The real bait-and-switch is happening right now, as politicians who once called for city-wide agreements and reasonable wages at local Walmart stores -- including the mayor and two mayoral candidates -- switch their rhetoric and their votes.
I sent D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray five questions to consider in deciding whether he would support or veto the living wage bill passed by the city council. These questions should be answered by any community considering the value of a Walmart store.
When I received a call from Faye Williams of Sisterspace and Books asking me to come rock at Occupy D.C. with hip-hop legends Dead Prez to do a "Keep D.C. Wal-Mart Free" presentation and rally, I eagerly replied "Yes."
It is amazing to me that, with all the very public knowledge begging for serious questioning of the integrity of Walmart, that D.C. elected officials and community leaders are all accepting the company's propaganda campaigns.