Last weekend, anti-austerity activists including UK Uncut targeted the U.S.
corporation Starbucks for tax avoidance while making a point about the
disproportionate impact of austerity on women. Over 40 protests occurred
across the UK at Starbucks shops, UK Uncut's biggest day of action yet.
Protesters staged sit-in occupations and transformed Starbucks cafes into
refuges, crèches, libraries, and homeless shelters in protest against the
impact of the government's cutting of services ranging from subsidies for
single mothers to rape crisis centers. Occupy Wall Street stands in
solidarity with this brilliant action to attack austerity and demonstrate
the alternatives of mutual aid and resistance, while also calling attention
to the inherent hypocrisy of governments' allowing multinational
corporations to avoid taxes while cutting services to the poor. This issue
is by no means limited to the UK only; these actions stand as an inspiration
and one possible model for resistance movements fighting austerity across