Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend rallies on Saturday, April 15, the day that marks the traditional deadline for filing income tax returns, The Hill reported Friday.
The purpose is to put pressure on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns, which he has not yet done, explaining his taxes are currently under IRS audit.
The rallies are planned in cities across the U.S., with the main march taking place in Washington, D.C. Similar events are scheduled for New York City and Los Angeles, as well as in the heartland in cities including Billings, Mont., and Fayetteville, Ark. They are also expected to take place in international locales, including London and Tokyo.
The idea began on social media, which later picked up support from organizations including MoveOn.org, Credo and the Working Families Party. While the march takes place over the weekend on tax day, April 15, this year's filing deadline has been pushed until Tuesday, April 18, due to a holiday recognized by the nation's capital on Monday.
Several Democrats, who have been at issue over the release of the president's tax return, are set to speak at the rally in Washington, D.C., including Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.). The issue of the president's taxes is gaining attention amid discussion of federal tax reforms, with some fearing changes would largely benefit the wealthy and corporations.
"We're seeing this as the beginning of a push against Republican and Trump tax plans," said Americans for Tax Fairness Executive Director Frank Clemente, whose group is a partner in the march.
A number of rallies are anticipated to include large inflatable chickens that resemble the president, which the article explained "pairs with the protesters' argument that Trump is being a 'chicken' about releasing his tax returns." Organizers hope the protests keep up the pressure on proposed changes to the tax system as well as on Trump to release his tax returns.
"The march is not the end," said Anna Chu, a member of the march's executive committee.
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