Protestors, on the right: Monica Canividad. Copies of The Washington Post? Jimmy Choo shoes? Photographs of Rhea Perlman and Gina Gershon? According to the demonstrations they were just there to be noticed. More than 15,000 people had taken to the streets in neighborhoods throughout the city, from Times Square to Penn Station to midtown and to Herald Square and Union Square. It is one of the largest rallies in recent history. The main focus for protestors was Michael Cohen and the income tax plan that the federal government is proposing. Another notable event was the arrests of 30 people, including journalists, who were protesting Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to use funds previously allocated for other projects, like the Gateway Project.
Protesters are taking to the streets to voice their objection to a federal tax bill that is currently making its way through Congress. From high-profile celebrities to activists, they are cheering and protesting the bill, which would cut some parts of Obamacare in the name of tax cuts, as well as taxing many dividends paid by private corporations with stock certificates. The legislation — known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” — would reduce the tax burden on many Americans, but would make it more expensive for those who earn below $75,000. The bill would also put large tax cuts for corporations in place, as well as a plan to raise the retirement age for Social Security and allow companies to avoid paying taxes on stock they were compensated for in the form of stock options. Those protesting are also concerned with the expensive prototypes for the “metro-fence,” which would create a physical barrier between the United States and Mexico. Protests are also taking place in states across the country, as well as those within the country itself. “The longer this bill is wrapped up in political negotiations, the more people will have to weigh the political costs of marching with you,” said Tom Steyer, the founder of NextGen Climate.
Wednesday, the legislation in Congress is expected to receive two days of debate before the vote. Here’s the livestream:
For more reaction and analysis of the protests, check out this article from the Washington Post.
Joanne Garcia De Luca, the amputee woman who marched in the Women’s March in 2017, marches again!
Some techie kids protest for equality in the suburbs
Wednesday’s march is a sign of a larger problem: The Bernie Sanders wing vs. the progressive wing.
More than 17,000 took to the streets of downtown Seattle.
The anti-Betsy DeVos protests in Olympia, Wash., attracted 2,000.
There were marchers in Detroit, Washingon, Minn., Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, and Dallas, all of which held smaller protests.
A pair of pro-choice protestors in Boston held a large “Rainbow Pipe.”
Check out a mini-zine of the women who traveled from the Lower 48 to march in Washington and some other cities this week.
This little girl is protesting for strong unions.
Read all of the Daily News’ coverage of the Women’s March across the country.