With corporations and the wealthy pulling the strings and puppet politicians dancing on command, the outcome of battles in Congress and state legislatures over tax fairness is fairly predictable. But the North Carolina State AFL-CIO may have an answer.
On April 15—Tax Day—the state federation is sponsoring a unique “Fair Fight” to stop state lawmakers from continuing to shift the tax burden of the Tar Heel State’s wealthiest and corporations onto middle- and low-income working families.
The square circle spectacle will pit legendary masked Mexican luchadora (female wrestler) Juicy Buns, wrestling as “The People’s Champion,” against corporate-created and -backed “Champion of the Powerful” The Scrambler. (See their bios below.)
While this creative activist theater is likely to draw both the public’s attention and smiles, the issue is utterly serious says Allan Freyer of the North Carolina Budget & Tax Center.
We all want economic growth and broadly shared prosperity across North Carolina, but that can only happen if corporations and top income earners pay their fair share in taxes. Unless we have sufficient revenues, we’ll continue to see spending cuts that hurt working families and hurt our state’s ability to compete in the global economy.
MaryBe McMillan, secretary-treasurer of the North Carolina State AFL-CIO, says unbalanced tax policies and cuts to critical federal programs are both the result of politicians in Raleigh and Washington being champions of wealthy and powerful special interests instead of the people who elected them. Working families, she says, “Need a champion, too. Someone who will stand up to bullies, who will persist in the face of long odds and who will never, ever give up.”
We need a champion who will fight for justice and fairness, who will stand up to those in Congress who are holding the middle-class hostage, who will challenge legislative leaders who want working folks to pay more so corporations can pay less.
At a “weigh-in” in Raleigh on Monday, Juicy Buns told reporters:
From Jones Street to Capitol Hill, too many politicians have forgotten who they’re supposed to be fighting for. I’m ready to show them what a real Champion of the People can do.
The Scrambler left little doubt that she expected no trouble in besting The People’s Champion.
The people may want a fair fight, but we don’t fight fair. I welcome the chance to remind all of you who pulls the strings around here.
If the last thing the Champion of the Powerful wants is a level playing field or a fair fight, what kind of dirty tricks will she pull? Will her sponsor, the Big Man, be revealed? Can the People’s Champion overcome the odds? Will greed triumph over fairness?
The match is set for April 15 at 12:30 p.m. at Raleigh’s Bicentennial Mall. Follow on Twitter at #fairfight.
Learn More about the Durham Luchadoras:
All her life, the People’s Champion has worked hard. After her family turned her out on the street, Juicy Buns earned her keep in the back alley wrestling rings of Mexico City as an apprentice to famed Chador, El Santo.
Emboldened by her training, she returned home to find her siblings—mad with power—had taken control of her village and were forcing the townspeople to work for no pay in their dumpling factory. She took on all 10 of her siblings and defeated them in a single, epic match. She then put the employees in charge of the factory, donned her mask and set out to defend the workers of the world wherever she is needed.
The Champion of the Powerful is literally the by-product of Big Business. She was born in a pharmaceutical lab and raised as an experiment by a group of white-coated corporate hacks. Her tiny cell was lined with copies of The Wall Street Journal, and she spent her childhood memorizing stock quotes and farm futures. Now fully grown, she still believes companies are her only friends, and she fights to protect the interests of a shadowy someone she’ll reveal only as “the Big Man.” She has no empathy at all for working folks and enters the ring only to gain power, money and control.
Designed to promote an image of strong, capable women with personalities to match, the Durham Luchadoras follow in the footsteps of the legendary masked Lucha Libre wrestlers of Mexico. As in Mexico, Durham’s Lucha Libre wrestlers care deeply about their community. Luchadoras fight for social justice with as much ferocity as they bring to the ring. Find out more.