99% Spring Shareholder Meeting Protests Begin

The 99% Spring movement is starting to make itself heard at corporate shareholder meetings around the country. And next week it really gets started and will be big. (I’ll be reporting from the GE shareholder meeting next week in Detroit.)
Did you know that shareholder protests shut down the annual shareholders meeting of energy-company EQT Corp. yesterday?

How about at the recent Carnival Cruise Lines annual meeting? HuffPo: Carnival Reportedly Shuts Down Shareholders Meeting Webcast After Protestors Ask About Taxes

How about at the BNY Mellon shareholder meeting?

This was a taste, but next week it really gets started.
Visit 99% Power and The 99 Uniting

What Is The 99% Spring?

From The 99% Spring website:

Our country is at a crossroads. We have a choice to make. Greater wealth for a few or opportunity for many. Tax breaks for the richest or a fair shot for the rest of us. A government that can be bought by the highest bidder, or a democracy that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people.
The choice is in our hands. This spring we will act on that choice.
In the tradition of our forefathers and foremothers and inspired by today’s brave heroes in Occupy Wall Street and Madison, Wisconsin, we will prepare ourselves for sustained non-violent direct action.
From April 9-15 we will gather across America, 100,000 strong, in homes, places of worship, campuses and the streets to join together in the work of reclaiming our country. We will organize trainings to:

  • Tell the story of our economy: how we got here, who’s responsible, what a different future could look like, and what we can do about it
  • Learn the history of non-violent direct action, and
  • Get into action on our own campaigns to win change.

This spring we rise! We will reshape our country with our own hands and feet, bodies and hearts. We will take non-violent action in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi to forge a new destiny one block, one neighborhood, one city, one state at a time.

From The 99 Power:

Starting this spring with corporate shareholder season, the 99% Power coalition—workers and retirees, families fighting foreclosure and the unemployed, students, immigrants and environmentalists—have united together to build an economy and a democracy that works for all us, not just for the 1%.
Thousands of people will be inside and outside more than three-dozen corporate shareholder meetings across the country, including Wells Fargo, GE, Verizon, Sallie Mae, Wal-Mart, Bank of America, Verizon and more. We will directly face and challenge the 1% board members and executives that have only served to expand inequality, threaten democracy, destroy our environment and have put their desire for profit in direct conflict with the survival of families and communities.
99% Power will mobilize well over 10,000 people, from all walks of life and representing the diversity of the 99%, to engage in nonviolent direct action. All told, there will be more demonstrations connected to corporate shareholder meetings than at any point in American history. Together we fight to build a political and economic system that offers equal opportunity for all.

Shareholder Meeting And Other Actions Coming

Here’s a list (click through, in case it gets updated):

Gala of the 99%
Thursday April 19, 2012

Occupy Walmart
Thursday April 19, 2012

People’s Moratorium – Singing Foreclosure Auction Blockade
Friday April 20, 2012

BP is Creepy Charivari
Friday April 20, 2012

BP Oil Spill Anniversary March
Friday April 20, 2012

Support Newport Post Office
Friday April 20, 2012

TELL SCOTT WALKER HE IS NOT WELCOME IN LAKE COUNTY
Friday April 20, 2012

Roll out the Red Carpet for Philly’s 1%
Friday April 20, 2012

Informational Meeting
Friday April 20, 2012

We are here 99% rally
Saturday April 21, 2012

stop walmart petition
Saturday April 21, 2012

Dump ALEC: Legistlative Public Forum
Saturday April 21, 2012

The 99% Declaration Petition to Redress Grievances
Saturday April 21, 2012

Occupy the Trees
Saturday April 21, 2012

Earth Day Exposing ALEC
Saturday April 21, 2012

OCCUPY WALL STREET WEEKLY ORIENTATION
Saturday April 21, 2012

Occupy Earth Day (part 1) Melt-In at Grand Central
Saturday April 21, 2012

Community Audit
Saturday April 21, 2012

iMatter March – Mobilize the Earth!
Sunday April 22, 2012

Occupy Earth Day
Sunday April 22, 2012

Koch Brothers Exposed Movie Matinee
Sunday April 22, 2012

Rally to Save Stadium Woods
Sunday April 22, 2012

99% Spring Direct Action Training
Sunday April 22, 2012

99% Spring Direct Action Training Sunday
Sunday April 22, 2012

Cultural Healing Walk and Earth Day Rally
Sunday April 22, 2012

test action
Monday April 23, 2012

Occupy Wells Fargo
Monday April 23, 2012

Stop the Cuts!
Tuesday April 24, 2012

The 99% Take Over the Wells Fargo Shareholder Meeting
Tuesday April 24, 2012

Occupy CEHKC (Committee to End Homelessness in King County)
Tuesday April 24, 2012

Wells Fargo People Over Profits Protest
Tuesday April 24, 2012

Grand Circus Park Staging Location for GE Shareholder Meeting
Wednesday April 25, 2012

GE Shareholder Meeting
Wednesday April 25, 2012

PROTEST GE TAX DODGING
Wednesday April 25, 2012

Debtopia – a carnival of student debt
Wednesday April 25, 2012

Healthcare not Corporate Welfare
Wednesday April 25, 2012

1T Day
Wednesday April 25, 2012

1T Day
Wednesday April 25, 2012

Direct Action Training
Wednesday April 25, 2012

End Walmart’s Takeover of the DC Government
Thursday April 26, 2012

What
Thursday April 26, 2012

Get On The Bus for Amnesty International!
Friday April 27, 2012

Get On the Bus – DC
Friday April 27, 2012

Get On the Bus – DC
Friday April 27, 2012

Support Your Local Post Office
Friday April 27, 2012

Unite Against The War On Women March and Rally
Saturday April 28, 2012

AZ Unite Against the War on Women Rally
Saturday April 28, 2012

Unite Women CT Rally
Saturday April 28, 2012

UNITEwomen.org
Saturday April 28, 2012

Unite Against the War on Woman
Saturday April 28, 2012

Santa Fe Riverdance
Saturday April 28, 2012

Unite Against the War on Women rally
Saturday April 28, 2012

99% Spring 3 Hour Training
Saturday April 28, 2012

Eviction Protection Organizers Training
Saturday April 28, 2012

Move Your Money
Saturday April 28, 2012

Unite Women’s Rally
Saturday April 28, 2012

Unite Against the War on Women March
Saturday April 28, 2012

Rally For Women’s Rights. Make Them Fear Our Numbers!
Saturday April 28, 2012

Unite Against the War on Women Rally
Saturday April 28, 2012

Unite Against the War on Women
Saturday April 28, 2012

Unite Against the War on Women March and Rally
Saturday April 28, 2012

Unite Against the War on Women Rally
Saturday April 28, 2012

Community Rally for SeaTac Airport Workers
Saturday April 28, 2012

Unite Women – MS Rally at the Capitol
Saturday April 28, 2012

Detroit/Windsor Workers Memorial Day
Saturday April 28, 2012

Unite Against the War on Women – AL Rally
Saturday April 28, 2012

UNITEwomen.org
Saturday April 28, 2012

TEXANS UNITE AGAINST THE WAR ON WOMEN RALLY‏
Saturday April 28, 2012

Sharing Day Family Picnic and Potluck
Sunday April 29, 2012

May Day General Strike and Block Party
Tuesday May 01, 2012

May Day General Strike
Tuesday May 01, 2012

Occupy Vallejo May Day
Tuesday May 01, 2012

OCCUPY LAGRANGE
Tuesday May 01, 2012

title="May Day">May Day
Tuesday May 01, 2012

May Day Long Beach March & Rally
Tuesday May 01, 2012

Put People and the Planet First: March and Rally
Tuesday May 01, 2012

Mayday! M’aidez! May Day!
Tuesday May 01, 2012

May Day Rally; Join the Nationwide Call to Strike
Tuesday May 01, 2012

May Day // Primero de Mayo
Tuesday May 01, 2012

May 1st Workers Solidarity Festival and March
Tuesday May 01, 2012

Let’s Keep Massachusetts Public Schools On the Right Track!
Tuesday May 01, 2012

May Day at Chase Bank
Tuesday May 01, 2012

Tesoro Sharholder Meeting–Drawing the Line for a Fair Deal @TSO
Thursday May 03, 2012

VeriGreedy (Verizon) Shareholders Meeting
Thursday May 03, 2012

Reynolds American Shareholders
Thursday May 03, 2012

Joining Hands in Hope
Thursday May 03, 2012

Fair Elections: Town Hall Meeting
Thursday May 03, 2012

Fair Elections Public meeting
Thursday May 03, 2012

Clean up a lot with trees where there was an arson and give love
Friday May 04, 2012

Clean up a lot with trees where there was an arson and give love
Friday May 04, 2012

Genetic altered food labeling
Saturday May 05, 2012

Connect the Dots to Renewable Energy and Transition
Saturday May 05, 2012

Join the Human Wave – 350.org day of action on climate change
Saturday May 05, 2012

CONNECTING THE DOTS – DOWNTOWN MIAMI AND SEA LEVEL RISE
Saturday May 05, 2012

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America’s Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture. I am a Fellow with CAF.
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