Indivisible 8th District is planning peaceful tax demonstrations outside of U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop’s office in Brighton on Sunday, Nov. 12, and Sunday, Nov. 19.
A member of the Ways and Means Committee, Bishop is pushing President Donald Trump’s tax plan. Indivisible Mi8 denounces the plan as a tax giveaway to corporations and the wealthy at the expense of seniors, the poor, and the middle class. Bishop endorses the plan’s provisions, which include slashing essential programs like Medicaid and Medicare, and eliminating tax credits including those for adoption, student loans, health care expenses, and mortgages. This plan adds $1.5 trillion to the deficit.
Indivisible Mi8 wants to send a message to Bishop that any plan that prioritizes the 1 percent above the interest of working families is unacceptable. The planned demonstrations are part of a larger series of protests being held nationwide on behalf of the Indivisible movement at congressional offices all across the country as tax “reform” is debated.
“Over the past several months, members of our group have submitted numerous requests to meet with Rep. Bishop to discuss the details of this plan in a town hall, and quite frankly he’s dodged us at every turn,” Said Indivisible member Kasey Helton of Howell. “It’s beyond belief that an elected representative with such influence would vote on this bill without hearing input from his constituents on the severe negative impact these reforms will have on all of our lives. It’s very disheartening that he is not willing to listen to his constituents, but instead wants to tell us how it is with no feedback. So we have to come to him and that’s what we are doing.”
The first demonstration is set for 2-3:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, outside Bishop’s office at 711 E. Grand River Ave. in Brighton. More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/277244889452800/