United States Congress: Save a Life and Make DNA Ancestry Tests Free
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United States Congress: Save a Life and Make DNA Ancestry Tests Free

    1. Stephanie Wilson
    2. Petition by

      Stephanie Wilson

      New York, NY

The government should foot the bill or give tax credits for DNA testing to the millions in this country who do not know their ancestry through no fault of their own. This is particularly true in the case of those within the African Diaspora other dispersed peoples and those who do not know one or both parents (adopted or abandoned). Knowing one's ancestry can make all the difference in how one views themself and in their legacy. Not to mention it's importance in the case of medical emergencies. Many have died because they did not have the information regarding their ancestry.  Color is NOT a determining factor of one's ancestry.  

The medical benefits when one knows their ancestry can be life saving. To assume ancestry based on skin color is a danger to one's health while laying in a hospital bed. An illness can be the result of an inherited trait that is unidentified because of a hidden ancestry. This is a problem faced by Diasporans in particular who tend to have many mixtures unknown to them as well as those who are adopted or abandoned by parents unknown. 

People would go to an independent DNA testing facilitity of their choice and present a voucher or get a tax credit.

 It is their Human Right!

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Joisane York.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. DNA and Ancestry Part V: The Total Irony of It All

      Stephanie Wilson
      Petition Organizer

      Please listen to my upcoming show May 6th at 6pm ET as I discuss my medical test and hopefully some results... Remember to spread the word and help get this petition to Congress.

    2. HOW IRONIC...

      Stephanie Wilson
      Petition Organizer

      How ironic that I should now find myself having to undergo a battery of medical tests for an illness that may be hereditary... And I don't know my father. The drama begins next week.

    3. THEY DON'T HAVE TO DIE!

      Stephanie Wilson
      Petition Organizer

      The medical benefits when one knows their ancestry can be life saving. To assume ancestry based on skin color is a danger to one's health while laying in a hospital bed. An illness can be the result of an inherited trait that is unidentified because of a hidden ancestry. This is a problem faced by Diasporans in particular who tend to have many mixtures unknown to them as well as those who are adopted or abandoned by parents unknown. Spread the word and possibly we can save lives!

    4. Things are still moving very slow in getting more folks to sign...

      Stephanie Wilson
      Petition Organizer

      Listen to my upcoming radio show Sunday 2/5/12 on DNA and Ancestry and it may answer why folks are not signing... All shows are in archive to listen to anytime. This is the 4th installment on the topic. Enjoy.

    5. My Play On Ancestry and Pride Opens February 21-26 in NYC

      Stephanie Wilson
      Petition Organizer

      I continue to use the Arts to fight ignorance and foster the appreciation for diversity. My activism reflected with this petition is extended with my historical drama "Blood Makes The Red River Flow". Besides writing and producing this play I am also directing and acting in it. It is a fictional piece inspired by my filming and interviews of the Louisiana Creoles for my documentary. The information it provides shed some light on ancestry and the unique bloodlines throughout the African Diaspora. Most of this information had been hidden or lost. Tickets in advance only on sale now!

    6. REOPENED PETITION WITH MANY MORE SIGNATURES NEEDED

      Stephanie Wilson
      Petition Organizer

      The petition has expired. But I extended it for the last time until March 1st. I will also be doing a 3rd show on DNA and Ancestry on January 8th at 6pm EST. I will have 3 past guests on to talk about the Joy and Pain around ancestry as well as the dilemma I'm having getting signatures for this petition. Remember this show will be in archives right after airing if you miss it. Again thanks for your support and please spread the word!

    7. Speaking of DNA...

      Stephanie Wilson
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks everyone for your support of future generations who may be able to pass on a newly found heritage. Here's some new info regarding DNA!

    8. Reached 100 signatures
    9. Thank you! We are ever so slowly creeping along. This week we progressed!

      Stephanie Wilson
      Petition Organizer

      There is a deadline for this petition. Although it was started in June in October we still have not reached 100 signatures. This effort is to help future generations become grounded in knowing their roots. And to allow this generation to have that valuable knowledge to pass on... Why is it so difficult to want that if not for yourself then for others? I appreciate each and every one of you who took the time to make a difference! God Bless!

    10. Please Listen To My Recent Radio Program "DNA and Ancestry"

      Stephanie Wilson
      Petition Organizer

      I am an actor/writer/director/producer and host Multicultural Moments on blogtalkradio.com. On 9/11 I did a show with guest Robin Foster who spoke about not knowing who you are and how she felt now that she knows after her DNA results. Please listen. I also did a Part II. Both shows are available in archive to listen to at any time.

    11. Reached 50 signatures
    12. I In No Way Want Government Involved In DNA Tests For Ancestry

      Stephanie Wilson
      Petition Organizer

      I propose vouchers or a tax credit for use of private and independent DNA testing facilities of your choice. Please sign so millions can finally know who they are and no longer suffer due to financial hardship.

    13. African Descendants Are So Much More Than A Color

      Stephanie Wilson
      Petition Organizer

      I posted this link. Please read. It is so appropriate for my cause. I have been surprised by the lack of response to my petition. Particularly when I have posted a link to many groups whose members are of African descent who can greatly benefit.

    14. THANK YOU!

      Stephanie Wilson
      Petition Organizer

      I never thought that it would be so difficult to get only 100 signatures for an issue that affects so many. After almost 2 weeks I haven't even reached the halfway mark. I really appreciate those who jumped on this cause early on. Spread the word!

    15. Reached 25 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Leon Cunningham MARIETTA, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      Need to know this vital information

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    • Barbara Donovan WOBURN, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      It is everyone's right to know about their ancestors....for health reasons, personal reasons, etc.

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    • Callie Flournoy-Riser SAINT PAUL, MN
      • over 2 years ago

      The first thing free slaves did were to look for family..Families are still lost. They need to PAY to help our family connect.

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    • Julie Bloodworth WARNER ROBINS, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      My paternal grandmother was full blooded Native American, but all records have been lost. I would love to find out what tribe I belong to and what genetic abnormalities to look for.

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    • Lisa Dixon ATLANTA, GA
      • almost 3 years ago

      It is important to learn about the composition of my DNA as my mother was raped. It is necessary for medical history and for the education of my children and grandchildren. Thank you.

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