Democracy in Action

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I am not too crazy about the political news lately. I try to avoid it because there is only so much I can take. However, there are days when I have to read it, and I just can’t get enough.

Today is such a day, and if you could see me right now, I look pretty much exactly like this.

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I am cheering for people I have never met, but they are my kind of people. The almost fearless ones, the sometimes complicated ones, the ones that speak up regardless of consequences, the ones that can’t help but do something.

April 15th is known here in the U.S. as “Tax Day,” even though this year its April 18th because of Easter.

Today, people across the USA have gathered together for a Tax March. It’s not against taxes as you would think, no, it’s a different kind of protest. It’s one of a kind. All the protesters are on the streets, demanding that the new President of the United States finally releases his tax returns.

The request has been made at www.taxmarch.org after a petition with millions of signatures had been ignored.

The message is simple:

TODAY’S THE DAY!

We’re marching on Washington, D.C. and around the country to tell Donald Trump:

RELEASE YOUR TAX RETURNS.

Until he does, we’ll never know what he’s hiding or who his policies are designed to benefit. We need a president who works for all Americans — and a tax system that does, too.

We do care. Without seeing his tax returns, we have no idea what he’s hiding – shady business deals? Financial ties to foreign countries? Conflicts of interest? – or who his policies are really benefitting.

On April 15, we’re marching on Washington and in communities across the country to send a clear message to Donald Trump: You work for us, and we demand answers.

I know that many in others countries think we don’t do much. Our news lately often looks like we all are adapting. WRONG! Many of us haven’t.

So, yes, I am smiling big. I am proud of each and everyone out there on the streets.

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The demonstrations are taking take place in almost every major city in the country, from New York City to Yuma, Ariz. The main Tax March will be held in Washington, where organizers have applied for permits with the Park Department for a gathering of more than 10,000 people. San Francisco organizers expect roughly 20,000. In St. Paul, Minn., organizers expect at least 5,000 people to show up.

The list of the participating cities is impressive:

ALABAMA

Birmingham, Florence, Huntsville

ALASKA

Fairbanks, Juneau

ARIZONA

Florence, Phoenix, Oracle, Sierra Vista, Tucson, Yuma

ARKANSAS

Fayetteville, Little Rock

CALIFORNIA

Bakersfield, Coachella, Laguna Beach, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Modesto, Morro Bay, Milpitas, Novato, Palmdale, Palm Springs, Palo Alto – Apple Store, Palo Alto King Plaza Palo Alto City,  Hall, Riverside, San Diego, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Santa Maria, Walnut Creek, Visalia

COLORADO

Colorado Springs, Denver, Grand Junction, Gunnison, Pueblo

CONNECTICUT

Hartford, Guilford

FLORIDA

Daytona, Fort Walton Beach, Hollywood, Jacksonville, Melbourne, Miami, Naples, Palm Harbor, Orlando, Tampa, Saint Augustine, Sarasota, West Palm Beach

GEORGIA

Atlanta, Covington, Savannah

HAWAII

Honolulu/Oahu, KauaiKopiko, Kailua Kona

IDAHO

Boise, Coeur d’Alene

ILLINOIS

Chicago, Princeton, Naperville

INDIANA

Chesterton, Indianapolis, Kokomo

IOWA

Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines, Cedar Falls, Sioux City

KENTUCKY

Lexington, Louisville

LOUISIANA

New Orleans

MAINE

Bangor, Portland, Thomaston

MARYLAND

Baltimore to DCSalisbury

MASSACHUSETTS

Boston, Pittsfield

MICHIGAN

Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Hamtramck, Marquette, Oakland County / Farmington, Pentwater, Saint Joseph

MINNESOTA

Glenwood, Mankato, Rochester, St. Paul, Virginia

MISSOURI

Springfield, St. Louis

MONTANA

Billings, Bozeman

NEBRASKA

Lincoln, Omaha

NEVADA

Elko, Las Vegas, Reno

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Portsmouth

NEW JERSEY

May’s Landing, Newark, Newton, Plainfield

NEW MEXICO

Santa Fe

NEW YORK

Albany, Bethpage, Binghamton, Buffalo, Goshen, Hauppauge, Lewisboro / South Salem, New Hartford, New York, Rochester, Saratoga, Syracuse

NORTH CAROLINA

Charlotte, Raleigh, Mooresville

OHIO

Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Lima, Youngstown

OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma City

OREGON

BendCoos,  BayGrants,  PassEugene, Portland, Port Orford, Sherwood

PENNSYLVANIA

Bethlehem, Bloomsburg, Hazleton, Erie, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lewisburg, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Williamsport, Wilkes-Barre

SOUTH CAROLINA

Columbia, Chesterton, Greenville, Myrtle Beach

SOUTH DAKOTA

Rapid City

TENNESSEE

Athens, Knoxville, Nashville, Newport

TEXAS

Austin, Brownsville, Fort Worth, Houston, Lubbock, McAllen, San Antonio, Sherman, Wichita Falls

UTAH

Salt Lake City

VERMONT

Brattleboro, Burlington

VIRGINIA

Lynchburg, Norfolk, Roanoke

WASHINGTON

Anacortes, Olympia, Richland, Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Washington

WISCONSIN

Appleton, Hudson, Milwaukee

WYOMING

Casper, Cheyenne

INTERNATIONAL MARCHES

GERMANY

Stuttgart

JAPAN

Tokyo

NEW ZEALAND

Auckland, Dunedin

UNITED KINGDOM

London

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