SOURCE: TAP America

TAP America

May 22, 2012 07:57 ET

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher Endorses Coalition to Boycott Products Made in China

National 'Buy American' Coalition Draws Support Across Politial Spectrum

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - May 22, 2012) - Congressman Dana Rohrabacher is endorsing the new national coalition to promote the purchase of American-made goods and a boycott of products made in China. The coalition was announced last week as a partnership between TAP America, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening America and its citizens, The Made In the USA Foundation, the American Job Alliance and human rights activist Harry Wu.

"The Chinese Communist Party, by using a host of underhanded and unfair trade practices, is stealing American jobs and collapsing the American manufacturing base," commented Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA-46). "The Party is using that advantage to build up its military, expand its aggressive intelligence collection abroad, and to perfect their brutal police state. At the hands of the CCP, the Chinese people are subjected to forced abortions, the Laogai system, and widespread political and religious repression. We must change our policy toward the Chinese Communist Party and stop jeopardizing our national security, American jobs, and the human rights of the Chinese people. I support the call for the American people to voice their disgust with the CCP and their frustration with Washington by supporting this boycott."

The 'Buy American' coalition examines the causes of America's joblessness and rising underemployment with the goal of finding actionable solutions. Important issues under consideration include: international trade, geopolitics, currency devaluation, product safety and compliance, human rights, resource availability, and consumer interest in American products. The coalition is already experiencing broad, non-partisan support from many individuals and organizations. It does not endorse any political party, candidate, union, trade association or corporation.

TAP America founder Mark Bloome states, "China's authoritarian regime is dependent on America to remain stable and thriving. We ask that citizens take a realistic approach and reduce their consumption of products made in China. Even the threat of a substantial boycott would change the behavior of corporations that benefit. Our movement is drawing attention from both sides of the political spectrum."

In announcing the coalition's launch, Harry Wu, Human Rights Activist and Founder of the Laogai Museum in Washington D.C. said, "For decades the US government has said that doing business with China would bring democracy and human rights to the Chinese people, but it is now clearer than ever that buying up their cheap prison-made goods has only strengthened the Chinese Communist Party. If governments do not insist that the repressive Chinese regime abide by fair trade practices, then it is up to American corporations and consumers to hold China accountable for its prison slave labor, lack of compassion for other workers, and countless human rights violations."

TAP America recently announced their TAP Certified Merchant program to encourage stores to stock at least 20% of U.S. goods and to increase their American made inventories by just 1% per month. As incentive, businesses who sign up are featured in news articles, included in the TAP online business directory, and are featured in a Groupon-like service called AmeriCoupon that helps people find deals on products made in America. TAP Merchant Filson was recently awarded the TAP America Loyalty to America Award for its commitment to keeping over 70% of manufacturing in the United States.

Since launching in January of 2011, TAP has created national awareness campaigns aimed at promoting tolerance, encouraging people to stay physically active, and to purchase products made in America. For more information about TAP America, to volunteer or to make a donation, please visit www.tapamerica.org.

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