Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Call Script to the Mayor's Office: Say No to Walmart- Yes to Alternatives

With the recent passing of the Large Tract Review for the proposed Walmart, we're asking folks to flood the Mayor's and Council Member Bowser's office with calls saying, "We don't want a Walmart- we want alternatives." Below is a call script to help guide you through the process. Feel free to add your own reasons (Environmental concerns, DC needs living wage jobs or you don't think you'll look good in a moo moo)

It shouldn't take long. But just in case there's a hold period, here's a video to help you through it. David v. Goliath, final round boxing match (quick and well aimed hits- can beat the mammoth):

Or listen to this instead, Justice- D.AN.C.E.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daMuNH1lcQE

Call Script:
Mayor Gray's Office- (202) 727-6300

Ward 4 Council Member Muriel Bowser- (202) 724-8052

Hi, my name is _______ and I am a resident of Ward 4. I was very upset to hear of the approval of the Large Tract Review for the proposed Ward 4 Walmart. I am strongly opposed to a Walmart being built at Georgia and Missouri and there are still major concerns that have not been addressed:

1) With 6 schools surrounding the proposed Walmart site, the increased traffic will make it more dangerous for children in the area.

2) Small businesses in the immediate area will lose business and likely close down, causing increased unemployment and less competition.

3) The Office of Planning disregarded the community's input and concerns which were voiced consistently at public meetings and written comments. The City also did not fully address the explicit objections of ANC 4B.

I demand that Mayor Gray deny a building permit for a Walmart at Georgia and Missouri and instead consider alternatives developed through a community led process.

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