Jan Tokumaru is Project Coordinator at Workforce and Economic Development Program of the California Labor Federation. She is also Vice President of the LA chapter of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA). 

Walmart Chinatown Battle Goes to Court

Jan Tokumaru

Today, the fate of Chinatown residents and small businesses will be decided by the Superior Court. For the past 18 months, Chinatown residents and community activists across the city have been fighting Walmart’s attempt to open a grocery store in the historic downtown neighborhood. Now a judge will weigh the right of Asian-American communities to have a voice in what is built in their neighborhoods versus a multinational corporation’s ability to open just one more store. The lawsuit filed by the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) and its allies seeks to nullify the building permits granted to Walmart by L.A. city officials.