D.C. Council member Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7), poised to get a Walmart in her community east of the Anacostia River, said she did not agree to speak at a protest scheduled for Thursday by community activists.
A news release listed Alexander among the speakers for the 12:30 p.m. event on the steps of the John A. Wilson Building. "These activists are coming together to demand Walmart treat its workers and neighbors with dignity. Provide full-time living wage jobs with good benefits," according to the news release.
The protest/news conference comes on the same day that the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO is scheduled for a lobbying day of the council on the same issue.
D.C. Wire happened to be on the phone with Alexander when the news release was issued to the media. Alexander said she explained to an organizer that a council member had to sign off in order for a demonstration to take place on the Wilson Building steps, but she said she never agreed to be a speaker. "I would be more in favor of them (Walmart) coming. It represents jobs and retail for our community," she said.
Minutes later, a corrected news release said Alexander would not be a speaker.
Walmart announced in November that it wanted to locate four stores in the District.