大费城华人联合会(PTCAA)成立公告

2016年是在美华人集体发声维权的元年。全美43个城市同步举行的声援梁彼得警官游行标志着美国华人全面的政治觉醒 。辛勤奋斗的华人不愿再做哑裔,不愿再做政治隐形人,不愿再做可以随意被牺牲的弃子。

2016年也是大费城华人联合会的元年。今天,一个叫大费城华人联合会 (Philadelphia Tri-state Chinese Americans Association, or PTCAA) 的民间公益组织正式成立。PTCAA是一个由志愿者管理的、独立的非盈利组织,旨在鼓励美国华裔积极参与美国社会,倡导华裔的合法权益。

我们是谁?

我们是220大费城声援梁彼得警官大游行的发起者,组织者,和热心义工。我们是希望将华人维权与参政意识传播推动的各行各业的普通人。我们是愿意凝聚点滴努力、一起为华人争取更平等公正社会地位与待遇的义工,就在你们身边,始终与你们在一起!

我们的目标是什么?

(1)社区动员:创建快速机动的社交网络,以促进在费城三州地区华裔社区之间的交流与合作; (2)提供平台:便于华裔分享关于参与社区建设的信息和想法;

(3)公民教育:以网上教材、研讨会、圆桌会议和其他社会活动的形式,提高华裔的公民权利意识;

(4)积极外联:与非华裔社区共同协作参与有益于社会的活动;

(5)传承发扬:培育鼓励和帮助下一代华裔,在积极参与和奉献于美国社会的同时,继承发扬中国文化。

我们要做什么?

* 我们要推动普及华人的公民权利知识,整合大费城地区华人维权的策略和资源。

* 我们要积极促进华人与社区的互动交流与合作,与各族裔携手建设美国更美好的明天。

* 我们要鼓励华人积极参政议政。 关心自身和社区的利益与未来。

* 我们要成为一个网络,深入并根植于华人生活的各个角落,一方有需要八方来支援。

* 我们是一个共同体,华人利益休戚与共,一路同行。

我们身处的这个国家,由深具远见卓识的领袖们艰苦建国,奠基自由民主公平正义博爱包容的国家价值观,并由历代勇敢卓越的社会有识之士与自下而上的民权运动使她走在历史正确的方向,走在世界民族国家的前沿。华人受益于美国今天相对比较完善的保障公民平等权益的各种法律制度和机制同时,也需要行使宪法赋予的公民权利、发出华人的声音,保护自己在职场、教育、国家安全、知识产权,政治等各方面的权益。

大费城华人联合会(PTCAA)是2016年华人集体政治觉醒的婴儿。前途漫漫,但我们有勇气,信心,与希望。作为民间非盈利组织,我们不参加或拥护任何政党、不接受有党派倾向的资金,也不接受任何外国政府或政治组织的捐赠。我们的生命力来自于生活和工作在大费城地区的每一位华人。我们定期账务公开、保证每一分的捐款都用于PTCAA承诺的目标与项目。

我们的网站:www.ptcaa.org

我们的PayPal捐赠账号:fund@ptcaa.org

我们目前的项目:继费城220挺梁五千人大游行后,我们正着手在2016大选年推动华人投票。我们欢迎您的关注,期待您的加入、支持、与合作!

After Missteps, U.S. Tightens Rules for Espionage Cases

Source: New york Times

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The Justice Department last year dropped all charges against Xiaoxing Xi, head of Temple University’s physics department; he had been accused of sharing sensitive American-made technology with China. Credit Mark Makela for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has issued new rules that give prosecutors in Washington greater oversight and control over national security cases after the collapse of several high-profile prosecutions led to allegations that Chinese-Americans were being singled out as spies.

The new rules are intended to prevent such missteps, but without undermining a counterespionage mission that is a top priority for the Obama administration.

In December 2014, the Justice Department dropped charges against two former Eli Lilly scientists, Guoqing Cao and Shuyu Li, who had been accused of leaking proprietary information to a Chinese drugmaker. Three months later, prosecutors dropped a case against Sherry Chen, a government hydrologist in Ohio who had been charged with secretly downloading information about dams.

Then in September, the Justice Department dismissed all charges against a Temple University professor, Xiaoxing Xi, after leading physicists testified that prosecutors had entirely misunderstood the science underpinning their case.

“We cannot tolerate another case of Asian-Americans being wrongfully suspected of espionage,” Representative Judy Chu, Democrat of California, said last fall. “The profiling must end.”

While those cases raised the specter of Chinese espionage, none explicitly charged the scientists as spies. The cases involved routine criminal laws such as wire fraud, so national security prosecutors in Washington did not oversee the cases.

In a letter last month to federal prosecutors nationwide, Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates said that would change. All cases affecting national security, even tangentially, now require coordination and oversight in Washington. That had always been the intention of the rule, but Ms. Yates made it explicit.

“The term ‘national security issue’ is meant to be a broad one,” she wrote.

Ms. Yates told federal prosecutors that consulting with experienced national security prosecutors in Washington would help “ensure prompt, consistent and effective responses” to national security cases.

The letter, which was not made public, was provided to The New York Times by a government official.

John P. Carlin, the Justice Department’s top national security prosecutor, reorganized his staff in Washington in recent years to focus more aggressively on preventing theft of America’s trade secrets. The new rules mean that espionage experts will review cases like Dr. Xi’s. Such cases “shall be instituted and conducted under the supervision” of Mr. Carlin or other top officials, the rules say.

Peter R. Zeidenberg, a lawyer for the firm Arent Fox, who represented Dr. Xi and Ms. Chen, called the new rules “a very positive step.”

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Sherry Chen, a government hydrologist in Ohio, was charged with economic espionage in 2014. The case was dropped five months later. Credit Maddie McGarvey for The New York Times

“It’s welcome, and it’s overdue,” he said. “A bad reaction would be ‘We’re not going to do anything. Everything is fine.’ ”

Several of the cases fell apart when defense lawyers confronted prosecutors with new evidence or previewed the arguments they planned to make in court. In traditional white-collar criminal investigations, those conversations between prosecutors and defense lawyers often happen before charges are filed. In cases involving even a whiff of espionage, however, such conversations rarely happen. Authorities worry that suspects, tipped off to the investigation, will run or destroy evidence.

The absence of those conversations makes it important, then, that such cases receive an extra layer of review, defense lawyers said.

Ms. Yates did not mention the botched cases in her letter. But at the Justice Department, they were regarded as unfortunate — and perhaps preventable — black eyes that detracted from a string of successful espionage prosecutions. The United States faces an onslaught of economic espionage and other spying from China. Last year, Chinese hackers stole a trove of government data — including Social Security numbers and fingerprints — on more than 21 million people.

Last month, Su Bin, a Chinese businessman, pleaded guilty to trying to hack into American defense contractors to steal information on the F-22 and F-35 fighter jets and Boeing’s C-17 military cargo plane. In January, a Chinese citizen pleaded guilty to trying to steal corn seeds from American companies and ship them to China to replicate their genetic properties.

In the Obama administration’s most direct confrontation with China, the Justice Department in 2014 charged five members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army with hacking into prominent American companies.

Mr. Zeidenberg and others have argued that rushed cases create suspicion and unfairly tarnish reputations. In the case against the Eli Lilly scientists, prosecutors were unsparing in their description.

“If the superseding indictment in this case could be wrapped up in one word, that word would be ‘traitor,’” Cynthia Ridgeway, an assistant United States attorney, told a federal court in Indiana last year, according to the Indianapolis Business Journal.

The Justice Department gave no explanation for later dropping the case, saying only that it was done “in the interests of justice.”

Prosecutors made a similar statement last year when dropping charges against Dr. Xi. The dismissal suggested investigators did not understand and did not do enough to learn the science before they brought charges. Prosecutors had accused Dr. Xi, chairman of Temple’s physics department, with sharing schematics for a piece of American-made laboratory equipment, a pocket heater, with China. After leading scientists — including the inventor of the pocket heater — testified that the schematics showed an entirely different type of heater, the Justice Department dropped the case.

Though prosecutors dropped charges against Ms. Chen, the government has said it intends to fire her. She is fighting that decision.

Vote Instruction for DE 2016 Election

初选党派更换截止日期 2/26/2016
初选登记截止日期 4/2/2016
海外公民或军人初选截止日期 4/11/2016

大选初选日期 4/26/2016
州内初选日期 9/13/2016
大选日期 11/8/2016

有关投票选举的信息请查阅官方网站
http://elections.delaware.gov/index.shtml

一 选民 登记:

居住在特拉华的年满18周岁美国公民才能投票。 投票人无精神病,非重罪犯(并非所有,详情查看官网),必须登记才能投票。可以直接在网上登记:

https://ivote.de.gov/voterlogin.aspx

登记后会收到delaware polling place card

二 重要日期:

初选 (General Primary) 04/26/2016 (登记截止日 4/2/2016)
大选(General Election) 11/08/2016 (登记截止日10/15/2016)

初选只有登记为民主党或共和党的选民才可以参加。如果你希望你喜欢的候选人能够顺利进入大选,你就应该在2/26日前登记或更改党派, 并参加该党的初选。

完整的选举日期

http://elections.delaware.gov/calendar/2016ElectionCalendar.pdf

三 参加投票:

缺席投票(Vote By Absentee Ballot)的信息可在以下链接中找到

http://elections.delaware.gov/voter/absenteeballot.shtml

投票地点 (Polling Place)

显示在Delaware Polling Place Card上,也可以在网上查询

https://ivote.de.gov/voterlogin.aspx

四 联系

New Castle County Office
Phone: 302-577-3464 Fax: 302-577-6545

Kent County Office
Phone: 302-739-4498 Fax: 302-739-4515

Sussex County Office
Phone: 302-856-5367 Fax: 302-856-5082

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Liang juror to face judge for ‘lie’ about dad’s shooting conviction

By Emily Saul, New York Post

A Brooklyn judge will convene a special hearing to question the juror accused of lying his way onto the trial of ex-cop Peter Liang in the accidental killing of unarmed Akai Gurley.

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun will determine whether the manslaughter conviction against the former NYPD officer should be set aside, given the bombshell discovery that the juror, Michael Vargas, did not disclose during jury selection that his dad had done time for shooting a friend.

Vargas hid from Chun that his estranged father had served time on a manslaughter conviction — for accidentally shooting a friend — despite the fact that he’d revealed the information to another judge just hours earlier as he was questioned as part of another jury pool on a different case.

Liang’s defense team submitted a motion Tuesday asking Chun to set aside the manslaughter verdict — possibly netting the former rookie a new trial — after Vargas blabbed about his dad.

The proceeding will take place April 13, a day before Liang is due to be sentenced for the fatal shooting of unarmed Akai Gurley in a housing project stairwell in Nov 2014.

Gurley and his girlfriend were on the landing below Liang when his gun went off–the bullet ricocheting off the wall and piercing Gurley’s heart.

Liang faces up to 15 years in prison on the manslaughter charge, but Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson has recommended a no-jail sentence.

Vargas did not immediately return a call for comment.

Source: http://nypost.com/2016/04/07/liang-juror-to-face-judge-for-lie-about-dads-shooting-conviction/