time Warner Center, headquarters of the Related Companies, the real estate developer currently in talks to lease Walmart space to build its first store in New York City.

Nearly a hundred singing and dancing New Yorkers converged on Related's lobby with brass band backing to let the mega-developer know we don't want it opening the floodgates for Walmart to take over our city.



Sometimes It Takes a Fire to Wake Us Up

Huffington Post, By Matt Ryan, March 30, 2011. One hundred years ago last Friday, 146 workers, mostly young immigrant girls, lost their lives in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Trapped inside a sweatshop behind doors that had been locked to prevent theft and keep out union organizers, dozens of girls chose to throw themselves to their deaths nine stories below rather than be consumed by flames.

Traumatized by images of innocent bodies left strewn on city streets for days, New Yorkers rose to the occasion, initiating a wave of legal reforms and union organizing drives that laid the groundwork for the New Deal and the most exceptional gains that American workers have ever achieved.