Alice Walton’s Crystal Bridges museum is set to open tomorrow and protesters at Occupy Wall Street’s Zuccotti Park, and elsewhere, plan to hold anti-Walmart rallies to mark the occasion.
Walmart is a notoriously terrible employer when it comes to wages and benefits, and the protests seem designed to remind the American public how one of the country’s richest women made her billions.
From the press release:
“Workers negatively impacted by Walmart’s recent decision to increase healthcare costs for employees will hold educational events across the country at the Occupy Wall Street encampments in multiple cities putting a face on the Walton family as the “1%” of wealthy Americans making decisions that negatively affect the rest of us. Walton Family members continue to own nearly a majority of Walmart and serve on Walmart’s board of directors. The events will coincide with the grand opening of Crystal Bridges, a $1.4 billion art museum funded by the Walton Family Foundation and Walmart Charities.”
Now we suddenly understand why they put the museum in the middle of nowhere! Occupy Bentonville, Arkansas, will never take off.