Youth speaking out against Wal-Mart’s plans for Los Angeles Chinatown

Lately I’ve been involved with a group called Chinatown Community for Equitable Development (CCED) which has been organizing against Wal-Mart’s plan to open a grocery store underneath a senior citizen’s home in the neighborhood. Today CCED put on a screening of the documentary Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price aimed at neighborhood youth. Several current and former Wal-Mart employees and the representative of a supermarket union also came to speak to the group.

A number of small business owners in the area expressed their support for the anti-Wal-Mart movement, and even attached their business cards to the petition so that people would get a better sense of who they were.

I was most inspired by the high school students and recent high school graduates who came out to speak in defense of the neighborhood in which they grew up. I was completely apolitical in high school and would never have done such a thing. It takes a lot of courage to take a stance on an issue and talk about it to a room full of people. Good job, Tanira, Por You, Ben, and all of the other students who were on the mic today, and kudos to those who mentor them and help them become confident and inspiring young leaders.

To learn more about CCED, visit the Tumblr and Twitter feed. A web site with information and resources in English and Chinese is in the works!

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