by Jeff Weinberger
Dericia Charles left her native Cap Haitien for South Florida seven years ago expecting the best. A print shop worker who'd been earning a few dollars a day toiling on a low-tech printing press in virtual sweatshop conditions, she had barely been getting by in her homeland. So, determined to head from the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti, to one of the richest on earth, she had high hopes.
"I thought I would find very good opportunities because I love to work," Charles said through a translator, her Kreyol rolling rapidly off her tongue as the noisy Black Friday traffic started and stopped beside the Walmart Supercenter in North Miami Beach, her employer for the past six of those seven years. There were demonstrations there and in Boynton Beach on Friday, part of a bigger nationwide protest against the megastore.