Tom Morello Leads Chinatown Walmart Protest in Los Angeles
Much like a musical superhero, where there is injustice, it seems that Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello is there. The musician, who also has a solo career as the Nightwatchman, took his latest stand in Los Angeles where there are many protesting the possibility of a Walmart branch being erected in the Chinatown area of the city.
L.A. Union Aficio reports that Morello, fellow musician Ben Harper, civil rights leader Dolores Huerta, U.S. congresswoman Judy Chu, and L.A. Labor leader Maria Elena Durazo marched with union workers during the protest which started at the Los Angeles State Historic Park and led all the way to the intersection of Broadway and Cesar Chavez Blvd.
United Food and Commercial Workers international union president Joe Hansen told the crowd, “Our demands are clear. Walmart must provide a living wage, quality health care, demonstrate respect for local communities, and uphold workers’ rights here and around the world.”
Morello, who would later perform the Woody Guthrie classic, ‘This Land is Your Land,’ told the crowd, “We don’t want Walmart to destroy Chinatown and unique neighborhoods across L.A. and the United States just to make a few executives in the Walton family richer.” The rocker would also perform his anthem, ‘Union Song,’ while his musical cohort Ben Harper played ‘We Can’t End This Way’ for those in attendance.