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View More Portland anti-Walmart rally leads toward dead end: Editorial Agenda 2014

May 15, 2014 | Portland Commissioner Steve Novick took time out Thursday from other duties, like devising ways to repair decaying streets, to participate in an anti-Walmart rally in front of City Hall.

Novick, as you might remember, led the crusade to get the city to adopt a social- investment policy and to make Walmart the first target – before the policy was even completed. A committee is still working on the details of how to implement the policy. Meanwhile, $9 million worth of the city's $36 million in Walmart bonds have matured. The City Council unanimously agreed in October that it would not buy any more Walmart bonds once existing holdings expire. (The city cannot invest in stocks.)

Technically, the City Hall event was billed as a press conference, but the atmosphere was a cross between a political rally and a pep assembly. To start the festivities, Bob Marshall, an organizer with the United Food and Commercial Workers, led participants in a cheer: "Walmart, Walmart. Always Low Morals." Yvette Brown, a former Walmart worker who's active in the union-backed OUR Walmart campaign to force the retailer to treat employees better, came up from California to participate. Pastor Tara Wilkins from Bridgeport United Church of Christ was there to help the group claim the moral high ground. READ FULL ARTICLE