Frequently Asked Questions

What is POPVOX and Why does ACT use POPVOX?

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POPVOX bridges the gap between the input the public wants to provide and the information Members of Congress want and need to receive.

With POPVOX, ACT can post a pre-written suggested letter for our members to sign and send into members of Congress. POPVOX asks for detailed contact information, including your home address and in some cases your phone number, in order to ensure that your message to Congress reaches the appropriate Congressional office.

For more details about POPVOX, please see the About POPVOX page.

What does ACT mean by “right to self-determination”?

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Self-determination is the principle in that a group of self-governing people have the right to freely choose their sovereignty and international political status with no external compulsion or external interference. We believe this can only come about fairly in a referendum by all Taiwanese, where the issue of change in status is clearly laid out.

The United Nations has enshrined the right to self-determination in the UN Charter, and in both the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)[14] and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The two Covenants read: “All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.”

What are donations to ACT used for and what kind of overhead does ACT have?

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As with any company, for-profit or non-profit, we have operating expenses. We strive to keep those as low as possible, in fact all of our staff work on a volunteer basis. Here is a quick run-down on what other dollars go towards: advocacy platform (enables sending of messages to members of Congress), web hosting, government fees.

Does ACT sell, rent or trade donor or member information to any other organizations?

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No! ACT values your support, and we are committed to protecting your privacy. We will not cede or sell your data for any commercial use, or for any use that is not directly linked to our activities or to the use for which you have entered the data.

Is ACT a registered non-profit or NGO?

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Yes, American Citizens for Taiwan is registered as a 501(c)(4) non-profit with the IRS. The American Citizens for Taiwan Foundation is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the IRS.

Does ACT align itself with a certain political party in either Taiwan or the U.S.?

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No, ACT is not aligned with any political party in the U.S. or Taiwan. In the U.S. ACT will call attention to politicians in their support for U.S.-Taiwan relations. In Taiwan ACT calls attention to issues of human rights and self-determination without regard for party.

What is ACT's name in Chinese?

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ACT's name in Chinese is 美台會.


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