New York City's overall unemployment rate is still above 8.5%, with a jobless rate among African-Americans reported to be nearly double that number. The economy is in such awful shape you might you might expect the locals to celebrate the news of Wal-Mart's plan to open a store in the NYC area, bringing jobs and affordable shopping to the local community. That did not happen.
Instead of supporting a company that wants to invest in NYC and her people, groups like ACORN have organized support to fight Wal-Mart's plans. This is nothing new as ACORN and its union friends (SEIU and UFCW) have organized protests and picketing at Wal-Mart locations around the country. In some reported cases, the hired picket line walkers who were supposedly marching in support of a unionized work force and a 'living wage' were paid less than Wal-Mart employees just a few feet away.
That kind of hypocrisy seems to fall right in line with the May 1st (May Day) appearance of ACORN's former CEO at the weekly performance of 'Reverend Billy's Church of the Earthalujah' show in New York City. (For the non-NYers, Reverend Billy and his church are not real. He is a performance artist/activist, and his 'church' is just his latest money-making idea. )
Here Ms. Lewis leads what appears to be a NYC church in singing the old gospel standard, 'Wal Mart Sucks'
Reverend Billy's organization is also known as the 'Church of Stop Shopping' although their web site offers many different Reverend Billy products for you to purchase.