New York activists are expected to flood the streets of Manhattan on Saturday to demand President Trump release his tax returns.
The NYC Tax March is one of a series of demonstrations scheduled for April 15 – US National Tax Day – intended to shine a spotlight on the President’s refusal to disclose his personal financial information. In 2016, Trump became the first major party nominee for president not to release his tax returns since Gerald Ford in 1976.
“Donald Trump owes it to all Americans to provide us with a transparent and corruption-free government and on this democratic priority he is failing. He needs to release his taxes. On nearly every issue, Donald Trump has failed to be transparent; he’s failed to be a supporter of equality and fairness; he’s failed to be a President for the people. Donald Trump is a failure, that’s unlikely to change – but the least he could do is be transparent and honest about his motives for these abhorrent policies, and that starts with releasing his taxes,” says march organizer Wes Shockley.
Marches are scheduled to take place in over 150 cities, including Washington, D.C, Los Angeles, and Chicago. The New York march currently has 14,000 sign-ups on Facebook and is supported by Strong Economy For All, NY Communities For Change, Working Families Party, Resist Here, Vocal NY, Common Cause NY, and Women’s March on NYC.
“Right now, our government, led by President Trump – is barrelling the already squeezed prospects of our most marginalized. The Tax March represents the collective voice of all those who believe that America has forgotten its founding creed, of being a nation where no matter who you are, where you come from, or your starting lot in life – that you can find reasonable ways to move up, in pursuit of that ever-so-distant American dream,” says Mohammed Naeem, an organizer for the New York march.
The NYC march will start at 1pm on Saturday at 41st Street and 6th Avenue and proceed to Trump Tower.
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