Working Families in Illinois Demand Corporations Pay Their Fair Share

Taxpayers in Peoria and Springfield took to the streets to demand the 1% pay their fair share on Tuesday, April 17. The protests were part of a growing wave of voter discontent against the rich, big corporations and politicians who have created an economic emergency for the 99%.

Middle-class Illinoisans representing the 99% asked the 1% to pay their fair share. They also called on Reps. Bobby Schilling and Tim Johnson to support the Buffet Rule.

“We’re speaking out on Tax Day because we all paid a higher tax rate than Mitt Romney, GE, Wells Fargo, and many other big corporations and rich people,” said Debra Johnson. “We’re proud to pay our fair share; it’s time for the 1% to pay their fair share too so we can create good jobs and make our communities strong.”

The Buffett Rule (H.R.3909, The Paying a Fair Share Act), stops millionaires from paying lower taxes than working people, and closes corporate tax loopholes. While states across the country are forced to lay-off teachers and first responders and cut vital services, the 1% and profitable corporations leave an unpaid tax bill of over $2.15 trillion.

Members of the 99% have been protesting rich corporations and individuals since last summer and will continue to make their voices heard on Tax Day and throughout “99% Spring” at corporate headquarters, shareholder meetings and congressional offices.

About actionnowillinois

Action Now Illinois’s mission is to organize working families and strengthen their voices on issues of racial, social and economic justice. Action Now is active on issues that include foreclosure and vacant properties, school improvement, access to health care, living wage jobs, utility costs, immigrant rights, public safety, (both antiviolence and criminal justice reform), and environmental justice. Action Now Illinois is a member-driven organization. Our issue campaigns come out of listening to community residents through regular monthly meetings, engaging the base by going door-to-door and mobilizing all residents to take part in their community. Our leadership development includes formal leadership training and the active involvement by members in the planning, implementation and evaluation of issue campaigns. Action Now Illinois members are committed to fight for equal rights, equal services, and equal justice for working families. To become a member of Action Now; call (217) 528-1356 or e-mail!
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