On Tuesday, Tax Day, I joined organizers and worker-members from Arise Chicago and hundreds of folks from Chicago at an action telling some of the biggest corporations it's time they pay their taxes, and demanding a fair tax system that works for everyone—not just the country's richest few.
Throughout the month, “Citizen Tax Enforcers” delivered over-sized tax bills to Bank of America, Boeing, Exelon, CME Group, General Electric, BMO Harris Bank and Sears. On Tuesday, I joined one of four delegations and went to BMO Harris to send a clear message that their tax dodging is immoral and unjust. Corporations like BMO Harris Bank receive billions in state and federal tax breaks each year, while struggling Americans keep finding ways to pay their fair share.
“Some people we saw just walked into the post office and paid their taxes, and now they are going to say corporations did you pay your taxes like we did?” Shelly Ruzicka of Arise Chicago told a reporter on Tuesday.
The delegations then gathered outside the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and hundreds of Chicagoans demanded CME group and other big corporations pay their taxes, and their executives be held accountable.
Organizations across the country held similar actions.
Arise Chicago plans to send a group to General Electric’s shareholder meeting in Detroit on April 25. IWJ’s Kim Bobo plans to attend the meeting and deliver a letter from people of faith calling on GE pay their fair share of taxes.