Asian Americans Advancing Justice applauds Federal court order blocking revised travel ban

Stewart Kwoh, president and executive director at Advancing Justice-LA. (credit: Keyang Pang)

San Francisco - A Federal court in Hawaii blocked a second attempt by President Trump to ban Muslims from entering the country.

"We applaud the court for recognizing the blatant discriminatory intent behind the executive order," said Elica Vafaie, Staff Attorney and Program Manager at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus. "If this is implemented, it will have devastating consequences for our communities."

"Muslim Ban 2.0" is merely one of the administration's attempts to strip away basic civil rights and target Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian immigrants and other immigrant communities.

"We refuse to return to the era of Japanese Internment where the government led the way in profiling people because of their national origin," said Laboni Hoq, Litigation Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA.

Since the first Muslim Ban was released, the Advancing Justice affiliation has:
1. Helped hundreds of travelers understand their rights through our "Know Your Rights" materials and presentations;
2. Provided legal support at airports across the country with our partners to ensure compliance with court orders and represented individuals at the airport; and
3. Created model policies, starting in San Francisco, to prevent the federal government from attacking Muslim communities in other ways, such as a Muslim registry.
With such threats at hand, Asian Americans Advancing Justice is committed to protecting our communities.

"Even with the Muslim Ban halted, our communities continue to be targets of hate. We are asking people to report hate crimes at standagainsthatred.org," said Megan Essaheb, Assistant Director of Immigration and Immigrant Rights at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC

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Two quakes rock Cebu 2 minutes apart

An image released by Phivolcs shows the epicenter of the earthquake that hit Cebu at 3:43 a.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2017. Another quake that hit two-minutes earlier hit the same general area. PHIVOLCS IMAGE Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/882468/two-quakes-rock-cebu-2-minutes-apart#ixzz4bux8XYdw Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

 

By: Michelle Padayhag - @inquirerdotnet

CEBU CITY — Two earthquakes were recorded in midwest Cebu on Tuesday before dawn, according to Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).
Based on the advisory posted on its website, Phivolcs said first tremor was recorded at 3:41 a.m. with a magnitude of 3.4 with the epicenter traced about two kilometers northwest of Asturias town, midwest Cebu
The earthquake was tectonic in origin and had a depth of 15 kilometers.
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The tremor was felt at Intensity three and two in Cebu City and Lapu-Lapu City.
Two minutes later, a second earthquake occurred.
A stronger, magnitude 4.8 earthquake was recorded at 3:43 a.m with an epicenter at 4 kilometers northwest of Balamban town, which is next to Asturias.
The second quake was also tectonic in origin and had 25 kilometers in depth.
It was felt at Intensity 3 in the cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu. CBB

PG&Esets record with $2.85B in 2016 diverse supplier spend

San Francisco, CA -- Pacific Gasand Electric Company (PG&E) this week announced that it spent a record$2.85 billion with diverse suppliers in 2016, accounting for 44 percent of itstotal procurement. For the fifth straight year, diverse suppliers accounted for$2 billion-plus of the company’s spend and more than 40 percent of PG&E’stotal spend for the fourth consecutive year.

In addition, PG&E eclipsed the CaliforniaPublic Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) diverse spending goal of 21.5 percent forthe 11th year in a row.

“For PG&E to effectively meet the needs of ourcustomers in today’s evolving energy landscape, more than ever we need to workwith our diverse suppliers to build a better California together. We’re all inwhen it comes to building on the 36 years of success of our supplier diversityprogram,” said Pacific Gas and Electric Company President and Chief OperatingOfficer Nick Stavropoulos.

In 2016, PG&E achieved new spending records inthe following reporting categories:

CATEGORY 2015 2016 INCREASEFROM 2015
Minority Business Enterprise(MBE) $1.591B $1.828B $237.6M/13 percent
Women Business Enterprise(WBE) $723.1M $797.7M $74.6M/9 percent
Service Disabled Veteran(DVBE) $154.6M $223.8M $69.2M/31 percent

Over the last 36 years, PG&E has been committedto supporting a diverse supply chain. The company has developed one of theleading supplier diversity programs in the energy industry.
In addition to maintaining high levels of spendwith diverse suppliers, PG&E has focused on elevating the quality of itssupplier diversity program by addressing key success factors for suppliers.

For example, PG&E has held multiple workshopsthroughout the year to educate small and diverse businesses on how to competefor utility business. PG&E’s technical assistance and capacity building initiatives havehelped businesses become more competitive.

The company has actively supported the developmentof its diverse suppliers through mentorship, scholarships, opportunityidentification and value chain analysis. In addition, PG&E’s Supplier Development Program has matched 30 diversesuppliers with PG&E senior executive mentors.

PG&E’s Supply Chain Responsibility website contains moreinformation about the program. The site also provides details on how to becomea certified diverse supplier.

In 2016, PG&E received numerous nationalaccolades for its supplier diversity efforts:
·The company received an ‘A’ for its work in 2015from the nationally-known Greenlining Institute, an organization dedicated to racial andeconomic justice.
·The enterprise was named as the Corporation of theYear by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce for itssupport and dedication to ensuring fairness and equal opportunity for LGBTsuppliers, customers and employees.
·For the third consecutive year, PG&E was namedto the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Million Dollar Club? forits spend with Hispanic-owned businesses in 2015.
·PG&E was inducted into the Women’s Business Enterprise Hall of Fame for its support ofsupplier diversity and women’s business development.
·The company received the Gazelle Award from the National Minority Supplier Development Council foraccelerating the growth of minority-owned business.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas andElectric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largestcombined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in SanFrancisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of thenation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and CentralCalifornia. For more information, visit www.pge.com/and www.pge.com/en/about/newsroom/index.page.

Wells Fargo Provides Tax Time Tips and Reminders

Getting Started: A Quick Tax Guide for Everyone
https://www.wellsfargo.com/tax-center/quick-guide
April’s coming, and those same difficult questions start cropping up – How should I do my taxes this year? Should I hire somebody to do them for me? Or try to file them myself? Do I go online, or just mail them in? What forms and information should I have on-hand before I start? The answers are different for every person, but a little basic knowledge can prepare you to make the best decisions, get your taxes filed, and get on with life.
How to file taxes: choosing your filing method
As the April deadline approaches, the first decision to make is, how will you file taxes? Taxes can get done using a number of different methods, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Here’s a breakdown of the principal methods of filing, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of each.
Tax advisors
Online tax preparation services
Packaged tax software
Fillable forms
Taxes by-mail
A tax preparation checklist: forms & other materials
Once you’ve picked your method of filing, the next step is to gather the information and forms that will be relevant to your taxes. Below is a short-list of the most common materials you’ll need to have on-hand, and where to find them. If you start doing your taxes, and you need something that’s not covered on the list below, consult with a tax advisor or take a look at the IRS Forms and Publications page.
Forms
W2 for all income sources – If you worked for a company, you need a W2 form from your employer. Employers will often send you a W2 automatically. Some employers may give you instructions to retrieve it online instead of mailing it. If you don’t get your W2, contact your company’s human resources department.
SSA-1099 for social security benefits – If you collected social security during the year, you should receive this form automatically. Copies are obtainable at https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/i1099/main.html.
1099-G for other government payments – You’ll receive this form from the government if you took in unemployment benefits or an income tax refund.
1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-B and/or 1099-R for all money invested – By late February, you should receive any of these various forms for interest, dividends, retirement plan distributions, etc. from banks, brokers, or fund companies where you had a bank account or money invested during the tax year.
1098 – From your lender if you have a home mortgage.
Common materials
Social Security numbers – You’ll need this for you, your spouse, your children, and any other dependents. Every taxpayer needs this. For a new or replacement social security card, visit http://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber.
Prior year adjusted gross income (AGI) – This number is requested by the IRS as a key identifying piece of information. The AGI can be found on your prior year’s 1040 forms (1040, 1040A or 1040-EZ depending on how you filed). If you don’t have your tax return from last year, you can substitute your electronic filing PIN.
Electronic Filing PIN – If you filed electronically last year, you have one of these. If you don’t remember your PIN, you can use the IRS Pin Retrieval page.
Record of income and deductions – If you have income or deductions that don’t appear in the forms listed above, gather records such as bank deposits and receipts for charitable contributions.
Your bank routing number – If you want to direct deposit a refund, you’ll need this number. If you’re depositing to a checking account, the first 9 numbers from the left at the bottom of your checks is your bank’s routing number. Learn more
Your bank account number – Check your bank or other financial institution’s website to obtain your account number. If you’re a Wells Fargo customer, you can find your account number directly to the right of the routing number on your check.
Filing status
This is the first tax-specific bit of information the IRS will want to know. They use your filing status to determine the amount of your standard deduction and the tax you owe. It also helps determine which deductions and credits you qualify for.
There are five filing statuses to choose from:
Single – Your filing status is single if, on the last day of your tax year, you are unmarried or legally separated from your spouse, and you don’t qualify as a head of household or a widow(er) with dependent child (see below). Federal tax law now recognizes same-sex marriages that were conducted in jurisdictions where such marriages are legal.
Married Filing Jointly – You can choose Married Filing Jointly if you’re married and both you and your spouse agree to file a joint return. Both of you must include all of your income, exemptions, and deductions on your joint return.
Married Filing Separately – If you’re married, you can also choose Married Filing Separately. Since this filing status has the highest tax rate, you and your spouse will generally pay more combined tax by filing separately than by filing jointly. If you live apart from your spouse, and meet certain other criteria, you may be able to lower your taxes by filing as Head of Household, even if you aren’t divorced or legally separated.
Head of Household – To file with this status:
You must be unmarried on the last day of the tax year, or qualify to be treated as unmarried by living apart from your spouse for the last six months of the year;
You must have paid more than half the cost of keeping up a home for the year; and
You must have a qualifying person living with you in the home for more than half the year.
There are exceptions and special cases to this status; we highly recommend consulting a tax advisor before choosing it. If you qualify, your tax rate will be lower than rates for Single or Married Filing Separately.
Qualifying Widow(er) with Dependent Child – Only applicable for two years after your spouse dies. Your tax rate will be the same as if you filed a joint return. To qualify:
You must have been eligible to file a joint return with your spouse the year he/she died;
You can’t have remarried before the end of the year;
You must be able to claim a child as an exemption; and
You must have paid more than half the cost of keeping up the main home for your child the entire year.
Once you’ve chosen your method of tax preparation, gathered all the appropriate forms together, and considered your filing status, consult the While Filing section of our Tax Center. It has detailed information on how to report some key information as you file, such as your income, deductions, investments and homeownership.

 
 
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