Every time there's even a whisper of Wal-Mart thinking about maybe moving into one of the five boroughs, activists get their sandwich boards out and Reverend Billy is all "DEVIL GET THEE BEHIND ME! I will take that company to the LAKE OF HELLFIRE!" It's actually kind of heartwarming to witness that kind of solidarity. And here's the latest from the rallying front line (to recap: the company is rumored to be scoping out a spot in Jamaica Bay).

According to the Daily News, Council Speaker Christine Quinn joined labor union activists and opponents of Wal-Mart's efforts to get their seed planted in the city, yesterday on the steps of City Hall. Activists called the company an "evil empire" and accused them of “trying to sneak into New York” by finding a location in the city where existing zoning would allow them to skip over the city’s "arduous, and politically swayable, rezoning process, known as ULURP, for Uniform Land Use Review Procedure."

While Quinn may be protesting on the steps, Mayor Bloomberg has said in the past, "This city does not have the legal right to prevent any business that can come here that complies with our laws. I’ve always thought that the more competition the better.” But Quinn says we need to be selective, noting at the rally: "we don’t want companies that have led the nation in law suits being brought against them by workers." She continued, "if Wal-Mart wants to usher in a new day we are happy to sit down with them and write a New York philosophy and a New York business plan. But until that happens... they are not welcome in our five boroughs.”

Wal-Mart still denies they are negotiating a deal with the East New York location, but their director of communications issued a statement regarding the rally, which said, in part: “While we still do not have a project to announce anywhere within the five boroughs, we know that New Yorkers want to shop and work at Walmart." He noted their presence would help with the unemployment rate and lack of affordable grocery stores. Now we await Phase II: manufactured fake community groups rallying for the company's move to New York.