I spoke yesterday with a high-ranking City Hall monitor who says that based upon the feedback council members are getting at their budget town halls, a tax hike "actually might happen," since a 1-cent increase would go a long way toward sparing proposed cuts to rec centers and, just maybe, neighborhood swimming pools, most of which have already been drained. Which brings me to this: In the last hour the Unfair Park in-box has been filled to the tippy-top with invites to the Bikini Protest at Dallas City Hall, scheduled to get wet tomorrow at noon.
Tomorrow's protest, a spin-off of a similar idea in Toronto (!), is brought to you by the same folks, among them activist John Fullinwider, responsible for the so-called Poor People's March on City Hall in June, during which Carolyn Davis and Dwaine Caraway came out, briefly, to voice their support for a tax increase. Says the release, "Perhaps if we started operating our non-profits as businesses for today's working families instead of like we are still living in the Summer of '42, they would be more successful and donations would rise."
If nothing else, we're always drawn to the promise of a spectacle -- but do be sure to sunscreen, people, and if you need to go one-piece, well, feel free. Me, I'm all set. From the release:
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Mr. Fullinwider said the One-Hour Bikini Beach Party Protest by The Dallas Fair Budget Campaign is expected to be peaceful, fun and include a theatrical performance by local actors. He also said the idea is to draw attention about the absurdity of cutting back on what the group calls "people programs."