Head-Roc Performs at Teamster HQ
Head-Roc, a talented D.C.-based rapper and activist, showed his commitment to community issues at a Teamster rally on March 30 at the headquarters of the Teamsters Union. At the rally, he performed a new song in support of Teamsters working at Giant.
Hundreds of grocery and warehouse workers, activists and community leaders protested outside the Food Marketing Institute’s (FMI) annual public policy meeting at a hotel across the street from the Teamsters Union. Two of FMI’s highest-profile corporate members, C&S Wholesale Grocers and Dutch-owned Royal Ahold, have been destroying middle class jobs in states up and down the East Coast by closing facilities and shipping jobs to low-wage warehouses in other states.
Head-Roc is a longtime D.C. resident (from Kennedy St. N.W., according to “The District” from his album, “The Return of Black Broadway”) who knows the issues affecting those who live and work in the city. He wanted to do something to support his friends, neighbors and community in their time of need.
In Washington, D.C., Royal Ahold-owned Giant Food brought in C&S to operate a warehouse in Jessup, Md. That warehouse is now being shuttered and as many as 500 jobs are being shipped out of state. Giant is based in Maryland with 97 percent of its stores are located in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. In New Jersey, C&S Grocers put over 1,300 people out of work when it closed warehouses earlier this year. In the Netherlands, Royal Ahold has turned over 30 to 60 percent of its warehouse distribution work to temp agencies to get around strong Dutch labor laws.
Check out Head-Roc’s tune, “Giant Ain’t the ‘G’ They Used to Be,” including the lyrics, here.