Three Dollar Trees in Kern County to have protests on December 1

Posted at 3:04 PM, Nov 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-30 18:04:08-05

On Thursday, December 1, local shoppers and community members will hold press conferences at three different local Dollar Tree locations.

This effort is in conjunction with over 65 nearly simultaneous demonstrations, shopper education events and meetings with store managers of Dollar Tree locations in 26 states. The events, coordinated by the Campaign for Healthier Solutions and conducted by national health organizations and local shoppers, seek to inform shoppers of dangerous chemicals found in some products sold at Dollar Tree stores and help them make safer choices for their families.

A recent report found that some products purchased from Dollar Tree, one of the nation’s largest discount retailers, contained toxic chemicals at levels which may harm customers – especially children. Dangerous chemicals found in these products included lead, phthalates, polyvinyl chloride, chromium, antimony and others. These chemicals are known to cause asthma, cancer, learning disabilities, and other ailments. People of color and low-income communities are especially vulnerable to harm from these products as discount retailers are disproportionately located in their communities.

Activists will hold demonstrations and manager meetings at three locations:

- 10:00 AM, Dollar Tree at 904 Bear Mountain Blvd, Arvin, CA 93203
- 12:00 PM, Dollar Tree at 10212 Main St, Lamont, CA 93241
- 2:00 PM, Dollar Tree at Niles Plaza, 6151 Niles St, Bakersfield, CA 93306