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Let's Talk About How That Cheap Stuff You Just Bought At Walmart Costs $6,000 More Than You Thought

Note: This #UpChat has concluded, but don't worry! You can check out our recap of the discussion below and here.What do you think about the fact that the six members of the Walton family (who own most of Walmart) have more wealth than the bottom 42% of our entire country? Or how Walmart paying a living wage to its employees would barely affect prices? (More on that in the links below in this kind of unbelievable infographic).Walmart is all up in the news right now ... kinda has been for a while now. We're having this little thing called an #UpChat on Thursday, June 5, at 2 p.m. Eastern so you can join in the conversation. All you'll need is a Twitter account. Use the hashtag #UpChat to add your voice!Mark your calendars: Walmart #UpChat June 5 at 2 p.m. Eastern.

Let's Talk About How That Cheap Stuff You Just Bought At Walmart Costs $6,000 More Than You Thought
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FACT-CHECK TIME: According to a congressional study, $6,000 is the average amount taxpayers are being dinged per employee. Walmart's wages and benefits are so low that it forces workers to go on Medicaid and receive housing assistance, child care subsidies, food stamps, and more. Yes, it's totally insane, but it's true.


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OK, I'm in! So how do I get my friends talking about the effect the #WalmartEconomy has on all of us during this #Upchat?

1) Gather up your friends, your family, and all of the Internet and let them know about our UpChat! Share it on Twitter, on Facebook, and heck, go old school and hang up some signs in your neighborhood with facts! (What kind of facts? How about the one above or how very little it would cost us all to pay Walmart workers a fair wage).

2) At 2 pm ET on Thursday, June 5, bring your people and your input about Walmart and low wages and tweet us your thoughts using the #UpChat and #WalmartEconomy hashtags! We'll be asking lots of questions and looking to all of you to help get this movement going even stronger. (And maybe if it continues to go super big, we'll actually have an impact and Walmart will change its practices!?)

3) Say hello to all the folks joining @Upworthy and @AFLCIO for the #UpChat:

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.