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Human Rights Campaign Issues Warning on Wal-Mart

The Human Rights Campaign has downgraded Wal-Mart just before the holiday shopping season in its new consumer guide, USA Today reports:

Walmart"Citing Wal-Mart's refusal to offer domestic partner benefits to its gay and lesbian workers, the HRC said Tuesday that the USA's biggest private employer has 'more work to do in furthering equality.' It advised gays and their supporters to shop elsewhere. Wal-Mart rated a red 40 on a scale of 100, down from a yellow 65 in 2006. It was among 54 companies that scored 45 or lower in HRC's 2008 Corporate Equality index, which assigns ratings to 519 large companies. Also in the red: Toys R Us, RadioShack (RSH) and AutoZone (AZO). Wal-Mart rival Target rated a 'green' 80, meaning that 'consumers should make every effort to support these businesses.' Wal-Mart has bucked a corporate trend of expanding benefits for gay employees, says Daryl Herrschaft, director of HRC's workplace project."

Gay rights group raises red flag on Wal-Mart policies [usa today]

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  1. What a coincidence. I just bought a vacuum from there and it's a piece of crap. It left my carpet all messy. I'm returning it today to get the money back and then NO MORE WAL-MART until gays get those benefits.

    Posted by: Hollywood Dave | Nov 21, 2007 11:21:03 AM

  2. As if I would ever be caught dead in a Wal-Mart anyway! Really, Andy. I am almost insulted at your insinuation...

    Posted by: Becks07 | Nov 21, 2007 11:21:42 AM

  3. i went to wal-mart once and got lead poisoning just from walking through the doors. never again will i darken their doorstep. no self-respecting gay person should have to work there. it is truly the gate to the 7th circle of hell.

    Posted by: the queen | Nov 21, 2007 11:24:54 AM

  4. Here is where you can the HRC's Buyer's Guide.

    Posted by: Milkman | Nov 21, 2007 11:30:04 AM

  5. You don't have to tell me twice not to shop at Wal*Fart. Target is great for cruising, too ;-)

    Posted by: virgoboy | Nov 21, 2007 11:36:20 AM

  6. Do they even pay their workers? We might be asking for too much here.

    Posted by: anon ( | Nov 21, 2007 12:25:22 PM

  7. I can think of a dozen reasons not to step foot in a Walmart, despite any equality issues.

    Posted by: BusyTimmy | Nov 21, 2007 12:32:51 PM

  8. isn't asking gays not to shop at walmart something like asking vegans not to shop at omaha steaks????

    Posted by: luke | Nov 21, 2007 12:48:42 PM

  9. Dear HRC Director Joe Solmonese,

    I have no problem with your encouraging a boycott of Wal-Mart [save for a bit of class arrogance in assuming that all gays can afford to shop wherever they want]. But can you please tell us how you continue to give Coors a 100% rating despite the fact that some Coors family members who retain significant stock in the company, despite mergers with other brewers, continue to use some of its profits to fund the Heritage Foundation and the Castle Rock Foundation [on whose boards they sit] among other leaders in the rabid Antigay Industry?

    The larger report on which the guide is based claimed that, before the ratings were arrived at, "a team of
    researchers investigates and cross-checks ... any connections with organizations that engage in anti-GLBT activities," that one of the criteria was whether a company "[engaged] in action that would undermine GLBT equality," and that "employers found engaging in activities that would undermine GLBT equality will have 15 points removed from their scores." Stockholders of a company are included in my definition of "employers," the history of the Coors family's strong ties to the Antigay Industry is well-known including money used to start the extreme Right Wing Heritage Foundation, and their continued participation is as easy to uncover as a Google search so how the hell did Coors end up with any rating higher than 85? Did HRC Business Council member Scott COORS excuse himself from helping to determine Coors' rating?

    Until I see a satisfactory explanation, I will continue to urge people to boycott both Coors and HRC.

    Thank you.

    Leland Frances

    Posted by: Leland Frances | Nov 21, 2007 1:13:33 PM

  10. Haven't set foot inside one of those vile outposts of the evil empire for over 7 years now. And if memory serves, they have a huge number of gay employees going about their quiet lives of desperation along with the rest of their socio-economic class.

    Wal-mart is a plague.

    Posted by: vanitysmurf | Nov 21, 2007 1:22:59 PM

  11. Actually, HRC is a little late. The Union movement has been boycotting Wal-Mart for decades. And it's becasue the NAFTA, Wal-Mart and right wing politicians are so interconnected.

    HILLARY CLINTON SAT ON THE BOARD OF WAL-MART FOR SIX YEARS and the rise of the Clintons, NAFTA and Wal-Mart go hand in hand.

    Here’s the history. The term Free Trade Agreements was coined by the slick PR types who came up with “Forests with a Future” and “The Right to Work’. The first slogan led to an environmental disaster as industrial giants began clear cutting with a vengeance. The second is used in union busting schemes to undercut union shop guarantees.

    In north and central America The FTA’s led to environmental disaster, union busting, the destruction of family farming, and a net drop in the standard of living. Their effects are felt most in Mexico and Central America, less in the US and even less enough in Canada. Unemployment, lowered wages, environmental ruin, foreclosures on homes and farms, the loss of union jobs, vast northward migrations of workers and farmers to escape grinding poverty, an astounding, hazardous growth of credit buying and the ubiquitous spread of Wal-Mart all followed in the wake of the FTA. Richard Berner a leading analyst at Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan says “Serious pressures are mounting on the US consumer on five fronts: Job growth is slowing, surging energy and food quotes are draining purchasing power, adjustable rate mortgages are resetting, lending standards are tightening, and housing wealth will likely decline. Do these dark clouds finally and ominously herald the perfect consumer storm?”

    “Risks to the consumer are rising, and the risk of outright US recession is higher now than at any time in the past six years: Housing is in sharp decline, consumers are vulnerable, and companies may cut capital spending and liquidate inventories.”

    The most immediate cause is the permanent problem of the overextension of credit buying by working people low on income. When massive overtime or a second job aren’t enough out comes the plastic. Consumer credit was a balloon; now it’s the dirigible Hindenburg on steroids. And just as vulnerable.

    Bill Clinton also promised a ‘time out’ on NAFTA when he was running in 1992 and he betrayed his constituents by signing it into law. As well, he and the Democrats, as they do now, consistently joined Republicans in giving more and more and more tax breaks to the rich and by deregulating industry. If you wonder why children die of salmonella and why Ford SUV’s like to flip over and why levees and bridges aren’t maintained you don’t have to look beyond deregulation. DOMA and DADT, NAFTA, tax cuts for the rich and deregulation were all bipartisan betrayals.

    Hillary Clinton can be counted on to act the same way Bill Clinton did – her ‘time out’ is empty phrase mongering that will only be believed by those who want to believe. She’ll use FTA’s to bust unions and impoverish workers and farmers to make big bucks for bankers and multinational corporations. She, her Democratic congressional colleagues and their Republican cousins are hand puppets for the uberrich.

    Wal-Mart and the Clinton Climate Initiative are partners to help bring environmentally-friendly technologies to cities. It’s apart of ‘Wal-Mart’s Sustainability Initiatives’ and human rights, labor and environmental groups say that Wal-Mart’s “green” initiatives lack real impact on global warming, employee health and welfare and pauperization. Wal-Mart passed GM as the world largest corporation in 2001 and aided by bipartisan presidential connections, corrupt laws like laws like NAFTA, government union busting and deregulation, they haven’t looked back. Wal-mart employees are so underpaid that many qualify of Medicaid or Medical. We pay for the health benefits Wal-mart could pay for except, as CNN reports “If Wal-Mart, with its quarter-trillion dollars in annual sales, is almost unimaginably massive, then the Walton’s’ great wealth is its equal in a parallel universe of private fortunes. The Walton family is as rich as Bill Gates and Warren Buffett combined. Amid all the talk about how rich Teresa Heinz Kerry is, consider that the Walton family is 117 times wealthier.” Wal-Mart – always low wages.

    But hey, the Clintons are Dixiecrats from Arkansas. HILLARY CLINTON SAT ON THE BOARD OF WAL-MART FOR SIX YEARS. Hillary Clinton sat on the Arkansas headquartered Wal-Mart Board of Directors for six years – whadja expect?

    With Democrats like these who needs Republicans.

    A Republican is a baboon in a human suit and a Democrat is a Republican in drag.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue, RainbowRED | Nov 21, 2007 6:23:48 PM

  12. Ok what homo would even shop there? Target all the way!

    Posted by: Travis | Nov 21, 2007 8:22:07 PM

  13. I've never shopped at Wal-Mart, and I guess now I never will. Tar-gay ALL THE WAY!

    Posted by: Donn | Nov 23, 2007 9:44:04 PM

  14. The HRC is a total joke. I have no respect for any of their opinions after the debacle of ENDA. They do not represent me.

    Posted by: wetcnt | Nov 24, 2007 9:06:16 PM

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