Thanks to all of you, the 99% Spring is off to a powerful start. From Boston to San Francisco we went toe to toe with the 1% this week. In an inspiring series of coordinated world-wide actions, the 99% took to the streets to show the corporations and the 1% that we are done with their greed!
We kicked off the Spring shareholder season with a series of tax day actions against Bank of America, Wells Fargo, General Electric, Amazon, the National Restaurant Association and all the corporations whose greed caused this crisis.
On Wednesday we told EQT that it’s time for them to clean up their act. EQT was forced to shut down their shareholder meeting because of our action — the shut down proves that our movement is making a difference.
On Thursday we challenged the face of the 1% in an action at a $1,000/plate fundraiser in San Francisco hosted by Greg and Carrie Walton Penner. Greg Penner is on the board of both Walmart and Hyatt and he married into the Walton family. Together the six Waltons own more wealth than the bottom 30% of the country combined.
Here’s a run down of some of the actions from this week:
1,500 of us from Mass Uniting and the Right to the City Alliance marched against the greed of Bank of America demanding principle reductions for millions of underwater home owners.
In Fairfield, dozens of taxpayers from SEIU Local 32 and Connecticut Alliance for a Fair Economy played Tax Dodgeball with General Electric whose tax dodging won them a $3.2 billion dollar refund last year.
In Brooklyn, United NY’s Tax Dodgers came out to show the 1% that it’s game over on their greed.
Folks from VOCAL-NY, New York Communities for Change (NYCC), Make the Road NY and United NY took over the steps of the Farley Post Office to demand accountability from the greedy corporations and the 1%.
Union workers, community groups, parents, Occupy Wall Street members, and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement rallied in Ames and Des Moines to demand that the 1% pay their fair share in taxes.
Hyatt workers, Walmart workers, Occupy Wall Street, UNITE – HERE, Jobs with Justice, OUR Walmart and Making Change at Walmart members disrupted a $1,000/plate fundraiser hosted by the faces of the 1%: Walmart heiress Carrie Walton Penner and her husband Greg Penner.
The United Steel Workers stood with more than 300 community members and workers in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil to challenge unjust labor practices and environmental degradation at the Vale Corporate Shareholder meeting.
It’s been a great week, and the movement is just getting started. Let’s keep the momentum going — if you don’t see your action here, tell us about it! Leave a comment below and we’ll add it to the list.