Alan S. Lowenthal
Alan S. Lowenthal
Tell Congress not to pass the SEA, Act & SECURE, Act which will harm protected marine life
The SEA Act bill and the SECURE Act bill would give oil industries almost unregulated ability to perform Seismic surveying. The practice involves a ship firing blasts of pressurized air to create powerful sound pulses that penetrate beneath the seafloor. Below the water, the explosions sound like bombs going off every 10 to 15 seconds and can be heard as far as 1,500 miles, audio recordings show. The testing threatens a number of species and is part of a thinly veiled oil industry wish list that would upend established protections and fast-track the permitting process for oil exploration off the Atlantic, much of Alaska and even California. Both bills have passed committee and could head to a full vote any day. The bills follow other undoings that have prioritized oil and gas energy over conservation which is vital to the protection of endangered species. The new bills would target the core provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which regulates seismic blasts used to locate oil and gas. The noise, scientists say, can disorient and damage the hearing of whales and dolphins so badly that they lose their ability to navigate and reproduce. We cannot allow further offshore oil and gas exploration and development as it harms our coastal economies in the near term and opens the door to even greater risks from offshore oil and gas production down the road. To read the full story, check out http://seavoicenews.com/2018/04/02/oil-seismic-tests-law-harms-marine-life/
Free Michael Phuong Minh Nguyen
FREE U.S. CITIZEN MICHAEL PHUONG NGUYEN, HELD BY VIETNAMESE GOVT WITHOUT CAUSE Xin xem ở phía dưới cho tiếng Việt We wish to bring your attention to the plight of Michael Phuong Minh Nguyen. On June 27, 2018, Michael traveled to Vietnam to visit friends and family. However, he did not return on his scheduled flight. Through various sources, he is presumed to be currently being detained and imprisoned by the Vietnamese government. As of July 27th, Michael has already been missing for 21 days. The government there refuses to acknowledge his detainment, or share any information about his condition. As of today, we have not been able to confirm his whereabouts or what he was charged with. For any government to incarcerate anyone without any probable cause is a blatant violation of human rights and of international law, especially if the detained is a citizen of another country. Michael, 54, is a U.S. Citizen, father of 4 daughters, an independent business man and an active member of his community and church. His family is very concern for his safety. We, as U.S. citizens, hereby demand an immediate and unconditional release of Michael Phuong Minh Nguyen. Failure to do so only serves to further discredit the Vietnamese government in the eyes of the international community, and equally important, in the eyes Vietnamese people. We respectfully asked for your assistance in this cause. ĐÒI HỎI TRẢ TỰ DO CHO CÔNG DÂN HOA KỲ MICHAEL PHƯƠNG MINH NGUYỄN ĐANG BỊ CHÍNH PHỦ VIỆT NAM BẮT GIAM KHÔNG LÝ DO Gia đình chúng tôi khẩn thiết kêu gọi sự quan tâm của tất cả mọi người đến hoàn cảnh của chồng và cha chúng tôi, anh Michael Phương Minh Nguyễn. Từ ngày 27 tháng Sáu năm 2018, anh Michael Phương đã về Việt Nam thăm viếng bạn bè và gia đình. Anh đã không trở về trên chuyến bay đã ấn định. Qua nhiều nguồn tin khác nhau, chúng tôi được biết anh đang bị chính quyền Việt Nam bắt giữ và giam cầm. Tính cho đến ngày 27 tháng Bảy, anh Michael Phương đã biệt tăm 21 ngày. Chính quyền Việt Nam từ chối xác nhận việc giam giữ, hay chia sẻ bất cứ tin tức gì về tình trạng của anh. Và cho đến hôm nay, chúng tôi cũng không xác định được nơi nhà giam nào và anh bị cáo buộc về tội gì. Bất cứ chính quyền nào giam giữ người không duyên cớ đã là một vi phạm trầm trọng đến nhân quyền và luật lệ quốc tế, đặc biệt hơn nữa người bị giam là công dân của một quốc gia khác. Anh Michael Phương, 54 tuổi, là một công dân Hoa Kỳ có bốn người con gái, một doanh nhân độc lập, và còn là một thành viên tích cực phục vụ trong cộng đồng nơi gia đình anh cư ngụ. Gia đình chúng tôi hiện đang cực kỳ lo lắng cho sự an toàn của anh. Chúng tôi, những công dân Hoa Kỳ, đòi hỏi chính quyền Việt Nam trả tự do tức khắc và vô điều kiện cho anh Michael Phương Minh Nguyễn. Việc từ chối sự yêu cầu chính đáng này càng làm chính quyền Việt Nam suy giảm uy tín trong cộng đồng quốc tế; và cũng ngang tầm mức quan trọng là cái nhìn của những người Việt Nam. Chúng tôi khẩn khoản kêu gọi sự hỗ trợ của quý vị trong công tác nhân quyền này.
Remove sub-Asian boxes on Census Form 2020! Stop racist anti-Asian anti-immigrant legacy!
Dear fellow Americans for justice, brothers and sisters against racism, The glaringly racist legacy of sub-Asian boxes on the Census form was started in 1870, after the Burlingame Treaty of 1868, which eventually led to the infamous, racist, and inhumane Chinese Exclusion Act spanning from 1882 to 1943, which among other terrible abominations, banned U.S. residents of Chinese descent from having children or getting married; their family members in Asia were forbidden from entry to U.S. and reuniting as families. The Census form has no "Asian/Asian American" category. In its place are a group of boxes signifying foreign nationalities in Asia as if Asian Americans were all “perpetual foreigners.” It intrusively identified and collected data on which U.S. residents were of Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese...descent. While the Chinese Exclusion Act ended in 1943, did these racist, humiliating, dehumanizing sub-Asian boxes get removed from the Census form? No, they were kept on the Census form by the U.S. government even until today, and if we don't fight back and boycott the Census form with sub-Asian boxes, it will stay on the 2020 Census form and beyond, prolonging a racist American legacy, a shame to all Americans. This legacy treats Americans of Asian descent as perpetual foreigners, and collects intrusive personal ancestral origin data used in many kinds of racial discrimination and persecution. In one example, the U.S. government used information from the Census Bureau to identify native born Americans of Japanese descent and sent them to Internment Camps during the World War II. There were also discriminatory laws against Americans of various Asian descent, such as Filipino. Such horrendous trampling of humanity will happen again unless you and I act now to boycott a 2020 Census form with sub-Asian boxes. We demand these sub-Asian boxes be removed and replaced with one description--"Asian/Asian American." Injustice to one human being is injustice to all human kind. If we don't stop this racist and anti-immigrant legacy, its “logic” and mentality will be repeated in current and future policy-making. Let's keep fighting against racism and improve the human condition step by step. Please join the good fight to make this historically significant change happen for now and forever, by signing this petition and sharing it on social media and by email, word of mouth. Power to the people! Fighting on, Americans against racism and anti-Asian anti-immigrant legacy
DREAMer Fights to Stay in the US - Ricardo Needs Your Help!
Ricardo Muniz is a 22-year old student, environmentalist, community activist, teen mentor, DREAM promoter, son, and brother. He is originally from Michoacan, Mexico, and was brought over by his parents to the United States when he was seven years old.Ricardo is a student at Fullerton Jr. College and wants to go on to pursue a double major in international business and environmental economy. His dream is to create environmentally friendly homes and structures and to financially care for his mother who has worked so hard for him. Ricardo owns up to his challenges as a growing youth in a tough neighborhood in Anaheim. Today, he's an inspirational speaker at men's and women's conferences and focuses on keeping youth in school.“I feel like an American. I want to stay here in America. I want a future here in America. I want to be the future for America,” says Ricardo about his dreams and his future.On May 19, 2011, Ricardo received notice that he is to be deported by June 9, 2011. “I felt like someone had taken my heart out and smashed it against the floor,” he said. “I felt like my hopes were dashed.” Ricardo is determined not to be deported without a fight. "It's an injustice that I am not given a chance to prove that I am good for this nation," he says. [UPDATE: Ricardo remains in the US but the most critical days for him are ahead. A legal effort, however, is underway and his attorney is convinced continued public support (signatures, letters, etc.) is important, now more than ever. Ricardo is anxious but marches on with hope; he’s studying, helping out in this campaign, attending volunteer activities, and helping out his family. Please keep those signatures coming because very soon we will need them to support Ricardo’s case. We will be posting updates about his struggle periodically. THANK YOU for your support.] Ricardo is an active member in his community and a strong advocate for equal access to higher education. Just recently Ricardo performed in a play to commemorate the federal court case Mendez vs. Westminster and to ensure that the importance of Mendez vs. Westminster in American history will not be forgotten. Ricardo would qualify for the DREAM Act, a bill that enjoys broad support among Democrat and Republican voters. President Obama and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano have both stated that deporting DREAM-eligible youth is not a priority. Attorneys and community advocates are pursuing every possible avenue to assist Ricardo. Ricardo is not ready to let go of his dreams and he is fighting his deportation order but he needs your help. CHIRLA, the California DREAM Network (CDN), and United We Dream joins Ricardo in requesting you to take action to stop Ricardo’s deportation so he can continue to contribute to his community, help his family, and pursue his higher educational goals. Would you like to help Ricardo stay in "his America"? Please sign this petition urging DHS Janet Napolitano and ICE Director Morton not to deport Ricardo. Ricardo is an asset to our state and to our country and we should be fighting to keep immigrants like him here, not deporting them to countries they know little about. Make sure you let Napolitano and Morton know you want Ricardo to remain in the country as they are the only ones who can step in and prevent his deportation. Call the DHS message line at 1.202.282.8495 and ICE message line at 202-732-3000 (call-in script below). Call in Script: “I am calling on behalf of Ricardo Munoz (A#96-139-441), an undocumented student who is facing deportation back to Mexico. Ricardo has lived in Orange County since he was 7. Ricardo has been an active community member helping young people in his community stay away from gangs and drugs, takes three to four classes a quarter seeking to get a double major in international business administration and ecological business. Ricardo participates in state-wide educational campaigns with the California DREAM Network and works every night at a Laundromat to help his mother with bills and rent. The reason I am calling is to ask that you do something to stop Ricardo from being deported.” PLEASE FORWARD THIS PETITION AND ACTION ALERT TO AT LEAST 5 FRIENDS AND TELL THEM TO: 1. Contact the DHS Message line at (202) 282-8495 2. Sign THIS petition which will be hand-delivered to Napolitano and Morton. 3. Join the California DREAM Network Facebook page for immediate updates: http://www.facebook.com/cadreamnetwork?sk=wall and action alerts at www.cadreamnetwork.org