Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Monday, February 26, 2007

Passing Grade?

At the same time, news arrives that a store that makes much more sense for Pullman, Target, has plans to build here. A Target, if of modest size and located away from Bishop Boulevard, will cause far less disruption and will actually accomplish the stated goal of super-center backers to bring people in from Moscow and even Lewiston.
- PARD Member TV Reed, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, November 2, 2005
I also have been asked the question, “If Target was planning to build in Pullman would there be the same opposition?” The answer is no. I think Pullman would welcome Target with open arms.
- PARD Member Leilani Alamillo, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, January 11, 2006

- Co-Op America's Retailer Scorecard on Human Rights
For example, Wal-Mart's most direct competitor-Target Corporation-escapes any scrutiny for paying similarly poor wages, extracting public subsidies, weakening downtowns, and selling clothes from Chinese sweatshops.

Suppose the campaigns against Wal-Mart succeed in diverting customers to Target or Kmart. Or perhaps they win a few labor concessions from Wal-Mart that help smooth the way for the corporation's continued dominance and evisceration of community-based businesses. Would that be a victory?
- Jeff Milchen, Reclaim Democracy

See more here about Target using sweatshops in Jordan, Guatemala, China, Saipan, American Samoa, and El Salvador.

Gosh, I wish that back when I was in college my professors would have considered D+ a passing grade.

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