Amazon Watch Spring Green-Bag Lunch Series

Amazon Watch Spring Green-Bag Lunch Series

How is the protection of human rights crucial to defending our environment? Through the lens of the iconic Amazon basin, Amazon Watch’s Spring 2012 “Green-Bag Lunch” Series will examine the current day threats to both the rainforest and her peoples....
Tax-Haven Abuse Film Hits the Fast Lane

Tax-Haven Abuse Film Hits the Fast Lane

(Park City, Utah) — “We’re Not Broke,” a lively documentary about the ways that wealthy individuals and global corporations dodge taxes, had its world premiere on Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival. The timing couldn’t have been more...
51 Years Later: Fulfilling The Legacy of Patrice Lumumba

51 Years Later: Fulfilling The Legacy of Patrice Lumumba

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 is the 51st anniversary of the assassination of Patrice Lumumba by the United States and Belgium, in cahoots with select Congolese elites. Congolese people and friends of the Congo throughout the globe commemorate Lumumba’s...
What I’m Giving Up in 2012

What I’m Giving Up in 2012

I generally make New Year’s resolutions in hopes of becoming a better person — more disciplined, healthier, or, at the very least, less pathetic. Some of these resolutions last until nightfall. Some don’t. None ever sees February. This year,...
For the Corporate 1 Percenters, a 50 Percent Tax Discount

For the Corporate 1 Percenters, a 50 Percent Tax Discount

Over a quarter century ago, in 1984, the Washington, D.C.-based Citizens for Tax Justice released its first in-depth report on how much America’s top profitable corporations were actually paying in taxes. America’s top companies, this initial study found,...
Food System Pays Dearly as Wall Street Occupies Washington

Food System Pays Dearly as Wall Street Occupies Washington

Despite the Occupy Wall Street movement’s now month-long direct challenge to corporate and financial industry power, the machine keeps rolling along. The 1 percent recently racked up two more big victories. President Barack Obama signed three new free-trade...
How Corporations Built to Loot Lobby to Win

How Corporations Built to Loot Lobby to Win

Need a job? You might want to dial up WIN America, the business lobby that’s calling on Congress to declare a “tax holiday” on the profits U.S. firms have sitting overseas. WIN America — short for “Working to Invest Now in America”...
WIN America Coalition Seeks to Pad Pockets with “Tax Holiday”

WIN America Coalition Seeks to Pad Pockets with “Tax Holiday”

At a moment in U.S. history when the public and members of Congress are searching for new revenue streams that could be invested in ways that help create jobs in this country, a coalition of firms has launched a campaign for a massive tax holiday on overseas corporate...
Job Destroyers Don’t Deserve a Tax Holiday

Job Destroyers Don’t Deserve a Tax Holiday

A coalition of big businesses is waging a campaign for a massive tax holiday on corporate profits stashed overseas. Its lobbyists claim that this windfall would create millions of jobs. If our lawmakers buy that, they’ve got very short memories. Just seven years...
Mitt Romney Believes in Corporate America

Mitt Romney Believes in Corporate America

At an Iowa campaign stop in August, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a startling assertion. Asked about his refusal to raise taxes on corporations while millions of Americans are struggling to make ends meet, he replied, “Corporations are...
Occupy DC: My Speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Occupy DC: My Speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

On Thursday, October 6, more than 2,000 people assembled at Freedom Square and marched to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. We brought thousands of resumes of people looking for jobs. Many testified about their job searches. Here were my remarks: A coalition of Wall...
America Loses: Corporations That Take “Tax Holidays” Slash Jobs

America Loses: Corporations That Take “Tax Holidays” Slash Jobs

There is a dangerous myth at the center of the jobs debate that rages across our country: Corporate tax cuts create jobs. With 25 million Americans looking for fulltime work, and nearly one in six Americans relying on federal food assistance, some of America’s...