While Walmart is embroiled in a massive strike across the nation, with workers asking for better pay and health care that they can afford, they are gathering supporters. One of those is a Catholic charity that refused a Walmart donation of $2,000, calling it "blood money."
The charity, Casa Maria Free Kitchen, based in Tucson, has turned down the donation that Walmart made after they opened a new location in that area. It is difficult to judge the reasons behind this donation, but the fact that Walmart doled out money to several charities after opening a store there does give pause, especially a charity that must buy food to serve it. However, this is one recipient that won't be accepting this "blood money" from Walmart.
Brian Flagg oversees the operation of Casa Maria Free Kitchen, and he told the Arizona Daily Star, "We feel that even though Walmart has low prices, they pay lousy wages, they're anti-union and they have a detrimental effect on the survival of small businesses." Good for them for standing up for what they believe in and refusing this Walmart donation.
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Gabriel Legend covers current events for Gather News, and writes horror fiction as well. He is participating in this year's National Novel Writing Month Challenge. You can follow him on Twitter (@GabeLegend).