This evening, the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union–one of the leaders of the anti-Walmart fight–are hosting a concert featuring Indie artists Caithlin de Marrais (formerly the frontwoman of the acclaimed Ranier Maria) and Yellowbirds at Union Hall in Park Slope.
“We have a creative collective that is about getting cool and buzzed about bands and artists excited about the campaign against Walmart,” said RWDSU spokesman Dan Morris. “There is lot of interest in this campaign and in this fight.”
A poll by The New York Times showed that 62 percent of residents favor Walmart opening in the city.
According to a recent report, the mega-retailer has been in talks with the developer The Related Companies about opening a store in East New York, however the deal would require state approval.
The anti Walmart coalition is preparing a series of concerts designed to raise public awareness about the store’s plans, and are planning a concert in the near future called “Riffs of Resistance: Brooklyn Bands Against Walmart.”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he favors the right of the store opening in the city, but a host of leading lawmakers, including all of the front-runners for 2013, have come out against the idea.