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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
NOAA: Enact regulations that require fisheries to mark fishing gear with electronic tags
Currently, there are somewhere between 640,000-700,000 tons of fishing nets being left in our oceans each year. That's the equivalent of dumping over 9,400 Boeing 737 airplanes into the oceans every year. According to the World Animal Protection Organization, this results in over 136,000 whales, dolphins and turtles getting caught in the lost, discarded or abandoned gear. Without proper identification, there is no consistent way to identify the owners of the gear that is being lost or abandoned. This makes it much harder to hold companies accountable. Because of all of this information, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is considering adopting guidelines to tag all commercial fishing gear before 2025. However, there have been no such regulations from the United States government. The effects of these lax regulations are being felt from the Pacific Coast to the Florida Keys. The major concern is the amount of unwanted marine animals that are swept up in these massive sprawling nets. Ironically, this has a negative impact on the fisheries themselves, as there have been an estimated 5-30% decline in some fish stocks caused by abandoned gear. This is especially problematic to all marine wildlife around the U.S. as well as to anyone that cares about marine wildlife. The silver lining to all of this is that it is achievable to mandate commercial fishing gear be tagged in the United States and provide some kind of accountability to the fishing industry. Help support the cause to end the irresponsible dumping employed by the fishing industry and force the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to take action.
Reject the MAMFC 2017 Fluke proposal and demand status Quo!
Support Status Quo for Fluke in 2017!NOAA Fisheries is prepared to set an 11.30 million pound acceptable biological catch (ABC) for 2017 which represents a 29% reduction from the 2016 ABC. On top of that, NOAA Fisheries believes that recreational fishermen exceeded their recreational harvest limit in 2016 and that the recreational harvest limit in 2017 will need to be reduced by the amount of the overage. The result, the recreational sector is looking at close to a 40% reduction in 2017 which would represent the most restrictive measures in the history of the fishery's management. Fisherman and coastal communities know that summer flounder is one of the most important fisheries in the mid-Atlantic. Rebuilding efforts increased the stock size to historic levels of abundance in 2007. What NOAA Fisheries has failed to do is update the stock assessment for summer flounder as the stock has expanded north and east. Independent reviews found that there are significant deficiencies of the summer flounder stock assessment and that improvements should be made to the modeling approach. It is expected that those changes could eliminate or lessen the need for quota reductions but NOAA Fisheries has no plans of updating the assessment before approving the 2017 ABC. We ask to intervene on our behalf and the other 1MM fluke anglers and demand that NOAA Fisheries maintain the current flounder summer ABC at 16.26 million pounds until a benchmark assessment is conducted. Also, ask that NOAA Fisheries assumes that the recreational sector met but did not exceed its recreational harvest limit in 2016. By granting both requests, the result would be status quo in 2017. This is a fair compromise until a new benchmark assessment for summer flounder is conducted.
Balance the Scales: Support US Business Over China Direct
As leaders in the Bridal Industry that consists of over 6,400+ retail, wholesale, and manufacturing businesses across America, we are writing to express our deep concerns about a growing problem that is destroying not only our industry as we know it, but also the overall U.S. Economy, U.S. Brands and Retailers. Labeled “China Direct”, Chinese manufacturers are exploiting what is referred to as the Section 321 De Minimis Value Entry. In summary, Section 321 allows for goods valued at $800 USD or less, to enter duty-free into the U.S. Under this legislation, they are also permitted to enter without formal entry. As a point of reference, prior to February 24, 2016, the U.S. allowed de minimis value was $200 or less and the current de minimis threshold for Canada is $100 with Mexico at $300 and China at $7. Specific to the Bridal industry, under the current de minimis level of $800, Chinese manufacturers can infiltrate our economy by undercutting the fair market price for a wedding dress. Consumers purchasing directly from Chinese manufacturers, that are able to import without paying duties, can take full advantage of discounts where duty-free, cut-rate shipping and manufacturing costs are used to entice customers away from our longtime established and trusted retail partners. These consumers, however, may be subject to sub-par merchandise quality, counterfeit products, lengthy shipping times and restrictive return provisions. As an American-owned business that produces responsibly with Chinese partners, we have worked tirelessly to build decades-long relationships, to conduct our business with honesty and integrity, and to serve our customers by delivering high quality garments. Conversely, China Direct shipments are often low-cost and low-quality merchandise that cannot be returned. Amid global recession fears and a looming 10% tariff increase on Chinese imports set to take effect on 9/1/2019, U.S. bridal stores and manufacturers are under intense pressure and the communities and consumers we support are in jeopardy of losing us as an industry. The U.S. de minimis threshold that empowers China Direct must be removed or brought to parity of $7 which is the Chinese De minimis to stop the imminent decline of not only the bridal industry, but the U.S. Retail industry overall. In the face of such unfair advantages, small businesses are struggling to maintain quality, inventory and the employment of hundreds of thousands of Americans who provide services daily to millions of wedding couples (2.2 million weddings in 2018). Our 72+ billion-dollar industry is severely compromised by import duty loopholes. Every year, hundreds of thousands of products from China are delivered directly to U.S. consumers. These goods enter our country without paying duties or state and local taxes due to the De Minimis Value Exemption. As a result, domestic businesses are penalized and losing sales for competing and advancing higher industry standards that protect the American consumer. We ask that you join us in this fight to eliminate China Direct’s unfair advantage, and to protect our industry from further harm. Immediate action is required to save our brands, retailers, manufacturers and economy. We’re urging you to use your voice to tell the US government that the de minimis value must be changed to a reasonable, nominal amount that does not put our businesses in jeopardy. China profits off of the American economy by producing for our brands, and it should not have the unfair advantage of working directly with our consumers by undercutting us due to duty rules. This change will build the barriers required to shield our businesses from the harmful effects of China Direct and reverse the downward spiral our domestic retailers are confronted with. Please find the link below to pledge your support in a meaningful way that will help facilitate the change we need to preserve the small business owners everywhere across the United States. Respectfully, Justin WarshawCEO – Justin Alexander Bruce CampbellPresident - IBMA Peter GrimesPublisher - VOWS Magazine
STOP FISHING ENDANGERED MAKO SHARKS IN NEW YORK SHARK TOURNAMENTS
Mako Sharks are a known endangered species. According to the IUCN redlist, their numbers are decreasing. New York State still allows for these sharks to be fished for prize money, disregarding the fact that taking the biggest sharks out of the ecosystem does not allow them to reproduce. Sharks are an important keystone species and they fall under every requirement for a protected species under NYS DEC regulations, yet have no protection. With the motivation of money, fishermen have caught Mako sharks, regardless of size, and often times will catch sizes that are protected, but bring them in anyway. Mako sharks need total protection to build up their populations. As a pelagic (Deep sea) species of shark, they do not congregate near beaches, we can coexist with them peacefully, but not when we are contributing to their dwindling numbers. Shark fishing tournaments are seeing less and less Mako sharks, not by choice, but continue to seek them out. We need to make it unacceptable to pursue and kill endangered species. With the numbers already so low, every shark counts.
ICANN: Do not allow Verisign to raise .com pricing!
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently announced that it would “permi[t] Verisign to pursue with ICANN an up to 7% increase in the prices for .com domain names”, but it does not of course, compel ICANN to agree to any such increases. Any such decision regarding .com pricing remains with ICANN. Demand that ICANN REFUSE a potential price increase on .COM domains! Verisign is entitled to a reasonable fee for running the registry on behalf of ICANN. Verisign currently charges $7.85 per .com domain name per year. The cost to operate the registry, after taking into account the expensive infrastructure necessary to provide reliable and secure operations and high overhead, has been estimated at $1.00 to $3.50 per domain name per year. If the proposed fee increases go into effect, by the end of the six-year agreement term, the fee for each .com domain name will increase to $10.29 per year, a 30% jump from current levels. Even conservatively assuming that in six years’ time there are only 140 million .com domain name registrants instead of the current 138 million, that increase of $2.44 per year, per domain name, would result in $341,000,000 more revenue for Verisign per year. That money would come out of the pockets of .com registrants like you. Higher fees for Verisign are not justified, as demonstrated by the following four key points: 1. Verisign is a provider of technical registry services, it does not own the .com name space;2. Unlike Verisign's fees, the prices set by registrars and domain name investors are held in check by competition;3. Verisign is already well-paid for its services, as evidenced by its substantial profits; and4. ICANN need not approve fee hikes; on the contrary, ICANN ought to assert its right to set reasonable fee levels for its hired registry manager.Make your voice heard and join us by signing the petition to REFUSE any attempted price increase by Verisign! We, the millions of .com domain name registrants all over the world, stand to lose the most from a .com price increase, and we DEMAND THAT ICANN REFUSE ANY .COM PRICE INCREASE. Visit CircleID and www.StopThePriceIncreaseOf.com for more information!