History of May Day, and “The Corporate Tax Dodgers” #OWS musical protest theatre

 History of May Day, and “The Corporate Tax Dodgers” #OWS musical protest theatre  Occupy Toronto
27 April 2012
by Michael Holloway

 

The Tax Dodgers” are a musical and political street theatre group made up of Occupy Wall Street members – the non-violent, civil disobedience protest movement. They produced and preform this unique version of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” – titled “Take Me Out to the Tax Game”.

 

Lyrics

Take me out to the tax game.
Bail me out with the banks.
Buy me a bonus and tax rebates.
Never pay nuthin’ not fed’ral or state.
So it’s shoot, shoot, shoot for the loopholes.
It’s law, so you can’t complain.
For its one, two, three-trillion you’re out,
Since we rigged the game!

Take me out to the tax game.
Flip the bird to the crowd.
Losers pay taxes, we take rebates.
‘cuz we make the rules for the corporate state.
And it’s wham, bam, slam through the loopholes.
We always win, what a game!
We’re the one, yes, the one percent,
And we have no shame!

 

The video above was edited from a report posted at The Real News Network, April 19 2012, “Spring Revival: Occupy Wall Street Seeks to Rejuvenate Movement“.
The edit is the last minute and a half of the original news item -http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3…
The Real News Network’s “Occupy” label -http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=846

Spring Awakening at Central Park” – an ‘Activist Training Weekend’ held on April 14th 2012 in Central Park in Manhattan. The New York, NY area General Assemblies came together for an extrodinary General Assembly to plan towards a day of political theatre, civil disobedience and protest against an economic system rigged in favour of International Business Elites, and for a fair economic deal for the 99%. May Day 2012, or “#M1″ is a call for everyone to take the day off work, all work, even unpaid work (like house work) and come out with your family and make your voice heard – now at any one of over 150 cities across the Canada, Mexico and the United States that are planning #M1 events. The Rallying call is:

#OWS – May 1, 2012 – A Global General Strike – No Work — No School — No Housework — No Shopping – #M1

OccupyToronto (#may1to) - http://occupyto.org/2012/04/may-1st-day-of-action-join-us/
Occupy Wall Street (#M1) A City-by-City Link List -http://occupywallst.org/article/may-day/
AdBusters Occupy Bloghttp://www.adbusters.org/blogs/adbusters-blog/may-2012-insurrection.html

 

The History of “May Day” – the original Labour Day

May 1, “May Day” is the original ‘Labour Day’.  Back in the 1880′s the movement for the 8 hour work day and other worker’s rights, was high lighted by a strike in Chicago during 1886/87 – a long strike of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company.  The strike was broken when the State used Agent Provocateures to set off a bomb in amongst a crowd of demonstators and police during an out door meeting of strikers – a day after company poice – or “Pinkerton’s” – opened fire on the workers picket line at the plant with live rounds. The events at the out door meeting became known as “The Haymarket Massacre” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haymarket_affair). The device killed seven police officers and at least four demonstrators. Four union organizers, that some believe were just ‘patsies’,  were hung by the neck until dead for the crime, on November 11, 1887.

The events set back the movement for workers rights for about 10 years, but eventually the ‘Haymarket Affair’ became the catalist that united a nation wide general strike that ensconced bargaining rights through federal legislation that guaranteed the right to collective bargaining for all who chose to join a union – and by osmosis changed working conditions for the better for all people, as working conditions began to parallel those bargained for in the unionized sector.

This workers rights movement was one of the key the foundation stones of the economic agreement between labour and owners that later (after the Second World War) lead to what became known as The Affluent Society – also known as the Middle Class – or in our times, the Consumer Driven Economy [more accurately, the Savings driven economy] (see: “The Affluent Society” 1958 – by J.K. Galbraith -http://books.google.ca/books/about/The_affluent_society.html?id=iLtdAAAAIAAJ)

Related Video: “OWS Spring Awakening with the Tax Dodgers!” -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPslGojm7Q4

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