Friday, April 14, 2017

Tax March/Rally to be held in Marquette Apr. 15 in solidarity with DC Tax March

Poster courtesy Upper Peninsula Tax Day Facebook page.

MARQUETTE -- The 906 Dems, local labor unions, community leaders and elected officials will hold a march/rally for tax equality and justice from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, in Marquette. Participants are asked to muster at the Peter White Public Library at 11 a.m. (EDT). The march will proceed to the Commons in downtown Marquette for a rally including many guest speakers.

Guest speakers include the following: State Representatives John Kivela and Scott Dianda; Marquette County Commissioner Joe Derocha; Marquette City Commissioner Sara Cambensy; Dwight Brady, Northern Michigan University (NMU) professor; Connor Raak, president NMU Dems; Jason Chapman, Marquette Dems chair; Lucas Bradshaw, chair of Delta and 906 Dems; Katie Barglind, U.P. Regional Labor Federation regional coordinator; Ellen Lindblom, past vice president of the College Dems of America; Jenn Hill, U.P. Forward Action of Michigan and many more.

The 906 Dems, a group comprised of Democratic County leaders from across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula will also host a "Warm Up Social" afterward from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. inside the Marquette Commons Facility. Further questions should be directed to Jason Chapman at jasonmqtdems@gmail.com or by calling or texting him at 906-458-1226.

The Tax Day March is being planned for Washington, DC, with many others across the nation. The Marquette march is the only one being held in the U.P.  This event is open to the public and people are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, dress attire that is appropriate for the weather, and sun screen. Feel free to bring your own clever signs.

This march/rally is being planned in answer to Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns.
 
President Trump is the first president or major-party presidential candidate in four decades to refuse to release his tax returns to the public. Marchers demand that the president release his returns, as he has repeatedly promised, but failed, to do.

According to the Tax March Web site, these are among the principles for the DC Tax March: "We march because it is in the best interest of the American people to know what financial entanglements and conflicts of interest our leaders have. Because we need to know if the president is personally profiting from the policies he is proposing. And because we want know if he has contributed his fair share of taxes. We march because we will not stand by while the rich and the powerful govern this country guided only by their personal best interests, and not the best interests of the American people as a whole."*

* Click here for more info on the national march in Washington, DC, and locations of the sister tax marches across the country.

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