Occupy Tax Dodgers, 99% Spring, or Whatever The F*** You Want To Call It, Protesters Sure Were Wicked Pissed Today
April 17, 2012
By Chris Faraone, The Boston Phoenix
Protests like today's march on General Electric and other ruthless tax-dodgers remind me of why money-grubbing conservatives hate community organizers so much. Because without nearly 1000 heads waving signs to inform people about the Fortune 500 behemoths that screw us, these companies would simply weave through loopholes unnoticed. In fact they mostly do anyway.
Today's mass pickets were pinned to tax day. That goes for City Life's afternoon romp at Bank of America on Federal Street, as well as for the march through downtown this evening, when MassUniting and a number of affiliated groups brought a familiar message to GE, Verizon, State Street, Fidelity, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America: Pay your fair f***ing share!
Fast forward to 6pm, when more than 500 picket-happy hecklers congregated down in Dewey before marching forth. I'm sure I missed a few participants, but my attendance roll clocked in troops from the aforementioned outfits as well as: Occupy Arlington, the SEIU, Occupy Quincy, Occupy Weymouth, the Jewish Labor Committee, the T Riders Union, Right to the City, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and Mass Senior Action, which was rolling deep on rented golf carts in the back of the pack. In other words: it was the representative 99 percent, or something close to it.
With all that said, what I realized today is that Occupiers and their likeminded org affiliates don't have to work together every time. They don't even have to gel on tactics, or pursue the same actions (though today's march and rally did draw significant Occupy forces). So long as they keep targeting the same enemies, there's a chance that someone at Bank of America – or any of the other culprit companies – might concede that people hate them for a reason.