As we prepare to hit the streets of L.A.’s historic Chinatown on Saturday, June 30, for the largest protest against Walmart ever held in the U.S., several acclaimed musicians, including now three Grammy winners and union members, are joining the growing movement to stop the world’s largest retailer from opening in Chinatown and expanding across Los Angeles with poverty-level jobs and practices that hurt local businesses and communities. Musicians are also backing up hundreds of Walmart workers who will march with us on June 30 to demand Walmart treat them with respect and provide wages that can support families.
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, actor, author and member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 802 Steve Earle shot a short video from a recording studio in Nashville to support our march against Walmart on June 30. After singing a few lines from his new song, Earle says, “If I wasn’t [in Nashville making a record] I would love to be in Chinatown, L.A. on June 30.” He continues, “I’ve never known of Walmart to be a good neighbor in any town it’s ever moved into. Y’all stick together out there.” Watch the video here and share it with your social networks! Performing on Saturday, June 30 at the rally for the March Against Walmart and Low Wage Jobs is a Grammy Award-winning musician, singer-songwriters and members of the Professional Musicians Local 47 Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman! Morello, also known as guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, will kick off the rally with his anthem for workers’ rights, “Union Song!”
Also performing on June 30 at the start of the march is Hollywood composer and Professional Musicians Local 47 member Clifford Tasner, of the political satire theater group The Billionaires. The march begins at the Los Angeles State Historic Park, located at 1245 North Spring St. Gathering time is 10 a.m.
Make sure to keep a look out for the Professional Musicians Local 47 drumline as part of the march. According Local 47′s Twitter feed, they plan to “drum Walmart out of Chinatown!”
Reminder, on the eve of the protest, Friday, June 29, Los Angeles-based indie rock band No Age will headline a benefit show for groups fighting to stop Walmart in Chinatown at Human Resources, located at 410 Cottage Home St. in Chinatown, from 7 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $5 and will benefit groups fighting to stop Walmart in Chinatown. The lineup includes several Los Angeles bands and DJs.