Village Voice 04.19.2017 : Page 14
14 SPOT CHECK April 19 April 25, 2017 1 VILLAGE VOICE.com 2 3 1 Protesters gather near Bryant Park to demand the release of President Trump's tax returns. Demonstrators congregate around the Tax March's unoicial mascot: a gold-haired chicken made to look like Trump. 2 3 4 5 THE IDES OF APRIL 1 P.M. Bryant Park, Manhattan. BY JACKSON CONNOR PHOTOGRAPHS BY LUC KORDAS Loretta Dunkelman (left) and Diana Kurz, artists from Manhattan, were part of the anti-war demonstrations in the 1960s. They were inspired to march again following Trump’s election. “We don’t know what’s in his taxes, and we should know. What is he hiding?” Dunkelman said. 4 I n a month dominated by military action in the Middle East, murky entan-glements with Russia, and in ighting at the White House, the topic of paper-work doesn’t make for the most scintil-lating of headlines. But on Saturday, some 45,000 people gathered near Bryant Park to call for the release of President Donald Trump’s tax returns: documents critics see as a smoking gun for fraud, deceit, and conflict of interest within the administra-tion. Though Trump had previously promised to make his tax returns public, and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was able, in March, to obtain a single 1040 form from 2005, so far the former businessman has failed to follow a norm established by President Gerald Ford in the 1970s. Planned for April 15, the typical dead-line for submitting federal tax returns, the Tax March drew tens of thousands of demonstrators across the U.S. In New York, the protest was less about the presi-dent’s inancial dealings and more an airing of grievances over the sexism, xenophobia, and secrecy that’s been as-sociated with the Trump administration since the campaign. Holding signs that read “Grab Him by the Taxes” and “Show Me the Money,” the crowd made its main objective clear: transparency within the country’s highest of ice. “I think this is part of a bigger picture of all the fraud and criminality that put [Trump in the White House] in the irst place,” said Elliot Crown, an actor from Manhattan. 5 7 6 “I’ve been protesting the whole time, and Tax Day was just another day for me to get my sign on,” said Marvin Knight, a 75-year-old retiree from Brooklyn. Said Mona Gugga, a student from Brooklyn: “I’m going to come out every single time people get together to talk about this bastard, because he’s a dick and it’s totally fucked up.” 6 7 Marni Halasa, a lawyer and activist from Manhattan, runs a protest-consulting group called Revolution Is Sexy. “There’s a general discontent; it’s not just the taxes,” she said.