On the 20th of January, an estimated three dozen people showed up outside the home of Dick Knapp's house to protest plans to open a Wal-Mart on Ga Ave-for the second time.
Dick Knapp is senior Vice President of Foulger-Pratt, owner of the old Chevy dealer site on Ga Ave-the one this developer is trying to lease to Wal-Mart.
This was the second protest outside Dick Knapp's house by Walmart-Free DC, which is demanding that no Wal-Mart outlets ever open anywhere in DC. Dick Knapp is project manager for the proposed Ward 4 Wal-Mart, one of four that Wal-Mart wants to open in DC.
Protesters emphasized that Wal-Mart has been funding politicians who opposed DC Statehood, as well as their habit of running almost all local retail outlets into bankruptcy.
There are those who say Wal-Mart creates jobs, but protesters cite studies showing that Wal-Mart merely hires a portion (not even all) of the people who lose their jobs as other retail outlets close. One participant in the protest cited a store that is already making plans to move, fearing that they will never survive with a Wal-Mart across the street.
Mr Knapp, once these protests start, they don't stop until you resolve the issue-DON'T SIGN THE LEASE!
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