Thursday, September 30, 2010

CALL TO ACTION

TO: All Asian Ams. who reside in or have friends in California

It's time to rise and be heard. It is Call To Action!

California is a state that Asian Ams. should enjoy EQUAL opportunity.
We have an 8% share in voting population and a 15% share in general
population -- large enough to be politically effective with the state
government. Right?

Unfortunately, no! Indeed in some areas, CA is worse than other states.
Examples?

(1) huge % of Asian Am. students in state universities, but only
3.4 % of presidents/Chancellors,
(2) 15% population, but much less % of judges in state courts. Indeed,
in CA Appeals Court - San Francisco, it is 0% among 25 judges, &
(3) The glass ceiling on Asian Am state employees is as low as other
states.

Therefore, 80-20's "California Coalition" has sent a questionnaire (see *) to
the 2 gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman & Jerry Brown hoping that
their positive answers will assure equal opportunity for Asian Ams in CA.
The candidates were given two weeks to reply, ending on Oct. 3.

Jerry Brown didn't even wait till the deadline to say NO to us. To see his
answer, visit http://www.80-20initiative.net/Brown_response_100929.pdf .

This is not tolerable. Let Brown hear our voice, ACT!

Please call Brown's headquarters 510 628-0209 or
Fax 510 628-0909. Don't use email. They normally don't read it. Use
your own words. The contents should be along this line of:

"Dear Mr. Brown:

I urge you to reply positively to the questionnaire from 80-20
California Coalition. Otherwise, I'll reconsider my vote for you
(or I'll vote against you). I'll also tell my friends that I am very
disappointed with you.

Name:
Address: City and Zip code"

Has Meg Whitman answered? Not yet. She has till Oct. 3.

Call or fax now. Fax is the always the most effective, because it is weighted
more by political offices. If you don't have a fax machine, please go to 

http://www.gotfreefax.com which allows you to send a free fax.

After you've faxed or called, send me an email saying "I've done it!"

This is a battle for our EQUAL opportunity. There is no better time than
the election time to get the politicians to listen to us. Act now!
Counting on you.

Respectfully,

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

*

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

VERY IMPORTANT Update

Will the Senate confirm Goodwin Liu & Ed Chen? It may mostly depend
on how Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, a Republican, reacts to
80-20's offer to help him in his 2012 re-election campaign.

How so? Pls read on.

So few Asian Am. are federal judges owing to the benign neglect of
Asian Americans by BOTH political parties. Now the Democrats, under
Pres. Obama, are trying to remedy the shameful situation. However, the
Republican Party seems determined to continue its old ways -- keeping
us down.

The Republicans say that the 2 jurists are too liberal. Is that the real
reason?
Think! Since they didn't appoint many conservative AsAm judges when
they had the chance, could it be that they just didn't want many Asian Am
federal judges?

On November 2, the election day, 3 million Asian Am. voters will
reward those who vote to confirm and punish those who thwart us by
blocking the nominations. It is the day of reckoning!

A Summary of the Relevant Past Events:

1. President Obama nominated 7 Asian Am. federal judges since he took
office 2 years ago, almost doubling the original number of 8 Asian
Am. federal judges
2. In Augest, the Senate Republicans used a rarely applied Senate rule to
"kill" the nominations of Goodwin Liu and Ed Chen,
3. Two days later, 80-20 set up a petition site gathering 3300+ signers
asking Pres. Obama to RE-nominate the 2 jurists.
4. Pres. Obama heard our voice and RE-nominated.
5. A few days ago, the Senate Judiciary Committee once again approved
the nominations of Liu & Chen aiming to move the nominations to a
full Senate debate.

The Upcoming Battles

The Senate Republicans will likely block the two nominations from
getting a full-senate debate. This means that 60 votes will be required to
break the block, before the nominations can be confirmed requiring only
51 votes. Since Democrats can only deliver 59 votes, our community must
find ONE Republican Senator to cast the 60th vote to break the block --
80-20 has focused on Sen. S. Brown of MA.

If the Republicans choose to block, they are blatantly ignoring the
expressed will of Asian Ams which include the following:

i) 3300+ signed on 80-20's petition to Pres. Obama,
ii) numerous Asian Ams sent automatically generated letters to
Senate leadership - Sen. Reid (D) & Sen. McConnell (R) - to move the
nominations for a full senate debate without a block. The site was
set up by NAPABA, AAJC and OCA.
iii) Supporters of 80-20 poured an estimated 100 to 150 faxes into
Sen. Scott Brown' D.C. office, urging him to cast the 60th
vote to break the block, should it occur. They are mostly
MA voters writing their own letters, signing and giving their
home addresses.

Sen. Brown, a Republican, faces a very tough re-election bid in 2012 in
MA which is just about the most Democratic state. Since 19 years ago, no
Republican Congressional delegate has EVER won re-election. Brown will
need every vote he can get to be re-elected. So if he helps us, we'll
help him. 80-20 shall lead an Asian Am. bloc vote in Brown's favor in
2012, if he casts the 60th vote to break the block.

80-20 will get a $3,500 matching fund, when 21 more NEW members join.
Go http://www.80-20initiative.net , or send a check to
80-20 PAC P.O. Box 603 Osprey, FL 34229. Thank you.

Respectfully,

S. B. Woo (a volunteer)
ACTING PRESIDENT, 80-20 PAC., Inc.

80-20 gratefully acknowledges the donations from
Bernie Lee, Sun Lakes, AZ $1,000
Cecilia Yu, Rolling Hill, CA $1,000

Friday, September 17, 2010

Urgent! For AsAms in Massachusetts

Dear Asian Americans in Massachusetts:

If you have NOT faxed Sen. Scott Brown yet, please do so NOW!
14 million Asian Ams look to you to perform this political feat.

Sen. Brown is the most likely of the 41 GOP senators to help us. He is
relatively independent, and he dearly needs our help in his re-election bid
in 2012 in a very Democratic state.

Sen. Brown's fax number is 202 228-2646. A sample fax is shown below.
However, please use your own words. Otherwise, Senator Brown may take your
serious request as a form letter.

"Subject: Cast the 60th vote

Dear Sen. Brown:

I urge you to cast the 60th vote to break the anticipated block of
two Asian Am jurists, Goodwin Liu for the 9th Circuit Court and
Edward Chen for the N. CA District Court. If you do that, I'll vote for
you in 2012 and urge my friends and relatives to also do so.

I'll also urge "80-20 Initiative," a political organization that I listen to,
to consider urging a bloc vote for your re-election in 2012. That seems
the fair thing for 80-20 to do.

Sincerely,

Name, title (your most impressive ones) and postal address

Cc: S. B. Woo, Acting President, 80-20 PAC, Inc.

"

Please do NOT send emails, most offices don't read them. Do NOT send a letter.
The security check for anthrax will takes days if not weeks. The fax is the ONLY
effective way. If you don't have a fax machine, please go to
http://www.gotfreefax.com/ which allows you to send a free fax.

Kindly please COPY ME IN so that I know how many faxes have gone into
Sen. Brown's office. This campaign will be called off 3 days from today, on
9/21. By then, Sen. Brown will know the intensity of our yearning. If
more than 100 faxes
have poured in already, he'll know that in his
re-election bid in 2012, he can either expect an Asian American
bloc vote for him, or against him.

AsAms represent 4% of MA's vote. A bloc vote by 4% of voters can easily
make the difference. Will Sen. Brown respond positively? It depends on
whether YOU do your share of faxing him! Thank you.

Urgently awaiting you to fax, thereby giving our children political clout,

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

Thursday, September 16, 2010

YOU & the political quake in Delaware

Do you know what is the connection between YOU & the political earthquake
in Delaware (DE)? YOU may benefit from it!

If Chris Coons, the Democrats candidate for US Senate, wins, there may be
another Senator who is open-minded and willing to listen to the rightful
concerns of the Asian Am. community.

Chris worked for me when I was in politics. So did Delaware's current
Governor Jack Markell and current Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn.

Here is a picture taken at our home last Christmas season. From the left,
Chris Coons, Gov. Jack Markell, S. B. Woo*, and Lietenant Govenor
Matt Denn.

Chris was also at my house last Sunday when Katy and I had a fundraiser
for him. He publicly stated that he'd be very privileged to hire a talented
Asian American senate staff when elected.

Friends: Let's invest in the political process to help us achieve equal
citizenship. 80-20 has proven again and again that to be effective in
US politics, one must practice politics the American way i.e. the
80-20 way.

Join 80-20. We try so hard to help you. Will you consider helping us
back? 80-20 has just hired an Executive Director increasing its annual
expenditure by about $100K per year. Will you help please? To join click
on http://www.80-20initiative.net , and then on the RED BUTTON, or
you can send a check to 80-20 PAC P.O. Box 603 Osprey, FL 34229.
Be sure to place your e-address at the back of your check. Thank you.

Respectfully yours,

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

* Actually as a former Lt. Gov., I have a life-time title of Governor Woo. Some
folks in Delaware still address me thusly. However, I don't use it in the
Asian Am. community. :) :) :) Pls. just call me S.B., as in the past.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pres. Obama Re-nominated 2 AsAm jurists !

YOU & 80-20 together did it!

Pres. Obama has responded to our petition & press conference*. He
has RE-NOMINATED Goodwin Liu and Edward Chen at 7 p.m. last night.
Click on http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/13/presidential-nominations-sent-senate .

Never in American history has a President responded so directly and
frequently to the voice of the Asian Am. community!

YOU & 80-20 together now attend to our NEXT QUEST.

WE shall find one Republican Senator to cast the 60th vote to
break an anticipated Republican block to submit the names of these
2 jurists for a full Senate debate. We believe the vote could come from
Sen. Scott Brown of MA, Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins
of Maine, or Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC.

80-20 urgently needs to hear from those Asian Ams who donated
to Sen. Brown. IF YOU were one, please email me directly.
YOU
will be much more persuasive than others in the eyes of Sen. Brown.
We need you to fax a message to him.

When we succeed in the securing the 60th vote, which the Democratic
Senate leadership has thus far failed to obtain, and when the entire
Asian Am. community shows gratitude, say, to Sen. Brown in MA in 2010
running for re-election in a very Democratic state, it'll be something to behold.

The sequence of anticipated successes 80-20 has outlined here will not only
brighten our children's future & greatly enhance our political clout, but
also make political history in not just the Asian Am community but
in America's history. We count on YOU to help.

Pass the word to all Asian Ams. donors to Sen. Brown in MA, CA and NY.
Our community needs their help at this critical moment. If Sen. Brown
hels us. We'll help back. There are 4% AsAm voter in MA who can cast
a bloc vote.

So HELP if you can. Another way to help is to join 80-20, which has
fought & won for YOU so many times. Click on
http://www.80-20initiative.net , or send a check to
80-20 PAC P.O. Box 603 Osprey, FL 34229. Thank you.

Respectfully yours,,

S. B. Woo
Acting President for the next 3.5 months only (still a volunteer)

* The petition of 3300+ signers was sent to Pres. Obama on 9/9. 80-20
also called a press conference yesterday together with leaders of APAPA &
CAPA in San Francisco to reinforce our yearning for re-nominations to
Pres. Obama.

PS: Lena Tam, an 80-20 Board Member, is running for re-election as a
councilwoman of the Alameda City. She is the first Asian Am. elected
official who is serving on 80-20's Board, and is a great public servant. We
need to make sure that she is re-elected. She faced completely false
accusations from some dirty politicians. Alameda County D.A. had just
completely exonerated her on 9/8/2010.

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YOU & 80-20 together did it!
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Pres. Obama has responded to our petition & press conference*. He
has RE-NOMINATED Goodwin Liu and Edward Chen at 7 p.m. last night.
Click on http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/13/presidential-nominations-sent-senate .
- Show quoted text -
Never in American history has a President responded so directly and
frequently to the voice of the Asian Am. community!
- Show quoted text -
YOU & 80-20 together now attend to our NEXT QUEST.
- Show quoted text -
WE shall find one Republican Senator to cast the 60th vote to
break an anticipated Republican block to submit the names of these
2 jurists for a full Senate debate. We believe the vote could come from
Sen. Scott Brown of MA, Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins
of Maine, or Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC.
- Show quoted text -
80-20 urgently needs to hear from those Asian Ams who donated
to Sen. Brown. IF YOU were one, please email me directly.
YOU
will be much more persuasive than others in the eyes of Sen. Brown.
We need you to fax a message to him.
- Show quoted text -
When we succeed in the securing the 60th vote, which the Democratic
Senate leadership has thus far failed to obtain, and when the entire
Asian Am. community shows gratitude, say, to Sen. Brown in MA in 2010
running for re-election in a very Democratic state, it'll be something to behold.
- Show quoted text -
The sequence of anticipated successes 80-20 has outlined here will not only
brighten our children's future & greatly enhance our political clout, but
also make political history in not just the Asian Am community but
in America's history. We count on YOU to help.
- Show quoted text -
Pass the word to all Asian Ams. donors to Sen. Brown in MA, CA and NY.
Our community needs their help at this critical moment. If Sen. Brown
helps us. We'll help back. There are 4% AsAm voters in MA who can cast
a bloc vote.
So HELP if you can. Another way to help is to join 80-20, which has
fought & won for YOU so many times. Click on
http://www.80-20initiative.net , or send a check to
80-20 PAC P.O. Box 603 Osprey, FL 34229. Thank you.

Respectfully yours,,

S. B. Woo
Acting President for the next 3.5 months only (still a volunteer)
* The petition of 3300+ signers was sent to Pres. Obama on 9/9. 80-20
also called a press conference yesterday together with leaders of APAPA &
CAPA in San Francisco to reinforce our yearning for re-nominations to
Pres. Obama.
PS: Lena Tam, an 80-20 Board Member, is running for re-election as a
councilwoman of the Alameda City. She is the first Asian Am. elected
official who is serving 159 on 80-20's Board, and is a great public servant. We
need to make sure that she is re-elected. She faced completely false
accusations from some dirty politicians. Alameda County D.A. had just
completely exonerated her on 9/8/2010.

Friday, September 10, 2010

How Tough Are We?

When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. That quality
is as important in organizations as is in individuals.
America admires
toughness be it in athletes, CEOs, workers, teachers, politicians or
organizations.
When two superbly qualified Asian Am jurists, recommended by the
Senate Judicial Committee, were blocked by the Senate Republicans on a
technicality*
, 80-20 rose to petition Pres. Obama to RE-NOMINATE them.
We don't give up just because the powerful says NO to us. We want to
know their reasons for reject those 2 nominees.
Blocking on a technicality* is a devious act. Let the 2 nominees go to a
full senate hearing. Then the Republicans senators may state their reasons
of objection publicly on the senate floor.
The days of simply telling us no, and betting on that we'll quietly go
away is gone. Not when 80-20 is around. The following is a true story.
Sen. John Kerry of MA once said to me, "S.B., do you know why
Asian Ams are not effective in politics? It is because both Parties and the
national media know that EVEN YOUR ACTIVISTS will go away
quietly, when told NO or when having been ignored long enough."
80-20 rose 11 years ago to change that image for our children.
Thanks to you, 3171 have signed 80-20's petition to President Obama to
RENOMINATE the two "unanimously well qualified" jurists. The number is
still rising. YOU can still be a signer. Click on
http://admin.80-20nj.info/cgi/dm/8/10p/f . We have notified the White House
of this petition expressing our yearning & will deliver the signatures.
We hope and trust that President Obama will hear us. We also hope
and trust that the Senate Republicans will hear us.
This is a good issue to help us decide which party will get our
votes
in the coming November election. Many other Asian Am orgs. have
publicly endorsed the nomination of these two jurists before the senate
GOP has blocked them. We trust that they are equally tough and
courageous at this critical moment.
Join 80-20. There is a matching fund for NEW members. We still need
25 new members to get that $3,500 donation. Go
http://www.80-20initiative.net or send a check to
80-20 PAC P.O. Box 603 Osprey, FL 34229. Thank you.

Sincerely,

S. B. Woo
Acting President for the next 4 months only.
* "Under a rarely invoked rule, the Senate must agree to carry over
pending nominations when it goes on a 30-day recess. But Republican
leaders objected to carrying over several disputed nominations, including
Liu and Chen." -- LA Times
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/aug/07/nation/la-na-senate-judge-20100807 .

Friday, September 03, 2010

New Blood in 80-20's Top Leadership

When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.

The signing of the petition to Pres. Obama to renominate two Asian
Am. jurists has slowed down a bit on the 3rd day. But that is precisely when
YOU will get going to get folks to sign up. Spread the word for 80-20
and urge them to sign. Go
http://admin.80-20nj.info/cgi/dm/8/10p/f .

80-20 will turn in YOUR signed petition to Pres. Obama on September 5th.
to urge him to re-nominate Goodwin Liu & Edward Chen on the 6th, when the Senate goes back or later, as he deems appropriate.

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Important Notice: New Blood in TOP Leadership

80-20 has long planned the infusion of new blood into its top leadership, while
maintaining continuity and success. To accomplish these goals, the following
changes have occurred or will occur.

80-20 has hired a fulltime Executive Director, Daniel Feng of Davis, CA to begin
in Sept. 1, 2010. Suzanna Lin, M.D., will continue to serve as Special Assistant to
the President/Exec. Director. To ensure smooth transition, S. B. Woo was asked
by the Board to help tune in and assist Feng for the remaining 4 months of 2010
as the Acting President.

Effective now, 80-20 actively seeks candidates for president and vice president
in 2011 to serve 80-20. The membership-wide election shall occur in the 2nd
week of November, 2010. S. B. Woo has stated that he shall not be a candidate
for either of those positions, though he'll continue to serve 80-20 in the second
line including advising Feng. Additional information about Daniel Feng is shown
below.

Daniel Feng is registered as a Independent or "Decline"in Calif.
i.e. not associated with any political party. He has been a dues-paying
member for the last 4 years, and was a Delegate to 80-20's 2008
Endorsement Convention, flying at his own expense to attend the Convention
in Foster City, CA from Boston, MA where he then resided.

Professionally, Mr. Feng has over twenty years of experience with progressive
management responsibilities in a variety of industries and services institutions.
He has also actively participated in and made significant contribution to many
local and national elections, in which he worked vigorously to promote Asian
Americans’ interest. He was highly praised by those leaders of our community
who know him.

S. B. Woo, Acting President for 4 months, said, "Daniel will bring to the 80-20
leadership team his passionate American patriotism, commitment to the
universal values, sensitivity to Asian American political issues, and practical
management skills. 80-20 believes that Daniel’s appointment will greatly
strengthen 80-20."

Woo also said, "Daniel takes a cut in his personal income to come work for 80-
20 & our community
. It's this kind of passion, his other quality as a person, &
his qualifications in management that induced 80-20 to select him. I am
privileged to advise him. I hope that I'll be as lucky with Daniel as I was with 3
of my top campaign aides back in 1988. They have now become Delaware's
Governor, Lt. Governor and County Executive of the largest county in Delaware.
The County Exec. is also the Democratic Nominee for the US Senate in the 2010
election."

80-20 will greatly NEED your help during this transition. Its annual
expenditure will increase by roughly $100,000 each year. We need more
members and donors.

To JOIN 80-20, go http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/payment.asp .
Or send your check to 80-20 PAC P.O. Box 603 Osprey, FL 34229 .
80-20 needs your financial support. There is a matching fund for NEW members.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

A Great Success !

2,000+ signed in 2 days at 80-20's petition site to President Obama
requesting him "To Re-nominate 2 Asian Am. Jurists" ! A cohesive Asian
Am. political voice has arrived. Go see for yourself at
http://admin.80-20nj.info/cgi/dm/8/10p/f .

Don't relax though. Please go sign, if you haven't yet. Help make YOUR
political voice even stronger. Let's try to reach 3,000 signers today.

Asian Ams. rightfully want more than a 0.7% share of federal judges.
Pres. Obama responded by nominating enough in 2 years to double
that %. Now the senate Republicans have blocked 2 Asian Am. nominees
who were rated "unanimously well qualified" by the American Bar Assoc,
and approved by the Senate Judiciary Comm. Outrageous!

Turn your outrage towards senate Republicans into positive action. Be
a signatory today to request re-nomination or help spread the word.

When you do your share, 80-20 is optimistic that Pres. Obama will
hear us and RE-NOMINATE Goodwin Liu for the 9th Appeals Court
and Edward Chen for the Northern California District Court.

We and our children will benefit from our political cohesiveness.
Counting on you! Please go sign at
http://admin.80-20nj.info/cgi/dm/8/10p/f .

Trying hard to build YOUR political clout,

S. B. Woo
Acting President, 80-20 PAC, Inc.

 

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