Working Toward Economic Justice in the QC

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By Caroline Vernon

“Tax-Day” Leadership planning session and Wake-Up Walmart Demonstration

We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day to “get active“. Over a dozen community leaders and concerned citizens started the day with a leadership planning session with Working Families Win at the offices of Communities United to Strengthen America. We discussed various economic issues such as fair trade, workers rights, a living wage, education, healthcare, corporate responsibility and the environment.

As a group, we ascertained the need to put our thoughts on these issues into a concise statement of economic priorities/principles to present to candidates for public office; we set a deadline of May 1st to draft language for a Quad Cities statement, and to meet again at Communities United on May 6 at 1:00 PM; please join us!

Considering it was a holiday weekend, we still had 33 people participate in the Wake-Up Walmart demonstration which was organized to raise awareness about the Fair Share For Health Care Bill; currently stalled in the Iowa Senate. We actually received very good press on the event from the Rock Island Argus/Dispatch. Afterward, many of us met for lunch at the Village Inn to thank them for letting us park in their lot during the rally. Thanks to ALL of you who participated on a holiday week-end!

ACTION:  Please contact your State Senators and Governor Vilsack, asking them to support this common sense bill to hold Wal-Mart and other large corporations accountable.

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To learn more about why Wal-Mart needs to change, go to

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