Whatever you think about Wal-Mart, you have to acknowledge its incredible power in the U.S. and global economic structure. The world's largest retailer and one of the world's largest employers - directly and indirectly via contractors - has a huge influence even on the lives of people who don't shop there.
Thus the new documentary "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" is worth a viewing.
During "Premiere Week," Nov. 13-19, you can sign up to host a screening. Or if you don't feel comfortable with that, there are already a number of sites in the St. Louis area planning to host a viewing. The DVD is for sale, too.
Among the local churches, schools and community groups hosting public screenings, several are close to a Wal-Mart store!
(Per the Wal-Mart Movie Screening Locator + Walmart.com):
November 13, 2005
Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel Congregation
1107 E. Linden Ave.
Richmond Heights, MO
Located about 1.5 miles northwest of Store #5150 - Maplewood Commons Wal-Mart (yes, this link is to the pro-Wal-Mart propaganda web site).
November 13, 2005
Christ Church UCC (United Church of Christ)
7126 Bruno Ave.
(at Bellevue Ave. - on #16 City Limits MetroBus)
Located one mile east of the Maplewood Commons store.
November 14, 2005
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Motherhouse
6400 Minnesota Ave.
(the only public screening listed in the City of St. Louis. One block from #52 Clayton-South County MetroBus; two blocks from #40 Broadway)
Located about 5 miles north of the "St. Louis" Wal-Mart (Telegraph at I-255 in South County). Seriously, this is the only Wal-Mart with a St. Louis address - all others identify themselves by the name of the suburb or town where they are located. This one, since it's in unincorporated South County, calls itself "your St. Louis Wal-Mart." Uh, sure, that's St. Louis. Even though the stores in Granite City, Cahokia and of course Maplewood are much closer to the actual city limits.
November 18, 2005
St. Charles Justice Center
1781 Zumbehl Rd.
(sponsored by Mid-Rivers Ethical Society)
Located about one mile south of the St. Charles Wal-Mart store at 2897 Veterans Memorial Parkway.
There are also a couple showings planned by student groups at WashU - whose Red Line shuttle bus now serves the Maplewood Commons Wal-Mart directly - and one at the Ethical Society of St. Louis, and probably a couple other locations too.