This Tax Day, Take Action to Stop Corporate Tax Dodgers

Remember when teachers, public employees, Planned Parenthood, Public Radio and PBS all crashed the stock market, wiped out half of our 401Ks, took trillions in TARP money, spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, gave themselves billions in bonuses, and paid no taxes? Me neither.


This weekend, millions of Americans will be paying their fair share of taxes to the government that protects, cares for and empowers them, while extremely profitable corporations will continue to pay no taxes at all.


The budget deal last week made clear that Washington never cared about deficit reduction and was instead more concerned about putting money back into the pockets of their corporate benefactors. Congress is cutting programs that college students, single moms and hungry kids depend on, while they let corporations bilk the government out of $100 billion in unpaid taxes every year.

It's long overdue for the American people to stand together and speak out. And now they are. This Tax Day will be the largest day of action against corporate tax cheats in American history.

In just six weeks, the will of the people of Wisconsin has risen to a thunderous roar that is now taking a major political toll on Wisconsin's leaders. Americans everywhere can accomplish the same when We, the People, choose action.

US Uncut has staged 160 actions against corporate tax cheats in just six weeks, and we're just getting started. The impact of our movement will only continue to grow as more people hear our message and start taking action in their communities.

Instead of merely petitioning these same congressmen who have been bought by the corporations bankrupting our country, this weekend we will be taking the fight directly to the corporations' doors in our own communities.

U.S. Uncut will be leading over 75 actions from coast to coast from the 15th to the 18th, and progressive groups uniting under the banner of the American Dream movement will be hosting hundreds more in towns large and small. Congress may not be asking for any "shared sacrifice" from their corporate financiers, but their constituents are.

Just as the founders banded together to fight a corrupt system of taxation without representation, today's Americans must unite to drive out the enablers of our corrupt system of representation without taxation.

This is the next wave of tax protest in America. It is a movement of Americans who pay their fair share, saying that we deserve better than budget cuts and diminished expectations. We are tired of paying more than our share of taxes to get less in return from government.

We know there is enough wealth in this country to make the American dream of equal opportunity a reality for everyone. The only question is whether corporations are willing to pay their fair share to provide for the health and prosperity of all. The movement you'll see in action on tax day is working to make that a reality.

You can join us by starting your own action by visiting our page. See you in the streets!

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