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.
 

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