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For Immediate Release

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Civil Rights Group Supports Call for Walmart to Raise Minimum Wage and Racial Justice for Employees

Statment from Arisha Hatch, Managing Director of Campaigns,


"OUR Walmart Leader Mary Watkines is speaking today to the Walmart Annual Shareholders meeting on a resolution she submitted about executive compensation. Before she left her home in Tacoma, Washington to head to Arkansas, she started an petition demanding Rob Walton and the Walmart Board pay associates $15/hour and full time schedules. More than 57,000 ColorOfChange members stand with Mary as she speaks to the Board today."

"Walmart's announcement earlier this year of a wage increase to $9/hour, is a testament to the collective power of OUR Walmart leaders' organizing. Yet, it still falls far short of the $15 an hour pay, full time schedule, and respect at work that associates deserve."

"Walmart is still the company that has refused to take any responsibility for the police murder of John Crawford III in its Dayton, OH store. It is the still the company that continues to employ a manager who threatened to lynch a Black employee in a Richmond, CA store. And it is still the company that closed stores across the country this spring under a dubious plumbing excuse in retaliation for workers organizing at those stores. As long as the Walmart corporation continues on this path, we will continue to stand with the leaders of OUR Walmart on the front lines of the movement for racial justice."

Color Of Change is the nation's largest online racial justice organization. We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by over one million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.