In April 2017, more than 125,000 people marched in New York City demanding that Donald Trump shows his taxes. People from over 200 communities joined the Tax March to fight for a fair economy.
Julian Martin-Poteet, a protestor, said he believes “the president should be transparent, and show where and who he gets his money from.”
Starting at 40th and 42nd streets, between Fifth and Sixth avenues, protestors made their way over to the Trump hotel with signs and chants of all kinds. Among the crowd were big celebrity names such as comedian Sarah Silverman and actor David Harbour.
“Finally someone thanks me! I’ve been here for 10 minutes and I haven’t been thanked once,” Silverman joked after a few people thanked her for marching with them.
Activists of all shapes and sizes came out to support the cause: to get president Trump’s tax returns. He’s the first Leader of the Free World to avoid releasing his taxes in 40 years. This caused the public to question if he’s hiding something; people took to the streets of NYC and LA to get the word out.
The message made its way to Capitol Hill where a press conference was held in response to the Trump team’s refusal to cooperate. This along with videos from the march went viral and it got his attention.
“I did what was an almost an impossible thing to do for a Republican-easily won the Electoral College! Now Tax Returns are brought up again?” President Trump replied.
However, that did not discourage protestors.
“Well, seeing Tangerine Man’s tweets this weekend, I’d say his cage was rattled,” John Meola, a protestor, commented.
People have commented on the Tax March NYC Facebook page saying this march exposed them to a diverse and creative group. They plan on working together again to find out if the president is really working for them or for billionaires like himself.
By marching, chanting and raising questions, these activists are becoming the change they want to see in the world.