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Store Wars – When Wal-Mart Comes to Town

There’s a cool little place in downtown Lawrence called Solidarity Library.  You can find all kinds of counter culture there from the staff to the books to the videos and to the groups that meet there.  I found these two videos and watched them with pleasure:

Store Wars . . . When Wal-Mart Comes to Town.  This movie is about a small town, a mega store, a divided community grapling with the age of globalization.  Here’s the description from the back:

In the US, Wal-Mart opens a new mega-store every two business days.  This is the story of the imapct of discount chain stores on American society and its values.  It is also an examination of local democracy in action – of how one community reaches a difficult decision.  Store Wars follows events in Ashland, VA, over a one-year period, from the first stormy public hearing that galvanizes residents’ opposition till the Town council takes a final vote on the proposed Wal-Mart store.  Arguments for the store and against it are articulated and hotly debated.  The cast of characters includes the major and Town Council members who will eventually make the decision, Wal-Mart representatives, and the citizens who organize to block the store.

Store Wars does not single out Wal-Mart.  Rather it offers a critical view of the Big Box industry as a whole, while presenting fairly all viewpoints on this controversial issue.  Study resources at:  http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/store.html

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