On the 2017 Tax March and the Trump Administration by Jordan Perry
April 15th has notoriously been known as Tax Day, however, due to the 15th falling on a Saturday and the following business day being Emancipation Day in D.C., the 18th became 2017’s Tax Day. The 15th didn’t go to waste in Manhattan though. The original Tax Day became Demand-Trump- For-His-Taxes Day when people started congregating at 1pm in Bryant Park to listen to speakers like comedian Sarah Silverman give fiery commentary next to an inflatable Trump chicken. The march started almost exactly at 2pm with New York Police Department guiding traffic around the premise and even allowing protesters outside of the barricades into the masses at certain inlets.
As I joined the movement, it was clear that the demographic of participants were a lot older than I had become accustomed to seeing at New York marches. It can mostly be concluded that was because the march’s focus was on taxes, a right-winged acclaimed topic of interest. Few chants made way other than “hey, hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go” in my section of the march, and even when the ANTIFA group started a new anti-fascist chant, it didn’t receive much momentum. The message was made clear by the population at large that they were present solely because they wanted President Donald Trump to release his taxes. Other groups like the Gay Against Guns still represented their cause with t-shirts showcasing their organization, but held large signs with illustrations of the Tea Party in the Boston Harbor and wore colonial tricorne hats.
This march was interesting for a variety of reasons, but the two aspects that stand out to me the most are the involvement of the Baby Boomer generation and the end point of the march. The Boomers of New York showed up to resist and this clearly demonstrates that the Trump Administration is demanding resistance from all tiers of America’s population. We’re all fearful of this Administration for one reason or another and it makes sense why the generation next in line for Social Security would find its solace in the resistance with tax reform. The second interesting piece of this march was that it didn’t end anywhere of significance, ending about a block away from Broadway. The participants appeared fairly confused at the end, but some groups continued smaller protests near Columbus Circle.