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Showings of Wal-Mart documentary in C’ville

Robert Greenwald has produced a critical documentary about Wal-Mart which is being shown in various places around the nation this week. On November 17, one can see it locally at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist and the Friends Quaker Meeting House. Wal-Mart has responded to some aspects of the documentary that differ from the facts. Hopefully events like these raise dialog about the intersection of global commerce and society.

11/17 Update by Waldo: Charlottesville Podcasting has an MP3 of last night’s town meeting about Wal-Mart.

Land conservation fund receives first funds

A Daily Progress article covers the first donation to Albemarle County’s Acquisition of Conservation Easements program, a tax-deductable fund for the county to purchase land easements. From the article:

Albemarle County will be able to set aside more rural land like Ford’s because of a $10,000 anonymous donation to the county’s Acquisition of Conservation Easements program, the county announced Monday.

The program was established in 2000 and the fund set up earlier this year. The $10,000 is the first contribution to the program, and the money will be used exclusively for the county to purchase easements – voluntary agreements that help maintain open space and ecological diversity by restricting development of land.

Persons concerned about sprawl and protecting open spaces may wish to read a county press release for details on how to contribute to the fund.

Interview with a Displaced Hurricane Survivor

Sean Tubbs, who runs the Charlottesville Podcasting Network, interviewed Ralph Chester, a Louisiana resident who has found safe haven in Charlottesville. The interview is about 25 minutes in length. The following statement from Mr. Chester speaks volumes about the humanity of the situation:

In one of the past hurricanes that affected the area when the… Superdome was opened, as a shelter of last resort, and was populated by people that could not get at that time… there was a great deal of destruction and some of the more horrific elements of human behavior that went on this time last time, so much was the case that the powers that be in the city then said, including the people who run the Superdome said, it’ll never happen again that this will be used as a shelter. Obviously, it was used a shelter again, and had even more people, and it had more problems. But it was a necessity, it had to happen.

Sean will conduct additional interviews in the coming weeks on the Podcasting Network.