“We must stand up to the abuse of power” at Walmart and in Ferguson

 I’m reposting below an email message that I received from, Talisa Carter, a Walmart worker, a member of OUR Walmart, and a resident of of St. Louis who has been deeply affected by the recent events inFerguson, Missouri.  Ms. Carter’s message is worth repeating, over and over again if necessary.Hi William,

I have worked at Walmart for two years and I am also part of the St. Louis community that is deeply affected by what is happening in Ferguson.

As a black mother of a young son and daughter I have to worry about providing both economic and physical safety of my children. Because of Walmart’s pay, I have to worry about having enough food to feed them. And as they grow up I will have to prepare my son for a life where he is viewed as a threat because of the color of his skin. These are challenges no mother should face.

People and institutions in positions of power in our country are creating vast injustices in our communities and we are standing for change.

From the police and prosecutors in Ferguson to Walmart and its owners, abuse of power by the few is keeping the majority of Americans living in fear. Every day average Americans must worry about police violence, the possibility of being unjustly fired, and being unable to find the next meal for our children.

When you work at a company owned by people like the Waltons, it doesn’t make you feel valued and at times forces too many of us to go hungry and struggle to raise their children in poverty. It’s hard to feel hopeful. Our communities cannot thrive when they are held back from earning a decent living by the biggest corporation in our country.

The Walton family, the richest family in our country with $150 billion in wealth, allows too many of us to live in poverty. Many of us are people of color. Their company, Walmart, is allowing many of its workers to go hungry and struggle to raise our children in poverty. Our communities cannot thrive when one of the biggest corporations in the country holds them back from earning a decent living.

I come to work everyday stuck working in a place where I feel like there is no way out. That’s how I imagine the people of Ferguson feel. Stuck in in a place of hopelessness where you feel you can’t win. I feel hope when I see Walmart Associates and the people of Ferguson standing together in peaceful protest.

Join us as we stand against Walmart’s abuse of power and an end to the illegal treatment of workers at Walmart this Black Friday. Find an event near you now.

We must stand up to this abuse of power by the Walton family and by Walmart the same way we are standing up to the systemic problems that result in tragedies like what we see in Ferguson and around the country.

This Black Friday we will. Join us at an action near you to show the power that we have together to create real change in this country.

In Solidarity,

Talisa Carter
Walmart associate and OUR Walmart member
St. Louis, MO

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