All Members of Congress

The Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare the economic and racial disparities in the U.S. We have the Billionaire Class who retreat to their yachts and vacation homes while millions of lower-paid working people (many without healthcare) in hands-on jobs like grocery clerks, food and package delivery, and healthcare aides must continue to show up to work, risking infection and often traveling to their jobs on public transit.

In Chicago, half of all Covid-19 cases are African Americans and 72% of those who have died from the virus are Black. But less than one-third of the city’s total population is Black.[1]

While Congress has passed three rounds of Covid-19 legislation, too much of the aid is unnecessarily bailing out corporations and wealthy business owners without providing enough aid to laid-off workers, healthcare providers, and communities in need.

In fact, the Covid-3 rescue package handed an unwarranted $200 billion in tax cuts (that must be repealed!) to the rich and corporations—five times more than the $42 billion for safety net programs, more than the $150 billion in aid provided to state and local governments on the frontlines of this crisis, and more than the $180 billion provided to hospitals and health care providers.[2]

Now, Donald Trump is calling for even more tax cuts for the rich and corporations in the next round of Covid-19 legislation. He wants to cut the capital gains tax rate, benefiting wealthy Wall Street investors. He’s proposed restoring tax breaks that let corporate CEOs write off 100% of food and entertainment expenses such as dinners at 4-star restaurants, skybox seats to sporting events and concerts, and country club dues and greens fees.

This April 15th, the day we normally file our taxes, tell Congress that taxes are essential to ending economic inequality so that we can create an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy few. Instead of allowing the rich and corporations to enjoy ludicrous tax breaks, we need to be putting aid where the need is greatest. Sign the petition today!

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To: All Members of Congress
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In the next coronavirus emergency aid package, oppose any new tax breaks for the rich and corporations. Instead, we need a Fair Share Taxes system where corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share so we can create an economy that works for all of us.

Prioritize funding for bigger direct payments to working families, safety net programs like nutrition assistance and Medicaid, aid to prevent evictions or foreclosures, paid sick-leave for all working people, protection for health care and other workers, saving child care centers, and supporting state and local governments on the frontlines of the pandemic.