New Yorkers to present “zombie civics lesson” theater, inspire audience to act against corporate influence in politics
WHAT: Vibrant street theater presentation of “zombies,” “politicians” and citizens
WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday, May 8 Press time (skit begins): 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Tompkins Square Park, Avenue A and 3rd St., NY, NY
NEW YORK – Just weeks after the landmark Supreme Court decision to roll back campaign spending limits on corporations and classify them as “people,” young New Yorkers will host a ghouly, interactive and inspirational “zombie civics lesson” at 2 p.m. May 8 in Tompkins Square Park, educating and inspiring viewers to act and reclaim their collective power to effect policy change.
In a clever, creative street theater performance, New Yorkers acting as corporate zombies — from Chase Bank and other major corporations — will meet with others dressed as state and national politicians, promising them campaign funds and endorsements in return for support of their agenda, no matter the risk to the public interest. Then, more actors performing as everyday citizens will bravely stand up to these zombies and explain how they’re opting out of the cycle — by buying locally grown food, joining local credit unions, and more — inspiring the audience to take their own simple actions to end the influence of corporate zombies on our elected leaders.
“Multi-billion dollar corporations corrupt our democracy and our lives,” said Cristina Castro, co-organizer of the event. “They bribe elected officials, shaping our laws and policies for their benefit, not ours. Health care reform barely passed because of industry pressure, brutal wars abroad continue thanks to military industry arm-twisting, and our food supply remains unhealthy thanks to agricultural industry lobbying. Our government spends our taxes on these corporate interests to the detriment of our schools, our roads, our public services. What better than to portray corporations for what they are, blood-thirsty zombies?”
The event is organized by the nascent Bull Moose Movement, a nationwide nonpartisan organization founded in response to the Supreme Court’s pro-corporate ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. According to NPR, the decision could “unleash a torrent of corporate and union cash into the political realm and transform how campaigns for president and Congress are fought in the coming years.” The movement’s mission is to educate and empower the public of what individual citizens can do in their everyday lives to call on politicians to work for their interests, not those of corporations.
For more information about this action, please contact Cristina Castro at 551-697-3239 or Jean Stevens at 508-769-2138. For more information on the Bull Moose Movement, please visit www.bullmoosemovement.com.