HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » Editorials & Other Articles (Forum) » Tax March: how a law prof...

Wed Apr 12, 2017, 12:59 PM

Tax March: how a law professor sparked a global event to demand Trump's returns (INSPIRING!)

Go read the whole article! It will totally inspire you. THis gives the whole history from the first idea posted on Twitter to what is now an international event. I had to cut out a lot, but it's well worth reading:

Inspired by the Women’s March in January, Jennifer Taub ‘impulsively’ called for action. Now people from New York to Tokyo are preparing to take to the streets
Amber Jamieson in New York
Wednesday 12 April 2017 06.30 EDT
The Guardian


The day after attending January’s Women’s March in Boston, Jennifer Taub was proudly looking at photos and coverage online when a video of Conway popped up.

Conway, Trump’s former campaign manager, declared that Trump was “not going to release his tax returns” and that voters didn’t care.

“That annoyed me ... people do care,” said Taub, a law professor at Vermont Law School, whose research and teachings focuses on corruption, corporate political spending and the links between politics and money.
Buoyed by the huge turnout at the Women’s March, she posted on Twitter.

"Let's plan a nationwide #DivestDonald and #showusyourtaxes protest for Saturday, April 15 "

“I traffic in ideas that people usually ignore,” explained Taub. “I invest years in research, writing and crafting a book, meticulously searching and referencing. I’ve testified before Congress. And nothing happens.”

But this time was different. Her post started getting hundreds of retweets.

A few hours later, the comedian Frank Lesser tweeted the same idea, and thanks to some high-profile retweets – from comedians Patton Oswalt and Billy on the Street’s Billy Eichner, and Beau Willimon, creator of the US TV series House of Cards – thousands of people were declaring they’d march on Tax Day to prove that people wanted the president to release his tax returns.


Marches are planned for as far away as New Zealand and Tokyo; major US cities including New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco; and tiny little towns in the midwest. One is being hosted at the Coachella music festival in California.

“It’s just this amazing combination of all different regions and all different sizes,” said Gwen Snyder, a community organizer in Philadelphia and national organizer of the Tax March.

Snyder notes that the Tax March has seen a lot of new community organizers like Taub emerge and want to get involved because of their frustrations at the Trump administration.

“These are newly activated folks who are building relationships and building this national network,” said Snyder.

The law professor agrees – even if she misses the quiet of her work before the march, reading and writing legal texts.

“I didn’t expect how much joy and love there would be in the resistance,” said Taub. “I’m really excited to work together for years to come. It’s been transformative for me in that way – maybe I won’t retreat back in my shell.”


Lots more here:

0 replies, 5510 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Reply to this thread