March 17, 2011- Last month, journalist Johann Hari wrote an article for The Nation called “How to Build a Progressive Tea Party” in which he detailed the sudden and rapid evolution of UK Uncut, a British movement formed to curb corporate tax dodging. At the time, Hari’s wish was for the cause to cross the pond and take root in America.
It took about a month for the dream to become a reality. A young man named Carl Gibson from Mississippi read Hari’s article and immediately felt inspired to launch US Uncut. The reasoning behind his motivation was simple.
“I have one dollar in my wallet. That’s more than the combined income tax liability of GE, ExxonMobil, Citibank and the Bank of America. That means somebody is gaming the system,” says Gibson.
Gibson set up a website, and almost overnight franchises sprung up across the country, and a national day of action was declared for protests at Bank of America. I attended one such US Uncut protest in New York City.