Walmart protesters to show up at Second Sunday on King Street
Second Sunday on King Street has mushroomed into a popular pastime in downtown Charleston for shopping, dining and enjoying a stroll down the street without worrying about vehicles from Queen to Calhoun between 1-5 p.m.
It’s so popular that a group of Walmart protesters plan to be there on Sunday, handing out “nice list” recognitions to stores that offer local and American-made goods while making a point of putting Walmart on its “naughty” list by distributing literature about how the big-box retailer is hurting the middle class.
The group, called OUR Walmart, or Organization United for Respect at Walmart, will assemble at 2 p.m. at the corner of King and Calhoun streets, then proceed down King Street with special carols praising local businesses and an Uncle Sam-ta, dressed like Uncle Sam with a white beard, passing out “nice list” cards. The event will last about an hour.
According to organizer William Hamilton, Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, pays workers poorly and undercuts local businesses.
People can sign up to participate at http://tinyurl.com/wmchs1209 or call 843-870-5299. Five people had responded as of late Thursday afternoon.