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.
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.
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:
Birmingham, Florence, Huntsville
Florence, Phoenix, Oracle, Sierra Vista, Tucson, Yuma
Fayetteville, Little Rock
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 Springs, Denver, Grand Junction, Gunnison, Pueblo
Daytona, Fort Walton Beach, Hollywood, Jacksonville, Melbourne, Miami, Naples, Palm Harbor, Orlando, Tampa, Saint Augustine, Sarasota, West Palm Beach
Atlanta, Covington, Savannah
Honolulu/Oahu, KauaiKopiko, Kailua Kona
Boise, Coeur d’Alene
Chicago, Princeton, Naperville
Chesterton, Indianapolis, Kokomo
Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines, Cedar Falls, Sioux City
Bangor, Portland, Thomaston
Baltimore to DCSalisbury
Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Hamtramck, Marquette, Oakland County / Farmington, Pentwater, Saint Joseph
Glenwood, Mankato, Rochester, St. Paul, Virginia
Springfield, St. Louis
Elko, Las Vegas, Reno
May’s Landing, Newark, Newton, Plainfield
Albany, Bethpage, Binghamton, Buffalo, Goshen, Hauppauge, Lewisboro / South Salem, New Hartford, New York, Rochester, Saratoga, Syracuse
Charlotte, Raleigh, Mooresville
Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Lima, Youngstown
BendCoos, BayGrants, PassEugene, Portland, Port Orford, Sherwood
Bethlehem, Bloomsburg, Hazleton, Erie, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lewisburg, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Williamsport, Wilkes-Barre
Columbia, Chesterton, Greenville, Myrtle Beach
Athens, Knoxville, Nashville, Newport
Austin, Brownsville, Fort Worth, Houston, Lubbock, McAllen, San Antonio, Sherman, Wichita Falls
Salt Lake City
Lynchburg, Norfolk, Roanoke
Anacortes, Olympia, Richland, Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver
Appleton, Hudson, Milwaukee