Protestors are playing video games on the side of buildings to protest tax evasion by major multinational companies as tax day approaches.
In advance of Tax Day, from Wednesday, April 10 to Monday, April 15, Americans in ten cities across the country are expressing their frustration with the nearly $100 billion that multinational corporations remove annually from the national budget at the same moment when politicians are slashing essential social services to make up for the ballooning deficit, by playing the new Tax Evaders video game projected on the sides of buildings in 10 major cities across the country. Inspired by the iconic Space Invaders video game, Tax Evaders will allow everyday taxpayers to blast tax-evading corporations near well-known corporate headquarters while overpass light brigades will spell out illuminated messages telling corporations to pay up.
“Why are we even discussing cuts to social security and other public services before going after the Tax Evaders who are stealing hundreds of billions from our economy?” says Gan Golan, coordinator of the national project. “We don’t need to close schools and hospitals. We need to close tax loopholes for corporations and the very rich.”
In the last week, a number of studies released by Americans for Tax Fairness and US PIRG have shown that wealthy corporations have rigged the game in order to pay less than their fair share of taxes and these coordinated actions represent a growing backlash to the billions held in corporate tax havens and the tens of millions of dollars spent on lobbying by these companies to protect them.
Projection artists and “light brigades” in 10 cities will be shining a light on corporate tax dodging with local residents becoming active players in the game.