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Change.org Partners with National Tax March Movement

Joshunda Sanders
Mar 30, 2017

27 Groups Join Tax March to Demand that Donald Trump Immediately Release His Tax Returns

Labor Unions, Economic Justice Advocates Join Nationwide Movement Demanding Accountability from Trump and Tax Fairness for Working Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Change.org, 32BJ SEIU, Demos, National Domestic Worker’s Alliance, Moms Rising, National Low Income Housing Coalition, and 21 other groups announced that they will join the nationwide Tax March on April 15 to demand that President Trump immediately release his tax returns and drop his plan to dramatically cut taxes for billionaires at the expense of working Americans. The 27 new partners join a nationwide grassroots coalition of groups who are marching in Washington, D.C., and more than 100 other communities on April 15 to call on Trump to finally be transparent with the American people and release his tax returns to detail his business dealings and conflicts of interest.

“Donald Trump’s failure to release his tax returns is an unprecedented betrayal of our country’s bedrock values of transparency and openness in government,” said Nancy Huehnergarth, who started a petition on Change.org urging Trump to release his tax returns. “The American people deserve to know whether their president is profiting off of his own policies. It’s time for Trump to release his tax returns so we can learn more about his business ties and foreign financial entanglements, some of which may even be tied to America’s adversaries.”

 

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“While hard-working Americans pay their fair share, Donald Trump and his billionaire cabinet have spent years gaming the system to get out of paying their taxes,” said Hector Figueroa, president of 32BJ SEIU. “By exploiting rules that benefit the rich and well-connected, the Donald Trumps of the world have benefitted enormously while the rest of us have suffered. This is unfair and unjust — and it must change. We are joining the Tax March to fight for a fair, equitable tax system that works for everyone, not just Donald Trump and his billionaire cabinet.”

“Our current tax system plays a central role in putting more and more wealth and power in the hands of Wall Street and billionaires, while starving our nation’s ability to invest in our people and our future,” said Heather McGhee, president of Demos. “Now Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress are trying to make matters worse with even bigger tax cuts in favor of the wealthiest Americans. We demand that our leaders build a tax system that ensures that corporations and the wealthy finally pay their fair share and that generates the revenues necessary for our nation to thrive by investing in our shared public structures and in our people.  We are honored to join the Tax March.”

“For decades, our members have been paying more than their share in taxes while big corporations and the wealthiest Americans like Donald Trump have paid next to nothing,” said Ai-jen Poo, executive director of National Domestic Worker’s Alliance. “Our tax system is deeply biased toward the wealthy, at a time when most people can barely earn enough to survive. Our leaders — beginning with President Trump — need to address this injustice immediately and invest in the programs that working people rely on, like public education.”

Along with Change.org, 32BJ SEIU, Demos, and the National Domestic Worker’s Alliance, the groups joining the Tax March include: Alliance for Democracy, Center for Economic and Social Rights, Coalition on Human Needs, Coming Clean, Demand Universal Healthcare, Endangered Species Coalition, IOWA CCI, Moms Rising, Money Out Voters In, National Low Income Housing Coalition, National Partnership for Women & Families, National Women’s Law Center, NELP Action, Other 98, Patriotic Millionaires, People’s Action, People for the American Way, ProgressNow, Roots Action, State Innovation Exchange, UltraViolet, Urban Citizens for Social Justice, and Workmen’s Circle. The organizations join a broad coalition of organizations — including the American Federation of Teachers, Americans for Tax Fairness, Center for Popular Democracy, Indivisible Project, MoveOn.org, Our Revolution, and The Working Families Party — that are supporting the Tax March.

As Republicans in Congress begin to move forward with a plan to slash taxes for the wealthiest Americans, this diverse coalition of labor unions, grassroots organizations, and economic justice advocates are demanding that Trump not only release his returns, but drop his plan to cut taxes for corporations and the wealthiest Americans. Trump’s failure to disclose his tax returns breaks with decades of precedent and leaves the American people in the dark about his potential compromising business ties with foreign adversaries like Russia and how his administration’s policies might benefit his bottom line.

The Tax March in Washington, D.C. will begin with a rally outside the U.S. Capitol before proceeding past the Trump International Hotel — a living embodiment of one of Trump’s biggest conflicts of interests — and the IRS building. Tens of thousands of Americans will also gather in more than 100 other cities across the country to demand that Trump immediately release his full returns and come clean with American people about his business dealings, financial entanglements, and myriad conflicts of interest.

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