Saturday, April 15, 2017

Thousands Of "Tax Day" Demonstrators Across The US Demand Trump Release His Returns (30 PICTURES)

Organizers nicknamed the march's symbol "Chicken Don."
Today, on tax day, demonstrators across the country and abroad took to the street to demand that Donald Trump provide his tax returns as he is the first U.S. president in modern history not to do so.

In more than 150 cities in the US as well as around the world "Tax Day" rally demonstrators demanded transparency and insisted that Donald Trump put the needs of the American people ahead of corporations and the wealthy.

Most carried signs and some wore the signature pink-pussy hats and Russian-themed regalia as others carried plastic chickens to mock Trump.

The chickens that were so popular among the marchers were designed in Hong Kong to celebrate the Year of the Rooster. But it was noticed that the mascot resembled Trump this year so the organizers for Tax March recruited the chicken and re-dubbed it "Chicken Don" to poke fun at Trump for being too afraid to release his tax returns.

Rallies were held in New York, Boston, Sacramento, Calif., and San Francisco as well as in West Palm Beach, at the “March a Lago” resort where Trump is spending the Easter weekend.

The idea for the march grew out of the success of a women's march on Washington that drew millions of people. Jennifer Taub, who teaches law at Vermont Law School, got the ball rolling with a tweet calling for a #showusyourtaxes protest.

The Tax Day marches, organizers said the events focus on government transparency, conflicts of interest and an unfair tax system. They called on supporters to "show Donald Trump that he owes us transparency."

On the organizers website they wrote...

We’re marching on Washington, D.C., and around the country to ask Donald Trump: WHAT ARE YOU HIDING?. We need a president who works for all Americans, and a tax system that does, too. Release your tax returns and commit to a fair tax system for the American people.

In response to the push for the release of Trump's taxes Democrats have pushed for a vote on a bill which would require not only Trump but all major-party nominees to publicly disclose their previous three years of tax returns with the Office of Government Ethics or the Federal Election Commission. Republicans have shot down any and all of the Democrats’ efforts to get the House Ways and Means Committee to act.

Recent polling shows 74% of Americans want to see Trump's returns.

Here are some pictures of the protests from across the country...

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