District Of Columbia State House
District Of Columbia State House
Congress: Let all children of U.S. military service members unite with their families!
I’m Jenifer Bass, a U.S. Navy veteran, who served for 10 years, one-third in the Asia-Pacific region. It was due to my travel between ports in countries like Japan and Thailand that I first encountered amerasian children, and descendants, of U.S. service members and civilian contractors previously stationed overseas. Filipino Amerasians are abandoned and neglected biracial children of Filipino mothers and American fathers (mostly members of the US armed forces). In the Philippines alone, more than 52,000-plus children were born and left behind after the U.S. Navy withdrew the last of its military personnel in 1992. Right now, the U.S. government won’t legally recognize them as U.S. citizens, despite having been born to an American parent. The Philippine Embassy won't help them either. As a former US colony between 1898 and 1946, the Philippines was home to millions of US soldiers and their dependents, even after its independence. Until 1992, the country hosted two of the largest US military facilities outside the US – Clark Air Base and Subic Naval Base, which played major roles during the Vietnam and first Gulf wars. In 1982 US Public Law 97-359, or the Amerasian Act of 1982, allowed children from Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea, or Thailand to move to the US and eventually become American citizens, but those who were from the Philippines were excluded from the law, an exclusion which was upheld by the US Senate on the basis that many Filipino Amerasians were “conceived from illicit affairs and prostitution”, and were born during peacetime. Today, there are estimated to be more than 250,000-plus children. Many amerasians are caught in a no-man’s land of discrimination and poverty -- most left behind by U.S. service members who are unaware that they’ve fathered children overseas. My friend John Haines is one of these sailors. In 2011, John discovered he was the father of a half-Filipino daughter, Jannette. He attempted to unite with her through the American Homecoming Act -- but was frustrated to learn that the Act did not apply to Filipino children of U.S. service members. Today, all John wants is to be united with his daughter and grandchildren. He, like so many other veterans are living with a “hole in their hearts” as they search for ways to unite with their children. There is hope. The Uniting Families Act of 2018, HR 1520, creates a specialized visa allowing military veterans and eligible civilian contractors to sponsor their children and grandchildren for U.S. citizenship. Currently, blood relationship must be proven by DNA test and the total number of visas granted will be capped at 5,000 each year. The issue takes on more urgency as so many of our veterans from our wars in Southeast Asia are getting older and dying each day -- without the chance to connect, or in some cases, reconnect with their own children. John’s daughter Jannette has already undertaken the DNA testing process, conclusively proving her relationship to her American father. All she’s waiting for is the opportunity to permanently unite with her father. There is a PBS documentary, "Left by the Ship" (2010), documenting a day in the life and the personal struggles as a Filipino amerasian on the never ending search for identity and their struggles to connect to their American military families. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that these families cannot wait another day. Pass the Uniting Families Act of 2017, HR 1520, now!
Decolonizing the Education System in the US
Changing the system of inequalities and racism in our institutions begins with the reform of primary and secondary education. Exposure to the various voices of indigenous, black, and people of color’s voices is important because it empowers these communities which allows them to combat the systemic racism within our education system. Equally as it is important to teach children about the historical, institutionalized racism within the United States, the exposure of minority voices would be an informative pairing that encourages children to recognize the aforementioned communities. Much of the history taught in schools is mainly presented through the predominant lens of western colonizers, effectively silencing and dismissing all other voices. Censoring or teaching material revolving around Black, Indiginous, and other POC’s voices in a dismissive way has only served to damage our sociocultural framework, and is a practice that is thoroughly harmful to future generations. Essentially we are decolonizing the curriculum. It is necessary for the United States Department of Education, the Secretary of Education Betsy Devos as well as the relative Boards of Education in individual states, to reform the literature within the current curriculum. We are asking for a change in the texts that are required in school systems and an update on the POC and Black voices that are equally relevant to their white counterparts. If we are going to study Shakespeare, let us also study plays from Wole Soyinka and Ariel Dorfman. If we are reading poems and prose from Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allen Poe then we should include Sir Derek Alton Walcott, June Jordan, Hoa Nguyen, and Rupi Kaur. If we are reading George Orwell, let us also read Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Khaled Hosseini, Angela Davis and James Baldwin. We have all been witness to the importance of educating ourselves, family members, and coworkers about the available texts that highlight the movements within communities, and their important contributions to the fine arts, literature, politics, technology, and much more. It is now time to shift our awakening to the younger generation.
IMPEACH DONALD TRUMP & PENCE
The fact that Trump’s unethical behavior does not shock anyone is exactly the problem. Trump’s alleged efforts to resolve his conflicts of interest and impending violation of the U.S. Constitution have done nothing to meaningfully accomplish either. Every ethics expert, up to and including the independent Office of Government Ethics, agree that Trump is still poised to commit an impeachable offense on day one. Ethics experts and former White House lawyers have expressed deep concern over Donald Trump’s plan to separate himself from his business. The OGE director said that handing over control to his sons is not enough, he called it ‘wholly inadequate.’ Given that he hasn’t released his taxes, given that 74% of Americans want him to release his taxes, will he at least give a list of who he is in debt to, and if not, why not? Last week Trump’s lawyer talked a lot about separating from his business interests. Both last night and today he scheduled a visit to his own hotel to promote the dining room there. How do you square those two things? FBI Releases Shocking Statement-Russia Helped Trump Win Two U.S. intelligence officials confirmed to NBC that FBI Director James Comey and National intelligence James Clapper concur with the CIA"s view of Russian involvement in the election. They also confirmed the veracity of the post's exerts from Brennan's message. Trump is now the president elect, has repeatedly dismissed the accusations that the Kremlin illegally inserted itself into the U.S electoral process. Unlike his promised crimes yet to come, the illegal acts in Trump’s high pressure wealth seminars have already occurred. Indeed, a federal judge appointed under Article III of the U.S. Constitution has already determined that Trump’s alleged actions, if true, constitute fraud and racketeering,” Congress is breaking the law. Congress is destroying our Constitution If they do nothing about this! It is our right as US citizens!!!
Make "The Poser" A Permanent Statue
Make one of the July 17th, 2020 Trump Statue Initiative Live Statues a permanent installation. The TSI is a way for artists to share their point of view on our 45th President’s most notoriouslyself-serving, narcissistic and racist moments. And then memorialize his legacy in a way our President can truly relate: realistic, heroic statues. Yeah, unfortunately, statues and monuments are something the big guy is spending a lot of tax payer dollars protecting right now, while we scramble to find funding to fight surging COVID-19 infections, historic unemployment, and daily racist attacks. We encourage you to join our movement and create special statues of your own.
Rename the “White” House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in Washington D.C., is currently known as The “White” House. This has been the official residence of every single United States President, since as far back as 1800. The American staple is said to stand for the American People, our President, our Nation’s history, Democracy and Freedom!! Unfortunately, this country’s history as well as present begs to differ... The human race is at war... at war with it’s own people. We are not yet free, we are not yet equal, and WE ARE NOT OKAY! The White House was burned in the War of 1812, when British troops set it ablaze. The damage was significant and scars were visible upon repair, which led to it’s decision of being painted white, from its original color of gray. Symbolically, gray was more fitting of a color as it represents the blending of two extremes to yield ONE. A symbol more in line with it’s designed principles of democracy and freedom. However, now it has been declared one extreme. An extreme that the masses have taken to an extreme, to impose fear and inequality onto others who do not fit within it’s definition. It’s time for change! America’s unjust “Justice” system and corrupt “Law Enforcement” have prevailed far too long. It’s time for change! We, as a people, must unite and correct the systematic racism that exists throughout our nation’s government, once and for all. Removing the symbolic color and all bias from the “White” House name and appearance is a start. United We Stand, Divided We Fall!! Join me in taking one step closer to a COLORLESS government, a COLORLESS people, and a Justice system that equally holds every individual accountable for crimes they commit! -Power To The People ✊
Justice for Muhammad Anwar!
We lost this innocent man because of some teenagers doing their thing on a peaceful Tuesday.Muhammad Anwar got killed while these girls were just carjacking him and Oh yeah! Tased him too.On media it’s portrayed as an accident which took the innocent mans life! And we are suppose to sit there and accept it.These girls murdered this man, who had a household a wife and kids and grandkids.Sure this is brought to our attention because someone recorded it.But how many times will someone just record it and would actually stop the violence. This could have been easily prevented,someone could have stopped this.I am reaching out to our community to raise their voice to help bring justice to Muhammad Anwar.As a Pakistan or any other southeast Asian this is the time to vocalize,it’s not only white on black crime but all races are important and we all need to be equally protected.Bring Justin to Muhammad Anwar and so many others we don’t vocalize.#Justicisforallraces
Stop School Shootings
The year 2018 started not too long ago. About a month ago to be exact. In this short period of time there have been numerous school shootings that have occurred. We speak on this topic all the time. It circles around for awhile while the situation is hot but then it goes away and we never speak about it again..until something like what happened yesterday, February 14, 2018, occurs. When will the madness end? I know I am not alone when I say that I am ready to see something change. I am a high school student myself and this shouldn’t be taken lightly because as we know these mass shootings can occur at any time...and any place. Its time for us to speak up. The youth, the old, the middle aged. No matter what religion, sexual preference, race, age, I know we can all come together and at least attempt to put a stop to this. Please share this with your friends and family. My condolences and prayers go out to anyone that has lost a loved one in the recent shooting or any previous ones as these seem to be nothing but common in the United States. Sign this petition. Share it with your co-workers, your family, friends. Share it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. If a petition about changing Snapchat can get over ONE MILLION signs, let’s see what a petition could do that would actually help change the world. I know there are many of you that think this doesn't mean anything because they will always continue to happen but this is just one small step thats apart of one huge problem. This petition may not change the world, but it's worth a try. -n
Rights for animals against abuse from their so called owners using them for sport
The background check on future animal owners should take longer. Although animal adoption is higher, we should vet out their references before letting just anyone take them home. If someone can buy alcohol or guns or prescription drugs over the counter with little to no check, why wouldn’t we do the same to a helpless animal. As I was told in my own daughter’s (yes- dog) obedience classes, it is not the animal we are training but the owners.