You can almost hear it when you see the bus: “The wingnuts are coming, the wingnuts are coming!” The cry of the true American patriot. From a press release:

TOLEDO, Ohio, Aug. 6 — WakeUpWalMart.com‘s “2006 Change Wal-Mart, Change America” non-stop bus tour going to 19 states and 35 cities in 35 days is beginning a four-day visit to Ohio, Aug. 6 – 9. During the Ohio stops, WakeUpWalMart.com will hold a series of public events, including community meetings, town halls and press conferences with Democratic leaders. Events are scheduled in Toledo, Cleveland, Lorain County, Columbus and Cincinnati. The goal of the tour is to fight for a better America and to change Wal-Mart, America’s largest employer, into a responsible corporation that provides affordable health care, pays its workers a living wage, lessens the burden on taxpayers, helps protect American jobs and reflects the best of our nation’s values.

The continued exposure of some of the practices of the Wal-mart juggernaut is only a good thing. Though it may be easier, convenience and low prices are no excuse to support companies like this. Great to see more exposure. It looks like Russell has already run into the crew!

Full release after the break including event schedules.

WakeUpWalMart.com’s ‘2006 Change Wal-Mart, Change America’ National Bus Tour Rolls Into Ohio Aug. 6 ? 9

Contact: Chris Kofinis of WakeUpWalMart.com, 202-486-6422, or ckofinis@tmo.blackberry.net

TOLEDO, Ohio, Aug. 6 — WakeUpWalMart.com’s “2006 Change Wal-Mart, Change America” non-stop bus tour going to 19 states and 35 cities in 35 days is beginning a four-day visit to Ohio, Aug. 6 – 9. During the Ohio stops, WakeUpWalMart.com will hold a series of public events, including community meetings, town halls and press conferences with Democratic leaders. Events are scheduled in Toledo, Cleveland, Lorain County, Columbus and Cincinnati. The goal of the tour is to fight for a better America and to change Wal-Mart, America’s largest employer, into a responsible corporation that provides affordable health care, pays its workers a living wage, lessens the burden on taxpayers, helps protect American jobs and reflects the best of our nation’s values.

The Wal-Mart issue has special significance for the state of Ohio. Wal-Mart’s business practices and growing trade with China have forced American manufacturing jobs to shut down and move overseas — contributing to the destruction of millions of good paying, middle class American jobs. In addition, despite $11 billion in profits, Wal-Mart’s low wages and unaffordable health care force American taxpayers in Ohio and across the nation to subsidize Wal-Mart’s health care costs at an estimated $1.4 billion in 2004 and as much as $9 billion over the next five years.

Already, since launching the tour Aug. 1, the “2006 Change Wal-Mart, Change America” bus tour has held events in New York City; Bridgeport, Conn.; Philadelphia; Baltimore; Pittsburgh; and Detroit, with some of the nation’s most prominent Democratic leaders, including Sens. John Edwards and Joe Lieberman, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, U.S. Senate Candidate Representative Ben Cardin, U.S. Senate Candidate Ned Lamont, Gubernatorial Candidate John DeStefano, Gubernatorial Candidate Dan Malloy, U.S. Senate Candidate Kweisi Mfume, Congressional Candidate and Iraq War Veteran Patrick Murphy, Rep. John Conyers, Congressional Candidate Nancy Skinner and many others.

The Ohio segment of the “2006 Change Wal-Mart, Change America” tour will start today, Sunday, Aug. 6, at 6 p.m., at 3516 Granite Circle in Toledo, with Rep. Marcy Kaptur and Congressional Candidate Robin Weinrauch, who will host a special “Better America” town hall/community meeting.

On Monday, Aug. 7, at noon, in front of Dave’s Groceries at 2700 Caroll Ave. in Cleveland, U.S. Senate Candidate Rep. Sherrod Brown will hold a “Fighting for a Better Ohio & Better America” press conference with WakeUpWalMart.com.

Also on Monday, in Elyria, Ohio, at 6 p.m. at the Spitzter Conference Center (Lorraine Community College), 1005 Abbe Rd., Congressional Candidate Betty Sutton, State Rep. Candidate Matt Lundy and State Rep. Candidate Sue Morano will take part in a “Better Ohio, Better America” town hall/community meeting.

On Tuesday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m., at the Secretary of State’s Office, 180 E Broad St. No. 16 in Columbus, WakeUpWalMart.com will participate in the Ohio Minimum Wage Coalition’s press conference on the importance of raising the minimum wage.

On Wednesday, Aug. 9, at noon, at City Hall, 801 Plum St., in Cincinnati, WakeUpWalMart.com will hold a press conference with Congressional Candidate John Cranley and State Senator Eric Kearney.

Also Wednesday, at 5 p.m., at the Montgomery County Courthouse Square, Third and Main Streets, in Dayton, WakeUpWalMart.com will hold a community/town hall meeting with Congressional Candidate Stephanie Studebaker.

While holding town halls, Paul Blank, former 2004 presidential campaign advisor to Howard Dean, and Chris Kofinis, former presidential campaign advisor to Wesley Clark, will present a PowerPoint presentation entitled “A Costly Truth.” The PowerPoint will highlight, in graphic terms, why changing Wal-Mart is necessary for real political and social change. The presentation is modeled on Vice President Al Gore’s recent movie, “An Inconvenient Truth.”

As an added visual at the event, the “2006 Change Wal-Mart, Change America” National Bus will be on display. The 45-foot long, fully wrapped bus (more like an enormous sized billboard) nicknamed “Smiley,” is wrapped side-to-side and front-to-back in patriotic colors, emblazoned with the American flag, and the name of the tour, “2006 Change Wal-Mart, Change America Tour.” In addition, on each side of the bus, in bold letters and colors, the message of the tour will be available for all to see — including “Join America’s Fight for Health Care.”

Additional details about events and stops in Ohio are available at http://WakeUpWalMart.com.

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