April 15 Release Your Returns Protest In The Media

From KRCB Radio News: "The April 15th deadline for filing 2016 income tax returns applies to all American, including President Trump. It is also serving as an occasion for renewed calls for him to make public his past tax documents."

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Where: Santa Rosa Post Office, 730 2nd Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Who: Indivisible Sonoma County and honored guests

Indivisible Sonoma County is a grassroots organization that focuses efforts on communicating with our elected representatives. We are a group of concerned Sonoma County citizens working together in a non-hierarchical manner to resist the agenda of the Trump administration. We generally make decisions by consensus, or by nominating whomever is the most passionate about a topic to take the lead on it. We are all volunteers.

Indivisible Sonoma County is a fast-growing chapter of the nationwide Indivisible movement informed by the Indivisible Guide, which details effective ways to influence Members of Congress (MoCs), as well as State and local elected officials. We coordinate closely with leaders and activists of four other Indivisible groups from throughout Sonoma County whose total membership includes about 2,500 folks.

This public protest in front of the Post Office will feature remarks from Santa Rosa City Vice Mayor Jack Tibbetts, Santa Rosa City Council members Chris Rogers and John Sawyer, and Pat Sabo, a California Teachers Association activist and supporter of State Senator Mike McGuire.

 

What: We believe that public servants must be accountable to the people who elect them. The public has a right to understand the financial relationships and potential conflicts of interest of their elected leaders. Therefore, President Trump must immediately release his full tax returns, as all presidents and major-party presidential candidates have done for the last 40 years.

 

How: Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA-05) and Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA-02) are both co-sponsors of the Presidential Tax Transparency Act, H.R. 305, introduced in January 2017 by Congresswoman Anna Eschoo (D-CA-18). This simple bill would require President Trump and future major-party presidential nominees to release the most recent years of their tax returns, with only minor redactions for privacy. If they refuse, the Treasury would provide the returns to the Office of Government Ethics or Federal Election Commission. Unfortunately, this bill is stuck in committee; a vote last week to take it to the full House for a vote was defeated along party lines. In the Senate, Dianne Feinstein has co-sponsored Presidential Tax Transparency Act, S. 26, which is now mired in the Committee on Rules and Administration.

 

California: Senator Mike McGuire and Scott Wiener’s Presidential Tax Transparency & Accountability Act, SB 149, is a new bill to require a Presidential candidate, in order to have his or her name placed upon the primary election ballot, to file his or her income tax returns for the five most recent taxable years with the Secretary of State. The returns would also be made available to the public on the Secretary of State’s website.

 

City of Santa Rosa: On February 6th, 2017, the City of Santa Rosa declared itself an Indivisible City that will safeguard the civil rights, safety, and dignity of all Santa Rosa residents, and the Resolution declared that city employees, including police, “shall not enforce federal civil immigration laws and shall not use city monies, resources or personnel to investigate, question, detect, detain or apprehend persons solely on the basis of a possible violation of immigration law.”

In March, the Santa Rosa City Council joined an amicus brief with other jurisdictions in the cases of the City and County of San Francisco v. Donald J. Trump et. al. and the County of Santa Clara v. Donald J. Trump et. al., seeking a preliminary injunction against President Trump's executive order limiting federal funding to "sanctuary" jurisdictions. The City of Santa Rosa receives federal funding that comprises about 5% of our city's total budget - equating to over $25m dollars.