SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire -05/15/12)- TAP America, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening America, Made In the USA Foundation and the American Job Alliance today announced the 'Buy American Coalition' to stimulate our national economy, protect our nation's values and weaken authoritarian regimes abroad that violate human rights.
The formation of the 'Buy American Coalition' comes on the heels of the latest troubling news out of China. Customs officials have seized thousands of pills made from the flesh of dead babies, the product of the Chinese Communist Party's forced abortion policy. The Chinese dissident who fled to the U.S. Embassy, Chen Guangfeng, was imprisoned and persecuted by Communist officials for protesting this inhuman practice.
TAP America Founder Mark Bloome said, "The 'Buy American Coalition' is of great importance to our country now more than ever. We are seeing our jobs being hollowed out in America by unfair competition from China. Working with both the American Jobs Alliance and Made In the USA Foundation, we believe that this issue is large enough to require examination by multiple organizations. We at TAPamerica.org are leading the charge."
The China Threat
The Buy American Coalition calls on citizens to buy American and boycott China. This grassroots action sends a clear message that Americans believe that our people and our nation prosper when we adhere to traditional values of liberty and human dignity, not when we abandon them to appease foreign tyrants.
China's authoritarian regime is critically dependent on American cash and investment to fund its machinery of repression. "When consumers buy American-made products they put Americans to work and starve the Chinese Communist Party of resources. This is a double victory -- for American workers and American values," said Greg Autry, Senior Economist with the American Jobs Alliance. "It is not possible or even necessary to completely shun Chinese-made products to have a positive impact. Even the threat of a substantial boycott would change the behavior of corporations that benefit from China's exploited labor and mercantilist trade behavior," Autry notes. "A 20% drop in imports from China would easily destabilize Beijing. Buying American will make U.S. firms appreciate that."
"For decades the U.S. 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," said Harry Wu, Human Rights Activist and Founder of the Laogai Museum in Washington, D.C., the first U.S. museum to directly address the human rights issues in China. "This imbalanced relationship is hurting the American people too, as they see their health threatened by unsafe Chinese products, their jobs lost, and their economy undermined. 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."
The coalition will explore the foundations of America's chronic 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.
The 'Buy American Coalition" is comprised of:
- Mark Bloome, Founder of TAP America
- Richard Tso, Executive Director of TAP America
- Greg Autry, Senior Economist for the American Jobs Alliance
- Curtis Ellis, Communications Director of American Jobs Alliance
- Joel Joseph, Founder of Made In the USA Foundation
"Our organization is all about creating jobs for Americans," said Curtis Ellis, Communications Director with the American Job Alliance. "Forming this coalition aligns our organization with TAP America so that we can tackle the issues preventing job creation in the United States. High on the list are the predatory trade practices of the Chinese Communist regime. We can put our money where our values are by buying American at every opportunity. Our ancestors built this great country by doing what was right, not what was easy. We must follow their example to rebuild the country."
"There are three main causes of our trade deficit: trade with China, imports of automobiles and imported oil," said Joel Joseph at Made In the USA Foundation. "The deficit with China is the most dangerous because many Chinese industries are owned by the People's Liberation Army, and American consumers are thus funding a military force that poses a significant danger to the well-being of the United States."
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.
About TAP America
TAP America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing and strengthening America and its citizens. Founded in 2011, TAP embodies what it means to be American by promoting patriotism, tolerance and Americanism through education and multimedia educational programs. The tenets of TAP encourage people to be physically active, embrace equality and support the American economy by purchasing products made in America. TAP America Founder Mark Bloome created the organization out of love for his country and its people and a desire to promote patriotism, free from political and economic self-interest. For more information about TAP America or to volunteer please visit www.tapamerica.org.
Richard L. Tso
Pseudosound Consulting LLC for TAP America