Prior to the Special Meeting of the European Council to be held in Brussels, 83 millionaires from around the world signed a letter addressed to governments demanding that they collect higher taxes from the richest people to contribute to the global recovery of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 83 millionaires, originating from seven countries and known as “Millionaires for Humanity”, in the letter praise the essential workers who have been on the front line during the COVID-19 crisis and highlight the role that The richest people in society can play to help rebalance the world economy.
According to the letter they signed, millionaires and billionaires “do not take care of sick people in intensive care units… But we do have money, a lot of money. Money that is desperately needed now and will continue to be needed for years to come as the world recovers from this crisis. ”
For that reason, “we demand that our governments raise taxes on people like us. Immediately. Substantially. Permanently”.
The group published its call in the framework of the meeting of the G20 finance ministers and central governors and prior to the Extraordinary Meeting of the European Council to be held in Brussels, Belgium, on July 17 and 18.
At these meetings, global leaders are expected to discuss the global effort to rebuild economies in a post-COVID-19 era, and politicians will address global inequality and recognize that raising taxes on the wealthiest, as well as more International fiscal transparency are essential for a viable long-term solution.
Among the most prominent signatories to the letter are the founder of the Warehouse Group, New Zealander Sir Stephen Tindall; British screenwriter and director Richard Curtis; American film producer Abigail Disney, and Danish-Iranian businessman Djaffar Shalchi.
You can also read the names of American Ben and Jerry’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield; award-winning German startup investor and philanthropist Mariana Bozesan; and former Blackrock US Managing Director Morris Pearl.
“The impact of this crisis will persist for decades. It could plunge 500 million people into poverty. Hundreds of millions of people will lose their jobs because of business closings, some forever, ”reads the petition, which was published by organizations such as Patriotic Millionaires, Oxfam, Human Act, Tax Justice UK, Club of Rome, Resource Justice and Bridging Ventures.
THE MILLIONAIRE CHARTER
Then, Newsweek Mexico reproduces the entire letter of Millionaires for Humanity, as well as the names of the 83 people who sign it:
To all world citizens:
As COVID-19 shakes the world, millionaires and billionaires like us have a critical role to play in protecting it. No, we do not care for sick people in intensive care units. We do not drive ambulances to and from hospitals. We do not replace products on supermarket shelves or deliver food at home. But we do have money, a lot of money. Money that is desperately needed now and will continue to be needed for years to come as the world recovers from this crisis.
Today, each and every one of us, the undersigned millionaires and billionaires, demands that our governments raise taxes on people like us. Immediately. Substantially. Permanently.
The impact of this crisis will persist for decades. It could plunge 500 million people into poverty. Hundreds of millions of people will lose their jobs because of business closings, some forever. Almost a billion children have already dropped out of school today, many without access to the resources they need to continue their education. And, of course, the absence of hospital beds, face masks, and respirators is a painful and daily reminder of inadequate investment in public health systems worldwide.
The problems that COVID-19 has caused, and also those it has revealed, cannot be solved with charity, no matter how generous it is. Government leaders must take responsibility for raising the funds we need and spending them fairly. We can ensure the proper financing of our health, education and security systems through a permanent increase in taxes for the richest people on the planet, people like us.
We owe a great debt to all those who work on the front line of this world battle. Most essential workers receive a ridiculously low salary compared to the load assigned to them. At the front line of this fight are our health workers, 70 percent of whom are women. They face this deadly virus every day at work, and in turn bear most of the responsibility for unpaid work at home. The risks these brave people are willing to face every day to care for the rest of us compel us to establish a new real commitment to each other for what really matters.
Our interconnectivity has never been more evident. We have to rebalance the world before it is too late. There will be no other opportunity to get it right.
Unlike tens of millions of people around the world, we don’t have to worry about losing our jobs, our homes, or our ability to support our families. We are not fighting on the front lines of this emergency and it is highly unlikely that we will be its victims.
So please: increase our taxes. Increase our taxes.
Increase our taxes. It is the right choice. It is the only option. Humanity is more important than our money.
—Frank Arthur (United States)
—Richard Boberg (United States)
—Dr. Mariana Bozesan (Alemania)
—Bob Burnett (United States)
—Ronald Carter (United States)
—Xandra Coe (United States)
—James Colen (United States)
—Cynda Collins Arsenault (United States)
—Richard Curtis (United Kingdom)
—Alan S. Davis (United States)
—Pierce Delahunt (United States)
—Barbara Simons (United States)
—Abigail Disney (United States)
—Tim Disney (United States)
—John Driscoll (United States)
—Karen Edwards (United States)
—Stephen R. English (United States)
—Andrew M. Faulk (United States)
—Rick Feldman (United States)
—Mary Ford (United States)
—Patricia G. Foschi (United States)
—Blaine Garst (United States)
—Molly Gochman (United States)
—Jerry Greenfield (United States)
—Karen Grove (United States)
—Ron Guillot (United States)
—Catherine Gund (United States)
—Christina Hansen (Germany)
—John Michael Hemmer (United States)
—Wei-Hwa Huang (United States)
—Diane Isenberg (United States)
—Ross Jackson (Dinamarca)
—William H. Janeway (United States)
—Frank H. Jernigan (United States)
—Kristina Johansson (UK)
—Richard LaRoche (United States)
—David Lee (United States)
—Kristin Luck (United States)
—Amy Mandel (United States)
—Ané Maro (Dinamarca)
—Patricia Martone (United States)
—Thomas McDougal (United States)
—Gemma McGough (United Kingdom)
—Marie T. McKellar (United States)
—Judy L. Meath (United States)
—Terence Meehan (United States)
—Frans Meijer (Netherlands)
—Diane Meyer Simon (United States)
—John O’Farrell (United States)
—Gary Passon (United States)
—Morris Pearl (United States)
—Judy Pigott (United States)
—Stephen Prince (United States)
—Sophie Robinson Saltonstall (United States)
—Michael Rothman (United States)
—Bonnie Rothman (United States)
—Guy Saperstein (United States)
—Cédric Schmidtke (Alemania)
—Eric Schoenberg (United States)
—Robert Schram (Netherlands)
—Antonis Schwarz (Alemania)
—Stephen Segal (United States)
—Djaffar Shalchi (Dinamarca)
—Charlie Simmons (United States)
—Gary Stevenson (United Kingdom)
—Karen Stewart (United States)
—Julia Stone (United States)
—Sandor Straus (United States)
—Arthur Strauss (United States)
—Ralph Suikat (Alemania)
—Alexandra Theriault (United States)
—Mark Thomas (United States)
-Sir. Stephen Tindall (New Zealand)
—Sidney Topol (United States)
—Claire Trottier (Canadá)
—Sylvie Trottier (Canadá)
—Dale Walker (United States)
—Scott Wallace (United States)
—Diana Wege (United States)
—Terry Winograd (United States)
—Carol Winograd (United States)
—Bennet Yee (United States)
—Amy Ziering (United States)