Monday, December 31, 2007

* DEFEAT Obama

* Contents of this newsletter have been removed in accordance with 80-20's agreement with the Obama campaign, after Sen. Obama replied to 80-20's questionnaire with all Yeses.

Friday, December 28, 2007

* Reactions to "Call to DEFEAT Obama"

* Contents of this newsletter have been removed in accordance with 80-20's agreement with the Obama campaign, after Sen. Obama replied to 80-20's questionnaire with all Yeses.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

* Call To Action - Defeat Obama

* Contents of this newsletter have been removed in accordance with 80-20's agreement with the Obama campaign, after Sen. Obama replied to 80-20's questionnaire with all Yeses.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

* Faxes from Asian Ams to Sen. Obama

* Contents of this newsletter have been removed in accordance with 80-20's agreement with the Obama campaign, after Sen. Obama replied to 80-20's questionnaire with all Yeses.

Monday, December 17, 2007

* Call To Action -- Fax Sen. Obama

* Contents of this newsletter have been removed in accordance with 80-20's agreement with the Obama campaign, after Sen. Obama replied to 80-20's questionnaire with all Yeses.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Sen. EDWARDS Also Replies With All Yeses

Good news. Another competitive Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. John Edwards, replied with all yeses.

For his signed reply to our questionnaire, visit
http://www.80-20initiative.net/news/preselect2008_edwards.asp.

80-20 still has not heard from Sen. Barack Obama, Gov. Bill Richardson and Rep. Dennis Kucinich. We've not heard from any of the Republican presidential candidates except for Fred Thompson. His campaign answered:

"Senator Thompson has a policy against responding to questionnaires."

Does Senator Thompson understand that he is running in a democracy? Does he understand that America's forefathers designed the election so that during an election a small minority like the Asian Americans who can't afford to hire lobbyists in Washington D.C. and are not hooked into the political establishment can use this window to get our voice heard? Forget him. Forget Fred Thompson.

UNITY is power.

Warmest regards,

S. B. Woo A member of the Exec. Comm. & former President, 80-20 Initiative

REMINDER & ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

(1) Let's not forget that Senators Biden, Clinton, Dodd, and Gravel have answered 80-20's questionnaire with "all yeses" earlier.

(2) Bryan Jung of the Edwards Campaign, Joe Trippie, SB's friend and a well-known political consultant, and Dale Minami, a well- known Civil Rights lawyer in SF, all helped 80-20 with Sen. Edwards.

JOIN 80-20

There are 9 types of membership:
1. Basic (1 vote) -- $35
2. Family (Two names to get 2 votes) -- $50
3. Professional (1 vote) -- $75
4. Professional family (2 names to get 2 votes) -- $150
5. Student -- $15
6. Life** -- $1000
7. Family life** (two names to get 2 votes) -- $1,500
8. Honorary Life** -- $5,000
9. Honorary Family Life** (two names to get 2 votes) -- $10,000
** Membership names on permanent display on 80-20's web site.
See http://www.80-20initiative.net/about/lifemembers.asp

Any US citizen or P.R. can join, using a credit card, visit
http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/payment.asp(easy to use) or http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/join.asp (Paypal)
PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:
Jing-Li Yu Treasurer
P.O. Box 527340 Flushing, NY 11352-7340 .
Write down your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the check.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Sen. Clinton Replied to 80-20's questionnaire with all Yeses!

Surprised?

Surprised at this quick turn-around to enlist a leading presidential candidate to support our community's right to equal opportunity? Surprised or not, let's remember what led to this success so that we may continue to enjoy such successes.

Remember the reasons of YOUR success, see the "4-A's of politics," shown below.

American way of politics: Apply the power of the ballot box. Organize to speak out. Organize to bloc vote.

Afraid not: Do the right things. Send emails/faxes with our names, addresses and titles stated. Have the courage of our conviction. Look at it this way: Are 80-20's Board members in trouble with America's Political establishment? No. Quite to the contrary, they will be the new Asian Am. leaders with proven integrity, value system, courage and political know-how. They will likely be sought out by America's leaders.

Asian style politics abandoned: Don't raise money for politicians like ignorant slobs. Tens of millions of dollars donated to politicians in past decades have yielded our community nothing except bad publicity.

Accountability: Demand accountability from fundraisers and politicians, be they Asian Americans or non-Asian Americans.

A new era in Asian American politics has arrived. Join us!

Now onto Sen. Hillary Clinton's response to our community.

Sen. Hillary made two great points to 80-20. (1) The President cannot nominate a federal judge unless a vacancy occurs. 80-20's Q4 & Q5 needs to incorporate this important point. (2) She is so strongly for equal opportunity that she likes to strengthen the wording of those two questions once the vacancy requirement is covered. 80-20 adopted and deeply appreciated her suggestions, and her integrity and courage. We are inspired by her style of leadership. For the improved questionnaire and Sen. Clinton's signed reply go to http://www.80-20initiative.net/news/preselect2008_clinton.asp

Sen. Clinton answered each of the 6 questions with one single word: YES. This represents an iron-clad commitment that if she becomes our President, she will use her Presidential power to give Asian Americans equal opportunity in workplaces and be appointed Federal judges.

Please help spread the "4-A's of politics" to every corner of our community. That is what will win EQUAL OPPORTUNITY for us.

REMINDER & ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
(1) Let's not forget that Senators Biden, Dodd, and Gravel have answered 80-20's questionnaire with "all yeses" earlier.

(2) We want to thank those Co-Chairs of "APIA for Hillary" who urged Sen. Clinton to reply with all yeses. Note: Some Co-Chairs ignored our plea. The names of our heroes and heroines are shown below in alphabetical order:

Judy Chu, Mike Eng, Otto Lee, John Liu, Gary Locke, Fiona Ma, Henry Manayan, Doris Matsui, and Ellen Young.

Gordon Quan, former Houston City Councilman and a Co-Chair for Hillary, deserves a special thanks. He did an excellent job as a liaison between 80-20 and the Clinton campaign,

JOIN 80-20

There are 9 types of membership:
1. Basic (1 vote) -- $35
2. Family (Two names to get 2 votes) -- $50
3. Professional (1 vote) -- $75
4. Professional family (2 names to get 2 votes) -- $150
5. Student -- $15
6. Life** -- $1000
7. Family life** (two names to get 2 votes) -- $1,500
8. Honorary Life** -- $5,000
9. Honorary Family Life** (two names to get 2 votes) -- $10,000
** Membership names on permanent display on 80-20's web site.
See http://www.80-20initiative.net/about/lifemembers.asp

Any US citizen or P.R. can join, using a credit card, visit
http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/payment.asp(easy to use) or http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/join.asp (Paypal)

PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:
Jing-Li Yu Treasurer
P.O. Box 527340 Flushing, NY 11352-7340
Write down your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the check. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Our job is not done.

Tomorrow we'll ask you to help again. You'll need to email/fax Sens. Barack Obama and John Edwards, and after that the top tier Republican presidential candidates. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. Together, we have turned a new page in the history of Asian American politics.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Spreading Outrage against Sen. Clinton

Twice as many faxes per day are being copied to me today than
earlier! They protest Sen. Clinton's uncaring attitude towards Asian Ams

Our campaign spreads fast! Imagine how wide-spread it'll be, a
month from today.

People are asking,

"If Hillary Clinton doesn't have the integrity to stand up for America's
core value -- equal opportunity for all, why is she running for President?"

People are beginning to ask,

"Why are some of our Asian Am. elected officials endorsing her? She has
taken the most donations from our community, caused the worst image
problem for us, given us back nothing but sweet words, yet she has the
most Asian American politicians endorsing her. Do Asian Am. elected
officials understand accountability? "

The Clinton campaign has contacted 80-20 concerning possibly
answering all yeses, but with footnotes, since our "Call To Action" has
started. However, the fact is that we've NOT gotten her signed reply. It
is still her sweet words, signifying nothing.

Keep forwarding our earlier "Call To Action," shown below, to your
friends & relatives.

S. B. Woo
Member of the Exec. Comm. & Founding President, 80-20 PAC Inc.

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Call To Action -- Write to Sen. Clinton's campaign

In 2004, ALL presidential candidates answered 80-20's question-
naire with ALL yeses except for Al Sharpton & George Bush.

However, this year, only Senators Biden, Dodd and Gravel have replied
with all yeses. The Iowa Caucus is coming up on Jan. 3. We must hustle
and put on pressure. That is where YOU come in, because 80-20 is
only as strong as your are.

Just as United Auto Worker targeted General Motors to negotiate
a labor contract first, 80-20 will focus on Sen. Clinton first.
To contact 12 other remaining candidates now will require too
much of your time without being effective.

Fax a strong message to Sen. Clinton via 703-962-8600 ! Copy me in,
if you like via sbw@80-20.us or 1-800 877-1676 -fax. Use your own
words. Please include the following central message:

Dear Senator Clinton:
Please answer 80-20's questionnaire with all yeses.
Otherwise, I'll ask all my friends and relatives to vote
against you in Iowa, New Hampshire & the California
Democratic Primary.

Name:
Address (city & state):
Title (optional, specify "for ID purposes only").

We chose to focus on Hillary's campaign for 4 good reasons.
1) She has raised the most money from our community while indirectly,
at least, caused Asian Ams the worst image problems. In 2007, it was
Norman Hsu and Chinatown, NY. In 1996, it was John Huang, Johnny
Chung, Charlie Trie, Yogesh K. Gandhi, Robert S. Lee and Pauline
Kanchanalak. Indeed, they all got in trouble with the law, because
they raised money for her.
2) She has the most Asian Am. elected officials endorsing her. Neverthe-
less, when "nearly all co-chairs contacted the campaign about the (80-
20) questionnaire" (the above is an exact quote from the Hillary
campaign), she didn't comply by replying satisfactorily. Support
should be a two way street. Sen. Clinton seems to take and take from
Asian Ams.
3) Hillary wants to break the gender glass ceiling by asking us to elect her
as President. However, she is not willing to help Asian Ams break
the glass ceiling at the workplace for the management level. What
is good for the goose should be good for the gander.
4) According to an Asian Am. elected official, the Hillary campaign thinks
she already has Asian Am. support. Does the campaign think all
Asian Ams are suckers like Norman Hsu and John Huang?

Is Sen. Clinton just using Asian Ams.? She had used Asian Ams to
fundraise for her and to endorse her. All she is willing to give back to
us is her sweet words signifying nothing? Does she have the courage to
stand up for America's core value -- equal opportunity?

Her attitude towards Asian Ams is an outrage. Tell her that you
will not be used by her.
We will get our equal opportunity, when
we show some backbone. Counting on you!

Best regards,

S. B. Woo
Founding President of 80-20 PAC, Inc
Lt. Governor of Delaware (1985-89)

To view our questionnaire and its rationale, visit
http://www.80-20initiative.net/news/preselect2008.asp Thanks again.

80-20 is highly political but truly NON-partisan. It is equally tough
on both Democrats and Republicans when they fail to share our concern
about achieving equal opportunity.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Faxes from Asian Am to Sen. Clinton

Check with the Clinton campaign to ask if it has received these faxes and many many more!

These faxes came from all walks of life. See some excerpts below. Some included not only names, addresses, and fax numbers but also their titles (for identification purposes only). Almost all included the clause "Otherwise I'll ask all friends/relatives to vote against you." 80- 20 salutes ALL who have faxed.

1) I became a member of Clinton Foundation in 2005 and will continue to contribute to the Foundation. Please answer…. Otherwise
George Chou, Los Altos, CA

2) …Otherwise
Shen, Mo and family of 3 adult children

3) Both my wife and I never forget the pleasant dinner party in Washington DC 1993 when President Clinton good naturedly chuckled upon my remark of never again washing my hand after the Presidential handshake before dinner that evening.

…when I was able to debate and shake-loose my relatives in the Arbogas community (a Republican strong-hold in Des Moines), the Comers community (a mixed bag in Dubuque), and… (S. B. Note: all important vote pockets in Iowa) Ted T. Leung, Iowa

4) …We put my campaign contribution where 80-20 directs. Also we have 2 children, their 2 spouses, 2 grandchildren, 3 nieces, their 3 boy friends. Well, that is 12 voted in California alone….
Steve & Terry Chan, Montville, NJ

5) When I heard Asian Americans have a dismal number of 6 federal judges on the bench when we should have at least 36, I know this ratio is wrong, very wrong. Jim Chen

6) I am absolutely outraged and appalled by the response you gave 80- 20. It says absolutely NOTHING!!!..... Christina Fong

7) …By answering ALL YESES to the 80-20 Questionnaire, you will sway a lot of the undecided vote to your direction…. A working Mom in CA, name withheld by request

8) ….Whatever 80-20 Initiative advocates I practice……
Donald Li, Eagleville, PA

9) ….When it comes to national election, I and many of my networked friends are pledged to vote strictly according to 80-20 direction…..
Dr. Phil Choong, Principle Engineer, Lockheed Martin Space System Company (For ID only)

10) …Otherwise
Gary Jing, PHD, Sr. Mgr at a public trade company

11) I am currently not a 80-20 member but found that the message and value carried by 80-20 are just, worth to pursue, and profoundly American…
David Liu, Asst Prof at PSU Hershey Medical Center

12) …As one who had worked for President Clinton on special task forces, I have seen the disparities first hand…..
Mon S. Yee, San Dimas, CA

Be a part of the new era in Asian Am. politics -- seek accountability from ethnic and non-ethnic politicians. Stand up & sent a fax. Practice politics the American way. Tell Sen. Clinton that she must 
have the courage to stand up for "equal opportunity for Asian Americans." 
Otherwise you'll vote against her. Dial and fax 703-962-8600 now.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Clinton's Statement Versus 80-20's 6 Questions

Background Briefing

After a candidate gets into the White House, the only promise that he/she can't wiggle out of will be the ones answered with YES/NO. Hence 80-20's questionnaire sets very reasonable goals -- asking for basic rights already enjoyed by ALL other Americans, but requiring YES/NO answers. In 2004, ALL Democratic presidential candidates answered ALL yeses, except for Al Sharpton.

(A) 80-20's questions: For the complete questionnaire & its cover letter,
click on http://www.80-20initiative.net/news/preselect2008.asp.

Rationale for Asking these 6 questions:
(a) Exec. Order 11246 is a law that sets an effective penalty for any one not giving any American equal opportunity in the workplace. It has been enforced for all Americans except for Asian Americans.
(b)There are more Asian Am lawyers than African Am. and Hispanic lawyers combined. However, Asian Ams have only 1/20 the number of Federal judges of those two groups.

(1) If elected, will you direct the Labor Secretary to hold public hearings regarding the validity of the huge amount of statistical data strongly suggesting discriminatory practices against Asian Americans in workplaces today? (Yes/No)

(2) If the data were shown valid, will you issue a directive to the Labor Department asking it to focus on enforcing Executive Order 11246 on behalf of Asian Americans, since in the past similar efforts have already been made on behalf of women and other minorities? (Yes/No)

(3) Two years after you have issued the directive described in item 2, will you meet with a group of Asian American leaders, put together jointly by 80-20 and the Labor Department, to review the progress in extending equal opportunity to Asian Ams? (Yes/No)

(4) If elected, will you within your first term of office increase the nomination of qualified Asian Americans to serve as Article III life-tenured federal judges, such that the number of such judges is proportionate to HALF the number of Asian Americans in the United States? (Yes/No)
(5) If elected, will you nominate within your first term of office qualified Asian Americans to serve as Article III Circuit Judges? (Yes/No)

(6) If elected, will you consider nominating a qualified AsAm to the Supreme Court, when a vacancy occurs? Two years upon your taking the office, will you meet with a group of AsAm leaders, put together jointly by 80-20 and other AsAm national organizations to review the progress in adding AsAm Federal judges? (Yes/No)

(B) Sen. Clinton's statement to 80-20.
"As president, Hillary Clinton will be strongly committed to ensuring that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are well represented throughout her Administration and in the nominations she makes to federal judgeships. She recognizes that AAPIs have historically been underrepresented, especially in federal judgeships, and as President she will actively seek out qualified AAPIs for these important roles. She will also ensure that the federal government works to extend equal opportunity to all AAPIs. She will use all the powers of the presidency to ensure that discrimination against AAPIs is prosecuted, including the use of Executive action. Hillary Clinton looks forward to working with groups in the AAPI community like the 80-20 Initiative to further the promise of equality and inclusion."

Any presidential candidate will give our community such a statement without batting an eye, because it is full of sweet words, signifying nothing. Is Sen. Clinton afraid to stand up for America's core value -- equal opportunity? Where does her triangulation (fudging) end? Remember the 4 reasons for targeting her? FAX her a strong message. Dial & FAX 703- 962-8600. Tell her that you are outraged.

80-20 is only as strong as you are. Stand up and fight for your equal opportunity.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Call To Action - Write to Sen. Clinton's campaign

In 2004, ALL presidential candidates answered 80-20's question- naire with ALL yeses except for Al Sharpton & George Bush.

However, this year, only Senators Biden, Dodd and Gravel have replied with all yeses. The Iowa Caucus is coming up on Jan. 3. We must hustle and put on pressure. That is where YOU come in, because 80-20 is only as strong as you are.

Just as UAW targeted G.M. to negotiate a labor contract first, 80-20 will focus on Sen. Clinton first. To contact 12 other remaining candidates now will take too much of your time without being effective.

Fax a strong message to Sen. Clinton via 703-962-8600 ! Copy me in, if you like via sbw@80-20.us or 1-800 877-1676 -fax. Use your own words. Please include the following central message:

Dear Senator Clinton:
Please answer 80-20's questionnaire with all yeses. Otherwise, I'll ask all my friends and relatives to vote against you in Iowa, New Hampshire & the California Democratic Primary.

Name:
Address:
Title (optional, specify "for Identification only").


We chose to focus on Hillary's campaign for 4 good reasons.
1) She has raised the most money from our community while indirectly, at least, caused Asian Ams the worst image problems. In 2007, it was Norman Hsu and Chinatown, NY. ,In 1996, it was John Huang, Johnny Chung, Charlie Trie, Yogesh K. Gandhi, Robert S. Lee and Pauline Kanchanalak. Indded, they all got in trouble with the law, because they raised money for her.
2) She has the most Asian Am. elected officials endorsing her. Neverthe- less, when "nearly all co-chairs contacted the campaign about the (80- 20) questionnaire" (the above is an exact quote from the Hillary campaign), she didn't comply by replying satisfactorily. Support should be a two way street. Sen. Clinton just takes from us.
3) Hillary wants to break the gender glass ceiling by asking us to elect her as President. However, she is not willing to help Asian Ams break the lowest by far glass ceiling at the workplace for the management level. What is good for the goose should be good for gander.
4) According to an Asian Am. elected official, the Hillary campaign thinks she already has Asian Am. support. Does the campaign think all Asian Ams are suckers like Norman Hsu and John Huang?

Is Sen. Clinton just using Asian Ams.? She had used Asian Ams to fundraise for her and to endorse her. All she is willing to give back to us is her sweet words signifying nothing? Does she have the courage to stand up for America's core value -- equal opportunity?

Her attitude towards Asian Ams is an outrage. Tell her that you will not be used by her. We will get our equal opportunity, when we show some backbone. Counting on you!

Best regards,

S. B. Woo Exec. Comm. member & Founding President, 80-20 PAC
Inc. Lt. Governor of Delaware (1985-89)

PS: When a candidate who answers with "6 yeses" becomes our President, our equal opportunity in workplaces, presently being badly trampled upon, will be guaranteed. In addition, the number of Asian Am Federal judges will be tripled -- a big advance in equal justice for us. To view our questionnaire and its rationale, visit http://www.80-20initiative.net/news/preselect2008.asp Thanks again.

80-20 is highly political but truly NON-partisan. It is equally tough on both Democrats and Republicans when they fail to share our concern about achieving equal opportunity.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Never Underestimate the Power of One Small Group

87 years ago on 8/19/1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified and became a reality 7 days later. This all happened because of the effort of one raw-boned, determined pioneer lady who lived in the small gold mining town named South Pass City, Wyoming. The lady's name is Esther Hobart Morris.

In January of 1869, when the legislature was in session, Esther traveled to Cheyenne to have her suffrage proposal heard by the State Congress. Because of the lack of hotels, many folks had to stay in rooming houses. Several of these houses were operated by "Madams". Esther rented a room at one of such rooming houses. Each morning she would trudge to the capitol building, come home each night sad and dejected. After a few such days, the "Madam" feeling sorry for Esther and found out her reason. Esther was trying to meet with certain senators and congressmen that held responsible positions so she could present her proposal but no one had given her the time of day. When Esther gave the "Madam" the names of these legislators, the "Madam"'s face brightened up and said, "I know all of these men and we are on a first name basis. I believe I can help you."

The "Madam" arranged a tea party and all these prominent Congressmen were all invited and in attendance and Esther presented her Women's Suffrage Proposal.Because of this delicate situation, every Congressman agreed to act upon Esther's proposal. In December of 1869, Wyoming became the first state in the Union to grant women the right to vote.

Never Underestimate the Power of one Woman

Never Underestimate the Power of one Small Group

It is not only what you do, but also what you don't do, for which you are accountable.

Please join us or renew your membership now. I will match your membership dues as donations to 80-20 within one week of Dec. 2.


Unity Is Power -

Kathleen ToPresident, 80-20 PAC, Inc.

RECOGNITION: New Life/Family Life Members who joined 80-20 in 2007:
Kelvin Chen and Nain Chen, Marilyn R. Donato and Antonio Donato, Adrian Ho, Nancy W.Y. Ho, Edward Lin, Kim Song, Philip Patrick Sun and Chen-ju Sun, Joel Wong, Jing-Li Yu.

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1. Basic (1 vote) -- $35
2. Family (Two names to get 2 votes) -- $50
3. Professional (1 vote) -- $75
4. Professional Family (2 names to get 2 votes) -- $150
5. Student -- $15
6. Life ** -- $1,000
7. Family Life ** (two names to get 2 votes) -- $1,500
8. Honorary Life ** -- $5,000
9. Honorary Family Life ** (two names to get 2 votes) -- $10,000
** Membership names on permanent display on 80-20's web site. See
http://www.80-20initiative.net/about/lifemembers.asp

Any US citizen or permanent resident can be a member TODAY,
Using a credit card, visit
http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/payment.asp (easy to use) or
http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/join.asp
PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:
Jing-Li Yu Treasurer
P.O. Box 527340 Flushing, NY 11352-7340 .
Please write down your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the
check. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'll match what you'll give.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

You are the David who will Beat Goliath

This artice was written by S. B. Woo
Immediate Past President of 80-20 PAC, Inc.

All presidential candidates yearn to win in Iowa and New Hampshire
primaries. Why? Because these victories give the winner(s) a great
momentum to become the next president of the USA.

Therefore, if we are to win equal opportunity through the 2008 election,
we must find a way to either reward or punish those candidates in the
Iowa and New Hampshire primaries. When we possess that ability, each of
the presidential candidates will give us iron-clad commitment to help us
win equal opportunity in workplaces.

Hence we need the email addresses of Asian Ams in those 2 states. in
order to get them to vote our interest. Then the presidential candidates
will take our rightful interests seriously. Please look up your address
books
. and send me their names and email addresses. 80-20 uses
the e-addresses for 80-20 business only!

Counting on you! We'll overcome, when everyone will help.

You are the David who will beat Goliath. The email addresses you'll
send to AsianAmericanUnity@80-20.us will be the slingshot. The
presidential candidates presidential candidates who ignore Asian Ams
concerns are the Goliaths. Our children's destiny brightens when you
join the rank of DAVID. DO IT NOW please.

One day, 80-20 will have tens of thousands of AsAm e-addresses from
those 2 states -- powerful tools to win our equal opportunity.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Political Process and Collective Shame

By Amy Wong Mok
Vice President
80-20 Initiative Board

Recently I had a conversation with a friend who works on a college campus. We talked about the 2008 presidential election and the involvement of Asian Americans in this process, especially the young voters. She shook her head and shared her concerns aboutthe negative impact on our community by the illegal political contribution of Mr. Norman Hsu to the Democratic Party. She has sensed some level of collective shame among the Asian American college students when this scandal is brought up. She is afraid that Asian American voters may not be as active and maybe overly cautious about making political contribution to both parties or to any particular candidate. Her observation worries me and here are the reasons.

1. The political process of election campaigning is an important means for us toachieve our vision for a better community. We cannot afford to diminish our involvement; unless we are willing to turn a blind eye to the injustices that we are fighting to eliminate.

2. We should not allow anybody to define all Asian Americans based on the misbehavior of one individual, even though he is an Asian American. Other people's definition of us should not become our reality. We know better and we are better.

It is very important for all of us to continue building our political strength. The future of our children depends on it. Please consider:

1. Get involved in the political debate and discussion at your precinct because your opinion and experience are just as important as others.
2. Get a seat to go to the state convention.
3. Get a seat to be a delegate to the national convention.
4. Attend the public meetings when the candidates sympathetic to our cause come to your area.
5. Contribute your time and resources to candidates who are our friends. We can make a difference and each one of us counts.
6. Participate in the 80-20 Initiative at a level that you feel most comfortable.
Upgrade the level of your membership.

Together we will increase the number of Asian American federal judicial appointments to represent fairly the Asian American population in adequate proportion. We should have 39 Asian American federal court judges. We now have only 6, a big gap to narrow down. We must increase the number of Asian American executives in public and private establishments in compliance with Executive Order 11246 that was signed by President Johnson in 1965. This order is meant to ensure the number of minority and women in executive positions in colleges/universities, government agencies and private businesses. Asian Americans have been left out in the enforcement of EO11246, in violation offederal law.

I truly believe in the observation: "The worth of a community depends on how the children are treated." In a democratic society, we can ensure the fair and just treatment of our children through our political strength. The Norman Hsu affair is no reason for us to retreat. It is a reminder to us all about how much we want to be treated like all others. Nobody rises to low expectations. Let us keep our aim high so that children will surely rise above us.

Become a member of 80-20 Initiative today and please share your political experience with us.

Join 80-20. Using a credit card, visit
http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/payment.asp (easy to use) or
http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/join.asp
PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:
Jing-Li Yu Treasurer
P.O. Box 527340
Flushing, NY 11352-7340 .
Please write down your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the check. Thank you.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

An Appeal to Join 80-20 Initiative, Inc.

Dear 80-20 Supporters,

In April of this year, together with other 80-20 Board Members, I walked
into my U.S. Senator's office and visited with one of her assistants about
80-20's causes on your behalf. I could see that her eyes lit up when she
learned of the number of our membership and the mailing list.

The facts are: first, politicians only listen to power and money, and both
are represented by numbers. Second, Asian Americans, unlike some other
minority groups, are not used to giving large contributions to politicians.
So, to get politicians to listen to us, Asian Americans can only count on
power represented by numbers.

Sadly, the fact also is, Asian Americans in general do not actively vote,
and all politicians know this, so we are weak in numbers.

With the recent campaign finance scandal created by Norman Hsu, our
community got another set back even though Norman Hsu did not want to share
with us his 15 minute claim of fame. We got the bad wrap none the less.

How can Asian Americans turn the tide under the above sad facts? Here comes
80-20 Initiative which capitalizes on the following facts to turn the tide:

The fact is, Asian Americans are more wired than the general public, so we
can quickly mobilize our voters via the Internet.

Another fact is, when we vote in unison for selected politicians, our bloc
vote could be crucial in tight elections, which are many these days.

So, won't you please join 80-20 Initiative as a paying member and become a
part of our Bloc Vote that will make a difference in the upcoming elections?
Politicians will work for us on issues such as job discrimination and
immigration discrimination if they know they could count on our vote. This
IS the only way we can turn the tide: UNITY IS POWER.

Don't you think you owe it to yourself to pay a mere $35/year, the cost of
one dinner, to join as a paying member today so that you and your children's
future can be better protected?

Best regards,

Kelvin Chen
Board Member, 80-20 Initiative

Join 80-20. Using a credit card, visit
http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/payment.asp (easy to use) or
http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/join.asp
PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:
Jing-Li Yu Treasurer
P.O. Box 527340 Flushing, NY 11352-7340 .
Please write down your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the check.
Thank you.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Success! Legislations Endorsed by 80-20 Have Been Passed

By David Yang, Chair of the Committee on Legislation

Dear 80-20 Members and Supporters,

Great news from Capitol Hill! It’s my great pleasure and privilege to report to you that, thanks to the support of concerned citizens like yourself, two of the three pieces of legislation that 80-20 endorsed in May have been passed with flying colors, and a third has also been moved out of Committee and is well on its way to passage.

On July 30th, the House passed the Resolution introduced by Rep. Mike Honda of San Jose calling upon the Japanese government to formally acknowledge and apologize for the use of `comfort women' during WWII. In the end the Resolution was cosponsored by 167 members of the House – nearly 40% of its membership. The overwhelming support received by this Resolution is a testament to the decency and conscience of the American people, and former Prime Minister Abe of Japan was forced to backtrack from earlier comments denying state responsibility in the use of “comfort women”. Again, we applaud Rep. Honda’s moral courage, and congratulate the U.S. Congress for taking up the cause of the powerless.

A second piece of good news came on Sept. 7th, when the U.S. Senate along with the House passed the College Cost Reduction and Access Act. This landmark financial aid bill incorporates Rep. David Wu's legislation to expand educational opportunities for low-income Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) students. Rep. Wu is a member of the Education and Labor Committee and was appointed to the House-Senate conference committee on this bill. The bill will provide grants to eligible colleges and universities to improve services for low-income AAPI students, such as the purchase of educational materials and community outreach programs for high school students. Previously, institutions that serve large numbers of low-income AAPI students have not had access to such grants, and AAPI students from low income households did not receive the assistance long available to other minority groups. The passage of this bill is an important first step in the right direction. The bill has been presented to the President on Sept. 19th and is expected to be signed into law.

Finally, I am also pleased to report that the Filipino Veterans Equity Act, sponsored by Rep. Bob Filner of California, was moved out of the House Veterans Affairs Committee on July 17th and is expected to come up for a House vote in the near future. With 98 cosponsors in the House, the bill is expected to pass the House without difficulty. A similar bill has also been sponsored by Sen. Inouye in the Senate. The Bill grants Filipino veterans who fought under U.S. command during WWII the same veterans’ benefits enjoyed by other American veterans. It will restore to them the same health and pension benefits enjoyed by other American veterans, as promised them by President Roosevelt 66 years ago.

In unity there is power. While we cannot claim sole credit for the progress made on these issues, we did our part by shining a spotlight on them and keeping them on the public agenda. While our elected representatives deserve the lion’s share of the credit, they did not and could not do it alone. In this great democracy the people control their own future. Your voice can and *has* made a difference!

On behalf of the entire 80-20 Board of Directors, we thank you again for your community spirit and enthusiastic support.

Join 80-20. Using a credit card, visit
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Jing-Li Yu Treasurer
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Please write down your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the check. Thank you.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Appeal for Voter Registration

By Joel Wong, Board Member, The 80-20 Initiative

This email is for US citizens NOT yet registered to vote.

Are you registered to vote?

Two types of citizens need to register: (1) those who've never registered, and (2) have registered but have moved to a new address. Please fulfill your obligation as a citizen and a model Asian American. Your vote is important in our democratic process, in our future, and in the future of our country.

Here is the EASIEST way to register to vote! It will be the most meaningful 10 minutes you'll spend in your life, for your children and future generations.

Visit https://ssl.capwiz.com/congressorg/nvra. The steps to Register to Vote are:

1. Select your state
2. Enter the required information
· Fill in all the required information as indicated by a red *
· Click on "instruction" as needed for further explanation
· After you have completed the required information, go to the bottom of the page to click on the "Preview My Voter Registration"
3. Print your voter registration application (requires Adobe Acrobat software which you can download free at this site)
4. Proofread, sign and date the voter registration application
5. Mail your voter registration application to the address on the form.

Upon receiving your application, your state will mail you a voter registration card. YOU NEED TO FILL THAT OUT AND MAIL IT IN. Only then are you truly registered.

Note that registering to vote is ALWAYS A TWO-STEP PROCESS, whether you register via a website or travel to a registration place.

Visit https://ssl.capwiz.com/congressorg/nvra/ NOW!

When the "Voter Registration Card" comes, you may want to choose to vote Absentee. That is you can "vote by mail" instead of going to a polling place. More and more people prefer to vote Absentee because it is easier and you have more time to study the candidates and issues.

Most states allow "vote by mail." About 20 days before the voting date, you will receive a ballot on which you may check for whom and on what issues to vote. Put the ballot in an envelope; sign on the backside of the envelope, mail it in and you will have voted. You will have fulfilled your duty as an Asian American and a US citizen who asserts his/her rights.

SAVE this e-mail & forward it to your relatives & friends. Thank you.

Join 80-20. Using a credit card, visit
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PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:
Jing-Li Yu Treasurer
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Please write down your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the check. Thank you.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

A short appeal from S. B. Woo

Hi, this is S. B. Woo, immediate past president of
80-20 PAC. Kindly please read my appeal to you.

For you who are among the first to face the insurmountable odds,
to suffer the insufferable and to achieve what others think are
impossible
, please join me to help 80-20 PAC become much stronger:

1. Dip into your pocket and pay the $35 or $50 to become either a
Basic or Family Members of 80-20. 80-20 really needs you and
frankly our community really needs 80-20. I will match all
membership fees up to $2000.00 so long the joining occurs
within 10 days after 8/13, my birthday. It is in memory of my
parents and in the hopes of helping our offspring.

2. Place AsianAmericanUnity@80-20.us" and sbwEF@80-20.us"
into your email account's "Address Book" or your "Safe Senders
List."

A TREAT: A brand NEW 80-20 PAC website. Visit
http://www.80-20initiative.net/ Use the pull-down tabs. Much more info
is available to you in the new site, designed by Seechung Lee of CA. We are
still working on making the site more fun for you to visit.

Gratefully yours,

SB

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1. Basic (1 vote) -- $35
2. Family (Two names to get 2 votes) -- $50
3. Professional (1 vote) -- $75
4. Professional family (2 names to get 2 votes) -- $150
5. Student -- $15
6. Life ** -- $1000
7. Family life ** (two names to get 2 votes) -- $1,500
8. Honorary Life ** -- $5,000
9. Honorary Family Life ** (two names to get 2 votes) -- $10,000
** Membership names on permanent display on 80-20's web site. See
http://www.80-20initiative.net/about/lifemembers.asp

Any US citizen or permanent resident can be a member TODAY,
Using a credit card, visit
http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/payment.asp (easy to use) or
http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/join.asp
PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:
Jing-Li Yu Treasurer
P.O. Box 527340 Flushing, NY 11352-7340 .
Write down your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the
check. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'll match what you'll give.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Freedom From Discrimination and Injustice

by Dr. Edward Lin
Director, 80-20 Initiative -- Equal Opportunity and Justice for ALL Asian Americans

July 1, 2007

Dear members and supporters of 80-20:

As Independence Day approaches, I would like you to reflect for a moment what significance it holds for Asian Americans.

In the early 60's African Americans risked their lives under threat of menacing police dogs, pepper sprays, gun barrels and burning crosses to attend school and vote. While not as well publicized, Asian Americans also suffered notable discrimination and injustice. Examples include:

[1] The Chinese Exclusionary Act that barred immigration and forcibly kept families from being re-united in the US (http://www.wcusd15.org/martens/apushistory/chapter19/Chinese%20Immigration%20Act.pdf),
Yes, it is safe to open this file.

[2] The internment and forfeiture of rights and property of Japanese Americans during WWII (http://www.infoplease.com/spot/internment1.html), and

[3] The brutal murder of Vincent Chin for which the convicted perpetrators paid a token fine and did not serve a single day in jail (http://us_asians.tripod.com/articles-vincentchin.html).

The human rights we enjoy today came about only through the enormous sacrifices of many brave individuals who came before us. From the thousands of coolies who built the transcontinental railroad to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., each paved the road to equality with their sweat, tears and not infrequently, their blood.

Today, the price paid for that freedom and progress has been largely forgotten by those complacent and unwilling to carry the torch of equality forward.

May this Independence Day mark a new awakening of Asian Americans to the importance of freedom from fear, discrimination, and passivity. JOIN US, as 80-20 works to attain equality and justice for all of us via the political democratic process, including:

[1] Enforcement of Executive Order 11246 to lift the glass ceiling for Asian Americans in academia, government, judiciary and corporate America, and

[2] Bloc-voting to support presidential candidates who commit in writing to redress our rightful concerns as American citizens.

This is an attainable goal only with YOUR active support. It is not something we can leave to others and give lip-service. Don't let another day go by without making your personal commitment to this worthy cause. Invest in your future! Join 80-20 today at www.80-20initiative.net

This July 4, hoist the American flag before your home to declare your rightful place as a citizen of this nation. Rededicate yourself to the spirit of liberty and justice and do your part to help make this nation a more perfect union. Together, we can and will succeed.

Sincerely,

Ed

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world" Mahatma Gandhi

Any US citizen or permanent resident can join - using a credit card, visit
http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership.html (easy to use) or
http://www.80-20initiative.net/paypal.html

PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:
Jing-Li Yu Treasurer
P.O. Box 527340 Flushing, NY 11352-7340 .
Please write down your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the check.Life membership is $1,000; Family (2 voters) is $50; Basic Membership is $35; Student membership is $15.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Hoist A Flag/ Check Out 80-20's Ads

by Jing-Li Yu, 80-20 PAC Treasurer

As July 4th is coming up, let's take some time to recount our blessings as Americans. We live in the freest nation in the world, with the most opportunity. We are blessed with a diversity and harmony among many groups. And only in America are criticisms of the country not just tolerated, but praised as fulfilling a patriotic duty to push her to become a "more perfect union."

Let's show our pride as Americans. Remember 80-20's Flag Projects? "It takes an image to solve our image problem of being seen as perpetual foreigners." Proudly display the American flag in front of your home, and get your family and friends to do so, too. Engage in local July 4th activities.

Here's another way to help spread that patriotic spirit. Pass the word about 80-20's ads celebrating our country. Our English-language ad in Asian Week hits newsstands in the Bay Area today (June 29th) (and will be available all week). Our Chinese-language ad in the World Journal comes out this Sunday (July 1). Radio ads on Chinese American Voice of NY (FM 101.9 via satellite) have been playing and will continue up to July 4th. Local chapters in NJ, TX, MO, and MA may also be placing ads in local papers.

Please check out 80-20's ads and show them to your family, friends and colleagues. Make some copies and pass them out. Get them to join, because unity is power, and let's unite to make America a more perfect union.

Any US citizen or permanent resident can join - using a credit card, visit
http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership.html (easy to use) or
http://www.80-20initiative.net/paypal.html

PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:
Jing-Li Yu TreasurerP.O. Box 527340
Flushing, NY 11352-7340 .
Please write down your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the check.
Life membership is $1,000; Family (2 voters) is $50; Basic Membership is $35; Student membership is $15.Thank you, and wishing you a Happy July 4th!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Dealing with Discrimination

By Joel Wong, Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Discrimination

Earlier this year, President Kathleen To appointed Jingli Yu, Richard To and myself to an Ad Hoc Committee on Discrimination. The purpose of this committee is to complement the Vision and Mission of the 80-20 Initiative, which is to work for equality and justice for all Asian Americans. Our roles include gathering information on cases where Asian Americans may be discriminated or otherwise mistreated. Our responsibilities include studying on actions we would take and to recommend such actions to the 80-20 Board of Directors for execution.

Recently working together with the Organization of Chinese Americans and other Asian American civil rights groups, we convinced CBS radio to fire two New York City Disc Jockeys who were particularly egregious in racially insulting and sexually harassing members of a Chinese restaurant wait staff who spoke limited, accented English. This illustrates 80-20 can be very effective when we enlist the help of our members through e-mail petitions.

Although the profile of the above case (as in the case leading to the firing of Don Imus) was high as they made the major news headlines, the long-term impact of these cases may be low. Real civil rights victories involving women and minorities are won only after long litigation involving much time and expenditure.

Obviously, the committee (and 80-20) must set priorities in addressing alleged discrimination cases. As we do not have the resources to handle every case, the most egregious cases will be handled first. Although 80-20 will defend the rights of all Asian Americans, in order of priorities, the problems facing Life-Members and regular Members will take precedent over those of the general public.

The good news:80-20 and other Asian American organizations considered the proposed Senate bill to be unfair to Asian Americans. It would have eroded the basic rights of American citizens with close family members overseas. We were the leading organization to lead a Call to Action signature drive and collected over 1,200 names in a few days. Our Petition was sent to the Senators and on Wednesday, June 6th, the immigration bill was defeated at the Senate.

Action needed:
The Senate is attempting to bring the bill back and with the passage of some amendments, the final bill may even be harsher to Asian Americans. Please, if you have not done so, sign our online petition to stop the elimination of family reunion categories: http://www.80-20initiative.net/petition.html .

Your action does work and thank you for playing a role.

Join 80-20. 80-20 needs your leadership, support and money to fight. Using a credit card, visit
http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership.html (easy to use) or
http://www.80-20initiative.net/paypal.html

PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:
Jing-Li Yu Treasurer
P.O. Box 527340 Flushing, NY 11352-7340 .
Please write down your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the check.
Life membership is $1,000; Family (2 voters) is $50; Basic Membership is $35; Student membership is $15.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Good News - Perfect Answers From Presidential Candidates

By S. B. Woo, Immediate Past President

Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Chris Dodd, senators both, have just answered Yes/Yes/Yes/Yes/Yes/Yes to 80-20's questionnaire. To see 80-20's questionnaire & their signed replies, go http://www.80-20initiative.net/preselect2008.html

What if ALL presidential candidates will do so? It will mean

(A) The next U.S. President will have promised to enforce Executive Order 11246 to break the glass ceilings for Asian Ams.

Benefit? Within 10 years, the number of AsAm managers/ executives/ administrators will double. Specifically, there will be about 150,000 ADDITIONAL Asian Ams promoted to the manager level or higher in private industries; about 5000 more AsAms promoted to department chairs or higher in universities; and about 400 more AsAms promoted to Senior Executive Service (SES) in the Federal government.

(B) The next U.S. President will nominate more AsAm judges until the number of AsAm Federal judges will triple in 4 years.

Result? Besides the EXISTING 6 AsAm Federal judges who are all at the lowest District Court level, there will be about 20 AsAm Federal judges, some serving at the higher Appeals Court level. Even an AsAm Supreme Court justice could be in the mix. Benefit? A better chance at equal justice for us with AsAm judges in higher courts available to appeals!

A rising tide raises all ships. The additional income & influence of having 2 times more managers/CEOs/administrators will generate huge ripples benefiting ALL AsAms. The economic benefits will spread from merchants in Korean/ Indian/ Japan/ China/ Vietnam -towns to everyone whose livelihood is connected to those towns. The socio-political benefit will help our youngsters fight higher admission bars. Above all, it will mean that Asian Americans have finally established the GROUP political clout to achieve EQUAL opportunity & justice for ourselves.

Don't forget that Senator Biden is also the Chair of the Foreign Relations Comm. Senator Dodd is also the Chair of the Comm. on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. Donate and volunteer for them! Go http://www.joebiden.com/home & http://www.chrisdodd.com/home

The above replies are the beginning. Many more perfect replies will come, before the primaries of 2008. However, YOU must hold the line:

Do NOT give any of the presidential candidates ANY support until he/she has answered 80-20's questionnaire satisfactorily.

Don't shortchange your children's chance to live to the maximum of their potentials. Urge all candidates to reply to 80-20 ASAP.

What is 80-20's secret in getting such perfect answers from presidential candidates? Your bloc vote! TOGETHER, we shall overcome.

Join 80-20. Get involved in the historic struggle. 80-20 needs your leadership, support and money to fight. Using a credit card, visit
http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership.html+(easy to use) or
http://www.80-20initiative.net/paypal.html

PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:
Jing-Li Yu Treasurer
P.O. Box 527340 Flushing, NY 11352-7340

Please write down your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the check. Life membership is $1,000; Family (2 voters) is $50; Basic Membership is $35; Student membership is $15.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Joint Statement of the Asian American Community Opposing the Senate’s Proposed Elimination of Family Reunification Immigration Categories

80-20 Initiative, Inc.
Asian Law Caucus
Cambodian Community Development, Inc.
Chinese for Affirmative Action
Chinese Progressive Association
Korean Community Center of the East Bay
Organization for Justice & Equality
Southeast Asian Community Center
Traditional Family Coalition

Issued in San Francisco on June 12, 2007

We are pleased that the U.S. Senate has at least temporarily stepped back from its unprecedented attack on the basic rights of American citizens with close family members overseas. Since 1965, the law has recognized the importance and integrity of families and has given citizens the right to sponsor a limited number of family members’ immigration, in most cases after a lengthy waiting period. But Senate Amendment 1150 to S. 1348 would strip American citizens of their ability to sponsor any child who has reached age 21, as well as any siblings. The same proposal would also introduce a lengthy waiting period for citizens sponsoring their own parents. Not only would the plan eliminate most of the existing categories of family reunification, it would unfairly do so retroactively by canceling sponsorship applications that American citizens have already filed and paid for.

This proposal (part of the so-called “grand bargain” on immigration reform) did not go through the normal Senate committee process. It originated in the White House in March as part of a massive rewriting of U.S. immigration laws, and was fleshed out in closed-door negotiations in May by a small group of Republican and Democratic senators, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

We believe that the bill as presently written would needlessly sacrifice the rights of millions of American citizens and that the basic framework of the proposal is deeply flawed. Thus, the current bill is unacceptable and should be rejected. There has not been any major amendment to restore family reunion categories so far, the most important ones towards this direction including amendments by Clinton, Obama, and Menendez, have all been blocked. The first two by procedural tactics. We are concerned that under the current circumstances with the passage of some other amendments, the final bill may be even harsher and more unacceptable.

We believe that this pause in the immigration debate should be used to reconsider the structure of the bill. We strongly urge legislators to abandon this effort to eliminate family immigration categories, and we will not forget those in Congress of either party who vote to deny Americans our cherished right to reunite with our families. We urge all Americans to voice your strong objections to this inhumane, unjust, and anti-family proposal and its devastating consequences, and to act for the betterment of American families and our country itself by immediately contacting your Senators.

Call (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Senators.

Please sign the online petition to stop the elimination of family reunion categories at:
http://www.80-20initiative.net/petition.html

You can send a free fax to your Senator at www.asianlawcaucus.org

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

The 21st Century Asian Americans

By Amy Wong Mok, Vice President, The 80-20 Initiative

About one month ago, I was interviewed by a young college student for his journalism class project. His focus was on the “The 21st-Century Asian Americans.”

I shared with him the following observations which I believe to be important for us as a community to deal with present issues and to face challenges in the future. Let us remember that we Asian Americans have made many contributions to the U.S. from as far back as the 16th century when Filipino immigrants first landed on Oct. 18, 1587, in Morro Bay, California. (** See Footnote.)

Subsequent waves of immigration from every country in Asia have all labored hard to build this great nation of ours, and almost always under harsh conditions and against incredible odds.

The single important lesson that we can draw from this history is that we have been lagging far behind in developing and grooming the civic and political leadership that will give us a voice in the body politics. Unless we succeed in doing so, Asian Americans will stay in the margins of American society, despite our relative success in the economic arena.

If history is a guide, success in the economic arena alone has never proved to be a safeguard against discriminations and greater calamities in times of stress. Only our own complacency can ignore this lesson. Let us do a mental exercise of drawing up a roadmap for the next 100 years. To develop and groom effective civic and political leadership among our community should be our top priority. Let us start with our young. Most of our children participate in mainstream activities but is their vision expansive enough?

I recently had a conversation with an Asian American high-school senior who attends an affluent high school. He wanted to volunteer at our community events to earn the community service hours. To help decide what he can best do for the community, I asked him about his future plan; he told me that he has decided to study business instead of attending medical school even though his father is a medical doctor because he wants to make money. There is certainly nothing wrong with wanting to make money, but I want to dig deeper. To understand his vision in life, I asked him what he would do with his money. He replied, “Of course, I would have to reinvest to make more money instead of putting them in the bank”. I pressed again, “What if you have $500M and money enough to last for 3 or 4 lifetimes, what would you do with your money?” He replied, “I would buy a house and a car for my parents.” I asked again, “What else will you do?” He replied, “Ah, you want me to help others. I will build a first class basket ball gymnasium for other children because I love to play basket ball.”

While it took him a little bit more time to see beyond his immediate self-interest to the wider community interests, I wonder if the conversation around the dinner table at his home ever goes beyond improving one’s own immediate situation to consider the larger social issues that will eventually shape the environment he will live in. I would like to believe that this young man’s response is an isolated case and is not the norm.

Paradox in Human Psychology

To help our children to think beyond their own self-interest and take part in solving the social ills is to help them take ownership of their community. It gives them confidence to expand their vision to include the interests of others. This is the beginning of building leadership skills and it requires examples from adults in their lives. Nobody would want to follow a person who cares only about his own immediate self-interests.

There is a paradox in human psychology that is sometimes overlooked in the pursuit of rampant individualism: We thrive best in a supportive and thriving community, but a supportive and thriving community is best built by people who are truly empathetic of the welfare of others in the community. If we want to thrive as individuals, we can thrive best by wanting to thrive not only as individuals but also as a community (or as my computer-scientist husband likes to put it: self-interest is recursively defined).

Thriving as a community is about empathy. While empathy is ultimately not taught, it can be inspired first by parents, teachers and friends. This is the wisdom about human nature from my Eastern heritage that I think will serve all of us well. The essential characteristics in leadership are abilities, commitment and generosity.

We have many able members in our community but only a small number of true leaders who have the staying power when the going is tough. The leaders must have the courage to dig their heels and are willing to do the hard work and expect no recognition for getting the job done. The development of such characteristic traits requires both discipline and determination to own up to their responsibilities for the common good. To find pleasure and pride to serve others requires generosity that flows from empathy, and that is what makes a good leader.

Leadership requires trust from those being led. The most important strength in leadership is integrity and true leadership has to be challenged and tested. It requires a strong leader to be able to choose community interest at the expense of one’s own welfare when the need arises. A leader must be able to separate the difference between doing things right and doing the right things. Sometimes, a leader has to be willing to stand alone, sitting on his/her integrity and feel comfortable about making the hard choices. It is simply a demonstration of grace under fire.

I have faith in our future generations. I have no doubt that they are capable of becoming great leaders. As parents and elders, we have to help them identify with great leaders from different communities and to help them develop a great vision for their future. We must help them sharpen their skills, give them opportunity to experience the joy of serving others, tapping into their generous spirit and let them have the confidence to take on the challenge to make this country more just and fair.

Two Challenges

It is the mission of 80-20 to work for equality and justice for all Asian Americans. We will achieve our mission by strengthening our collective voice, by creating a block vote to actively participate in the political process.

We are working on the following two challenges as our immediate focus:

1. Increase the number of Asian American federal judicial appointments. To represent fairly the Asian American population in adequate proportion, we should have 39 Asian American federal court judges. We now have only 6, a big gap to narrow down.

2. Increase the number of Asian American executives in public and private establishments in compliance with Executive Order 11246 that was signed by President Johnson in 1965 to ensure the number of minority and women in executive positions in colleges/universities, government agencies and private businesses. Asian Americans have been left out in the enforcement of EO11246, in violation of federal law.

Once again, I urge you to take your children to vote, to attend your precinct meeting and let them witness your participation to the discussion about different social issues. Most importantly, let them experience the political process and help them to identify with great leaders, starting with their parents who show them integrity, empathy and commitment to work hard for the common interest.

Introduce your children to the 80-20 Initiative.

1. Upgrade the status of your membership to the level that is comfortable to you.

2. Recruit and/or pay for the dues of at least one new member. (Basic membership is only $35 a year)

3. Participate in the local and national political process.

Please act now by connecting to www.80-20initiative.net

Any US citizen or permanent resident can join 80-20 TODAY.

Using a credit card,
please visithttp://www.80-20initiative.net/membership.html (easy to use) or
http://www.80-20initiative.net/paypal.html

PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:
Jing-Li Yu, Treasurer
P.O. Box 527340 Flushing, NY 11352-7340
Please write down your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the check.

Life membership is $1,000; Family Membership (2 voters) is $50; Basic Membership is $35; Student membership is $15. Thank you.

** Footnote: "It has come to my attention that there is
a dispute about the historicity of the earliest landing date of Filipino immigrants to North America. What is without dispute is that Asian immigrants from many countries have had a long history of monumental contributions to the United States. We deservedly take pride in their achievements and hold our heads high in front of all the other nationalities as contributors to the building of this great nation."

Monday, May 21, 2007

Call To Action

The U.S. Senate is in the midst of an unprecedented attack on the basic rights of American citizens with close family members overseas. If passed, this bill will strip American citizens of their ability to sponsor any child who has reached age 21, bar citizens from ever sponsoring their siblings, and cut the quota for parents by half. This bill would also cancel sponsorship applications that American citizens have already filed and paid for over the past two years.

If America's enduring focus on family is abandoned, fewer talented and skilled people will want to come to a country that forces them to be separated from their families permanently. It has been the family unification feature in our immigration law that has built the foundation of our Asian American community today. Immigrant families thrive and prosper by members pooling their resources and caring for each other.

As Americans who remember and respect our immigrant roots, we strenuously protest this ill-conceived proposal that utterly disregards the contributions that immigrant families have made to this country throughout its history. It makes a mockery of the family values that we cherish and uphold.

Go to: http://www.80-20initiative.net/petition.html to sign 80-20's Petition, strongly urging legislators to abandon this effort to eliminate family immigration categories, and we will not forget those in Congress of either party who vote to deny Americans our cherished right to reunite with our families.

Pass this to your friends and relatives and urge all Americans to voice your strong objections to this inhumane, unjust and anti-family proposal and its devastating consequences.

Kathleen To
President
80-20 PAC, Inc.

Friday, May 18, 2007

JOINT STATEMENT – The CBS Radio Case

For immediate press release
May 12, 2007

80-20 Initiative, Inc.
Asian Law Caucus
Asian Pacific Legal Defense & Education Fund
Chinese for Affirmative Action
Equal Rights Advocates
Organization for Justice & Equality



After a nationwide campaign by civil rights groups from across the country pertaining to The Dog House program at WFNY 92.3 Free FM, CBS Radio yesterday disclosed that the two hosts of the program, Jeff Vandergrift and Dan Lay, and their producer, will no longer be working for CBS and its affiliates.

This case should have alerted the media that programs with such racist and sexist content will not be tolerated and that racial discrimination and sexual harassment must be stopped!

We welcome the decision of CBS Radio. In fact, we initiated a joint statement to CBS Radio on April 24 with our complaint and demands, and they immediately contacted us for a meeting reflecting their good attitude. We also applaud the good efforts of our east coast leaders especially Organization of Chinese Americans.

This case illustrates the importance of determination and unity in the Asian community. We sincerely thank every individual and every organization that has contributed to this nationwide campaign, especially the Chinese media.

All the groups in this joint statement and many others including Committee 100 and National Organization for Women, have indeed worked hard to contribute much, especially with the petition of which over 10,000 signatures were generated in just 4 days.

We encourage Asian Americans to continue monitoring radio programs, TV shows, etc., to ensure that similar serious problem does not occur again. Otherwise, please contact any of our organizations and we will work together to solve the problem for the betterment of our society.

Our organizations are committed to helping our society especially the Asian American community.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Your Voice Will Make a Difference

Your Voice Will Make a Difference – Call to Action on Some Legislation
By David Yang – Chair of Legislative Affairs Committee

Dear 80-20 Members and Supporters,

In unity there is power. In response to our Call to Action regarding the racist and sexist comments made on the "Dog House with JV & Elvis" radio show, over 1,200 of our members & supporters signed the petition to CBS. Under pressure from a nationwide coalition of Asian American civil rights organizations, numerous advertisers including Anheuser-Busch pulled their support for the show. On Friday May 11th, CBS announced that they had cancelled the show and terminated the two DJs and the producer. Your voice made the difference.

Three Pieces of Legislation

As mentioned in the previous message, 80-20 has created a new Legislative Affairs Committee to monitor legislations of particular concern to Asian Americans. As the first chairperson of this committee, it is my privilege to report on three pieces of legislation currently under consideration by Congress. These are the Asian-American/Pacific-Islander (AA/PI) Serving Institutions Act, the Filipino Veterans Equity Act, and the Resolution Calling on the Japanese Government to Apologize for the Use of ‘Comfort Women’ in WWII.

1. HR 629 – introduced by Rep. David Wu (D-OR)

The AA/PI-Serving Institutions Act was introduced by Rep. David Wu of Oregon. Currently, the Department of Education provides financial assistance to colleges which serve large numbers of disadvantaged minority students. However, colleges serving large numbers of AAPI students, even from disadvantaged backgrounds, have no access to these funds. This is due in part to the “model minority” stereotypes. But such stereotypes are highly misleading. For example, while only 12.6% of the total AAPI population lives in poverty, the poverty rate among Hmong Americans is a startling 63.6%, among Cambodian Americans 42.6%, and among Vietnamese Americans 25%. And while the college graduation rate for all AAPI’s is 44%, it is only 13.8% among Vietnamese Americans and Pacific Islanders, 6.1% among Cambodian Americans, and only 5.1% among Hmong Americans.

Rep. Wu’s bill would provide grants to help colleges and universities identify and assist low-income and underserved AAPI students. The bill is currently being considered by the House Committee on Education and Labor. It is relatively inexpensive – only about 86 colleges around the country would be eligible for assistance under the program, for a projected annual cost of only $30 million. To put things in perspective, the U.S. is spending more than $210 million a day on the war in Iraq! Yet of the three items on our agenda, this bill is the most in need of your support.

As someone who paid for four years of college largely through financial aid, this is a cause very close to my heart. An emphasis on education is a common heritage shared by generations of Asian Americans from all backgrounds. My maternal great-grandfather, who came to America as a coolie in the late 1800’s, never had a day of formal schooling in his life. And because of the Chinese Exclusion Act he had to leave his new wife behind in China before his son was born. Yet through the years he sent almost every penny he saved back to his family in Guangdong, and in every letter home he stressed the importance of education, so that my grandfather, the son of a simple peasant, would grow up to be the first person from his village to attend university. The first time the old man saw his son was in 1946, when my grandfather was 40-year old and a general in the Chinese army. Just a few years later when my grandfather had to choose between a comfortable retirement in Taiwan and the life of a restaurant cook in America, for the future of his children he again chose America, so they could get the best education in the world. At that time my mother chose to stay in her native country. But three decades later my parents made the same choice when they left behind decades of professional experience, so they could give their children a better future in the greatest country in the world.

Hope, not streets paved with gold, is why generations of immigrants come to America from around the world. Few immigrants come to America with any illusions. They realize they face a hard life ahead but they willingly accept those hardships so their children may have a better tomorrow. As strangers in a strange land they realize education is the only path to a better life for their children, and Asian Americans in particular come from cultures that traditionally venerate learning. But economic hardships present very real obstacles to educational advancement. Yet because of the “model minority” stereotype, large numbers of AA/PI youths, who have to overcome disadvantages no smaller than those facing any other minority group, are left to their own devices. Are we to believe that our nation, which spends $30 million every 3.5 hours on the war in Iraq, cannot spare the same amount in an entire year to help some of our disadvantaged young people achieve their American Dreams?

We urge you to contact your Representative regarding Rep. Wu’s bill. In particular, we urge you to contact Rep. George Miller of California, chairman of the House Committee on Education, to express your support and to urge him to bring this bill to the House floor. Furthermore, we urge you to contact Rep. Wu to thank him for his sponsorship of the bill, and to encourage him to continue to push for equal justice for Asian Americans. Please refer to bill number HR 629 in your correspondence. Rep. Miller may be reached at george.miller@mail.house.gov. His DC fax number is 202-225-5609. Rep. Wu may be reached at david.wu@mail.house.gov. His DC fax number is 202-225-9497.

2. HR 760 – introduced by Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA)

The Filipino Veterans Equity Act, was sponsored by Rep. Bob Filner of California. The Bill grants Filipino veterans who fought under U.S. command during WWII the same veterans’ benefits enjoyed by other American veterans. In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt issued an Executive Order calling all members of the Army of the Philippines (then a U.S. dependency) into the service of the U.S. Armed Forces, with promises of equal benefits as other American veterans as well as US citizenship. More than 140,000 Filipinos answered the call and fought shoulder-to-shoulder with American soldiers in the Pacific. However, one year after the Allied victory, Congress passed the Rescission Act of 1946 stripping Filipino veterans of all benefits promised by President Roosevelt.

Today it’s estimated that only about 25,000 Filipino veterans are still living – with some 7,000 living in the U.S. This Act will restore to them the same health and pension benefits enjoyed by other American veterans, as promised them by President Roosevelt 66 years ago. The good news is that according to knowledgeable sources, this bill is very close to coming up for a vote on the House floor, and its chances of passage are deemed “very good”. Nonetheless, to ensure its passage we encourage all our supporters to contact their representatives, and urge them to right this grievous historical wrong. You may also wish to contact Rep. Bob Filner to express thanks for all his efforts in championing this bill. Please refer to HR 760 when contacting your member of Congress.

3. HR 121 – introduced by Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA)

Finally, the resolution calling upon the Government of Japan to formally acknowledge and apologize for the use of ‘comfort women’ during WWII was sponsored by Rep. Mike Honda from San Jose. As of today, the resolution has picked up 98 co-sponsors in the House and stands a very good chance of passage. Thanks to the international pressure brought on by conscientious people such as Rep. Honda, Prime Minister Abe of Japan was forced to backtrack from his earlier comments denying state responsibility in the use of ‘comfort women’. On March 26th, Abe apologized “as Prime Minister”, and promised to stand by the 1993 Kono Statement acknowledging the Japanese government’s role in the coercion of ‘comfort women.’

As an organization dedicated to the cause of equal justice for all Asian-Americans in America, 80-20 does not typically take positions on international issues. Nonetheless, we applaud Rep. Honda’s moral courage in taking up the cause of the powerless, and we will send Rep. Honda a formal letter of thanks expressing our appreciation.

On behalf of the entire 80-20 Board of Directors, we thank you in advance for your community spirit and enthusiastic support.

Best regards,

David Yang
Chair, Legislative Committee
80-20 PAC, Inc.

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Monday, May 07, 2007

80-20 Goes To Washington - Congressional Visit & Board Meeting

80-20 Goes To Washington

- Successful Congressional Visit & Board Meeting

By David Yang, Chair of Legislative Committee


Dear 80-20 Members and Supporters,

Thanks to your continual support, our first Board meeting in Washington D.C. was a complete success. Our three-day gathering in the nation’s capital began on Friday, April 20th. (All hotel and travel expenses were paid for by individual Board members out of their own pockets.) In the morning and the afternoon, members of the Board met with the counsels of nine US senators including Senators Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Mel Martinez and Kay Hutchison; as well as seven US representatives including Reps. Tom Lantos and Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House. Folders of information on our organization and our issues on Glass Ceiling and Federal Judges were presented to these elected officials. Most of them were very receptive and sympathetic to our concerns, and many also offered constructive suggestions which are much appreciated. The day concluded with a successful dinner/reception, highlighted by the presence of three distinguished members of Congress: Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Dallas, Rep. Al Green of Houston and Rep. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii. They have all championed the cause of Asian-Americans in the halls of Congress and are some of our most supportive friends.


After the productive visits on Friday, the Board convened on Saturday and Sunday to chart a new plan of action for the crucial year ahead leading up to the next Presidential election. A number of strategic decisions were reached, including bold new strategies of campaign endorsement as well as new initiatives on combating discrimination and increasing membership. Detailed plans for their implementation were laid out, ranging from a reception/fund-raiser on the Hill to a major website upgrade. In response to frequent inquiries from concerned members, a new Legislative Affairs Committee was created to monitor legislations of particular concern to Asian Americans, and I have the honor and the privilege to serve as your first chairperson of this Committee. The Committee is currently monitoring three pieces of legislation under consideration by Congress. These are the Filipino Veterans Equity Act, the Resolution Calling on the Japanese Government to Apologize for the Use of "Comfort Women" in WWII, and the Asian-American/Pacific-Islander (AA/PI) Serving Institutions Act. In the next week or so, we will submit a report summarizing these bills, and recommending action to our supporters.

Best regards,

David Yang
Chair, Legislative Committee
80-20 PAC, Inc.

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PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:
Jing-Li Yu, Treasurer
P.O. Box 527340 Flushing, NY 11352-7340
Please write down your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the check.

Life membership is $1,000; Family Membership (2 voters) is $50; Basic Membership is $35; Student membership is $15. Thank you.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Important Issues and Legislation to Us

In a recent poll of your Board of Directors, “Discrimination against Asian Americans” in any form is considered the most important issue facing us. This year we intend to devote a large portion of our efforts combating discrimination against Asian Americans in our society including discrimination in the workplace. I have formed an ad hoc committee on discrimination chaired by board member Dr. Joel Wong (Bay Area). Board member Jing-Li Yu (New York City) and member Dr. Richard To (Seattle) are members of this committee.

During our up coming board meeting to be held on April 20th in Washington DC, your board members will be introducing 80-20 to many members of the United States Congress and asking for their support. Our “Glass Ceiling” issue will also be discussed.

An ad hoc committee on legislation has also been formed to address legislation pertinent to Asian Americans, chaired by board member Dr. David Yang, Dr. Kelvin Chen and Jing-Li Yu are members. Notable recent legislation in the United States House of Representatives include:

Rep. David Wu’s (D-OR) legislation to support low income Asian American Students by providing them grants for higher education.

Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) introduced HR 121 demanding the Japanese Government to properly apologize and compensate the thousands of Asian women coerced into sex slavery during World War II, and

Rep. Mike Honda co-sponsored a bill introduced by Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA) which will reverse a six-decade old law and to award veteran’s benefits to Filipinos who fought with U.S. forces in WW II.

All of these bills are sponsored or co-sponsored by our Asian Americans in Congress and they certainly deserve 80-20’s support. An in depth report on the status of these legislation and supportive action taken by 80-20 will be included in a future communication with you.

As board member Kelvin Chen said so aptly, “In order to get equal footing with other groups, it is imperative that we concentrate Asian American votes in electing people who will protect our rights. 80-20 is the only national organization set up to do exactly this. The more members we have, the more influence we will have when it comes down to gathering votes.”

If you have not already done so, please join us TODAY and upgrade your membership if you already are a member. I ask each of our members to recruit at least two new members in the next 30 days. Your financial support is vital to our function as an organization fighting for equal opportunity and justice for you! Please join us in this cause.

Thank you and best regards,

Kathleen To
President
80-20 Initiative, Inc.

Together We Build a Better Tomorrow

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Jing-Li Yu, Treasurer
P.O. Box 527340 Flushing, NY 11352-7340
Please write down your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the check.

Life membership is $1,000; Family Membership (2 voters) is $50; Basic Membership is $35; Student membership is $15. Thank you.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Speak Up for Ourselves or Somebody Else Will

“Speak Up for Ourselves or Somebody Else Will”
By Amy Wong Mok, Vice President of the Board, 80-20 Initiative


Our first board meeting this year will be in Washington D.C. on April 20-22. Armed with the 80-20 information packet, board members will proudly wear our 80-20 buttons, march up Capitol Hill to the offices of our Congress(wo)men and senators, and talk to them about two agenda items:

1. Increase the number of Asian American federal justice appointments. To represent fairly the Asian American population in adequate proportion, we should have 39 Asian American federal court judges. We now have only 6, a big gap to narrow down.

2. Increase the number of Asian American executives in public and private establishments in compliance with Executive Order 11246 that was signed by President Johnson in 1965 to ensure the number of minority and women in executive positions in colleges/universities, government agencies and private businesses. Asian Americans have been illegally left out in the enforcement of EO11246.

I remember a discussion I had with the late Governor Ann Richards of Texas in which she remarked that Asian women would sometimes defer to their husbands to speak for them instead of speaking up for themselves. Governor Richards asked me to tell my fellow Asian women friends: “Amy, you go tell them, if they do not speak up for themselves, somebody will and it will not be to their advantage.” I believe that this great Texan lady was only half correct since her advice applies to our entire Asian American community, men and women. We were made aware of the mistreatment against the members of our community only because some people had the courage to speak out, tell the victims’ stories and demand justice. Let us look at history, past and recent.

Many of the wrongs done to Asian Americans were government-sanctioned, as far back as the Chinese Exclusion Act and the internment of the Japanese American during the Second World War. They suffered because few people spoke up for them. My own awakening to the ugliness of racism was the Vincent Chin case. In 1982, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Charles Kaufman sentenced Ron Ebens, a supervisor at Chrysler Motors and his stepson, Mike Nitz to a three-year probation and a fine of $3,000 for the crime of bludgeoning Vincent Chin to death with a baseball bat, after Ebens and Nitz mistook Chin for a Japanese whom they blamed for the loss of the auto industry jobs in the US! At the sentencing, Judge Charles Kaufman was quoted as saying, “These weren't the kind of men you send to jail ... You don't make the punishment fit the crime; you make the punishment fit the criminal.”

Speaking up for ourselves has brought results. In the last election, Senator George Allen of Virginia was defeated in his bid for reelection because of a racist remark he made to an Asian American of Indian heritage toward the end of his senatorial campaign. Mr. Allen was leading comfortably in the senatorial race until he aroused the wrath of the Asian American voters who overwhelmingly voted for his opponent and narrowly defeated him. Recently, Princeton University completely replaced the editorial board of their student paper the Daily Princetonian because of a racist article that mocked Asians. The strong action taken by Princeton was the fruition of many people who have taken the time to write to voice their displeasure, one of whom was 80-20 President, Kathleen To.

For the future of our children, we must summon our courage to act and be counted. The members of the 80-20 board are ready to do our work, but we need you to stand behind us by getting more involved. Our voice will be that much stronger to the politicians when there are more of us actively supporting 80-20. Please take at least one of the following actions:

1. Upgrade the status of your membership to the level that is comfortable to you.
2. Recruit and/or pay for the dues of at least one new member. (Basic membership is only $35 a year)
3. Come with us to visit your elected congressional representatives on the 20th of April.

I believe it will speak volumes if we can double our membership in the next month. It will give us an impressive record to show the politicians our determination to be counted. Start with our children. Get the older ones to become 80-20 members. Talk about the mission of 80-20 Initiative and get the younger ones involved. Take the young people to any precinct meeting and introduce them to the political process. Hold their hands and get their feet wet. Teach them that the simple words in our Declaration of Independence must be safeguarded by all of us:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their creator, with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

We will not always be there to protect the rights and assure the safety of our children and grandchildren. We can act today to create a more just and fair society for them by holding our government accountable. It is time to walk the walk. We need you more than ever to press on with our fight. Bring in a new member to show us your personal affirmation to the dedication and the many hours of voluntary service of the board and the volunteers. We are waiting for your strong message of support.

Please act now. www.80-20initiative.net

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PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:
Jing-Li Yu, 80-20 Treasurer
P.O. Box 527340 Flushing, NY 11352-7340
Please write down your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the check.

Life membership is $1,000; Family Membership (2 voters) is $50; Basic Membership is $35; Student membership is $15.
 

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