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Brave Flight Passenger Confronts Jeff Flake


On board their flight to Phoenix last night, Ady Barkan, a 33-year-old organizer who lives with ALS, confronted Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, pleading with him to oppose final passage of the tax bill. Barkan was diagnosed a year ago, walks with a cane, and can no longer lift his 2-year-old son.

In an incredibly powerful series of videosthat went viral on social media overnight, Barkan presses Senator Flake for answers on why he supported a bill that explodes the deficit with tax breaks for the wealthy and big corporations, and pays for those tax cuts by raising health care premiums and slashing funding for popular programs like Medicare--leaving millions of people without health coverage.

"Think about the legacy that you will have for my son and your grandchildren if you take your principles and turn them into votes," Barkan implored. "You could change my life."


Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) is a diverse campaign of more than 420 national, state and local endorsing organizations united in support of a fair tax system that works for all Americans. It has come together based on the belief that the country needs comprehensive, progressive tax reform that results in greater revenue to meet our growing needs. This requires big corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share in taxes, not to live by their own set of rules.

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