Yesterday was historic. Across the country, the 99% showed that we will no longer stand for the tax dodging of wealthy corporations and the 1%. From California to Maine, from San Antonio, Texas to St. Cloud, Minnesota, the commitment and creativity of the people was on display. Here are some of the highlights:
- In Seattle, 99%’ers held an “Occu-Pie” pie-eating contest to highlight Amazon.com’s effective corporate tax rate of 5.5 percent, and to show the giant retailer what a fair share looks like.
- In St. Cloud, Minnesota, local residents brought a tropical theme to Tax Day, wearing beach apparel and playing Caribbean music to emphasize tax loopholes that “are allowing corporations to hide millions of dollars offshore in places like Aruba and Panama.”
- In New York City, the “Tax Dodgers” baseball team strutted their stuff in front of Trump Tower.
- In Chicago, the “99% Citizen Tax Enforcers” were on the move — paying visits to corporate board members to tell them it’s time to pay their fair share in taxes.
- In cities and towns across the nation — Philadelphia, Syracuse, Phoenix, Portland and more — 99%’ers organized “Tax Dodgerball” games.
Our movement was not just felt in the streets, however — it was also felt at shareholder meetings, as CitiGroup shareholders rejected an exorbitant CEO pay package and EQT Corp. executives adjourned the natural gas company’s annual shareholders’ meeting today after 25 minutes because of a large number of unexpected questions from shareholders about the company’s drilling and exploration operations.
For more pictures from these and other actions, visit our album 99% Tax Day Photos on Facebook.
We know we can’t do justice to such a groundswell of activity in a single blog post — if you were part of a 99% Tax Day action yesterday, leave a comment and let us know about it!