On April 17, also known as Tax Day, 1199SEIU members flocked to Dewey Square in Boston to participate in a rally demanding that corporations pay their fair share. 1199ers were joined by members of other unions and community organizations at the rally.
Tyrek Lee, an 1199SEIU vice president, spoke at the rally and made clear that he was disgusted by the fact that corporations across the country are getting away with not paying taxes and robbing the economy of much-needed revenue.
“I’m sickened by the fact that we get up every day and go to work to provide for our families and they [the corporations] pay nothing,” Tyrek exclaimed. “I have three teenage children and I want them to grow up in a country where things are fair.”
After several speakers gave speeches in Dewey Square, a lively march was held from Dewey Square to Post Office Square in Downtown Boston. At one point, the march stopped in front of State Street Bank, a corporation notoriously known for not paying taxes yet receiving tax credits, and rally participants proudly displayed banners proclaiming “Corporations and the 1%: Pay Your Taxes!” and “Tax the 1%.”
“I’m paying my fair share, they should pay their fair share. We need the revenue to come into the state. Without corporations paying their fair share, it’s killing the country,” said Rosie Cantave, an 1199SEIU member who attended the rally.
In Post Office Square, a speak out was held and several more union and community group leaders spoke about taxing the rich and corporations, which could bring in billions of dollars in much-needed revenue.