Due to April 15 falling on a
Sunday this year, April 17 was designated Tax Day by the IRS — the
dreaded deadline day to file your taxes. Oregon AFSCME, along with several
other unions and economically progressive groups, joined in staged events in several
Oregon cities to promote April 17 instead as "Tax Fairness Day."
Some type of event was
staged in Portland, Salem, Eugene and Bend for sure; smaller events in other
cities were also planned. In Portland, for example, people gathered at Terry
Schrunk Plaza downtown, listened to speakers and participated in games of "Tax
Dodgeball," rigged games where the 1 percent had a decided advantage over those
representing the 99 percent. In Salem, protesters focused efforts near the
Salem Main Post Office, chatting up drivers dropping off their last minute tax
returns and offering literature on corporate tax-dodgers.
The Postal Workers Union had
a particularly strong presence in Salem as well, as the main P.O. is one of
several scheduled for partial closure, with mail sorting and distribution
slated to head north to Seattle.
"These are good events for
us to participate in," said Oregon AFSCME Field Services Director Greg
Schneider. "It helps send a message to the public, and it promotes union and
like-minded organization solidarity. I hope to see us do more of these kinds of
events in the future."
You can click
here to see more photos from the Portland and Salem events. Once there,
make sure you are in the "Details View" (the link should take you there). It's
then easiest to click on the first picture on the upper right and, once that
picture opens, use the arrow buttons to navigate through the rest of the photo