508 #213: Guns and Walmart

posted by Mike on March 6th, 2013

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, Scott Schaeffer-Duffy and Brendan Melican discuss and debate an upcoming anti-gun protest at the local Walmart.


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Visiting churches: California and Arizona

posted by Kaihsu Tai on February 22nd, 2008

Visiting churches. For the first fortnight of February, I visited my friend Dann Dempsey in the great City of Monrovia, California; and the following places of worship:

I took Communion and participated in the imposition of ashes at First Congregational; Communion and witnessed a baptism at CCCEV; participated in an elder/deacon ordination at Historic First; caught the last of the Mass at La Placita. Read the rest of this entry »

Worcester Wal-Mart update from “What It’s Worth”

posted by Mike on June 7th, 2007

Tommy Colletta talks with Shannon Senior of Worcester First and Al Norman of Sprawl Busters. (The first couple minutes have sound trouble, not sure why.)

Saint Kermit live #4: Wal-Mart

posted by Mike on May 16th, 2007

This week, the discussion begins with honeybees (here’s the article I mention) and Bill Richardson’s ad choices. We then talk with Shannon Senior, one of the leaders of the campaign against a proposed Worcester Wal-Mart.

Hosts: me, Janine Duffy, Jim Henderson.

Recording with TalkShoe continues to be fun and challenging. My controls died about halfway through this episode, and there’s a long silence at the end when I restarted the controls so I could click “Terminate episode.”

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Worcester Wal-Mart opposition gains traction

posted by Mike on May 8th, 2007

Holy cow, Shannon! Good job!

T&G: Appeal stalls planned Wal-Mart: Quinsigamond Village abutters fault officials:

A group of abutters has temporarily put the brakes on the planned Wal-Mart Supercenter in Quinsigamond Village.

Three abutters to the “Worcester Crossing” shopping center development, to be built on 44 acres along the Blackstone River, have filed an administrative appeal with the Zoning Board of Appeals, claiming the Planning Board did not adhere to the city’s site plan review standards when it approved the first phase of the project in March.

Maybe this will buy some time. That’s just what the opposition needs. The fact that any effort has “put the brakes” on this thing at this point is a big surprise.

Video: Shannon Senior and John Harvey talk Wal-Mart.

New site about Worcester and Wal-Mart

posted by Mike on March 16th, 2007

WorcesterFirst.org has some action items for people concerned about Wal-Mart’s plans to move into Worcester.

Less anxiety about the Worcester Wal-Mart

posted by Mike on March 8th, 2007

Don’t get me wrong. I still think bringing Wal-Mart to the city would be, economically, a step in the wrong direction. But after meeting with some folks about this last night, I no longer feel a free-floating anxiety. I don’t have a lot of hope at this point, but I have some actions I can take.

For those who are interested, you can read the planning proposal.

Shadow of Wal-Mart falls on Worcester

posted by Mike on February 22nd, 2007

I regret that the time has come to tag a post both “Worcester” and “Wal-Mart.”

Telegram & Gazette:

A 209,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter is part of a shopping center planned on 44 acres in Quinsigamond Village where U.S. Steel once operated foundries along the Blackstone River.

Buck Paxton:

I consider myself to be the single biggest proponent of hard core, blood thirsty capitalism this side of Iowa, but Wal-Mart still manages to make me ill.

I’ll be blogging this issue over at Worcester Activist.

Happy Martin Luther King Day; God Bless the Labor Movement

posted by Kaihsu Tai on January 15th, 2007

I have not read MLK‘s autobiography; nor have I read M. K. Gandhi‘s The Story of My Experiments with Truth or Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom.

New Left Review 42 (November/December 2006) is out. Au Loong-Yu of Globalization Monitor said therein: “Chinese peasants can endure a tremendous amount. If they do become violent and burn your property, it is nearly always your fault.”; “Filipinos and Indonesians working in Hong Kong can mobilize in far greater numbers than local Chinese, which is rather shameful.”; and

In my view, supposed gains such as in the case of Wal-Mart are largely meaningless. The All-China Federation of Trade Unions pockets union dues without providing the workforce with any bargaining power. It presents a very convincing façade to organizations such as the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, but does not permit workers to speak freely to foreign delegates. The official unions are not run for the benefit of the workers. Their Western counterparts should really oppose recognition of the ACFTU, and refuse to talk to them unless they allow people independent trade union rights.

JoAnn Wypijewski’s review on Louis Uchitelle’s book Disposable Americans is one of the many articles worth reading, as readers can expect from any issue of NLR.

All this (and today’s committee meeting of the local of my trade union, the University and College Union) reminded me: Our esteemed regular contributor, Adam Neil Maximilian Villani, was in a band that wrote the hymn “God Bless the Labor Movement”. I wonder if I should get permission to reprint it here. I am not praying for the Movement nearly enough!

Chicago enacts living-wage ordinance

posted by Adam (Southern California) on July 26th, 2006

Here’s the article.

It only applies to employers with over $1 billion in annual sales and stores of 90,000 square feet or more. It’s aimed at Wal-Mart, but I’m not sure who else would fall into that category; the article doesn’t say if it actually applies to any existing businesses in the city.

The wage under this ordinance is $10.00, plus $3.00 in fringe benefits. Much better than minimum wage, but still under the $15.00 (under the table, presumably) that day-laborers in Agoura Hills, California are getting.

Also, of course, it only applies within the city limits; the article notes that Wal-Mart recently opened a store just outside the boundary of the city.

Incidentally, I had no idea Chicago had 50 people on its City Council. Wow!

posted by Adam (Southern California) in China, General, Wal-Mart | on July 26th, 2006 | Permanent Link to “Chicago enacts living-wage ordinance” | 4 Comments »