Tax March Austin strives to ensure integrity in government by demanding transparency from our elected officials.
For decades, presidential candidates have shared their tax returns with the public to demonstrate their freedom from potential financial conflicts of interest and fitness to represent America. Throughout the 2016 Presidential Campaign, Donald Trump promised the American people that he - like the other candidates - would release his tax returns to prove his independence from foreign and corporate interests.
Despite intense pressure, he has not yet done so. Because of this refusal, Americans have been denied the opportunity to vet his potential conflicts of interest, and have been left wondering why Mr. Trump is so intent on withholding his business dealings and financial ties.
Within days of his inaguration, over one million American citizens called on President Trump to release his tax returns by signing a White House Petition that garnered more signatures than any other in history. The Trump Administration's response?
"People don't care."
On April 15, we are marching on the Texas Capitol to show that we do care. Americans across the country will, once again, come together to send a clear message to Donald Trump: the President is accountable to the American people, and he must answer to us.
This map shows public parking garages near the Capitol. Limited street parking may be available. See garage parking options here. Garages should be open to the public on the weekend.
We expect 2-3 food trucks to be parked along Colorado St. and many restaurants are conveniently located within walking distance of the Capitol. There will also be bottled water available for free.
We will have an accessible seating area for persons with disabilities near the stage.
This event will be a rally on the South Lawn of the Texas Capitol Grounds, but there will be speakers, live music, food trucks, and other activities to make it a fun and family-friendly day at the Capitol.
Dufresne is the President of the Texas chapter of Common Cause - a group with 29,000 members and supporters across Texas and 850,000 members and supporters nationally. JC is a political activist and community organizer who's worked on a wide range of issues including voting rights, health care reform, home builder accountability, environmental protection, repeal of the death penalty and ethics in government.
Under JC's leadership, Common Cause Texas is currently working in the legislature to on ending gerrymandering, protecting voting rights and of course, ethics reform - including better disclosure of the financial interests of candidates and officeholders.
Austin Kaplan is the former Chairperson of the City of Austin's Ethics Commission, where he championed ethics reform and compliance. An employment and civil rights attorney, Austin received national recognition in 2015 for a successful lawsuit against a Texas County Clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses. He is the 2016 Austin Under 40 Austinite of the Year, President-Elect of the Austin Young Lawyers Association, a Super Lawyer Rising Star, a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow, and a board member of the Austin Anti-Defamation League.
Mario is the communications director at Voto Latino, where he’s focused his work on organizational messaging and implementing a comprehensive communications strategy. In 2016, Mario’s work helped the organization get more than one billion media impressions during a critical election year, and placed op-eds in key national and local media outlets by Voto Latino influencers like Wilmer Valderrama and Lila Downs.
Prior to joining Voto Latino, Mario worked as communications manager for United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the country, which played an integral role in advocating President Barack Obama push policies that would have provided deportation relief to millions of parents of Dreamers in 2014.
Fatima was born and spent much of her time in Hartford, Connecticut. She was raised by her mother and her village, consisting of her grandparents, godmothers, and brother.
She is the cofounder of the Austin Justice Coalition formed in February 2014. Her work with AJC consisted of being one of the main facilitators of the Sandra Bland vigil in July 2015, co-facilitating a SXSW panel, planning marches, vigils, events, programs, and assisted write Austin Police body wearing camera policy, until September 2016.
No longer working with AJC, Fatima cofounded Counter Balance: ATX, along with Kristina Brown. As the Executive Director of Counter Balance: ATX, she was one of the featured presenters for Blackademics, co-facilitated the African Diaspora Women Summit at Huston-Tillotson University, and was nominated for the 40 under 40 award in Austin, Texas. She is currently a second-year law student at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge. She hopes to act as a bridge between the community and the legal system. She wants to utilize the skills she’s learned to make a difference within the community.
Phillip Martin was born here in Austin, and has worked in Texas politics and in and around the Texas Capitol since his days at UT - Austin. After 5 years as Deputy Director with Progress Texas, Mr. Martin is now providing policy and communications consulting for a number of progressive and Democrat-led organizations. He believes that the best thing we can do for each other is to love our neighbor, a lesson that Donald Trump would do well to learn and practice.
Joseph Kopser is the President of Grayline. At Grayline, Joseph works to bring together experts, data, and solutions to help companies and public institutions manage disruptive change. Before joining Grayline, he was the Global President of moovel Group GmbH, a subsidiary of Daimler AG, the maker of Mercedes-Benz.
Prior to his role at moovel, Kopser co-founded and served as CEO of RideScout, a Texas-based technology company that enabled seamless multimodal experiences and connected transit commerce to app users worldwide. In 2015, RideScout acquired GlobeSherpa, a market leader in mobile ticketing for public transit.
Prior to leading RideScout, Joseph served in the U.S. Army for 20 years earning the Combat Action Badge, Army Ranger Tab and Bronze Star. Joseph is a graduate of West Point with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and also received a Masters from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2002. In 2013, Joseph was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for his efforts in Energy and Transportation. In his free time, he works closely with The Bunker Austin, an organization dedicated to supporting veteran entrepreneurs. In addition, he volunteers as Chairman of NSTXL working to improve U.S. Energy Security policy. In 2017, he joined the Texas Lyceum, the Truman National Security Project, the Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Association of Business. He lives in Austin with his wife and three daughters (with two of them in college).
Lisa is a proud fifth-generation Texan with family roots in Houston and Galveston. For more than 15 years, she has been a nonprofit leader and former U.S. diplomat with a passion for connecting with communities. Lisa began her career in nonprofits at the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, and later served as the Austin Community Director of the Anti-Defamation League and Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Austin. From 2010-2013, Lisa served as a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and managed digital communications and all social media strategy for the Center for Public Policy Priorities. Lisa now works with a range of nonprofit clients, helping them use strategic communications to increase their visibility and achieve their missions. In early 2017 Lisa got involved with Indivisible Austin, which supports citizen activists in Central Texas by providing leadership, resources, tools, and training to oppose authoritarianism and defend democracy. She currently serves as the organization's board president.
Edward Espinoza is the Executive Director of Progress Texas - a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting for liberal issues in our state. Progress Texas produces media that fights for issues like affordable healthcare, voting rights, abortion rights, LGBT equality, and much more.
You may also know him as a political commentator for KVUE News, Fox 7 Austin, and CNN.
Edward has worked for progressive issues his whole life, along with work on more than 50 political campaigns. He is originally from California where he went to school at UCLA - but got to Texas as soon as he could!