Black Friday: Wal-Mart and the High Cost of Low Wages’s executive director speaks out about Wal-Mart’s exploitation of its workforce.

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Clearly, every day is Black Friday for Wal-Mart. The company makes a killing all year, keeping its workers financially insecure and beholden to our social-safety net. Fifty years after Americans came to Washington, D.C., to march for jobs, thousands of brave workers are taking action, launching Black Friday strikes across the country, demanding dignity, justice and respect. Wal-Mart must be held accountable for its exploitation of American workers and for the dangerous game it plays with our democracy. A social-safety net is important, but it should be there to help people, not subsidize a corporation that lines its pockets by keeping workers in poverty.

By supporting Wal-Mart workers in the fight for good jobs and a decent working environment, we can help raise the standard for the entire retail industry, and show Wal-Mart executives that there's a price to pay for exploiting its workforce.

Rashad Robinson is executive director of, the nation's largest online civil rights organization. Follow on Twitter. To join in demanding that Wal-Mart be accountable to the needs of its workers, click here.

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