Daily Dispatch: Workers Begin 50 Mile PilgrimagePosted on September 13th, 2012
WalMarch Dispatch: Day 1
With the support of community, clergy and elected leaders includg Asm. Norma Torres, warehouse workers launched the WalMarch, a 50-mile, 6-day pilgrimage from Southern California’s Inland Empire to Downtown Los Angeles.
Workers and their supporters are calling on Walmart to take responsibility for working conditions in its Inland Empire warehouses. As the largest retailer in the world, Walmart effectively dictates the standards of operation in the logistics and distribution industry, which impacts the lives of 85,000 warehouse workers in Southern California.
Voices From the March
“We are supporting warehouse workers today because we are struggling with the same oppression as Walmart Associates.”
- Maria Ledesma (Walmart Associate, OUR Walmart Member)
“Any company or organization that treats a human being less than civil should be confronted because the people who are mistreated are our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, friends, and family.”
- Alex Avila (Community Supporter)
“It’s critical that we support workers who are taking a risk to improve their working conditions.”
- Irv Hershenbaum (United Farm Worker First Vice President)
“I was a warehouse worker for 3-4 years as a temporary worker through Arrowstaffing agency and I’m supporting the warehouse workers today because I know what horrible conditions they are experiencing.”
- Michael Castillo (Community Supporter & Former Warehouse Worker)