We were there to make our message loud and clear: corporations need to be held accountable to Philadelphia’s neighborhoods and communities.
Activists began at the headquarters of Comcast, marched through 17th Street and ended at the Wells Fargo branch. The Harris Kingdom Drill Team was on hand to lead folks through the street and keep us moving at each location. All along the way, folks were calling out Center City corporations for taking advantage of corporate tax loopholes rather than investing in Philadelphia’s communities.
If these corporations had paid their fair share in taxes, painful cuts to the Philadelphia School District and other city services and programs could be completely prevented.
Standing in front of each of the corporations, neighbors shared their personal stories and emphasized the impact the actions of these greedy companies are having on their lives. Fight for Philly member Liz Lassiter said this:
“They keep telling us that there is not enough money out there. But look around – there is plenty of money in Center City. It’s not fair that you and I are feeling the pain in our homes and communities, while companies like Comcast make billions and then get a tax rebate.”
And Charles David Pinchback stressed why he was fighting for Philly: “I’m fighting for Philly because I am Philly. My children are Philly. And you all are Philly. We love this city, and we need to make it fair for everyone.”
It’s time for rich corporations like Comcast and Wells Fargo to answer to our communities that are struggling while they make billions in profits. As we chanted together on Thursday, “We’ll be back” to demand that rich corporations invest in our families and our futures.
UPDATE (6/27): For video of the day’s events, see our second blog post here.