As people gather in D.C. on Saturday to demand President Donald Trump release his tax returns, others in more than 100 cities around the country will join in. That includes in Pittsburgh.
Ian Price is one of the organizers behind the local march.
After the Women’s March, which drew thousands of people to Downtown and East Liberty the day after Trump’s inauguration, Price said he researched other events happening in the future. When he saw the Tax March, he reached out to national organizers and volunteered to organize Pittsburgh’s.
“The biggest thing I’ve ever organized before is my wedding,” he joked to The Incline.
Price said he stepped forward to organize the march because he’s “passionate about accountability.” He said it’s necessary to see “how President Trump gets his money and keeps his money” as those are “national security issues … that should be open to the public.”
“I feel that our elected officials are public servants and that they are accountable to the voters, the electorate, the people,” Price said. He added that Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns will make it easier for candidates to do the same in the future.
The Pittsburgh Tax March will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the City-County Building. Those who attend will march to Market Square, where Pittsburgh City Council member Corey O’Connor is scheduled to speak. The marches fall on April 15, which generally marks the deadline to file taxes. That deadline is Tuesday, April 18 this year.
Price said the march has a permit from the city. Organizers have also made arrangements to have portable bathrooms on the route and for there to be an American Sign Language interpreter. Taxes are inclusive, Price said, and so is being a citizen. They wanted to ensure that the march was open to everyone.
Price isn’t sure how many people will show up; he notes that the Women’s March exceeded expectations in both D.C. and Pittsburgh. More than 200 people have said on Facebook they planned to attend, while another 655 said they are interested. Price said he’s been getting the word out only to be told people are already aware the march is happening.
While not speaking for the national march, Price said organizers have tried to make Pittsburgh’s march non-partisan. The organizing committee is made up of people who have been independents, Republicans and Democrats at different points in their lives.
“Ordinary people want clean government,” he said.
The marches are clearly targeted at the president, but Price said he also wants people who feel passionately about this issue to know they’re not alone.
“He has said publicly that people no longer care about his tax returns,” Price said of Trump.
“For him to look at the television and to see that people are marching,” Price said of Trump, ” … and for the people who watch to see that there are other people out there who care, they can feel more justified in caring, too.”