SIGN NOW: Tell incoming members of Congress to put forward a progressive tax-reform agenda


Target: Incoming Members of Congress

Conservative politicians such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell incorrectly claim that government spending is the problem, which is why they demand deep cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and more. The reality is the exact opposite. We have a revenue problem. Our government raises far too little money for the programs and services we all depend on today — let alone what we’ll need tomorrow.

But we can turn this around by demanding that the wealthy and corporations pay their fair share of taxes.

This includes closing tax loopholes that encourage corporations to shift jobs and profits offshore.

It includes a robust estate tax to curb dynastic wealth and reduce economic inequality.

It means making sure the super-rich are taxed at a much higher rate than the rest of us.

And, it means repealing the Trump-GOP tax breaks for the rich and corporations!

It’s critical that we tell incoming members of Congress where we stand.

Sign the petition telling the next Congress: Put forward a progressive tax-reform agenda. Repeal the Trump-GOP tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations and make them pay their fair share.

Demand Justice in Police Taser Killing of Chinedu Okobi –



On October 3, 2018, San Mateo sheriff deputies tased Chinedu Okobi to death.

Chinedu was a 36-year-old Nigerian-American who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area California, a graduate of Morehouse College. He was a great father, a cherished son, a beloved brother, a trusted friend, a respected community member, and a gifted poet.

Sadly, Chinedu is part of a tragic trend of unarmed Black people who’ve been killed by police. He was walking in broad daylight and had committed no crime. Five sheriff deputies escalated the interaction when they approached Chinedu who was walking in and out of busy traffic. Rather than offer support to Chinedu, who unfortunately was struggling with mental health issues, the deputies viciously tased Chinedu to death.

We need your help to make sure that the sheriff deputies who killed Chinedu Okobi are held accountable for their crimes. The investigation has barely started and yet the District Attorney is already publicly trying to justify the deputies’ actions, by making the assumption that because Chinedu was ” 6’3 tall, and weighed 330 pounds, he was automatically deemed a threat and seen as dangerous. We know the deputies should not have killed Chinedu, and they must be held accountable and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

We know that police are only held accountable when people come together to demand justice. Please join us as we come together with our comrades at Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), Chinedu’s family, friends, and community in demanding that San Mateo District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe charge and prosecute every single officer involved in Chinedu’s murder.

Below is the letter we will send to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe: 

Here is the Petition:

FDA/USDA~ November ~2018~ Alerts & Safety


  • • 096-2018, GHSE, LLC Recalls Salads Containing Meat Products due to Possible Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes Contamination In Corn (Oct. 17, 2018)
    • 112-2018, Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC Recalls Raw Ground Turkey Products due to Possible Salmonella Reading Contamination (Nov. 15, 2018)
    • 117-2018, Chunwei, Inc. Recalls Meat and Poultry Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens and Monosodium Glutamate
  • Deleite Foods Enterprises, Inc., a Salt Lake City, Utah establishment, is recalling approximately 11,000 pounds of marinated raw poultry products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain wheat and soy, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.
    The marinated diced chicken thigh meat was produced and packaged on Oct. 12, 15, and 16, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: [View Label (PDF only)]
    30-lb. cases each containing 3 10-lb. bags of frozen “MARINATED CHICKEN THIGH MEAT DICED – SUPC 7009466” and bearing lot codes 101218, 101518, or 101618.
    The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-46130” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to restaurants in Utah.  Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Arnell Lopez, Media Coordinator, Deleite Foods, Inc., at (801) 209-1485.
  • don’t eat ANY Romaine lettuce, may spread E. coli, CDC warns
  • 165368 C. Corporation, doing business as Long Phung Food Products, a Houston, Texas establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of ready-to-eat pork products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.16-oz. plastic vacuum packed packages containing a single marinated roll of “Long Phung 1988 GIO LUA” VIETNAMESE BRAND COOKED PORK PATTY ROLL ANCHOVY FLAVORED FISH SAUCE ADDED.
    32-oz. plastic vacuum packed packages containing a single marinated roll of “Long Phung 1988 GIO LUA” VIETNAMESE STYLE COOKED PORK PATTY ROLL ANCHOVY FLAVORED FISH SAUCE ADDED.
    14-oz. plastic vacuum packed packages containing a single marinated roll of “Long Phung 1988 CHA QUE” VIETNAMESE STYLE FRIED CINNAMON PORK PATTY ROLL ANCHOVY FLAVORED FISH SAUCE ADDED.
    16-oz. plastic vacuum packed packages containing a single marinated roll of “Long Phung 1988 GIO HUE” VIETNAMESE BRAND GARLIC & PEPPER PORK PATTY ROLL ANCHOVY FLAVORED FISH SAUCE ADDED.
    32-oz. plastic vacuum packed packages containing a single marinated roll of “Long Phung 1988 GIO HUE” VIETNAMESE COOKED PORK PATTY ROLL WITH GARLIC SEASONING ANCHOVY FLAVORED FISH SAUCE ADDED.
    16-oz. plastic vacuum packed packages containing a single marinated roll of “Long Phung 1988 CHA CHIEN” VIETNAMESE STYLE FRIED PORK PATTY ANCHOVY FLAVORED FISH SAUCE ADDED.
    16-oz. plastic vacuum packed packages containing a single marinated roll of “Long Phung GIO BI” VIETNAMESE BRAND COOKED PORK & PORK SKIN PATTY ROLL FLAVORED WITH ANCHOVY FLAVORED FISH SAUCE.
    The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 13561” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distributors and retail locations nationwide. Media and consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Monica Nguyen, Media Affairs, Long Phung Food Products, at (713) 263-1944.
  • Swift Beef Co., a Hyrum, Utah establishment, is recalling approximately 99,260 pounds of raw non-intact ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
    The bulk ground beef was produced on Oct. 24, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)]
    2,000 lb. – bulk pallets of Swift Ground Beef 81/19 (81% lean) Fine Grind Combo bearing product code 42982.
    8-10 lb. – plastic wrapped chubs of “blue ribbon BEEF” Ground Beef 81/19 (81% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42410.
    8-10 lb. – plastic wrapped chubs of “blue ribbon BEEF” Ground Beef 93/07 (93% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42413.
    8-10 lb. – plastic wrapped chubs of “blue ribbon BEEF” Ground Beef 85/15 (85% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42415.
    8-10 lb. – plastic wrapped chubs of “blue ribbon BEEF” Ground Beef 73/27 (73% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42510.
    The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 628” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail distributors for further processing and food service distributors for institutional use in locations in California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Consumers may call the JBS USA Consumer Hotline at (800) 727-2333. Members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Misty Barnes, Media Coordinator at JBS USA, at (970) 506-7805.
  • Majestic Meat Company, a Salt Lake City, Utah establishment, is recalling approximately 532 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.The bulk ground beef, ground beef patties, and meatballs were produced on November 8, 2018. The product list can be found here: [View Labels (PDF only)]
    The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 19915” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to restaurants in the state of Utah.Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Raymond Zaelit, President, Majestic Meat Company, at (801) 486-4904.The problem was discovered on November 15, 2018 when FSIS identified that product associated with a sample that confirmed positive for E. coli O157:H7 had been shipped. The establishment held 2 of the 3 boxes of source material associated with the sampled product, however, the third box of source material was further processed and shipped. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.
  • Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC, a Barron, Wis. establishment, is recalling approximately 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be associated with an illness outbreak of Salmonella Reading, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
    The raw ground turkey products items were produced on September 11, 2018. The following products are subject to recall:
    1-lb. packages of “Jennie-O GROUND TURKEY 93% LEAN | 7% FAT” with “Use by” dates of 10/01/2018 and 10/02/2018.
    1-lb. packages of “Jennie-O TACO SEASONED GROUND TURKEY” with a “Use by” date of 10/02/2018.
    1-lb. packages of “Jennie-O GROUND TURKEY 85% LEAN | 15% FAT” with a “Use by” date of 10/02/2018.
    1-lb. packages of “Jennie-O ITALIAN SEASONED GROUND TURKEY” with a “Use by” date of 10/02/2018.
    The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-190” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Jennie-O Consumer Engagement Team at 1-800-621-3505, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Central Time Monday – Friday and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Central Time Saturday and Sunday. Media with questions can contact media@hormel.com or 507-434-6352.
  • Ron’s Home Style Foods, a Houston, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 6,912 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken salad products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
    The RTE chicken salad items were produced and packaged on October 22, 2018. The following products are subject to recall:
    5-lb. bulk packages of “Ron’s Home Style Foods CRANBERRY PECAN WHITE MEAT CHICKEN SALAD” with a “Use by” date of 11/25/2018.
    5-lb. bulk packages of “Ron’s Home Style Foods CHICKEN SALAD SUPREME” with a “Use by” date of 11/25/2018.
    32-lb. bulk packages of “Ron’s Home Style Foods THE SANDWICH FACTORY CHICKEN SALAD” with a “Use by” date of 11/16/2018.
    32-lb. bulk packages of “Ron’s Home Style Foods HONEY PECAN WHITE MEAT CHICKEN SALAD” with a “Use by” date of 11/21/2018.
    12-oz. plastic container of “Texas Kitchen Salads Cranberry Pecan White Chicken Salad” with a “Use by” date of 11/25/2018.
    12-oz. plastic container of “Texas Kitchen Salads Chicken Salad Supreme” with a “Use by” date of 11/25/2018.
    The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-32049” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to institutional and retail locations in Texas.
    The problem was discovered on November 13, 2018 during routine record review by FSIS inspection program personnel.There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.  Media and consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Brandon Woodall, Vice President with Ron’s Home Style Foods, at (713) 640-2082.
    Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.
  • The Pictsweet Company has recalled 1,872 cases of Pictsweet Farms 8-ounce Steam’ables Asparagus Spears because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
    The recall affects only Pictsweet Farms 8-ounce Steam’ables Asparagus Spears identified by UPC code 0 70560 97799 9 with production codes beginning with the following six digits: 2138XD and a “BEST BY AUG 1, 2020.” A photo of the package is included with this release. The following information is printed on the back panel of each package (bag) as shown below.
    2138XD PROD OF USA
    BEST BY AUG 01 2020
    No illnesses have been reported to date and no other Pictsweet Farms products are impacted by this recall.The states in which the product was distributed are as follows: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Consumers who have purchased Pictsweet Farms 8 ounce Steam’ables Asparagus Spears with the code listed above may contact our consumer affairs line at 1-800-527-0986 from 9am to 5pm Central Standard Time, Monday – Friday or return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.
    Media Contact: Gene Grabowski, 202-270-6560
  • ALEBRIJE DIST WHOLESALE is collaborating with health officials due to a positive finding of Salmonella in a sample of Quesillo “Queseria La Milagrosa”. ALEBRIJE DIST WHOLESALE is voluntarily recalling the amount of 100 kilos of Quesillo “Queseria La Milagrosa”. While “Alebrije Cheese” has not been found positive for Salmonella, ALEBRIJE DIST WHOLESALE has decided to voluntarily recall the specific 498 “Alebrije Cheese” pieces that were imported during the same period out of an abundance of caution.Affected product was distributed the dates between October 23 and October 24 through retail sale and direct delivery, in Los Angeles, CA. The specific product subject to recall is identified as:
    Quesillo “Queseria La Milagrosa”. It´s wrapped in a basic plastic bag with a yellow label with two presentations ½ kg and 1kg.
    “Alebrije Cheese” It´s wrapped in a basic plastic bag with an orange and blue label with three presentations ½ kg, 1kg and 5kg.Consumers who have purchased Quesillo “Queseria La Milagrosa” and “Alebrije Cheese” are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions should call at 1-619-646-5361, open 9 am through 5 pm PST, Monday through Friday.
  • NuVue Foods, a Hamtramck, Mich. establishment, is recalling approximately 268 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken burrito products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain egg, a known allergen, which was not declared on the product label.
    The RTE chicken burrito items were produced on October 31, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: [View Label (PDF only)]
    6-oz. individually wrapped packages of “18th Street Deli Chicken Burrito” bearing expiration dates of “EXP 11/12/18” and “EXP 11/14/2018.”
    The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-22061,” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations, specifically vending machines, in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.
    The problem was discovered on November 9, 2018 after the firm received a consumer complaint. The establishment produced “18th Street Deli Farmers Burritos,” containing eggs, which were mistakenly labeled as “18th Street Deli Chicken Burrito”.Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Mike Weber, Food Safety Quality Regulatory Manager with NuVue Foods, at 1-800-498-3354 or qa@nuvuefoods.com.
  • Conagra Brands is collaborating with health officials in connection with a positive finding of Salmonella in a retail sample of Duncan Hines Classic White cake mix that may be linked to a Salmonella outbreak that is currently being investigated by CDC and FDA. While it has not been definitively concluded that this product is linked to the outbreak and the investigation is still ongoing, Conagra has decided to voluntarily recall the specific Duncan Hines variety identified (Classic White) and three other varieties (Classic Butter Golden, Signature Confetti and Classic Yellow) made during the same time period out of an abundance of caution.The products covered by this recall were distributed for retail sale in the U.S. and limited international exports; the specific product information is listed below. No other Duncan Hines products or Conagra Brands’ products are impacted by this recall.
    Product Description & Brand
    Product UPC
    Best If Used By Date
    (located on top of box)
    Duncan Hines Classic White Cake 15.25oz.
    644209307500
    MAR 7 2019
    MAR 8 2019
    MAR 9 2019
    MAR 10 2019
    MAR 12 2019
    MAR 13 2019
    Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake 15.25oz.
    644209307494
    MAR 9 2019
    MAR 10 2019
    MAR 12 2019
    MAR 13 2019
    Duncan Hines Classic Butter Golden Cake 15.25oz.
    644209307593
    MAR 7 2019
    MAR 8 2019
    MAR 9 2019
    Duncan Hines Signature Confetti Cake 15.25oz.
    644209414550
    MAR 12 2019
    MAR 13 2019Consumers who have purchased these items are advised not to consume them and to return them to the store where originally purchased. Conagra Brands is cooperating with the FDA on this recall and is working with customers to ensure the packages are removed from store shelves and are no longer distributed. Consumers with questions should call our Consumer Care team at 1-888-299-7646, open 9 am through 5 pm EST, Monday through Friday or visit http://www.duncanhines.com.
  • Ganaderos Borges, Inc., a Naguabo, P.R. establishment, is recalling approximately 14,760 pounds of pork patty products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
    The raw pork patty items were produced on October 26, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: [View Label (PDF only)]Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Sarai Orozco, Quality Control of Ganaderos Borges, Inc., at (787) 354-9777.
    10-lb. cardboard boxes containing 54-3 oz. pieces of “PORK PATTIES FOR INSTITUTIONAL USE ONLY” bearing the Ganaderos Borges, Inc. logo and stamped with a production date of “26 OCT 2018” and an expiration date of “16/11/18.”
    The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. M32170” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to institutional locations in Puerto Rico.
    The problem was discovered, and FSIS was notified, on Nov. 2, 2018 when the firm received a consumer complaint from a school that received the product. While the product was distributed to schools, it resulted from a commercial sale and was not part of food provided by the USDA for the National School Lunch Program.
  • Sprout Creek Farm of Poughkeepsie, New York is recalling 132 wheels of “Margie” cheese, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. For additional information regarding this recall, call Sister Margo Morris at Sprout Creek Farm (845) 485-8438 from 9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday.
    The recalled batch of Margie cheese, consisting of 132 wheels, was distributed to the following locations, which have all been notified of the recall and instructed to dispose of the cheese:
    Hudson Valley Harvest
    750 Enterprise Dr, Kingston, NY 12401
    Mohonk Mountain House
    1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz, NY 12561
    Olsen and Company
    81 Partition St, Saugerties, NY 12477
    Gossetts Market
    1202 Old Post Rd, South Salem, NY 10590
    Tannat Wine and Cheese
    4736 Broadway, New York, NY 10040
    Sheep and Wool Fest
    Rhinebeck, Dutchess County Fair Grounds
    Adams Fairacre Farms
    765 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
    Stinky Brooklyn
    215 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
    Ocean House Oyster Bar & Grill
    49 N Riverside Ave, Croton-On-Hudson, NY 10520Margie cheese is a soft, white rind, cow’s milk cheese. It is packaged with a green round label, wrapped in white milk paper in one pound wheels. The cheese being recalled can be identified with the lot number make date of 10-9-18 and best by dates of 12-9-18.
    The recall was the result of a routine US Food and Drug Administration inspection of Sprout Creek Farm’s cheese production facility. During the inspection samples were sent to a FDA Lab for testing and Listeria monocytogenes was found in the product.
  • Barcelona Nut Company of Baltimore, Maryland is recalling 239 cases of roasted and salted in shell pistachios, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes-fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. The roasted and salted in shell pistachios were distributed in Washington D.C., Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, California, Virginia, Ohio, New Jersey, and Georgia through retail stores and direct delivery. The pistachios are Barcelona Nut Company brand, packaged in Red White and Blue window plastic film, and come in sizes:
    2.75 oz., UPC 030239130001 with expiration date 9/18/2019
    2.25 oz., UPC 030239149034 with expiration date 9/17/2019 and 10/9/2019
    1.50 oz., UPC 030239591154 with expiration date 10/9/2019 and 9/17/2019
    1.25 oz., UPC 030239991060 with expiration date 10/8/2019
    1 oz. Green plastic film package pictured UPC 030239510148 with expiration dates 10/4/2019 and 10/10/2019. Consumers with questions, or who have purchased Barcelona Nut Company pistachios with the included code dates are urged to contact Michelle Ocheltree at michelleo@barcelonanut.com or 443.552.5366 or 443.552.5364 to receive a paid postage envelope to return the product to Barcelona Nut Company and full refund.
  • Updates • 108-2018, Les Aliments O Sole Mio, Inc., Recalls Poultry Products Produced without Benefit of Inspection (Oct. 31, 2018)Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Fiore Napolitano, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Les Aliments O Sole Mio, Inc., at (450) 435-4111, Ext. 227
    • 103-2018, Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc. Recalls Meat and Poultry Products due to Possible Salmonella and Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination In Onions (Oct. 21, 2018) Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact the Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc. Corporate Recall Line at 1-855-312-7504. Members of the media with questions regarding the recall can contact Shawn Stevens, Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc.’s media representative, at (262) 271-1522.
    • 087-2018, Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods Recalls Ready-To-Eat Meat and Poultry Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination (Oct. 5, 2018)Media and consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Susan Rowe, executive administrator at Ukrop’s, at (804) 340-3104.
  • Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of one lot of ORTHO-NOVUM® 1/35 (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) Tablets and two lots of ORTHO-NOVUM® 7/7/7 (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) Tablets to the pharmacy level. The patient information provided inside affected packages of ORTHO-NOVUM® does not include the appropriate instructions for the Veridate® dispenser.
    The potential risk of taking ORTHO-NOVUM® without the appropriate instructions for correct use of the Veridate® dispenser pack is that the consumer could take the pills in the incorrect order (still receiving an effective dose) or could take an inactive “reminder” pill instead of an “active” pill which could lead to breakthrough bleeding or an unintended pregnancy.  Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Janssen via phone on: 1-800-526-7736 (1-800-JANSSEN) Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm ET. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this product.
    Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.
    Complete and submit the report Online: http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm
    Regular Mail or Fax: Download form http://www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178
    This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
    About the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies
    Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.
    ORTHO-NOVUM® 1/35 and ORTHO-NOVUM® 7/7/7 tablets are indicated for the prevention of pregnancy in women who elect to use this product as a method of contraception.
    The ORTHO-NOVUM® product itself remains safe and effective for use with the appropriate dispenser instructions. Women should continue to take the 21 “active” pills (with hormones) (peach for ORTHO-NOVUM® 1/35; white, light-peach and peach for ORTHO-NOVUM® 7/7/7) for three weeks, followed by the one week of green “reminder” pills (without hormones).
    The three lots affected by this recall are:
    Product Description
    NDC Number (carton)
    NDC Number (pouch)
    Lot No.
    Expiration Date
    ORTHO-NOVUM® 1/35
    50458-176-06
    50458-176-28
    18BM114
    03/2020
    ORTHO-NOVUM® 7/7/7
    50458-178-06
    50458-178-28
    18CM120
    03/2020
    ORTHO-NOVUM® 7/7/7
    50458-178-12
    50458-178-12
    18BM110
    03/2020
  • Procesadora La Hacienda, Inc., a San Lorenzo, P.R. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,400 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) corned beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically soft plastic and metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
    The RTE corned beef items were produced on October 4, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)]
    10-lb. boxes containing two 5-lb. packages of “PROCESADORA La Hacienda, Inc. CORNED BEEF, TUBED with “Lot: 10/4/18”, and an expiration date of “Exp. 12/4/18.”
    The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 21217A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to institutions in Puerto Rico.Consumers and members of the media with questions about commercially produced food products affected by the recall can contact Wilfredo Figueroa, President of Procesadora La Hacienda, at (787) 612-7276.USDA Recall Classifications
    Class I
    This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
    Class II
    This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
    Class III
    This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.
  • Les Aliments O Sole Mio, Inc., a Boisbriand, Quebec, Canada establishment, is recalling approximately 3,880 pounds of chicken tortellini products that were produced without the benefit of inspection by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and imported into the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
    The heat treated, not fully cooked, not shelf stable chicken tortellini items were produced on October 20, 2018. The following products are subject to recall:
    20-oz. packages of “O’SOLE MIO LA PASSIONE DELLA CUCINA ITALIANA Tortellini CHICKEN” with lot code 293018 and “USE ON OR FREEZE BY” JAN. 18 19. Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Fiore Napolitano, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Les Aliments O Sole Mio, Inc., at (450) 435-4111, Ext. 227.
    The products subject to recall bear Canadian establishment number “764” within the Canadian mark of inspection. These items were shipped to warehouse locations in Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.
    The problem was discovered when the CFIA notified FSIS that the Canadian establishment produced the product outside the approved period of work shift agreement.
    There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.USDA Recall Classifications
    Class I
    This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
    Class II
    This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
    Class III
    This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Amazon’s tax rate in many places was almost ZERO, thanks to loopholes



Last year, Amazon’s tax rate in many places was almost ZERO, thanks to
loopholes that let giant companies pocket billions that should be for our schools, hospitals, etc. But now some European leaders are backing a revolutionary plan — take just a bit of the trillions the internet giants earn to give it back to the people — like Robin Hood. Add your name to make sure this plan flies at a key summit in days — then we’ll take it global!  
Sign Now Dear Avaazers,

Amazon made almost $200 billion in revenue last year — yet in many places their tax rate was almost 0. ZERO!

Internet giants are using tax loopholes to pocket billions that should be going towards our schools, hospitals, and other public services. We pay our taxes — why shouldn’t they?

Europe is on the verge of passing a revolutionary law that would make them do just that –take just a bit of the trillions the internet giants earn to give it back to the people, like Robin Hood. But these monster companies are
fighting back, because they know if it passes it’ll go global. 

Let’s show key governments we’ve had enough of this injustice — 
Avaaz
will deliver our call to European capitals ahead of the vote in just days:

Click here to make tech giants pay like all of us

It isn’t just one company, or one rich CEO. 8 men now have as much wealth as half the world. Poverty has declined and many countries have experienced a great deal of economic growth, but wealth is concentrating more and more in the hands of an impossibly wealthy few.

This plan wouldn’t change that in a moment, but it’s a step in the right direction. The idea is just to make “digital services” companies (like Amazon,
Apple, Google, etc) start paying a very low tax in the country where they make the money, instead of letting them shuffle all their earnings to tax shelters. 

It isn’t about demonising successful companies. It’s about building a global economy that works for all of us, not just CEOs. About stopping them from pocketing billions and billions of dollars that should rightly be paid in taxes
and used for education, health care, and the infrastructure they use to
deliver their products to us. And unlike Robin Hood, this isn’t stealing — it’s
just changing the law to make things a tiny bit more fair.

If Europe’s Robin Hood bill passes, others will follow. That’s why these
internet giants are doing everything they can to stop it. But if we can
deliver our message to key capitals before a major summit in just days, insiders say we could tip the balance. Add your name:

Click here to make tech giants pay like all of us This would be an
unprecedented shift in how the world works, a clear sign that the status quo is
changing and we won’t just let the rich get impossibly richer forever. But all it does it take the laws that apply to you and me — pay your taxes! — and makes it
work for them too. That’s how the world should work — so like always, that’s what we should fight for.  

With hope,

Danny, Christoph, Antonia, Mike and the whole team at Avaaz

More information:

EU’s Divisive Plan to Tax Facebook, Amazon Returns to Spotlight (Bloomberg)
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-05/eu-s-divisive-plan-to-tax-facebook-amazon-returns…

How Uber, Google, Facebook and Other Tech Giants Avoid Paying Billions in Tax? (Medium)
https://medium.com/dconstrct/how-uber-google-facebook-and-other-tech-giants-avoid-paying-billions-in-tax-365b7c8b7dbc

Silicon Valley faces sweeping new taxes in Europe (CNN)
https://money.cnn.com/2018/03/21/technology/eu-europe-tech-tax/index.html

The tech giants will never pay their fair share of taxes – unless we make them (Guardian)
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/11/tech-giants-taxes-apple-paradise-corporation-avoidance

Berlin gets cold feet over EU tech tax promoted by Macron (Financial Times)
https://www.ft.com/content/6d5f5ea8-2d29-11e8-9b4b-bc4b9f08f381

The World’s 8 Richest Men Are Now as Wealthy as Half the World’s Population (Fortune)
http://fortune.com/2017/01/16/world-richest-men-income-equality/

November is Native American Heritage Month


November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Native American Heritage Month is the opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges our Native American people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which Tribal citizens have worked to overcome these challenges.

November is a time to celebrate our rich and diverse culture, tradition, and history.  

The history of Native American Heritage Month goes back a surprisingly long time, even without considering the hundreds of years that Europeans have imposed themselves on the New World. The first inklings that such a day may come to pass occurred back in 1915 when Red Fox James, a member of the Blackfoot Nation, took it upon himself to ride a horse from state to state seeking approval from 24 separate state governments for a day to honor the “American Indian”.

In December of that year he presented it to the White House, apparently to no positive effect. It was George H. W. Bush who officially took the steps to push forward a joint resolution that made November of 1990 the first official Native American Heritage Month. Multiple proclamations have been made since each year following 1994. Since then cultural sites, museums, and native tribal councils have organized events showcasing their rich and diverse culture and history so that it might be spread to the young and continue to thrive.