135+ Rallies Across the Country Call for Independent Commission, Release of Tax Returns to Show Potential Russia Entanglements
On Saturday, June 3, Seattle residents will rally, taking part in the international #MarchforTruth demanding an independent commission and the release of Trump’s tax returns to show potential Russia entanglements. Event details are located here.
Just last week, Trump’s son-in-law and shadow chief of staff was revealed to be under scrutiny in a federal investigation into whether or not there was collusion with Russian officials during the presidential campaign.
“Since the inauguration of President Trump, The Russian hacking of our election and potential subsequent collusion with members of the Presidential campaign has cast a pall over the entirety of the administration,” said Josef Preston, Indivisible Charleston Legislative Coordinator. “It is only natural that the people want to get to the bottom of this matter, so American democracy can be reestablished as a shining beacon of light around the world. The world and the people need closure.”
“This isn’t about party. This is about rule of law, and potentially egregious conflicts of interest within the Executive Branch,” said Donna Smith, Executive Director of Progressive Democrats Of America. “Congress must do its job legitimately, and invest serious resources into a bipartisan investigation into Russian ties with the White House, and those within the administration’s direct sphere of influence. If it can’t happen within Congress, then a special prosecutor must be named, and we must get to the truth, one way or the other, in a transparent and public way.”
“The Trump Administration began under a cloud of deception, winning an election tainted by foreign influence. In Chicago, we will stand indivisible in the fight for Truth.” said Jason Rieger, founder Indivisible Chicago. “We will rally downtown and march to Trump Tower to push back against the endless barrage of lies emanating from the White House.”
March For Truth is a national coalition of activist groups and grassroots, local organizers demanding that leaders in government defend the rule of law and fully investigate the Trump administration’s motives for interfering in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and ties to Trump and his associates. National Partner organizations include MoveOn, Women’s March, Indivisible, Public Citizen, Free Speech for People, Town Hall Project, The Opposition, Swing Left, Stand Up America, Common Cause, OurStates, Action Group Network, flippable, Rock The Vote, Lawyers for Good Government, Working Families Party, Rise to Run, and Progressive Democrats of America.
Across the country, peaceful demonstrations are arranged on Saturday, June 3. The demands of the March are simple:
- An independent commission must be established and Congressional investigations should be properly resourced and pursued free of partisan interests;
- As much information should be made available to the public as possible, and as soon as possible;
- Congress should require Donald Trump to release his tax returns to clarify his business interests and obligations to any foreign entity;
- If crimes were committed or if collusion is discovered, it must be prosecuted.
The firing of FBI Director Comey, bombshell news of memos that suggest Trump attempted to influence an active FBI investigation, Senate testimony from John Brennan, Sally Yates and James Clapper, and revelations about the Trump administration’s handling of information that Mike Flynn was compromised further underscore the need for urgent, well-resourced investigations. As Representative Elijah Cummings noted last week, this investigation represents “a fight for the soul of our democracy.”
“Women’s March organizers in states across the nation are working alongside local chapters of the March For Truth to make sure that June 3rd is a call for all Americans to come together as one and march to protect the very foundation of our democracy,” said Bob Bland of the Women’s March.
“Across the country, constituents have flooded town halls to let their representatives know that they want impartial investigations into Russian interference in our elections,” said Jimmy Dahman, executive director of Town Hall Project. “Transparency is critical to the democratic process, and we are proud to partner with the #MarchForTruth in holding Congress accountable to the people that elected them.”
“The allegations that President Trump or members of his team may have coordinated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election are the most explosive charges in American political history,” said Ron Fein, Legal Director of Free Speech For People. “The American people deserve and demand a credible independent investigation.”
“Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress need to know that we won’t let this issue get swept under the rug, and that’s why thousands of Americans across the country will be marching to demand the truth. The special counsel is an important step, but we still need an independent commission to expose the full truth of Russia’s attack on our democracy to make sure it never happens again,” said Sean Eldridge, founder and president of Stand Up America, a grassroots community of more than a million Americans resisting Trump and demanding an independent commission.
“It’s clear that Michael Flynn, who was compromised by the Russians, would still be in the White House if it weren’t for leaks, yet that’s all that the GOP seems to want to focus on in the #RussiaGate hearings,” said Andrea Chalupa, author, activist and #MarchForTruth organizer. “What more is this administration hiding? With our nation’s sovereignty at stake, it’s time for Republican leaders to put country before party just like they did during the Watergate scandal.”
“If we learned anything from Sally Yates’ testimony, it’s that this administration has ignored attempts by loyal public servants to bring transparency. We must have full transparency throughout this investigation,” said Jordan Uhl, #MarchForTruth organizer and Executive Director of the The Opposition. “We’re supporting this nationwide, grassroots movement because we believe the American people want an honest, independent inquiry and, ultimately, answers.”
A sampling of local organizing partners include Wisconsin Progressives Alliance, Indivisible St. Louis, Indivisible San Bernardino, We March Party, Indivisible Charleston, Indivisible Chicago, United We Stand, Indivisible Eugene, Resist616, March on Montana, Indivisible Las Vegas, Indivisible Omaha, United Against Trump Pence, Pop Up Protest South Florida, Indivisible RI, Carson City Working Families Party, Northern Nevada Marches Forward, Indivisible Northern Nevada, Action Together Nevada, Get Involved Nevada, Indivisible Richmond, Persisterhood of Saint Joseph, CNY Solidarity, and many, many others.
For more information, visit marchfortruth.info.