Made in the USA

Made in the USAOne of the main things Americans think about in July is Independence Day or the 4th of July.  Independence Day is the day we celebrate when the 13 colonies of America declared their independence from Great Britain. Well, there is another “holiday” that is similar to this when Americans celebrate our independence from all countries.  It is called, Made in the USA Day, and it is devoted to promoting merchandise, factory-made within the USA, and goods assembled within the USA.

Joel D. Joseph co-founded the Made in the USA Foundation in Washington, D.C. Joel Joseph Made in USAin 1989.  In 2007 he transferred the foundation to Los Angeles.  In 1999, Joel Joseph organized the Yankee Crafts Project, that currently defends the copyrights of American trade designers.  Joseph wrote in Washington The Yankee Automobile Labeling Act, which needs country-of-origin labels on cars and trucks.  He also wrote the Country of Origin Labeling Act, which needs country of origin on fish, meat and different food merchandise.

How can we celebrate this day?
One of the most noticeable ways recently was in 2015. Ralph Lauren made sure that the Olympic uniforms would be created in America.  What you can do is take this day to make sure that you are using American-made products.  Check labels on everything in your house and from this day forward, make a conscious effort to support what is made in America.

Do you want to do even more?
“Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey,” is an epic journey into the heart and soul of America.  Forever changed by witnessing the devastation of his hometown from an aluminum plant shutdown, Josh Miller sets out on a 30 day journey across America to find out if “Made in the USA” really means anything any longer.  See his story here.   He asks the very pointed question, “We are willing to DIE for our country, but are we willing to BUY for it?” 



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