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[OFFICIAL] US Uncut "PAY UP!" Flashmob at Bank of America 4/15/11

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Published on Apr 17, 2011

US Uncut, in collaboration with The Ruckus Society and Brass Liberation Orchestra (BLO), kicked off Tax Day weekend (Friday afternoon 4/15/11) in San Francisco with a flashmob at Bank of America and told them to "PAY UP!"

Bank of America is the #1 largest bank and the 5th largest corporation in the U.S., but it pays less in taxes than the average American household! If they and their corporate tax dodger friends paid their fair share of taxes (like the rest of us), we wouldn't 'need' to slash community services in the budget.

It's time Bank of America pays their taxes! So we took action to tell them just that.

Dozens of activists took Bank of America employees by surprise downtown San Francisco Friday, by breaking out in a song and dance in the middle of the bank, to the tune of Salt-n-Pepa's classic hit, "Push It", re-mixed as "Pay Up!"

Check out the list of actions against Corporate Tax Dodgers happening around the country this Monday (http://usuncut.org/actions/list) and join a Tax Day action near you!


*Many thanks to our partners at The Ruckus Society for support throughout this action and for this action report!



Video Credits:

Videographers: Regan Brashear, David Martinez, Andy Menconi, Rooz Tahamtanzadeh, Jeff Taylor and Luke

Music: Brass Liberation Orchestra

Editing, Subtitles and Original Lyrics: Leslie Dreyer

Comments • 152

Tim Johnson
Corporations do produce high profits... that is their purpose for their shareholders, but along the way they also provide jobs to millions of Americans. Now, nonprofits and charities also take in billions of dollars, and many of their board of directors have pretty high salaries. I think these nonprofit organizations need to pay their fair share, and pay taxes on the money they collect.
Tim Johnson
@Textynn Yes, the type of socialism envisioned by many of the leftist elitists who are backing these various protest groups is wrong. Their goal is to bring down American corporations. They want a nationalized banking system. Corporations do pay in many different ways. They pay sales taxes on everything they purchase, they pay property taxes on their office buildings and bank branches. They hire millions of Americans who also pay into the tax system. They donate hundreds of millions to charity.
Tim Johnson
The federal government has more tax revenues than ever before. They need to start cutting their spending!
Tim Johnson
Who cares if they pay hundreds of millions in taxes on everything they purchase. They also pay property taxes on all their office buildings and bank branch buildings. They provide hundreds of thousands of jobs to Americans all over the country (directly and indirectly). They have donated millions to various foundations and charity groups. All you people are about is bringing this country down and turning it into a socialist state. You are constantly trying to create class warfare.
Tim Johnson
@DeeEmBeeAay By the way... education is not a social program, and it is primarily funded at the state level. You people need to grow up and quit thinking the government is responsible for providing you with everything. We have such a mess with the government budget because over the last few years the government has grown too big, and created too many welfare programs. It didn't work in communist Russia, and it won't here.
Tim Johnson
@DeeEmBeeAay There are a lot of pet projects that need to be cut. We spend far too much on defense (we've already spent close to a billion dollars in Libya). There are many government departments that are bloated or duplicate jobs of other departments. The government should not be bailing out banks, insurance companies, and auto makers.
Tim Johnson
@Textynn Your ranting and nearly incoherent babble is showing you to be someone who doesn't have a grasp on reality. You've bought into the latest liberal/socialist scheme to attack American business. Good luck with the conspiracy theory blame game. I'll stick to having conversations with more open-minded and educated people.
Tim Johnson
And how many jobs does Bank of America provide... hundreds of thousands... more than these socialist groups will ever provide. I think these nonprofit groups that take in millions of dollars and then use it to attack businesses should also pay taxes. All these people are trying to do is destroy the American culture. They are socialists and anarchists who can't stand to see successful people and corporations. The wealthiest 10% of Americans already pay 70% of taxes... and provide most jobs.
Tim Johnson
@MsUndaunted Most Americans receive a tax deduction for donations to charity. I'm sure most charities would rather receive the donations from corporations and individuals, instead of letting the government manage it. Yes, employees at most large corporations volunteer their time to many charitable groups and schools (my homeless school couldn't survive without our corporate donors). Many banks still have not paid back their TARP money as BofA has.
Tim Johnson
@MsUndaunted Let's look at how much the wealthy actually pay. According to CNNMoney.com "The top fifth of households paid 86% of all individual income tax revenue collected in 2006" and "The top 1% of households paid 39% of all individual income taxes." They say "The trend is similar if you count income taxes, social insurance taxes, excise taxes and corporate income taxes (such as capital gains) combined. The top fifth of households paid 69% of all federal taxes. The top 1% paid 28%."
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