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Group Rallies in Charlottesville to Promote Tax Fairness

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A statewide grassroots organization got together in downtown Charlottesville to promote tax fairness.  Virginia Organizing is calling on big corporations to pay their fair share.

A group of protestors gathered at the Free Speech Wall on the downtown mall Monday. They are coming together to ask Congress to close tax loopholes for the wealthiest Americans and big corporations that are shipping jobs and profits overseas.

Some of the people rallying are arguing that schools, children and families in Charlottesville are having to pay the price so big corporations can keep money from the government by shifting profits to offshore accounts. They emphasize that we need to stop making cuts and start making the big corporations pay their fair share. 

The group performed a skit to show how corporate tax dodging is affecting people all over the country.

"We had two regular people and then we had the corporation and a narrator and the regular people spoke of how they feel about corporations paying their fair share in taxes, while the corporations were telling us that thtey didn't have the money to pay it," said Janyce Lewis, a Virginia Organizing leader.

The protesters say that in the last four years some corporations made as much as $19.8 billion on which they didn't have to pay taxes. Virginia Organizing says that ultimately ends up taking away funds that are vital to the Charlottesville community, such as education and transportation.

Virginia Organizing has camped out in other locations across Charlottesville before to rally about what they feel are injustices within our community.

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