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Daniel M. Donovan Jr.

  • NY11
  • Representative

Congressman Daniel "Dan" M. Donovan, Jr. represents Staten Island and parts of South Brooklyn in the 11th Congressional District of New York in the U.S. House of Representatives.


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Petitioning President of the United States, US department of commerce, Census Bureau, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, Dana Rohrabacher, Seth Moulton, Jim McGovern, Jim Cost...

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

Swan Lee
56,503 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Donald Trump, Jeff sessions, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Clay Higgins, Joe Manchin, Marco Rubio, Trey Gowdy, Kevin McCarthy, Republi...

Please help prevent this silent attack on Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights.

Sirs, You may or may not be aware of the impending proposed ruling that is set to be deliberated on after January 25 by the BATFE that is being incorrectly disguised as a ruling on bump fire stocks.  The ruling aims to address any modification to a firearm that increases the rate of fire based on its recoil or operating system. Because the Las Vegas shooting is so fresh in our minds, people naturally assume that this is only to affect bump fire stocks. Whether one is for or against regulating bump fire stocks, this assumption that that is the only thing affected here is absolutely and provably incorrect.  In order to increase the “rate of fire”, there has to be an established “standard” rate of fire. There is currently no such thing as a standard rate of fire for any standard semi automatic firearm or any firearm that can hold more than one round. That is a very subjective thing and no one has yet to even remotely suggest what that definition for rate would be.  And who is to fairly decide what that rate is? I happen to be friends with a professional championship shooter by the name of Max Michel who can fire a semi automatic pistol at roughly 180 rounds per minute.  So does he set the standard rate of fire? Or do we let a 95-year-old elderly person set it where he is firing at a rate of 10 to 20 rounds per minute?   And does the person setting that rate of fire take into account magazine changes? In other words, if the person setting that standard rate of fire is doing so in the state of New York where they can only equip their semi automatic pistols with seven rounds in the magazine, their rate of fire per minute would be much less than mine in the free state of Louisiana because they have to perform magazine changes during that one minute drill and I don’t.  Therefore, due to those magazine changes their demonstrated standard rate of fire would be fewer rounds per minute.  As you can see, the ambiguity of any such ruling is quite frightening to law abiding citizens like me and every other gun owner that I know. All it takes is an overreaching administration in the White House to take ambiguous wording and use it to their anti-gun advantage. I think we have seen examples of this in the very recent past.  Essentially, this type of ruling is an attack on any semi automatic firearm that exists today that is perfectly legal to purchase and owned by millions of people across America. Are you prepared to stand behind a ruling that would make felonies out of millions of your constituents?  We can’t vote for you if we are in jail, but we would vote you out before we go in! The BATFE is currently asking the public’s opinion on these bump fire devices and the public is overwhelmingly obliging if you were not aware. (Click HERE to visit the site.) I would recommend you contact their main office and ask about this.  The disappointing thing to proud Americans and avid voters like myself is that our elected officials - meaning YOU -  are not taking it upon yourself to do your own job and provide legislation that affects Americans and the Constitution. Since when is it the BATFE’s job to institute legislation that affects the Constitution? Isn’t that your job? Are you avoiding your own job and passing that responsibility off to a federal agency that does not possess the power nor authority to make laws? What can millions of voting Americans take from that? As you have seen in the past, Americans take their 2nd Amendment rights much more seriously than petty items such as which bathroom men and women might choose to use.  As an American with the same rights as you, I ask that you please take up the fight to protect our Constitution and tell the BATFE that while they can collect all the public comments they like on bump stocks, they are to only provide those comments and recommendations to Congress and the President to legislate any action that is to take place going forward. That is why we Americans elected you. I do not give you permission to jettison that responsibility off to unelected, unaccountable federal employees.  As a proud American I am hopeful that you accept this responsibility and stand up for honest, law-abiding citizens who - in most cases - only wish to protect themselves and their families.  Respectfully, 2nd Amendment supporter / Voter / Proud American

Legally Armed America
3,818 supporters
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Petitioning Daniel Donovan, Andrew Lanza, Diane Savino, Matthew Titone, Michael Cusick, Nicole Malliotakis, Andrew Cuomo

Help us Bring Wael Kassem Back to His Family

Our broken immigration and national security policies are destroying, yet another, thriving family, with American children. Please sign this petition and say you do not condone the new immigration agenda and racial profiling of people of color. Wasting taxpayer dollars on deporting persons with no criminal record, that work-hard, pay taxes and raise star students, makes no sense and has to stop. It is against our country’s interests and more importantly it is inhumane and runs against the sanctity of family. Wael Kassem, a model member of his community, father to three academically exceptional daughters and husband of a community leader and loving wife, faces unjust imminent deportation by ICE (Immigrations Customs Enforcement). He has never committed a crime, works legally, and pays taxes. He will leave behind 3 young children and a wife. The family will lose their sole breadwinner. In 2002, Wael complied with the notorious, racist and debunked NSEERS program (National Security Entry-Exit Registration). The flawed Bush-era anti-terrorism program that targeted largely Muslims, on pretextual national security grounds, without particularized suspicion, devastated countless innocent hard-working families and continues to devastate the Kassems. The government program generated not a single terrorist lead. Finally, NSEERS’s regulatory framework was dismantled under the Obama administration and is largely deemed a total failure. Despite the NSEERS program shut-down, it is what flagged Wael, blackballing him for final deportation today. By complying again with government order, Wael appeared, for a routine supervisory visit with ICE last Thursday. Today, he is set to be deported at any moment. Facing the unimaginable, the Kassem children and his wife, are devastated. Their lives have been turned completely upside-down because of Wael’s situation. The family and their community are simply inconsolable. As if that were not bad enough, the US government is returning him to Egypt, where his basic human rights will be denied.. There, he is very likely going to face persecution and severe political strife, in violation of our and international law, given the torture and detention his own father faced for years. NSEERS and our broken immigration system have failed this nation and this exceptional family. We cannot allow this to happen on our watch. Please sign this petition to put an end to these illegitimate immigration crackdowns and an end to unjust targeting of hardworking immigrants. #DadCantGoBack  

Hana Kassem
2,351 supporters