Greg Autry

Fighting for space, not over it.

Five Stars Over California

CCP Flag1The  city council of San Leandro, corrupted by the lure of Chinese money (or should I say U.S. money being repatriated for influence), has decided to fly the flag of Communist China above its City Hall on Chinese “national day”, October 1.

This date celebrates the conquest of China by Mao’s brutal communist forces in 1949 and the establishment of a regime that has killed more people than any other on Earth. A regime that continues to this day to execute more of its own citizens than the entire globe combined. Many of them for religious and political dissent. Apparently “partnering” with these sort of criminals is what San Leandro wants to be known for.

A mocking of the American flag of equal sized starts, this flag symbolizes the inferior position of the Chinese people (small stars) in relation to the Party (BIG star) and the over all dominance of Communism (Red) in all aspects of society.

San Leandro offers this insult to many people including:

Korean Vets who watched their many Americans and allied soldiers go down in the face of China’s insane “human wave” attacks.

Tibetans who are watching their country be systematically dismantled and their people abused under Beijing’s colonial ambitions.

Vietnamese Americans who had their own country stolen from them by communist forces backed by China.

Falun Gong who have been persecuted, rounded up, forced to labor in prison camps and executed so their organs and bodies could be sold for profit to the West.

Christians who have had their bibles restricted, their churches demolished. This is a country where the Catholic Church is prevented from selecting its own Bishops by the Communist Party.

Millions of Unemployed Americans who have lost their job to China’s cyber espionage, currency manipulation, and trade abuses.

San Leandro has voted to spit on all of these people.

I strongly urge you to contact the leaders of San Leandro and let them know what you think. City Hall Phone: (510) 577-3357

If you can go there on October 1st and show your disgust for this gesture and demonstrate your support for America and our values that would be great.

Bring your own food and fill up your gas tank before you enter town.NEVER DO ANY BUSINESS IN OR WITH A SAN LEANDRO FIRM. Boycott China, Boycott San Leandro.

note:  Mayor Stephen Cassidy courageously opposed this action. You can thank him at: (510) 577-3355

Greg Autry is a professor of entrepreneurship and economics. He serves as Senior Economist with the American Jobs Alliance and with the Coalition for a Prosperous America and is co-author (with Peter Navarro) of Death by China: Confronting the Dragon – a Global Call to Action. He blogs regularly at: http://www.gregautry.us/blog  and on the Huffington Post.

The Time Has Come – BOYCOTT

The American Jobs Alliance and TAP America have joined in calling for a BOYCOTT of China. Further announcements of support and events will be forthcoming. It’s time for American Consumers to alert American Firms to the market risk they face when they cooperate with and support the Communist Government of China and its mechanisms of repression!

Read about it at Business Week:

http://investing.businessweek.com/research/markets/news/article.asp?docKey=600-201205150753MRKTWIREUSPR_____887428-1&params=timestamp%7C%7C05/15/2012%207:53%20AM%20ET%7C%7Cheadline%7C%7CTAP%20America%2C%20American%20Job%20Alliance%20and%20Made%20In%20the%20USA%20Foundation%20Form%20National%20’Buy%20American’%20Coalition%7C%7CdocSource%7C%7CMarketwire%7C%7Cprovider%7C%7CACQUIREMEDIA

Complete Text of the Press Release:

TAP AMERICA, AMERICAN JOB ALLIANCE AND MADE IN THE USA FOUNDATION FORM NATIONAL ‘BUY AMERICAN’ COALITION

Organizations Partner to Promote Job Creation & Encourage Boycott of Products Made InChina

 

SEATTLE, WASH. – May 15, 2012 – 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 thecharge.”

 

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 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,” 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% ofU.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.