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International Press

IMG00713 New Orleans As the international work percolates along let me share a couple of notices on campaigns that are stirring in Toronto in an exciting campaign that is leverage political strength to win tenants rights and of course our on-going effort to force there to be accountability in India before there is an relaxation on foreign direct investment in retail.

Washington Post – July 12, 2009

India’s First Wal-Mart Draws Excitement, Not Protest

Venture Comes With Limits That Protect Merchants

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/12/AR2009071202176.html

AMRITSAR, India — That’s not to say everyone is welcoming Wal-Mart. India Foreign Direct Investment Watch, a national coalition of labor unions, environmentalists, nonprofit groups and academics, has said that the company will eventually hurt shopkeepers, even if its store is not open to everyone in the general public. “Wal-Mart’s sheer size gives it unrestrained economic power, which allows it to drive down costs in the retail and manufacturing sectors and to enact its own standards with regards to its work force,” the group said in a statement.

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Thanks to Zack Exley

Zack Exley

Zack Exley

New Orleans A little less than two months ago I got an email out of the blue from legendary internet and political organizer, Zack Exley. It was a one line note that said, essentially and in so few words: Wade, what the frick is wrong with your blog – I can’t make heads or tails of this!

We might be making a muck of it somehow, but I’m not stupid, and I knew immediately that if I had aroused some pique in Zack, there was trouble in web-land! So, I dusted myself right off and shot back a note with a big, fat HELP. Knowing Zack’s record both with SEIU years ago when he was a union organizer and more recently when he shook George W to his boots, then was organizing director for MoveOn, and so forth and so on with the New Organizing Institute and Thoughtworks, as he pioneered the use of the web and whatever as a top flight organizer, I knew if he didn’t get it, then no one probably did.

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