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Consumers Pledge Not to Shop at Wal-Mart This Holiday Season
October 17, 2005

Co-op America Campaign Helps Consumers shop for socially and environmentally responsible products this year instead.

Washington, DC - Co-op America announced today a campaign to help consumers across the country say "no" to Wal-Mart this holiday season. Co-op America, a national non-profit that educates people about promoting corporate responsibility, launched their web action at www.greenamerica.org/takeaction/walmart/.

Co-op America is asking consumers to take the following pledge, which will be presented to S. Robson Walton and the Walton family: I want you to know that I've taken a pledge to not buy any gifts from Wal-Mart this holiday season. It's my way of telling Wal-Mart that it's time to start paying workers fair wages, providing adequate healthcare, valuing local communities, and treating the planet with respect—like many other companies do.

Erin Gorman, Program Director at Co-op America said, "Wal-Mart continues to pay its workers less than a living wage, which makes it necessary for the United States government to spend $1.5 billion in federal tax dollars providing basic needs like food stamps and public housing to Wal-Mart employees. The company also continues to build and build with an estimated 3,131 SuperCenters by 2010, creating more suburban sprawl and displacing local grocery stores and other businesses across the country. Consumers across the country are concerned about the impact that Wal-Mart is having on their community and we're giving them a way to take action and have their voice heard."

Co-op America's action coincides with the upcoming premier of the new film, "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of a Low Price" on November 13 and the fast approaching Higher Expectations Week: A Week of National Action from November 13-19, 2005.

Concerned citizens making the pledge not to shop at Wal-Mart this year have plenty of alternatives. Co-op America directs these individuals to The National Green Pages, a resource where socially and environmentally responsible gifts can easily be found at: www.greenpages.org. The companies in listed in the National Green Pages are all carefully screened to make sure they are treating their employees, the environment, and their communities well.

Co-op America will keep the "No Wal-Mart Pledge" running throughout the holiday season. All are welcome to add their voice in telling Wal-Mart that it's time to start paying workers fair wages, providing adequate health care, valuing local communities, and treating the planet with respect.

For more information on this pledge and other Co-op America projects please visit www.greenamerica.org or call 1-800-58-GREEN.

Co-op America is a national non-profit organization founded in 1982, providing the economic strategies, organizing power and practicing tools for businesses and individuals to address today's social and environmental problems.

By: Ann Church, Online Campaign Intern

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