Thursday, May 27, 2010

Boxer, Campbell & Lieu Endorsed In CA Primary

Election is a time for a small minority like the Asian Ams. to use our bloc
vote to secure our rightful interests. 80-20 has repeatedly demonstrated
that successful strategy -- politics the American way.

For the California Primary on June 8th, 80-20 endorses the following:

(A) For the Democratic US Senate Primary: Barbara Boxer!
She has served our community well, including recommending Asian Am.
federal judges to Pres. Obama.

(B) For the Democratic Attorney General Primary: Ted Lieu!
He is a good public servant for CA and the Asian Am. community.

(C) for the Republican US Senate Primary: Tom Campbell !

This is a significant breakthrough for YOU through 80-20. This is
the first time that a leading Republican candidate running for a high office
has replied to 80-20's questionnaire. Is the GOP door now open to Asian Ams?

Tom Campbell made solid commitments to YOU through his answers
to 80-20's questionnaire

Q1: If elected, will you urge the Labor Department to focus on
enforcing Executive Order 11246 on behalf of Asian American . . . ?
Campbell's answer: Yes.

Q2: If elected, will you vote for the Senate confirmation of Goodwin
Liu who has been nominated as an Appeals Court Judge
in the 9th Circuit? Yes.

Q3: If elected, will you emphasize admitting more highly skilled
workers, in any Immigration Reform Bill that arrives before the full
Senate? Yes.

Q4: If elected, will you work with us, regarding a Hate Crime
provision dealing specifically with the kind of violence against
Asian Ams. in big cities like San Francisco, Oakland and
Philadelphia? Yes

To see Campbell's signed commitments, click on
http://www.80-20initiative.net/news/congelect2010_campbell.pdf .

Q2 and Q4 are important questions -- areas where Asian Ams will need bi-
partisan support. Campbell, if elected, could cast the 60th vote to confirm
Goodwin Liu.

JOIN 80-20, it is so effective. It achieves results beyond what most would
expect. Go to http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/payment.asp .
Or send your check to 80-20 PAC P.O. Box 603 Osprey, FL 34229 .
Please place your email address at the back of your check. Student dues: $15.
Family dues: $50, Life Members: $1,000, and Honorary Family Members: $10,000.

Each Life Member will receive a historic "Framed Obama Commitment
to Asian Americans." Visit
http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/awards.asp . Thank you.

Respectfully yours,

S. B. Woo, Acting Exec. Director (a volunteer), 80-20 PAC, Inc.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A reader wrote in

After 80-20 sent out "3 lessons from Vincent Chin," the following
thoughtful letter came in.

"Dear S.B.

Thank you for bringing out Vincent Chin's tragedy to remind
us how fragile we are as Asian Americans without a group voice.
("80-20 didn't exist at the time," adds S. B. Woo.) Vincent
Chin's tragedy left a scar on every Chinese Americans' soul.
The lesson at the time of occurrence is that "You are nothing."
In the US, if one killed a cat or dog, one might be punished
more severely than the Ebins, the father and the son.

Years before the Vincent Chin's case (in late 60's) a
Lithuanian sailor was abducted from a US Coast Guard vessel
by USSR guards docked next to the US ship in the open ocean. The
incident raised hell in the US, as our sovereignty was violated. But
it was Lithuanian Americans' GROUP voice which brought him
back to the US.

Vincent Chin was the scapegoat for the failing American auto
industry dwarfed by the competitive Japanese automakers.
Now with the failing Wall Street fiscal management and the
high unemployment rate plus the exchange rate war between
the US & China, I have reason to fear once again, we might become
the scapegoat for those who have failed or are incapable of taking
care of their own financial responsibility.

Be alert and vigilant. Let nobody become the second Vincent
Chin.

Sincerely,

Chien-Lu Ping, PA"

Join 80-20 by clicking on
http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/payment.asp . Or
send a check to 80-20 PAC, P.O. Box 603, Osprey, FL 34229. 

Place your e-address at the back of your check please. We need more
members, especially new members & Life Members, whose names
are on permanent display on 80-20's site
http://www.80-20initiative.net/about/lifemembers.asp

Respectfully yours,

S. B. Woo, a volunteer,
Acting Exec. Director, 80-20 PAC, Inc.

Monday, May 17, 2010

3 Lessons From Vincent Chin's Tragedy

There are 3 lessons to learn through Vincent Chin's Tragedy.
If we don't learn them, we are bound to relive it. A similar situation
may be brewing in IL & OH!
See the last paragraphs.

A Seldom Seen & Frank Summary of Vincent Chin's Case:

In 1982, owing to perceived loss of jobs caused by Japan, "Japan
bashing"
was very popular, especially among auto workers and
politicians running for offices.

Vincent Chin, a Chinese American, was in a Detroit bar when
2 auto workers, one unemployed, came in. The two mistook
Vincent as a Japanese. One said to Vincent, "It is because of you
motherfuckers that we're out of work." A fight ensued & was broken
up by the doorman of the bar. The two auto workers found Vincent
later that night and bashed him to death with a baseball bat.

In 1983, a Michigan court fined the two $3,700 each and no jail
time. The Asian Am. community was outraged.

Consequently, in 1984, the federal government stepped in & filed
civil rights charges against the two. HOWEVER, after a trial, an appeal,
and a retrial, both were completely acquitted, partially owing to witness-
tampering by an Asian Am. lawyer working for the prosecution.

In March 1987, a civil suit was also filed. Substantial fine was ordered.
HOWEVER, the settlement was so badly structured that collection
of the fine was far from certain. The one who swung the bat & was
ordered to pay 10 times more fine than the other, stopped payment
in 1989.
His whereabouts is currently unknown.

Vincent's mother asked, "If two Chinese killed a white person,
will they go to jail?" Disillusioned, she left the US for China.

For verifying the accuracy of the above summary, see
http://us_asians.tripod.com/articles-vincentchin.html and
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_Chin .

3 PAINFUL LESSONS:

1) Japan bashing leads to taking it out on perceived Japanese. It
is equivalent to taking it out on ALL Asian Ams since most don't know
the difference between Japanese, Japanese Americans and other Asian
Ams. Vincent Chin, a Chinese American was mistaken as a Japanese!

2) In a democracy, those who don't have the GROUP political clout, get
stepped on, in hard times. Our entire community was humiliated
in the Vincent Chin case, from 775 beginning to end.

3) Protests without the political know-how lead to NOTHING!
Did we achieve the goal of securing justice for Vincent?

Forwarding ahead to the present:

THERE MIGHT HAVE BEEN "CHINA BASHING" IN ELECTIONS
IN IL & OH THIS YEAR. 80-20 IS WATCHING*.

Every Asian American needs to watch out, together with 80-20. Please!
Remember the 3 lessons.

Join 80-20 to strengthen our GROUP political clout. Click on
http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/payment.asp . Or send a 

check to 80-20 PAC P.O. Box 603 Osprey, FL 34229. 

Place your e-address at the back of your check please. We need more
members especially Life Members.

Respectfully,

S. B., Acting Exec. Director (a volunteer), 80-20 PAC., Inc.

* This TV ad was played in IL for days, in an US senate primary race.
http://www.fisherforohio.com/multimedia/video?id=0023 80-20 is
watching not only such politicians but also their political consultants
who normally write the TV scripts.

Acknowledgment: Robert & Yang Bee Chow, Livermore, CA joined as
Family Life Members. Peter W. Chen Funds, NJ, gave a $5,000 grant to the 80-20
Educational Foundation.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Election 2010 & Asian Americans

We need GROUP political clout to secure our rights! Every
election is an opportunity to enlarge our clout.

I) National Election

President Obama has been sincere in fulfilling his promises to us, we
therefore must help him back in the 2010 election. Otherwise, no political party
will EVER help Asian Ams. again. Politics is pragmatic!

Therefore, 80-20 Initiative has formally resolved that: "80-20 shall
support Democratic candidates in the 2010 Congressional races
, except for those
election districts whose Republican candidates** have strongly supported
Asian American 
concerns."

II) Noteworthy Elections Involving Asian Americans

80-20 does NOT support candidates simply because they are Asian Ams.
Some Asian Am. politicians only want our money and votes but are NOT
willing to share our concerns. On the other hand, for those political
leaders who've helped us a lot, we help back a lot.

Today, we focus on Ted Lieu, a leading candidate for California Attorney
General, & an 80-20 Life Member.

1) Ted Lieu is an Assembly member of CA and Lieutenant Colonel in the
Air Force Reserves.

Ted will be the first Asian Pacific Islander elected to the office of Attorney
General of any state in US history. He has stood up to powerful interests
and authored landmark bills in the areas of mortgage reform, healthcare
access, domestic violence prevention, and consumer protection. He has
also repeatedly fought for minority communities and the civil rights of all
Americans. Based on his outstanding record, strong fundraising, & strong
endorsements, Ted has a high potential to win this election with your
help.

Contributions can be mailed to Ted Lieu for Attorney General 2010,
PO Box 1309, Torrance, CA 90505.
Donations are also accepted online at
http://www.TedLieu.com .

2) Lena Tam, an 80-20 Board member, is running for re-election for Alameda
County Council.

3) Garrett Yee, an 80-20 member, is running for California Assembly.

Please help them financially or volunteer for them.

Join 80-20 by clicking on
http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/payment.asp . Or
send a check to 80-20 PAC, P.O. Box 603, Osprey, FL 34229. 

Place your e-address at the back of your check please. We
need more members, especially Life Members, whose names are
on permanent display on 80-20's site
http://www.80-20initiative.net/about/lifemembers.asp

Respectfully yours,

S. B. Woo, a volunteer,
Acting Exec. Director, 80-20 PAC, Inc.

** Our Ad Hoc Non-Partisan Comm., headed by Prof. 
Chenming Hu,
sincerely welcomes the application of such Republican 
candidates to be
exempt from 80-20's bloc vote. Prof Hu can be reached via hu@eecs.berkeley.edu.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Life Members -- 80-20's Lifeblood

Life Members are 80-20's lifeblood. They represent 12 % of 80-20's
membership, but they account for about 50% of its annual income.

Life Members also provide stability in 80-20's elections, since most
have been on 80-20 email list for a long time and strongly share 80-20's
values.

Life Members, as a group, is occasionally relied upon by 80-20 as a
"sounding board" on complex issues after being presented with a back-
ground briefing by 80-20's President &/or Executive Director.

Life Members' names are on permanent display at 80-20's website.
Click on http://www.80-20initiative.net/about/lifemembers.asp .

Regrettably, fewer than usual number of new Life Members joined last
year, perhaps owing to tough economic times. This occurred in spite of
the fact that our total membership last year was the 2nd highest in history.

80-20 needs more Life Members. While we cannot adequately express our
deep appreciation for your support, we will send a beautiful RECOGNITION
plaque to all new Life Members. See below.

This RECOGNITION will be personalized and signed by 80-20 officers. To its
left is the signed commitment by then presidential candidate Obama
promising Asian Americans equal opportunity in workplaces and more
Asian Am. federal judges at every rank, upon his election as our President.
You may recall how hard YOU and 80-20 worked in order to get that commitment
from candidate Obama. That document has historic significance, to say
the least. It is appended at the end of this e-newsletter.

Below the certificate is a picture of Lincoln Memorial, under which is
a famous quote from Lincoln:

"LET US HAVE FAITH THAT RIGHT MAKES MIGHT, AND IN THAT FAITH, LET US,
TO THE END, DARE TO DO OUR DUTY AS WE UNDERSTAND IT."

For those who join as Honorary Life or Honorary Family Life Members, see other
forms of recognition by clicking on
http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/awards.asp . TOGETHER, we can overcome.

To join, click on
http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/payment.asp .
Or send you check to 80-20 PAC P.O. Box 603 Osprey, FL 34229
Place your e-address at the back of your check please.

Respectfully,

S.B. Woo
Acting Executive Director, 80-0 PAC, INC. (a volunteer)

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80-20 Gratefully Acknowledges:

(1) Mr./Mrs. James T.C. Chen, Hayward, CA : $2000 for two Life members

(2) Following individuals participated generously in 80-20's "Sharing
Sacrifices with our Soldiers"
drive:

Ved P. Chaudhary, NJ: 1,000.00; John S Chen, CA: 1,000.00
Yu-Chi & Sophia Ho, MA:1,000.00; Hilary Hsu, CA: 1,000.00
Margaret & Chenming Hu, CA: 1,000.00; Kian M. Kwan, CA: 1,000.00
Shirley & Ting-wei Tang, VA: 1,000.00; TL & EL Teng, CA: 1,000.00
S. B. & Katy Woo, DE: 1,000.00; Charles C Zhang, MI: 1,000.00
Ping & Marvel Chun, NJ: 500.00; Annie Yen, MA: 500.00

(3) David Yang, 80-20 Board Member & Associate Political Scientist, Rand
Corporation, designed the beautiful RECOGNITION.

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President Obama's commitment to YOU, which he is seemingly fulfilling:

 

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