Tell Greg Penner and the Waltons to Stop Distorting Our Democracy
Workers from Walmart and Hyatt are joining forces with community supporters to kick off a series of actions to confront the 1% and demand accountability from corporate America. Greg Penner is a super-1%-er who sits on both the Walmart and Hyatt boards. Penner is also a member of the wealthiest family in the United States, the Walton family, that largely controls Walmart.
The Waltons are no strangers to using their wealth to influence local elections, even in states they don’t live in. In 2010, Greg Penner was the fourth-largest individual contributor to winning state legislative candidates that put anti-worker Republicans in control of the Wisconsin state government. Now, he has co-founded Govern for California to leverage his influence on state elections.
Govern for California talks a lot about finding candidates with "courage" do to the right thing. But, is it courageous to refuse to meet with employees? Is it courageous to use your money to meddle in elections where you don’t live?
Take a moment to tell Greg Penner and others at Govern for California what you think real courage means:
1. While logged in to your facebook account, visit the Govern for California facebook page.
2. On the left side, post a message. We encourage you to write your own messages, but here are some thoughts to get your started:
Mr. Penner: Is it "courageous" to pay Walmart workers an average of $8.81/hour?
Mr. Penner: Real courage is Walmart workers standing up for change. Respect Walmart Associates!
Mr. Penner: Is it "courageous" to slash health care benefits for workers at Walmart?
Mr. Penner: Real courage means creating real dialogue with your workers.
Learn more about Greg Penner and the Walton family at walmart1percent.org.
3. Tell your friends to do the same! Share this link on Facebook and Twitter: bit.ly/HR1otC
This online action is happening at the same time as a major action in San Francisco where Walmart and Hyatt workers are standing up to Penner. The action is also one of the first in a nationwide effort called 99% Power which will be protesting outside shareholder meetings across the country this spring to demand accountability from corporate America.
Follow all the action live:
You can follow the action live on Twitter @jwjnational or on Facebook at facebook.com/jobswithjustice