Tuesday, March 26, 2002

You Made It Happen!

Thanks to YOU, 80-20 has won POLITICAL CLOUT for you and your children. Here are 3 examples.

1) 80-20 expressed its disappointment with the "American out-
shines Kwan ..." headline on 03/01/02. Two days later Seattle Times issued its second apology that was vastly different in its contents, tone and length from its first apology.

2) 80-20 demanded on 10/27/00 that an unscrupulous Republican political
TV ad fanning "yellow peril" be withdrawn, the next day it was withdrawn.

3) 80-20 appealed on 12/27/00 to the APA community to ask the Bush Administration to consider appointing an APA to its cabinet. Two days later Vice Pres. Cheney called Norman Mineta about his interest to serve as the Transportation Secretary.

Thanks to YOU, 80-20 is YOUR ORGANIZATION , not a play-thing of the
elite. 80-20's bylaws require that

1) all board members and officers are to be elected by dues-paying members
DIRECTLY,

2) only dues-paying members, who pay dues at least 2 months before the election, may run for office (being rich and famous is NOT qualification to become 80-20 leaders),

3) each elected offices must have AT LEAST TWO nominees (so that power is NOT passed to cronies), and

4) every elected position has a SHORT term limit.

There has NEVER been an org. like 80-20 in the APA community.
Join 80-20 for your children & grandchildren's sake.

If you are NOT a member yet, please join any of the following six:

1. Basic (1 vote) -- $35

2. Family (for couples only, 2 votes) -- $50

3. Life** -- $1000

4. Family life** (couples only, 2 votes) -- $1,500

5. Honorary Life** -- $5,000

6. Honorary Family** (couples only, 2 votes) -- $10,000

** Membership names in permanent display on 80-20's web site. See

http://www.80-20initiative.net/members.html .

Any US citizen or permanent resident can be a member TODAY using a credit
card, visit http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership.html .

PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:


Professor Chun Wa Wong
3780 Keystone Ave.
Suite 106
Los Angeles, CA 90034-6363

Write down your e-mail address in the check. Thank you.

Act TODAY.

Best regards,

SB

Monday, March 18, 2002

Doing one's share

There has never been an organization like 80-20 in the Asian Pacific American community before.

80-20 acts instead of talks. It is effective. It is beginning to have some political clout, thanks to all who contributed money and time.

It is just the kind of organization that you've always hoped for. Your children & grandchildren will thank you for doing your share. If you are NOT already a member, there are six types of 80-20 memberships:

1. Basic (1 vote) -- $35

2. Family (for couples only, 2 votes) -- $50

3. Life** -- $1000

4. Family life** (couples only, 2 votes) -- $1,500

5. Honorary Life** -- $5,000

6. Honorary Family** (couples only, 2 votes) -- $10,000

** Membership names in permanent display on 80-20's web site. See
http://www.80-20initiative.net/members.html .

Any US citizen or permanent resident can be a member TODAY using a credit
card, visit http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership.html .

PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:

Professor Chun Wa Wong
3780 Keystone Ave.
Suite 106
Los Angeles, CA 90034-6363

Write down your e-mail address in the check. Thank you.

Act TODAY.

Monday, March 04, 2002

Seattle Times' Second apology

Two days after 80-20 e-mail YOU and its other 410,000 supporters,
regarding Seattle Times' hurtful headline: "American outshines Kwan...",
Seattle Times issued its SECOND apology. It was drastically different in content, tone, style and length from its first apology.

Please circulate Mr. Fancher's article to our Caucasian friends, because
it will help to prevent the recurrence of similar events. A few excerpts
from his article follow:


"Times Won't Forget Readers' Reminder on Kwan
Headline


By Mike Fancher, Executive Editor


"Some of us at The Seattle Times can remember our disbelief
four years ago when an Internet news site carried a headline implying that
Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan isn't an American.

Disbelief turned to deep embarrassment when we did the same this year.

"Hughes as good as gold,"..... The secondary headline said,

"American outshines Kwan, Slutskaya in skating surprise," ...

Readers were quick to respond with comments like:

"Does the fact that Hughes happens to be Caucasian make her any
more 'American' than Kwan?" ....

It's a message we won't forget. ......"


For the complete article:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/134413955_fancher03

It's a wonderful article. Its beginning reads like a direct reply
to 80-20's e-mail:

"After the 1998 Winter Olympics figure skating finals, MSNBC headlined:
"American beats out Kwan." .... Just a few days ago, an almost IDENTICAL
headline appeared. ..."

Seattle Times' FIRST apology was issued on 02/23. It was entitled:

"An Apology":

"A headline in yesterday's Sports section, written quickly
on deadline, offended many readers, and for that we apologize. The headline on our lead story about the gold-medal skating performance of Sarah Hughes was in two parts: a main headline, "Hughes good as gold" and a secondary headline, "American outshines Kwan, Slutskaya in skating surprise". Readers called to complain that the secondary headline implied that Michelle Kwan was not an American. While that was not intended--the writer was attempting to find another word for "Hughes" in order not to repeat her name in the second head--we apologize for any misunderstanding."

80-20 wants to take this opportunity to compliment the efforts of many
organizations including OCA (Seattle chapter), AAJA, Chung Wa Benevolent
Association, and many individuals including member of 80-20. They
knew about the headline before 80-20 and did much of the earlier spadework.
80-20 salutes them.

TOGETHER, we shall overcome.

80-20 fights for YOU. Help us grew even stronger. There
are six types of 80-20 memberships:

There are six types of 80-20 memberships:

1. Basic (1 vote) -- $35

2. Family (for couples only, 2 votes) -- $50

3. Life**
-- $1000

4. Family life** (couples only, 2 votes) -- $1,500

5. Honorary Life** -- $5,000

6. Honorary Family** (couples only, 2 votes) -- $10,000

** Membership names in permanent display on 80-20's web site. See
http://www.80-20initiative.net/members.html .

Any US citizen or permanent resident can be a member TODAY using a credit
card, visit
http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership.html .

PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:


Professor Chun Wa Wong
3780 Keystone Ave.
Suite 106
Los Angeles, CA 90034-6363

Write down your e-mail address in the check. Thank you.

Act TODAY.

Sunday, March 03, 2002

Victory II

THANKS to you and many APA organizations including 80-20,
we induced the following splendid results . If the APA
community doesn't get satisfaction from the Republican
leadership, 80-20 will be compelled to turn up the pressure a
notch -- all the way to the 2004 presidential election, if
necessary.

1) Democratic Party and Its Leaders Support Us:

a) Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry stated:
"Howard Coble's suggestion that the internment of Japanese
Americans was necessary for our national security takes us
backwards and calls into serious question not just his judgment,
but his ability to serve as Chairman of the newly organized
House Subcommittee on Homeland Security."

b) The Democratic National Committee's (DNC) press release:
"The DNC has called on North Carolina congressman Howard
Coble to resign his subcommittee chairmanship after remarks
suggesting Japanese Americans were interned during World War
II for their own protection."

c) Senate Minority Leader Tom Dashle, House Minority Leader
Nancy Pelosi followed APA congresspersons Mike Honda, Robert
Matsui and David Wu in asking for COBOL's apology.

2) Republican Groups, NAACP, and SMART Joined Us:

"Dear Mr. Woo: The Republican Arab American congress
www.raaonline.org , and the California congress of Republicans
www.calgop.org stands behind you in this effort and have sent
letters asking Congressman Coble to apologize for his misguided
comments. Johnny Khamis, President RAAC San Jose "

On 2/15/03 NAACP, the nation's largest Civil Rights org., passed
a resolution supporting APA orgs. calling for Coble's resignation.

SMART, Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force, called for
Coble's apology and explanation.

3) Time Mag. To Publish A Letter from 80-20 Supporter:

At least one letter from 80-20 supporters regarding Coble's
outrageous comments will be published in Times' March 10, 2002
issue. Thank you, Kim-Sau Chung of Chicago.

Friday, March 01, 2002

American outshines Kwan, Slutskaya ...

After the 1998 Winter Olympics figure skating finals, MSNBC
headlined: "American beats out Michelle Kwan."

Offended? Right. The reporter must apologize? Right.
It was an isolated incident that would never occur again? WRONG.

Just a few days ago, an almost IDENTICAL headline appeared. After the
figure skating finals of this year's Olympics, Seattle Times headlined
on February 22:

"Hughes good as gold

American outshines Kwan, Slutskaya in skating surprise"

To be sure, it was likely a subconscious mistake. The editor apologized
publicly the next day.

Don't take such Freudian slips lightly, however.
The perpetual foreigner image of APAs is a major cause for the glass ceiling
above YOU. That is the stuff that places hidden obstacles before
YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN in your daily lives.

80-20 is writing to the president of the American Journalist Association
to respectfully suggest that it organizes a work shop in its next annual
convention to address the "perpetual foreigner" image of APAs among its
members. A copy will be mailed to president of the Asian American
Journalist Assoc., the Publisher of the Seattle Times, and the CEO of MSNBC.

80-20 fight for YOU. If you think it is serving a vital function for YOU & YOUR FAMILY and if you are not a dues-paying member

yet, please do your share.

There are six types of 80-20 memberships:

1. Basic (1 vote) -- $35

2. Family (for couples only, 2 votes) -- $50

3. Life**
-- $1000

4. Family life** (couples only, 2 votes) -- $1,500

5. Honorary Life** -- $5,000

6. Honorary Family** (couples only, 2 votes) -- $10,000

** Membership names in permanent display on 80-20's web site.
See

http://www.80-20initiative.net/members.html
.

Any US citizen or permanent resident can be a member TODAY using a credit
card, visit


http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership.html
.

PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:

Professor Chun Wa Wong
3780 Keystone Ave.
Suite 106
Los Angeles, CA 90034-6363

Write down your e-mail address in the check. Thank you.

Act TODAY.

 

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