Monday, October 03, 2016

Seize the Golden Opportunity. Don't Vote yet.

Seize the Golden Opportunity Now

To the best of our knowledge, using Hillary's Speech Archive on her website, of 
the 397 speeches she gave from January to July this year, only 1 was 
to Asian Americans -- a 30 minute speech to the group AAPI for Hillary 
in San Gabriel, CA.  We are 4.6% of the voters, but we only got 0.25% of her 
time.  Indeed, it was to a group that already endorsed her.  Don't let her
belittle us.  
Many voters sense that she has a sense of entitlement. 
Donald Trump?  Probably worse.  

So hold on to your vote.  Let 80-20 work with them to get you the GOLD.

Seize the Golden Opportunity of A Presidential Election.
Let's Get Something for Our Votes!

Q1:  Will 80-20 Endorse a presidential candidate this Year?
A:    Not sure.  80-20 helps a presidential candidate to win only if the candidate is willing to help AsAms in sufficient measure.  This year none seems eager to help.  So don't help either yet, especially AsAms in battleground states. Look to 80-20 to work on them, since no one else has ever dared.

Q2:  Are you saying that neither candidate has done enough for us?
A:    Yes.  Sec. Clinton has answered our questionnaire. However, they were not straightforward YES answers, as were the ones answered by Pres. Obama.  We want more commitments from her.  Trump hasn't even answered our questionnaire yet. 

Q3:  What more do you want Sec. Clinton to commit?
A:   We want her to help set a historic precedent.  Sec. Clinton went to many black churches, Jewish and Hispanic gatherings, union meetings, feminist conventions, and LBGT events.  She went to "AAPI for Hillary," but they were already committed to Hillary without asking for Hillary to help us in return.  80-20 fights for you!

   We have invited both Clinton and Trump to come to 80-20's Endorsement Convention (EC), and ASK for our vote.  Neither has replied yet.   So don't vote for either yet.

Q4:  Why be so insistent?
A:  Every presidential election is a golden opportunity for new immigrants to induce the next president to commit to helping them advance towards equal citizenship.  That was how the Irish, Polish, Italians and Jewish gained their equality.  The road to equity is never easy.  It is one hard fought step followed by another.

Q5:  So, who is to decide if there will be an endorsement in 2016?
A:   It is a 2-step process.  First, PAC's Executive Committee, composed of the 4 officers of 80-20 PAC - all tough fighters, decides when to convene the EC. Second, once convened, the Delegates, who were elected by PAC members, vote and decide whom to endorse.  

Q6: Are you implying that there could be no EC in 2016?
A:  No.  PAC bylaws require that there be an EC.  

Q7:  If so, when?
A:  It could be as late as 1 day before the election, on Nov. 7.  

Q7: Why?
A: The later the date of the EC, the less 80-20 can do to help the endorsed candidate.  In essence, 80-20 will NEVER deliver a bloc vote to any presidential candidate who is NOT willing to sufficiently help AsAms in return.  We'll let time bring pressure to work on the two candidates.  80-20 is uniquely responsible to YOU.

Q:  Can ordinary AsAms help break this apparent impasse? 
A:  Yes.  You will be the best help.  If every one of you tells every Clinton or Trump campaign worker in your city to go tell his/her boss to go to 80-20's Endorsement Convention to ask for the AsAm vote, both candidates will come.  

S. B. Woo 

President and a volunteer for the past 18 years
80-20 Initiative, Inc.

To know more about 80-20, view these videos :  (Ignore the last 35 secs.  The CA primary is over. An EC is to decide whether to endorse Trump or Clinton.) (Ignore the appeal for funds.  SELF has succeeded.)

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Delegates Elected. EC may delay endorsement.

Delegates elected. EC may delay its endorsement.

Empowering Asian Ams; Executing with Integrity

   1  Alice Huang            79.46%
   2  Kathleen To            77.68%
   3  Elaine Su               75.45%
   4  Jinliang Cai            73.88%
   5  Stella Yu                 72.10%
   6  Jack Tak Fok Ling  71.43%
   7  Piyush Agrawal      67.63%
   8  Tony Tsai                65.63%
   9  Kansen Chu           63.84%
  10 Gary Tang             59.82%
  11 Michael Wu           57.81%
                                                         Benjamin Wang         56.92%
   1   Jing-li Yu                65.18%
   2   Kaichang Li            62.05%
   3   Richard Hsu           61.38%
   4   John Liu                 60.04%
   5   Yang Hong             59.15%
   6   Hanming Tu           57.81%
   7   Wei-jing Zhu          57.14%
   8   Kai Zhang              56.70%
   9   Chris Cheung        56.25%
  10   Hao Ni                  55.58%
  11   W. K. Leung          42.63%
                                                      Hank Liao (1st Alternate)          40.85%
                                                      Sudha Agrawal (2nd Alternate)  39.73%
   1   S.B. Woo               77.23%
   2   Mark Xu                 63.17%
   3   Henry Lee              62.72%
   4   Farland Chang      62.05%
   5   Stephen Lin           62.05%
   6   Ichun Lai                61.61%
   7   Qing Li                   60.71%
   8   Fan Jiao                 55.36%
   9   Ronald Fong          54.02%
  10  Yiting Yang            52.46%
  11  Chris Chong          49.11%
                                                         David Fan  (1st Alt.)               37.28%
                                                         Peter Jingge Zhang (2nd Alt.) 36.61%

Bylaws Amendment Passed

   The "prohibition" article was extended by 10 years, from 2016 to 2026. 84% of the members voted for it. 4% opposed.  The rest abstained.   

3.6 Prohibition 
    Until Dec. 31, 2026 or a membership exceeding 10,000, whichever comes first, 80-20 shall not take any position in US foreign policies and/or foreign matters, except when it may impact upon its goal to achieve equal opportunity and justice for Asian Americans.  The decision to invoke the exception must be approved by 3/4 (75%) of the entire Board.  However, related decisions and actions subsequent to the approval of the exemption shall be governed by the Robert's Rules of Order only.

   80-20's Board is extremely pleased that the amendment has passed.  Why?  For 2 major reasons:  
    (1) Engaging in U.S. foreign policy discussions may split instead of UNITE the AsAm community, given the complex history of Asia, and 
    (2) our average political maturity is such that our engagement in U.S. foreign policy may become counter-productive to our struggle to become full-fledged U.S. citizens.   

   Why not ban it permanently?  NO.  To engage in the evolving U.S. foreign policy is not only our right, but also our obligation.  We eagerly look forward to the day when our political maturity is such that we will participate fully in this important aspect of our nation's life.

80-20's Endorsement Convention May NOT
Convene Soon

   Why?  Take a guess.  To be explained in our next e-newsletter.  Thanks.

S. B. Woo 

President, a volunteer for the past 18 years
80-20 Initiative, Inc. 

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

All about 80-20's Bloc Vote

Understanding 80-20’s Bloc Vote

[A] How 80-20 Nurtured the AsAm bloc vote

     Take a look at the table below.  All data came from the NY Times.

     There was a dip in the size of the bloc vote from +13 in 2000 to +9 in 2004.  Why?  In 2004, 80-20 only endorsed Kerry "with reservation".   Click here to verify that fact.  

     How come NOT a single Republican presidential candidate was endorsed?
Because NOT a single one answered 80-20's questionnaire.  Only FOOLS and those who are politically unaware would endorse a candidate without their written promise* to help AsAms. 

     80-20 is tough as nails.  Politicians who don't care for our rightful concerns: please review the ups and downs of the AsAm bloc votes and be ready to face the consequences.  Help 80-20 spread this message to the presidential campaigns. 

                                   [B] The power of a bloc vote

     See "Exit poll 2012: How the vote has shifted" published by The Washington Post.

                                         Group %          Obama          Romney
   RACE      White                72                   39                 59
                   African-Am       13                    93                   6
                   Hispanic          10                     71                 27
                   Asian                3                     73                 26

   UNION HOUSEHOLDS     18                   58                  40

     To illustrate the power of a bloc vote, let's calculate the margin of difference
that Asians had provided to Obama in 2012.  It was [3% x (73 - 26)] = 1.41 %.
How does that compare to what the union households did for Obama in 2012?   
The margin provided by unions is [18% x (58 - 40)] = 3.24%.

     Wow, Asians Ams with only 1/6 population of the union households were already delivering almost half as powerful a bloc vote to Obama.   Listen!  Do you want political clout to win equal rights?   Support 80-20 EC's decision on how to vote in 2016.

                              [C] The Making of a Bloc Vote Explained.

     A lot of people don't understand how 80-20 can deliver a bloc vote when 80-20's email list is only about 1/40 the size of the total AsAm vote.  Here is how.

     Let's say that you are attending a meeting of 2,000 persons. It's noisy. Everything is a bit confusing.  Then a motion, whose substance you are only somewhat aware of, but have not really formed a firm opinion about, is put up for a vote. 20 persons speak eloquently in favor of the motion.  5 persons oppose the motion but only do a so-so job.  Guess what?  There will be an 80% chance that the 2,000 will vote to approve the motion.  Note that 20 speakers represent only 1/100 of the voting individuals.  But, still, these 20 persons cause the 2,000 to pass the motion, voting 80 to 20.   

     80-20 plays the role of those 20 speakers with its huge email list and its political ads.  80-20 is extremely clear-headed about politics.  More importantly, it has a record of effective and selfless service to the AsAm community, which renders credibility to 80-20's e-newsletters and its political ads.

S. B. Woo 

President and a volunteer for the past 18 years
80-20 Initiative, Inc.

How useful are the promises?  You be the judge.  Since 80-20 has gotten into the action, there have been: a) the large number of AsAm cabinet and sub-cabinet officials, b) the lifting of the glass ceiling in federal government jobs resulting in many more AsAms in SES (Senior Exec. Service) and grade G15 levels, and c) the tripling of life-tenured federal judges in the last 8 years.  In addition, the number of Appeals Court judges rose from 0 to 4, and 2 of them recently received national media attention as possible future Supreme Court Justices, and d) rules changes in DOJ to stop low-level investigative personnel from profiling Chinese Ams as possible spies.  To verify the above, click here and go to the bottom of the page, item 8: "President Obama's Record After His Election."
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Friday, August 26, 2016

Draft EC Agenda

Striving to Empower; Executing with Integrity
80-20's 2016 Endorsement Convention (EC) Agenda

Type:  Electronic
Date:  Not set yet.  It'll be one weekend day
Time: 10 am EDT which is 7 am PDT  

Session A: 
      Duration: 1.5 to 2.5 hours 
      Purpose:  Getting things organized

1. Welcome by S. B. Woo, President of PAC.  (0.1 hour)

   S.B. will be the temporary Chair.  Soon, a Chair for the entire EC will be elected by the Delegates.  S.B. will also explain the phone protocol since this is an electronic conference call.  

2. Self-introductions.  (1.5 hours)  [What will be the value of this 1.5 hours?  If most people think it is not effective, I can eliminate this part and save 1.5 hours in a long day.  Personally, I think it has great value in inducing the candidates to identify with the EC.  Otherwise, many may go through the entire meeting without speaking a word.]
   1.5 minutes for each Delegate and Alternate.  Anyone going substantially over 1.5 minutes will have his/her phone shut off by the Chair and his assistants.   

   Take notes, if you like.  Know your fellow Delegates, please.  After the endorsement, we'll be working together to deliver a bloc vote to the endorsed presidential candidate.

3.  Electing a Chair for the remainder of EC.   (0.1 to 0.5 hour)

   S. B. appoints a temporary chair since he or she will be a candidate for the Chair position.   A motion to nominate must a) obtain consent from the nominee & b) be seconded.
   EC must be conducted democratically, giving all Delegates a fair chance to speak, and, at the same time, move the meeting forward without chaos.  Having a good Chair who really knows how to use Robert's Rules of Order to achieve "democracy without chaos" is the key to the success of this EC.
4.  Electing two members, one D and one R, to a Secret Ballots Confirmation Committee (SBCC).  (0.4 hour)

   The EC Chair and the two members of SBCC will receive emails from all Delegates when the formal endorsement ballots will be cast.   This is the only way to approximate a "secret ballot" in an electronic EC.
5. Session A adjourns.  A precise time to reconvene Session B must be set. The recess shall be about one hour.

Session B:
        Duration: 2 to 3 hours
        Purpose:  (a) Statements from the Presidential campaigns
                          (b) a preliminary expression of the Delegates' choice
                          (c) a Q&A period to clarify each other's views

1. Statement to EC by the presidential candidate or their surrogates.
  (0.5 hour)   [This is the most flexible part of our agenda.  Whenever a presidential candidate is ready, we'll interrupt our program to let him/her speak.  There is no need for the surrogates to address us since it will have very little value.  No one can really speak for the candidate except him/herself, unless a surrogate happens to (be) a V.P candidate.]

   Each will speak for 5 to 10 minutes.  A very short Q&A is permitted after each speech.  80-20 thinks all bargaining will have been done by this point.  We'll encourage Delegates to just thank the speakers or ask gentle and general-natured questions.  If we have a formal Q&A session, the presidential candidates will probably refuse to participate. If the so-called "surrogates" address us, don't ask questions. To tell you the truth, the surrogates can't speak for the presidential candidates.  

   After each speaker has finished, he/she will be thanked and invited to leave the EC.

   The first presidential candidate to commit to address the EC will be given the choice of speaking order.   

2.  Preliminary discussion.  Who would be the best presidential candidate? 
     (1.5 hours)

   The floor is open for any Delegate to speak what his/her current choice is and why.  The maximum allowed time is 2 minutes.   All speakers are encouraged to start with "My current choice is ....”  and end with “…but I'm willing to change my mind upon hearing others' views."  Another alternative is to state, " I am leaning toward X, because ... "   That way your eventual vote will be kept a secret.

   Note that 80-20 focuses on winning equal rights for AsAms only.  To say that a candidate is better or worse for nations A or B or C in Asia is NOT appropriate. Bylaws article 3.6 prohibits 80-20 from getting involved in U.S. foreign policies.
   Those delegates not having spoken on this topic will be given the priority to speak.   Otherwise, who will speak next will be left to the discretion of the Chair.  The Chair will try to end this sub-session after 1.5 hours.

3.  A 0.5-hour recess.  Eat lunch if you have not yet eaten.  :-)

4.  A Q&A period to clarify the statements of other Delegates: (0.75 hour)

   Many Delegates have by now expressed their preliminary choices and why.   This second round permits Delegates to ask each other questions. Please be polite. Bear in mind that we are all working towards the same goal.  The type of questions we might want to ask will be: "I heard someone say that X is good to us because..., could you clarify that please."  Or, " I heard someone say that Y is good to us because....  I don't agree because I think....".

   The Chair should allow only one speaker on each side of the debate on a particular point.  The Chair should then insist on moving on to a different topic and not allow a prolonged debate.

5.  Session B adjourns.  Session C will convene in about one hour.

Session C: 
       Duration: 2 to 3.5 hours.
       Purpose:  (a) To endorse a presidential candidate and 
                         (b) To agree upon a draft press release

1.  The Last round of discussions  (0.5 to 1.5 hour)
    Each delegate may speak for two minutes.  Delegates who have not spoken much are given priority.  Otherwise, who will speak next will be left to the discretion of the Chair.  The Chair will try to end this sub-session after 60 minutes.

2.  A 0.25-hour recess for each Delegate to cast a formal "secret' ballot on whom to endorse

   Each Delegate is to send an email to the Chair and the 2 members of the SBCC.  A precise reconvening time shall be set.

3.  Informing Delegates who is the endorsed candidate  (0.25 hour) 

   The Chair announces the result, to be affirmed by the two SBCC members.    If affirmed, someone will move to make the decision unanimous to be followed by a voice vote.  

   The session shall be recessed again for an hour for the Chair to draft a press release to be approved by the EC.   The draft shall be sent to each Delegate via email.  A precise reconvening time shall be set.

4.  Reviewing a draft press release and getting comments from the Delegates 
    (0.5 to 1 hour)  

   The draft press release will be read.  Comments from Delegates are invited.  If the draft press release is approved in principle (but not in every detail), the chair shall have the authority to make editorial but not substantial changes.   

5. New business

6.  2016 80-20 EC adjourns.   

   Let's have a great Endorsement Convention and come out united to deliver the most powerful bloc vote in AsAm history. 

S. B. Woo

President and a volunteer for the past 18 years
80-20 Initiative, Inc.

Important footnote:

   80-20' PAC's Bylaws specify that secret ballots be used for the endorsement vote, which is easy for a physical meeting.  But in an electronic meeting what I am proposing here is only an approximation and is unsatisfactory.  Pete Mauk told me that there is a GoToMeeting site and that 
"It has the ability to poll the audience (voting) within the application -- So we can put the Chairperson election in there, and later the Clinton vs. Trump question."  Since his voting is to be cast through a commercial site and NOT via 80-20's website, I think everyone will be satisfied.  What do you think?  Please express your view.

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