Friday, December 27, 2013

Happy Holidays. Sharing moving flash mob chorus

   Happy Holidays, friends. Thanks for your great support throughout the years.

   Ever heard of "flash mob chorus?" Enjoy them!

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=Vnt7euRF5Pg&vq=medium (English, done in USA)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbqY1P6KJmI(Chinese, done in Taipei)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Q-JfkRXBoM (Korean, done in Seoul)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9QnSbT7E5I (Chinese, done in Beijing)
 

Gratefully,
S. B. Woo, a volunteer
President, 80-20 National Asian American Educational Foundation
 
 
PS: Donating to SELF on a monthly basis is now available. I want to, in particular, thank the following individuals who are already using it:

Steve Tien Hsia, Davis, CA     $100
Chung-I Tan, Houston, TX      $50
Yiming Lou, Chino Hills, CA      $50
Fan Jiao, Cupertino, CA          $20
James Wang, Takoma Park, MD    $5

To donate on monthly, yearly or lump sum basis, please click on http://admin.80-20nj.info/cgi/80/e?l=8/au/1/f&w=no. Thanks.
       
 

Monday, December 16, 2013

YOU REACHED THE $1 MILLION MARK

   Thanks to 500 AsAm families, whose donations ranged from $4/yr to $24,000/yr, averaging $400/yr for 5 yrs. PER FAMILY, your SELF project has gone beyond the $200,000/yr for 5 yrs OR $1 million over a 5-year period. To see it for yourself, click here.

   Have you done your share? Why is this email entitled "YOU reached the $1 million mark"? Think! You'll get it.

   Do you want the same helpless feeling when you first heard about the Jimmy Kimmel "Kill all Chinese" episode? Want our children to continue NOT identifying themselves as Asian Ams when applying for college admissions? If you don't, then step up. Sacrifice and donate. Be the 501st family.

   Your children & grandchildren will thank you. To donate, click here.

   What is another $500 or $5,000 or $50,000 in your bequeathing to your children or grandchildren? Give them equality as US citizens. Money can't buy that for them. When you and 80-20 work together, your money will talk a lot louder politically and elsewhere.


Sincerely,
 
S.B. Woo, a full-time volunteer for the last 11 years
President, 80-20 National Asian Am Educational Foundation

    
PS: Please (1) place sbwEF@80-20.us into your email address book to receive some of our future emails to you, and (2) FORWARD this to your friends.
              
 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tempering of Steel OR the Making of 80-20

                  SOME TASKS SEEM EASY FOR 80-20 . . .

1) Getting Abercrombie to withdraw its 4 T-shirts from all its stores, which insulted AsAm sensibilities –  within 3 hours.

2) Getting the Republican National Comm. to pull the "Daisy TV Ad" -- with 1 phone call from 80-20's president.

3) Getting ABC to apologize in writing, signed by high-level executives, for airing the "kill all Chinese" video -- 2.5 days.

 THEY RESULTED FROM THE WORK OF OUR VOLUNTEERS & STAFF WHOSE FACES ARE MARRED WITH DIRT, SWEAT & TEARS:

(1) Delivering increasingly more powerful BLOC VOTES:

   Before 80-20 was born, few AsAms knew what a bloc vote was, much less building it. Time & money spent? 90% of 80-20's 15 years of labor and $1 million. Many volunteers donated heavily & worked 60 hours a week.

   See how 80-20 painstakingly built a significant AsAm bloc vote, one election at a time:



   When a small minority in the US can deliver a lopsided bloc vote, it begins to win politicians' attention, since such a bloc vote can change the outcome of important elections. That attention translates into political clout.

   The work never stops. We've started the 2nd stage of construction to make YOU politically stronger.

(2) Money talks. We must make our money talk for us.

   Just a bloc vote is NOT enough for a small minority populated mostly by new immigrants. However, the combination of having a big bloc vote and sufficient money will give us a higher level of political effectiveness.

   Note that the renowned Jewish political organization, AIPAC, spent $70 million per year, while 80-20 is struggling to raise $1 million/yr for 5 yrs. That amount will be easy to get, if just 1/200th of the 1,000,000 AsAm families with annual income of $100k/yr will be give $100/yr for 5 years. However, thus far only 474 proud families have donated.

   Hence, we set aside two years to do that job. You might have noticed that we are sending two, instead of one e-newsletter per week. So our volunteers are working even harder than before.

   Will the combination be enough? NO, not yet.

(3) Building a bloc vote that will SWING:

   We may have 5.5% of our nation's population, but we only have 3% of the voters, while many of us don't even bother to vote. So (1) and (2) is still not enough. We need to learn from the Jewish community again – a bloc vote that can SWING to either D or R, compelling our politicians NOT to take us for granted. Much educational work will be required to convince our folks of this pragmatic need.

   We don't have to do it often. Just letting politicians know that we have the will and ability to SWING is often enough.

   CONCLUSIONS: 80-20 works tirelessly to make YOU politically stronger. In addition, when immigrants from Asia win equal status with immigrants from the rest of the world, America becomes "a more perfect Union."

   Want to help yourself and donate to SELF? Click here PLEASE.

 
S. B. Woo, a volunteer since 1998,
President, 80-20 Asian American Educational Foundation, Inc.
 



Monday, December 09, 2013

Count Our Blessings

   Holidays are near. Let's count our blessings. Thanks to all of you, our Self Empowerment Long-term Fund, SELF, is ONLY $3,000/yr for 5 years short of the $200,000/yr for 5 years mark! To verify, click here .

   When that mark is reached, we will have raised $1 million for the 5 year period. What a blessing that will be to our entire community in our effort to make our MONEY TALK FOR US.

   Will YOU be the person to bring us that blessing? To donate, click here.


Gratefully yours,
 
S. B. Woo, a volunteer for the last 16 years
President, 80-20 National Asian Am Educational Foundation
              
     

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

'Tis the season of giving

                "For it is in giving that we receive."
                                             ― St. Francis of Assisi

   The above is PARTICULARLY true when you donate to 80-20’s Self Empowerment Long-term Fund, SELF ! To donate, click here.

   ‘Tis the season of giving. Friends, to entice you to give I just added $500/yr for 5 years to the $2,500/yr for 5 years donated earlier. As you may know, I also donate $5,000/yr to 80-20 PAC. In addition, I have been a full-time volunteer for 80-20 Initiative for the last 11 years (actually 16 years as an almost full-time volunteer) to help protect Asian American rights! Kindly please consider doing your share?

   ‘Tis the season of self empowerment! Remember the ABC/Jimmy Kimmel episode? Many of YOU wanted 80-20 to do more? Is it realistic, since 80-20 has only a budget of $100k/yr? In comparison, the Jewish political organization, AIPAC, has a budget of $86 million per year. Yes, we understand why you want us to do more! We can, and we will, but have you and your friends done your share?

   ‘Tis the season of giving AND self empowerment all at the same time! You have nothing to lose, everything to gain. If, within 2 years, 80-20 EF can’t raise the minimal EMPOWERING amount of $1 million/yr for 5 years, your donation will be REFUNDED in full.

   To donate, click here . Let us hear from you please. THANK YOU.

                "For it is in giving that we receive."
                                             ― St. Francis of Assisi
 

S. B. Woo, a volunteer since 1998,
President, 80-20 Asian American Educational Foundation, Inc.
 
PS:Please FORWARD to your friends.
 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Can you add a brick to this great AsAm building project?

   We can't just REACT, as we did in the Jimmy Kimmel episode. We must be PROACTIVE and build our community's clout.

   TODAY, a day before Thanksgiving, 3 educators urge you to help build our community up by adding your one brick.

                                   About the Authors

   One is an Indian Am. Ved Chaudhary is an educator and past Charter Trustee of Rutgers University, NJ. Two are Chinese Ams. Both are members of the US National Academy of Engineering, & the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Chenming Hu is also known as the father of 3-Dimensional transistors, being manufactured by Intel. Larry Ho is one of the few retired Harvard professors who had held two endowed chairs at the same time!



Please consider their words of wisdom and contribute your ONE brick.

   Subject: Can you add a brick to this great AsAm building project?

   Asian Americans' impact is already profound throughout this great nation, whether in academia, industry, entertainment, or politics. While we are grateful to our adopted country, we must remember that every weak 
minority is at risk of mistreatment. This has been made amply clear by history.

   The SELF (Self Empowerment Long term Fund) project builds community power and defense for rights of the Asian Americans. Many have already contributed generously to the cause. To see it, click here.

   To DONATE, as the 3 of us have done, click here .

   We call upon you to join us in this great community building project to allow members of our community to enjoy all the opportunities and protections that our nation offers.

   Together, we will make a difference for ourselves and our children.
 
Most sincerely,
 
Ved P. Chaudhary, Chenming Hu, and Larry Yu-Chi Ho
 
PS: Pls. FORWARD to your friends.
 
     

Monday, November 25, 2013

Alice S. Huang, former AAAS Pres. & Chair: Why I . . .

                              About the Author
Alice S. Huang
        Past AAAS Pres. & Chair; AAAS (Am. Assoc. for the Advancement of Science) is the world's largest non-government science org. which publishes the prestigious SCIENCE magazine; board member of The Rockefeller Foundation, Waksman Foundation for Microbiology, & Public Agenda; member of the Academia Sinica, Taiwan; retired professor from Harvard Medical School; retired Dean for Science at New York University; and a member of the Division of Biology at the California Institute of Technology.

                         

    SUBJECT: Why I support 80-20 & why you should, too

   I joined 80-20 because it is totally different from other Asian American organizations. It focuses on politics. Its Political Action Committee (PAC) aggressively channels our votes into effective strategies and its Educational Foundation (EF) is trying hard to educate each of us on the issues and drivers of the American political process. 80-20 EF also educates current government agencies and leaders in the United States on the problems that prevent Asian Americans from fully contributing our talents. We are particularly needed now as global competition increases.

   Only by becoming full participating members of this country will we guarantee a fulfilling future for ourselves, our children, and our adopted country.

   Please join me in helping to make 80-20 more effective by giving to the Self Empowerment Long-term Fund (SELF). To donate, click here.

   Only by working together, can we make a difference.

 
Alice S. Huang,
Advisor, 80-20 National Asian Am. PAC, Inc.
 
PS: Pls. FORWARD to your friends in science fields.
 
 
PS 2: Frank Wu, Chancellor & Dean, University of California Hastings College of the Law, published an article in Huffington Post. It mentioned 80-20 in connection with the JK episode. To read it, click here.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

White House Petition vs. Self Reliance

   Did the White House (WH) petition go over 100,000 signatures? Did the WH do anything? Did you have high hopes in the WH petition?

   What did we learn? Rely on others or ourselves?

   Did 80-20 urge you to sign the White House petition? NO!   Why didn't 80-20 support the WH petition?  80-20 didn't think the WH could do much,* because we knew:

 (1) The US Constitution prohibits our government from interfering with private industries unless a law has been violated, and
(2) In the US, media is NOT beholden to the WH. It is the other way around.

   S. B. repeatedly told his colleagues and supporters that he had hoped that the WH petition would reach the required limit of 100,000 signatures. He said, "Then, we may finally learn the importance of SELF RELIANCE."

   Now, let's review what OUR OWN efforts have brought:

  [A] In 2 hours, 80-20 induced ABC to delete the offensive video segment. In addition, after 2.5 days of quiet negotiation away from the public glare, ABC was induced to send a written "sincere apology," signed by ABC executives, to 80-20. It is for 80-20 to convey that "sincere apology" to all people of Chinese descent worldwide. ABC also offered to have Kimmel verbally apologize to 80-20 on the phone, which 80-20 declined.  Click here to verify.

  [B] After ABC sent the apology to 80-20, a segment of our community was not satisfied. In two weeks, they organized demonstrations in many cities. The demonstrators got repeated verbal apologies from J. Kimmel. Kimmel promised to stop the "kids table" segment and ABC issued a press release, not signed by anyone, that is a stronger apology than the one 80-20 had received.

   Conclusion:   RELY ON OURSELVES.

   WE MUST PULL OURSELVES UP BY OUR BOOTSTRAPS. WE MUST EMPOWER OURSELVES. GOD HELPS THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES.

   If you agree, donate to 80-20 EF's Self Empowerment Long-tern Fund,

                                              SELF!

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! If 80-20 fails to raise the minimal Empowering amount of $1 million/yr. for 5 years, your donation will be REFUNDED in full. If 80-20 succeeds, the benefits you & your offspring will receive will be many times the monetary value of your donation.

   SELF RELIANCE!!!  Click here to donate.


S. B. Woo, a volunteer
President, 80-20 National Asian Am Political Action Committee
http://www.80-20EF.org
 

*80-20 has organized 2 petitions to President Obama, both were regarding matters directly under President Obama's authority. The President is the most powerful person. But we must take care of some things ourselves! Donate.
 



Monday, November 18, 2013

LEARN from the blacks and/or Jews?

   Ask most Americans, "Would ABC have aired the offending segment on Kimmel's show, if the kid had said 'kill all Jews or blacks"? The answer: NO!

   So what may be their strengths?

   Blacks' strength is in their willingness to speak out, demonstrate and perhaps express their anger publicly. There are about 38 million blacks. They voted at least 9 to 1 for a Democratic presidential candidate for decades. So Dems are always with them.

   The Jewish strengths are NOT well-known to most Asian Ams, especially not to recent immigrants. Jewish Americans combined their clout in business, media, entertainment and politics to punish those who showed anti-Semitism. They prefer to achieve results QUIETLY, because they are often shockingly effective. They know that their effectiveness is, by now, well-known to politicians & nation's top decision makers! Boasting it to "average Joes" is neither called for nor wise. An example is what happened to Rick Sanchez of CNN.

   Rick, a CNN anchor, was asked during a radio show, whether Jon Stewart, a person Rick didn't like, was a minority owing to Jon's Jewish faith. Rick responded,

   "Yeah, very powerless people. [laughs] He's such a minority. I mean, you
know, please. What—are you kidding? I'm telling you that everybody who
runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other
networks are a lot like Stewart. And to imply that somehow they, the
people in this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority?"

   The next day, Rick was fired by CNN. Click here to see it for yourself. Now think about the Jimmy Kimmel episode. Ponder!

   Most of you have never heard of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Comm.) whose political influence is legendary. I'll not bore you here. However, you've seen on TV how Republican and Democratic presidential candidates competed to be the best friends of the Jewish and Israel.

   Which group should we emulate? Let's compare our group characteristics with those of Jews and blacks.


   We are almost there, if we want to emulate Jewish Ams. The biggest difference in Building-Blocks-of-Group-Clout is: donation habits.

   80-20 operates on a $100k annual budget while AIPAC's budget is $67 million. Money talks, especially in the hands of those who know how to use money legally to build up clout in politics, media and entertainment. Asian Ams already have a solid base in business.
  
If your family income is $100k/yr or up, please donate at least $100/yr for 5 years for our future. To donate, click here.

   In 28 days, 80-20 EF has raised about $1,000,000 over a 5 year period already. To read the names of some who have been extraordinarily generous, click here. Want to outdo them? That's the spirit! We compete with each other in everything, except in donation generosity to our own cause.

   DONATE NOW !    FORWARD please.

 
S. B. Woo, a volunteer
President, 80-20 National Asian Am Political Action Committee
http://www.80-20EF.org
 
   

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

80-20 Salutes Chinese Ams & Urges Building Relations

   80-20 salutes the Chinese American community for its persistent, effective and rational expression of concern to ABC regarding ABC's airing of the "kill all Chinese" segment on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Oct. 16. "Jimmy Kimmel Live" is NOT a live show.

   Someone at ABC committed the grievous mistake in judgment to allow that segment of the taped show to air at the expense of all people of Chinese descent and the good image of the USA.

   Last Friday, ABC issued a "press release" which clearly stated that it was at fault:

     "On behalf of everyone at Jimmy Kimmel Live and ABC, please accept
      our heartfelt, sincere apology for the airing of the "Kids Table"
      segment of Jimmy Kimmel Live on October 16, 2013.

      The simple fact is, the segment should never have been broad-
     cast.
Systems we have in place for these types of things did not function

      properly, and steps have been made to try and prevent this kind of
      egregious mistake from occurring in the future. . . . . " (emphasis added)

   80-20 finds the statement completely satisfactory. Please see the complete ABC press release at the end of this email.

   We now urge our community to use this occasion to strengthen our relationship with ABC. Let's now make lemonade out of lemons.

   However, we first want to salute those who led the demonstrations in various cities. Their contribution was huge, and on behalf of 80-20's Boards, I want to express our deep appreciation.

   80-20 played a different role. We first induced ABC to apologize verbally and in writing. Indeed, ABC's press release last Friday may be partially related to 80-20 President S. B. Woo's live interview on CCTV last Thursday. During the interview Woo urged ABC to issue another apology to the demonstrators, if it'd win their satisfaction, and began the process of building a harmonious relationship with ABC.

Click on
                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwz5hknJtSw

   ABC 's VP Tim McNeal, VP on Talent Development and Diversity, has repeatedly said to Woo that ABC wishes to have more of our actors, directors, producers and play writers. We believe this is the way to build deeper relations, especially when ABC assured "steps have been made to try and prevent this kind of egregious mistake from occurring in the future."   It's time to heal & build.

 

S. B. Woo, a volunteer
President, 80-20 National Asian Am Pol 2ae itical Action Committee
http://www.80-20initiative.net
Please visit http://admin.80-20nj.info/cgi/80/e?l=8/au/1/f&w=no to
donate to our SELF EMPOWERMENT LONG TERM FUND

               ABC's Most Recent Press Release

 

 

Monday, November 04, 2013

ABC/Kimmel; Abercrombie; Tripling US Judges; Stopping GOP Ad

      ABC/Kimmel; Abercrombie; Tripling US Judges; Stopping a GOP Election time TV Ad

   The first 3 are well-known events, the last is not, but perhaps more important. Success has a thousand fathers, we again sincerely thank all who have helped in each event. However, without exaggeration, 80-20 PAC has been the primary factor in bringing success to each episode.

                 ABC/Jimmy Kimmel: "Kill all Chinese"

   Not much description is needed for this recent event. 80-20 PAC was the first to get ABC to verbally apologize and only one* to get a written public apology from ABC's high-level executives. Other efforts & demonstrations brought verbal apologies from Jimmy Kimmel both on air and before demonstrators. We thank them.

   For those who speak Chinese, see a 4-minute CCTV report on the role of 80-20 in the ABC/Kimmel episode. Meet S.B. Woo please. :-) http://news.cntv.cn/2013/11/02/VIDE1383377040105787.shtml.

     4 T-shirts by Abercrombie-Fitch (A&F) Demeaning AsAms

   In Spring 2002, A&F put out a line of 4 T-shirts with derogatory portrayals of Asians. One T-shirt depicted an Asian with slanted eyes & a conical hat. Another T-shirt, with two Asian men at "Wong Brothers Laundry Service," carried the logo: ``Two Wongs Can Make It White.''

   Students called & emailed A&F to protest. They also demonstrated in front of A&F stores for weeks without satisfaction. Many asked 80-20 to help. On 4/18/02, 80-20 PAC president S. B. Woo called A&F Chairman and CEO Michael Jeffries. About 2 hours later, Mr. Seth Johnson, A&F CFO, called to inform Woo that the 4 T-shirt would be withdrawn that day. In addition, A&F would issue a press release to Associated Press announcing the decision later that day. For details, click here.

               Tripling AsAm Life-tenured Federal Judges

   In 2008, 80-20 PAC induced ALL** Democratic presidential candidates to promise giving top priority to increase Asian Am federal life-tenured judges, if elected. At the time, there were only 8 Asian Am District Court judges, and zero Circuit Court judges. Since taking office, President Obama has increased the number of AsAm District Court judges to 21. The number of Circuit Court judges, a higher rank, increased from 0 to 4. To see the increases of AsAm federal judges over the years, click here.

     Stopped GOP's "Daisy" TV Ad, which fanned "Yellow Peril"

   When it comes to a matter of extreme importance, 80-20 can be effective with the Republican Party also. They respect 80-20's fierce determination.

   In the 2000 election, a Republican TV ad showed a supposed nuclear bomb from China hitting the US. It outrageously fanned the fear & hatred of people of Chinese descent. 80-20 president S. B. Woo called the Chair of the Republican National Committee and demanded stoppage, although not a single Chinese Am. org. was willing to join 80-20 in this action. Nevertheless, the ad was withdrawn the next day. To find out what a "Daisy" TV ad is, click here .

   Together, we Can do it! Rely on ourselves. Here is how!

   Money talks and 80-20 has the political know-how. We need to give 80-20 sufficient financial help to make it even more effective. To donate now, click on: http://admin.80-20nj.info/cgi/80/e?l=8/au/1/f&w=no.

God helps those who help themselves. Donate now & forward the news and/or CCTV video.

 
S. B. Woo, a volunteer
President, 80-20 National Asian Am Educational Foundation
http://80-20EF.org

*ABC also sent a letter of apology to The Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles
** 80-20 also contacted ALL Republican presidential candidates & tried to induce them. But in 2008, none responded. Indeed, none had ever responded in any of the presidential elections. Be patient. They will respond enthusiastically in the near future! Time is with us.
 



Wednesday, October 30, 2013

J. Kimmel Apologized; AP Covers ABC’s Apology to Us

                 Jimmy Kimmel apologized on His Show

  On his own initiative, Jimmy Kimmel apologized on air during his own show on the night of Oct. 28th. He said, "I am sorry. I apologize." See it for yourself. Click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWGmSWZzcpA .

           Associated Press Reported ABC's Public Apology

   AP reported ABC's apology. It sent out an article entitled "ABC apologizes for joke on 'Kimmel' about killing Chinese people" which is fair enough. Tens of mainstream media published the story. To see all the   stories, click on https://www.google.com/#q=Ap+ABC+apology&start=10.

   However, at least 90% of the media changed the title to "ABC apologizes for child's joke on Kimmel's  show" (emphasis added by SB Woo). That change is unfortunate and misleading, because most Americans will find it silly to apologize for a child's joke.

   Some of us may think Jimmy Kimmel is a big deal – a star! However, within ABC corporation, the two executives who signed the public apology conveyed by 80-20 are many levels higher than Kimmel. Some of us may find the kids' statements offensive. Most Americans accept that "Kids say the darndest things."

   Most readers may NOT realize that "Jimmy Kimmel Live" was not live. It was taped, reviewed, perhaps edited and then aired. If the kids had said "kill all Jews or blacks", the offensive segment would NEVER have been shown. In other words, there was a grievous mistake in judgment committed by ABC's middle level management. It was on that ground that 80-20 convinced the high level ABC executives to tender "our sincere apology" to people of Chinese descent worldwide.

                   Is ABC's Apology Public or Private?

   ABC's letter of apology was on our website. That link was emailed to 350,000 AsAm families. The letter was also published in the front page of the World Journal. Now it is also an AP story, and published by tens of mainstream media. So how much more public can an apology be?

                         The Honor of Our Community

  The honor of the Chinese American community has been successfully defended, owing to the efforts of many. We congratulate one and all.

                         To Empower Ourselves

   Want to live in the dignity that Jewish Americans enjoy? Then donate your time & money like the Jewish Americans!" To donate to 80-20's Self Empowerment Long-term Fund, SELF, click here:      http://admin.80-20nj.info/cgi/80/e?l=8/au/1/f&w=no. God helps those who help themselves. Let's deal with the root cause of our community's weakness. Thank you. :-)
 

S. B. Woo, a volunteer
President, 80-20 National Asian Am Educational Foundation
http://80-20EF.org


Sunday, October 27, 2013

ABC Apologizes to People of Chinese Descent Through 80-20 PAC

ABC Apologizes to People of Chinese Descent Through 80-20 PAC
 
   After 2.5 days of hard negotiations, 80-20 obtained an apology from ABC for airing the "kill every Chinese" segment on "Jimmy Kimmel Live", which is actually not live. 80-20 took ABC executives to task for their grievous lack of judgment. On the other hand, we can shrug off those kids' statements, because "Kids say the darndest things."

   Two high-level ABC executives asked 80-20 to convey ABC's "sincere apology" to all persons of Chinese descent. On 10.23.2013, after S. B. Woo, President of 80-20 PAC contacted ABC, it immediately took down the offensive segment on Youtube. However, 80-20 didn't announce that progress, because intense negotiation was continuing.

   80-20 PAC is proud to have served the Chinese Am. component of the Asian Am. community by being the ONLY organization to have obtained a verbal & written apology from ABC.

   This incident is a teachable moment for our community -- the importance of an Asian Am organization that has the stature & ability to serve the rightful interests of our community. It illustrates the importance of SELF RELIANCE. Please DONATE to 80-20 EF's SELF project. Click on http://admin.80-20nj.info/cgi/80/e?l=8/au/1/f&w=no. EF has already raised $635,000. Visit the Acknowledgement Page here.

   For more details, see the press release sent yesterday, shown below.
 
S. B. Woo, a volunteer
President, 80-20 National Asian Am Educational Foundation
http://80-20EF.org

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PRESS RELEASE: ABC Apologizes to People of Chinese Descent Through 80-20 PAC

   80-20 PAC, which is by far the largest Asian American political action committee with an email list of 350,000 e-addresses, announced today that ABC's top executives gave verbal and written apologies for permitting an offensive segment on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to air. It requested S.B. Woo, President of 80-20 National Asian American Political Action Committee, to be a conduit to convey "our sincere apology" to the "Chinese community, Asian Community, anyone of Chinese descent or any community at large."

   ABC also apologized for letting the offensive segment on Youtube. ABC stressed that upon being contacted by 80-20 PAC, it has since "taken swift action" to remove it and promised to "edi it out of any future airing of the show."

   The written apology was signed by ABC's Executive Vice President, Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night, Lisa Berger, and Vice President, Talent Development and Diversity, Tim McNeal.

   Mr. McNeal also verbally requested S.B. Woo to convey ABC's eagerness to have Asian American writers, actors and producers apply for jobs with ABC. It is one way to avoid such an unfortunate incident in  the future -- through diversity in its organization. McNeal said, "ABC takes achieving diversity very seriously."  Interested parties may reach his office at Tim.McNeal@ABC.com.

   Mr. McNeal has also offered to ask the producer of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to "personally apologize." Woo preferred a written apology from the top executives, which was sent subsequently.

   S.B. Woo said, "Many worked to achieve this success. 80-20 is very much aware that many different individuals and organizations in the Chinese, Asian and other communities have made great efforts asking ABC to apologize. They organized a petition at the White House, and planned demonstrations in NY & SF. The Chinese media, in particular, did an outstanding job in calling our community's attention to this unfortunate incident. It is their victory."

   Woo also said, "Personally I don't consider it as an 80-20 victory at all. Instead, it is a sad teachable moment for our community. I humbly hope that this incident has shown our community the importance of SELF RELIANCE. 80-20 started communicating with ABC on Oct. 23. We together got the result before the White House did. :-)

   Woo said, "Had we been like the Jewish American community, the outcome of this incident would have been even more satisfactory. The 3 largest social and civil rights Jewish American organizations have a combined annual expenditure of $168 million. In comparison, 80-20 PAC has an annual expenditure of $100k. The population of Jewish Americans is 6 million. The Asian Am population is 16 million. So the per person expenditure by the big 3 Jewish orgs is $28. The per person expenditure of 80-20 PAC is $0.007.   The expenditure ratio is 4000 to 1! That is why 80-20 Educational Foundation is trying to establish a Self Empowerment Long-term Fund, SELF, of $10 million/year for 5 years. Go visit http://admin.80-20nj.info/cgi/80/e?l=8/au/1/f&w=no ."

   Woo stressed, "Turn your anger into action. Donate at least $100/year for 5 years to 80-20's SELF project, if your family income is $100k/year. There are 250,000 such Chinese American families. How many such families have sacrificed a little to help establish our group political clout? It's not too late to start today! We can't be outspent 4000 to 1 and expect the same quality in results. To live with the dignity of Jewish Americans, we need to DONATE like Jewish Americans!"

   To see a copy of ABC's letter of apology, go to: http://www.80-20initiative.net/pdf/abc-kimmel-apology.pdf .

     

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

80-20 effectiveness -- judge confirmed 97-0

   80-20's effectiveness may astound you. Read the following.

   80-20 has LONG advocated an Asian Am. Supreme Court Justice. We are pleased to inform you that this campaign, started in 2006*, has gone exceedingly well, thanks to all of you and Pres. Obama.

   The number of AsAm District Court judges has increase​d​ from 6 in 2006 to 17. The number of AsAm Appeals Court Justices has gone from 0 to 3, including the recent addition of Sri Srinivasan. Will there be an Asian Am. Supreme Court Justice soon?

   Sri Srinivasan, an Indian Am, was confirmed by the Senate in a 97-0 vote to become the Appeals Court judge in the D.C. District, which is a circuit court whose importance is second only to the Supreme Court. That is because it normally rules on many national issues which are NOT challenged to the SC. Sri is often mentioned as a possible Supreme Court candidate when the next vacancy opens.

   When Sri's nomination was blocked by the Republicans, 80-20 invited 4 presidents of the largest Indian Am National orgs. to together write a letter to Sen. Judiciary Comm. Chair Leahy and copied to Sen. Coons of Delaware who was the floor leader for Sri's confirmation. It has a sentence: "If indeed a nominee of Mr. Srinivasan's judicial reputation & temperament is still faced with a filibuster, we urge you and the senate majority leader to advance the 'nuclear option'." To see the letter, click on http://www.80-20initiative.net/pdf/letter-to-leahy-sri-srinivasan.pdf 

The "nuclear option" refers to changing the Senate rule to stop a filibuster on Judicial nominees.

   Please see how NYT reported the 97-0 vote on Sri and the rage of GOP Senate leader McConnell in the same article:   "Mr. McConnell directed most of his anger at Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, accusing him of trying to jam the nomination through and force a rule change that would limit the minority party's ability to block nominations."

   Read it for yourself to appreciate the effectiveness of 80-20 strategy, click on http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/24/us/politics/senate-confirmation-srinivasan- pritzker.html?hp

   80-20's expectation was that Sen. Leahy would use the letter from us plus other similar ones to induce Sen. McConnell to yield and not filibuster. It has apparently worked. :-) 80-20 does so many things that are so important to the long-term best interests of Asian Ams.


Respectfully yours,
S. B. Woo, a volunteer who will irreversibly RETIRE on 12/31/2016 

President, 80-20 National Asian Am PAC, Inc. 

http://www.80-20Initiative.net 

 
* http://www.80-20initiative.net/news/preselect2008_record_b.asp 

 
       80-20 Gratefully Acknowledges the Generous Donation of
1) Woo's Foundation, Newark, DE:                        $9,910.00 (to EF)
2) Significance Foundation, suggested by Edward and Patricia Chen:
       $2,000.00 (to EF)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Petition short of 100,000 & being SINGLED out

(A) Petition short of 100,000 & taken offline for now

   S. B. Woo apologized to 80-20's Boards that the petition for the Supreme Court to repudiate its Korematsu decision has not gone as expected. He admitted having misjudged the readiness of Asian Ams to support this EXTREMELY SIGNIFICANT campaign which would have greatly empowered the Asian Am community.

   He said, "If 100,000 people had supported that petition, Asian Ams will be much less likely to be singled out by our government for surveillance, detention and arrest during bad times. But things as they are, 80-20 has stopped its drive for additional signatures for now."

   Please READ ON to understand what S.B. Woo is talking about.

(B) Singled Out?

   3 cases against Chinese nationals and Chinese Americans have occurred in the last 2 months nationally.
 
3 N.Y.U. Scientists Accepted Bribes From China, U.S. Says http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/21/nyregion/us-says-3-nyu-scientists-took-bribes-to-reveal-work-to-china.html?_r=0 

Chinese scientist arrested for attempted research theft http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2013/04/chinese-researcher-scientist-alleged-theft-patented-cancer-drug-molecule 

Chinese Scientist Arrested Fleeing US With Space Secrets http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/3888-chinese-scientist-arrested-fleeing-us-with-space-secrets/

   In Delaware, where SB lives, in the last 5 years, 4 Chinese American employees or former employees of the Dupont company have been accused in 3 different cases for commercial "spying" and are under varying stages of investigation, trial and retribution.

   Remember the Wen Ho Lee case? Lee was accused of stealing the crown-jewels of our nuclear weapons system for China. He was in solitary confinement for 9 months. At the end? He was convicted of 1 of the 59 original indictments and the presiding judge issued a length apology to Lee. Lee received $1.6 million from the government and 5 news organizations as a settlement. Former Los Alamos Counterintelligence Chief Robert Vrooman stated that Lee was racially profiled, along with several other
Asian-Americans. Click on http://www.fas.org/irp/ops/ci/vrooman.html .

(A) & (B) are intimately related, because "singling out" is illegal. The reason that the government and/or corporations practiced it is/was because we are/were politically weak. We must get ourselves politically organized. The Koremastu Decision is the worst case of singling us out by ethnicity.

(C) Important Reminders

   Asian Americans owe PRIMARY allegiance to the USA. Those who are disloyal to America and/or to their employers for personal gains betray the entire Asian Am community, placing our future and our struggle for equality in jeopardy. We should help to stop such betrayals.

   At the same time, we must empower ourselves politically to protect ourselves. US history was and is full of examples of discrimination against people who have originated from Asia.

   Being politically apathetic is a BAD idea in this land of the free and home of the brave. 80-20 is only as strong as you are!


Respectfully yours,

S. B. Woo, a volunteer who will irreversibly RETIRE on 12/31/2016 

President, 80-20 National Asian Am PAC, Inc. 

http://www.80-20Initiative.net

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                             Participate in a survey?

   A group of universities (Stanford University, Cornell University, and Vanderbilt University) is conducting a survey aimed at better understanding the views of Asian Americans. Your answers will remain completely anonymous.

   You must be 18 years of age or older to participate. To take the survey, please click on the following
link: https://stanford.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_71cAW8iNauosKqN

   80-20 is sponsoring this at the request of Dr. Alexander G. Kuo, Cornell University, Dr. Neil Malhotra, Stanford University, and Dr. Cecilia H. Mo, Vanderbilt University.

Monday, May 13, 2013

CALL TO ACTION


                 Will We Be Singled Out During War Time?

   Japanese Americans were SINGLED OUT for concentration camps during WWII, but not the German- and/or Italian- Americans. So might Asian Americans be SINGLED OUT during war time?

   Some claim that Chinese American scientists & engineers have ALREADY BEEN SINGLED OUT and closely scrutinized in their workplaces. 80-20 is monitoring the situation. South Asian Americans were mistakenly SINGLED OUT after 9/11 by some of our compatriots. However, the best way TO AVOID BEING SINGLED OUT is by signing the petition below. It asks our Supreme Court to REPUDIATE the wartime decision that SINGLED OUT Japanese Americans.

   Click on http://admin.80-20nj.info/cgi/dm/8/13p/f and SIGN THE PETITION seen below!

                     PETITION TO THE SUPREME COURT

           We, the undersigned, and our children want to sleep without fear that we can be placed under surveillance, arrest or detention OWING TO RACE, ETHNIC OR RELIGIOUS REASONS during wartime exigencies, which the Korematsu decision represents.

           We, therefore, respectfully request the Supreme Court of the United States to REPUDIATE the Korematsu Decision, commonly viewed by legal scholars as the worst Supreme Court decision, which is still a "good law" i.e. current and still applicable.

           We support the call for "repudiation" by Peter Irons, which has been submitted to each of the nine Justices and endorsed by many legal scholars.

           Two of the three branches of our government, the Legislative and Executive, have already apologized for the Japanese internment act. However, the pinnacle of the Judiciary branch, the Supreme Court, has left that decision on the book.

           Please REPUDIATE the Korematsu decision.

        Respectfully,
        Names of petitioners


   Remember the 50,000+ "race-neutral college admissions" survey that 80-20 sponsored? Didn't we deliver more than what you hoped for? This is a MORE consequential request. We need at least 100,000 signers to have an impact. If we get 1 million, it may not even matter if the Supreme Court acts. A huge amount of publicity will follow. We will have sent an unmistakable signal to the political establishment. Your dream for security will be reality!

   Get your entire family to SIGN IT NOW & Forward this to your friends!
 
Click on http://admin.80-20nj.info/cgi/dm/8/13p/f


Respectfully yours,
 
S. B. Woo,
on behalf of BOTH Boards of the 80-20 Initiative, i.e. PAC & EF


Visit our Facebook page and "SHARE" this petition with your friends/family and ask them to sign it too.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Could We Be Interned?

   The Supreme Court decision to intern Japanese-Ams is still a "good law" that Asian Ams must face squarely. Here is what George Will, a noted national columnist, has to say in Washington Post 5 days ago.

   " . . . 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry, two-thirds of them born here, were sent to camps in desolate Western locations. Supposedly, this was a precaution against espionage and sabotage. Actually, it rested entirely on the racial animus* of Gen. John DeWitt, head of the Western Defense Command."

   " . . .The Korematsu decision reflected PERENNIAL DANGER: panic and excessive deference, judicial and other, to presidents or others who might suspend constitutional protection in the time of WARTIME EXIGENCIES. " (all emphasis added)
 
http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-04-24/opinions/38788637_1_korematsu-concentration-camps-western-defense-command

   Scary!

   What if, God forbid, a hot conflict occurs between the US and a foreign country the next year? Can some Asian ethnic groups STILL be interned?

   Fred Korematsu's conviction was overturned by the 9th Circuit Court in 1983. However, the case was not heard in the Supreme Court which made the internment decision. Hence, THE INTERNMENT IS CLEARLY STILL A "GOOD LAW" IN THE SUPREME COURT.

That "good law" says that it is constitutional that a whole ethnic group of people, whether citizens or not, may be singled out without individual trials, so long as there is a wartime exigency.

   A legal historian, Peter Irons, at the Univ. of CA, San Diego is campaigning for a Supreme Court "repudiation" of the Korematsu decision. Repudiation will mean that the "good law" is voided. To read Irons' essay, click on http://www.80-20initiative.net/news/case-for-repudiation.asp.  This essay, endorsed by many constitutional law professors, has been submitted to each of the nine Supreme Court justices.

   Shall 80-20 organize to support Prof. Peter Irons?

   To be successful, it'll have to be a PAN-Asian-Am. movement of unprecedented scale. 80-20 will throw in all its resources, and all of you will have to do your share. When victorious, we and our children will sleep soundly without fear of being singled out owing to a race, ethnic or religious reason for surveillance, arrest, or detention caused by an international conflicts beyond our control.

   Reply to this e-newsletter with "YES", if you want 80-20 to act. If 80-20 gets 100 YESES within a day from ALL components** of the AsAm community, 80-20 shall work its tail off for you.

   Please forward this e-newsletter. Act to better our destiny!


Respectfully yours,
S. B. Woo, a volunteer who will irreversibly RETIRE on 12/31/2016
President, 80-20 National Asian Am PAC, Inc.
http://www.80-20Initiative.net


*"It makes no difference whether the Japanese is theoretically a citizen. There's no such thing as a loyal Japanese. A Jap is a Jap." General John L. DeWitt
  
**We'll either win our equal citizenship TOGETHER or remain second-class citizens SEPARATELY.
 
 
80-20 Gratefully Acknowledges Generous Donations from:
Mitchell & Priscila Lou, Jenkinstown, PA (to EF)         $5,000.00
Marisa Chuang Ming, Berkeley, CA (pledged)            $5,000.00
Wai-Yim Ching, Kansa Cit, MO                     $1,000.00
Christine & Paul Tung, Ranch Alos Verdes, CA          $1,000.00 (To EF)
 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

An Asian Am. Supreme Court Justice?

                  Internment & The Supreme Court

   Why were Japanese Ams interned in WWII but not German and Italian Ams? It was because no Supreme Court Justice spoke up for Japanese Ams when the Supreme Court made that grievously mistaken decision.

                 Could Asian Ams Be Interned in the Future?

   80-20 took proactive measures since 6 years ago. We planned and executed a successful project to build up an Asian Am federal judiciary, aiming to have a Supreme Court Justice who is an Asian American. See explanations below.

   Thanks to President Obama, 80-20 has succeeded in almost tripling the number of Asian Am. life-tenured federal judges. We also succeeded in raising the number of Asian Am Appeals Court judges from zero to 2 which we hope will soon increase to 4!

   80-20 now embarks upon its GREATEST judicial mission -- getting an Asian Am onto the Supreme Court Justice.
      
                Why Is an Asian Am Supreme Court Justice Important?

      We'll have a spokesperson in the Supreme Court whose fate is tied in with us. If we are to be interned, then that Asian American Supreme Court Justice will be interned too!

                           Is Having Such a Justice likely?

   YES! But we'll have to get Sri Srinivasan confirmed as an Appeals Court judge by the Senate first, without a Republican filibuster!

   "The stakes in this nomination are clear: if Srinivasan passes this test and wins confirmation, he'll be on the Supreme Court before President Obama's term ends."    -- New Yorker.
 
Sri Srinivasan is "a potential frontrunner for the next Supreme Court opening"    -- Huffington Post.

    80-20 & the 4 Largest Nat'l Indian Am Orgs. Jointly Lobby for Sri 80-20 President, S. B. Woo, and the 4 presidents of Indian-Am orgs. have jointly sent a letter supporting the confirmation of Sri to Sen. Leahy, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Comm. The 4 Indian Am. presidents are

Sohan Joshi, President, National Federation of Indian Am. Assoc. (NFIA)
Ghanshyam Pandey, Association of Indians America (AIA)
Ashook Ramsaran, President, Global Organization of People of Indian Origin   International (GOPIO International)
Sampat Shivangi, President, Indian Am. Forum for Political Education (IAFPE)

             80-20 looks out effectively for your BIG interests, like no others.


Respectfully,

S. B. Woo, a volunteer who will irreversibly RETIRE on 12/31/2016
President, 80-20 National Asian Am. PAC, Inc.
http://www.80-20Initiative.net



PS: 80-20 PAC Gratefully Acknowledges Bountiful Donations:

Charles Zhang, Portage, MI         $5,000.00
Kathleen To, Bumet, TX             $5,000.00
S. B. Woo, Newark, DE              $5,000.00
Weihe Guan, Winchester, MA          $1,000.00 (To 80-20 EF)
Chern-Lin Chen, San Jose, CA          $800.00
Shanon Tang, Ware, MA          $500.00
Huei & Hueichen Peng, Ann Arbor, MI          $500.00
Chenming Hu, Oakland, CA             $500.00
Alice S. Huang, Pasadena, CA             $500.00
Ting Su & Kin-Lun Wong, Belmont, CA          $500.00
Yuehting Lee, Sylvania, OH             $500.00
Ved Chaudhary, Morganville, NJ          $500.00
Yin-Long Qing, Ann Arbor, MI          $500.00
Tina Liu Jen, Parsippany, NJ          $500.00
Jing-Li Yu, Long Island, NY          $500.00
Haibo Huang, San Diego, CA          $500.00
  

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

My First Quarterly Heart-to-Heart Talk with YOU

Dear Life Members who are 80-20's Life Blood:

   May we have a heart-to heart talk? I'll be frank and truthful.

   Can you imagine our community WITHOUT 80-20 Initiative???

   WITHOUT 80-20, would Obama STILL have doubled the number of Asian Am life-tenured federal judges AND raised the no. of AsAm Appeals Court judges from 0 to 3?

   WITHOUT 80-20, would the US Labor Dept. STILL have promised in writing to enforce affirmative action laws for us in workplaces, which an Asian Am former Labor Sec., Elaine Chou, refused to do for you?

   WITHOUT 80-20, would the quota on Asian Am students by colleges STILL have been challenged by 80-20 in the Supreme Court, while many AsAm "civil rights" orgs actually filled on the other side?

   REMEMBER, none of the AsAm past and present elected officials have said a word, much less take actions, about these big issues! Indeed, the bigger the issues, the quieter our "civil rights" orgs and elected officials become!!!

   That was WHY 80-20 WAS ESTABLISHED. That was why I gave 14 years of my life to DEMONSTRATE that Asian Ams can fight for ourselves.

   But now 80-20 is dying. Why?

Reason 1: When 80-20 has demonstrated that it is politically effective, 99.99999% of the 15 million Asian Ams didn't pour out their support to make it a powerful and permanent weapon in our possession. 80-20 still operated on a shoe-string.

Reason 2: I'll soon be 76. The lack of a proper community response deters others from willing to take my (thankless) job. Our community fails to understand or care about its own BIG interests.

   That is why 80-20 is dying.

   As a result, I am forced to speak frankly to SIGNIFICANT PERSON(s) like you to ask for help. Unless people like you are willing to take a LARGER burden to help, 80-20 will die.

   Could a good organization emerge later? Maybe, but what is its odds?

   80-20 needs to be infused with millions of dollars for it to live and serve you, your children and the children of your children effectively.

   I admit my grievous faults. I failed to find a good leader to take over. What if we both keep on trying till 2016?

   We'll do our best. The three IEC elected members, Charles Zhang, Kathleen To & I have each donated $5,000 to PAC this month. Will YOU also try to raise some REAL money for us? WHY? The only way 80-20 can be kept alive is a well-paid staff and Executive Director. That's how the Jewish community does!

   In the short-term, 80-20 still shines. The pending Supreme Court decision in June will likely favor us. But the long-term picture is still dark.

   When significant people like you step forth to help, odds change. We at 80-20 have sacrificed for many years, YOU NEED TO HELP NOW.  NOBLESSE OBLIGE! I'd love to hear from you please. :-)


Looking to your great help,

S. B. Woo, a volunteer who will irreversibly retire on 12/31/2016
President, 80-20 National Asian Am PAC, Inc.
  

Friday, April 12, 2013

EXTRA! GOP Woos Asian Americans

   I received an email from Lee Wong, 80-20 SW-Ohio Chapter President, with only 6 words: "See who is wooing who now!"

   See the USA Today article below:

   Why is the Republican party wooing us now? Because we have something they want that is worthy -- OUR BLOC VOTE.

   See below, for how 80-20 CREATED the Asian Am bloc vote!


   If we had voted 50-50, no one would care about us. Who in our community led the bloc vote? 80-20! 80-20 empowers our community while others just talk.

   Can you IMAGINE our community without 80-20? What are you willing to do to help 80-20 live and prosper?

Respectfully,
S. B. Woo, a volunteer who will irreversibly RETIRE on 12/31/2016
President, 80-20 National Asian Am. PAC, Inc.
http://www.80-20Initiative.net

Monday, February 11, 2013

What 80-20 PAC'll do in the NEXT 4 YEARS

   About 50% of PAC's members voted in the last election -- a superb voting % for a civil rights organization with 2000+ members. The results are:
Kathleen To: 773 (=75.93 % of those having voted);
S. B. Woo: 933 (=91.65 %);
Jing-li Yu: 487 (=47.84 %);
Charles Zhang: 600 (=58.94 %);

   Kathleen To, S. B. Woo, & Charles Zhang will lead the Interim Executive Committee (IEC). They'll try hard to serve you in the next 4 years.

   IEC's key goals for the next 4 years will include:
(1) To induce the Republican Party to compete with the Dem. Party to serve the rightful interests of Asian Ams in order to win our bloc vote. Both R & D feverishly court Jewish Americans. Why not Asian Ams., we have twice as many votes? Timing seems right, the Republican Party is seriously re-examining its strategy.
(2) Be the courageous voice of Asian Ams. to advance our rightful interests.
      They include: (a) breaking the glass ceiling against us in workplaces,
      (b) eliminating the higher college admission bars against our children,
      (c) enlarging even more the number of Asian Am. federal judgeships, and
      (d) leading a fight against any wrongs done against us in a major way. IEC will ignore the little issues, e.g. the little insults uttered by radio jockeys, to focus on the big issues. The clock is ticking. PAC may die after 2016.
(3) To raise millions for a needed "REWARD SYSTEM" for a professional & larger staff. We can't count on decades of extreme sacrifice from a few individuals to serve the community. Ask yourself and your friends, "Can you and I help our community a bit more?"

     We've read about Asian Ams giving tens of millions to philanthropic causes in America. Have you ever heard an Asian Am giving even $5 million to help his/her own community to become equal citizens of the USA? Is that a shame on all of us?
   Please note that you may not hear from us as often. But we'll be working. When we need your help, we'll holler. When we get something done, we'll inform you. :-) :-)

Respectfully yours,
Kathleen To, S. B. Woo and Charles Zhang, Member of IEC, all volunteers
80-20 National Asian Am. Political Action Committee
http://www.80-20Initiative.net
  

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

"Do or Die" for 80-20 PAC

   Do you want a courageous organization like 80-20 PAC to protect your children if not yourself?

   If you missed the announcement regarding 80-20's retrenchment and its possible demise after 2016, please click on http://80-20initiative.blogspot.com/2013/01/80-20-retrenching-likely-will-die-after.html so that you'll be informed.


   In the mean time, there will be an election by the 2,000+ dues-paying members to elect 3 80-20 PAC leaders among 4 candidates this coming Friday (25th). They are:


     1. Kathleen To
     2. S. B. Woo
     3. Jing-Li Yu
     4. Charles Zhang
   

   The 3 elected will lead 80-20 PAC for the next four years, assisted by a group of advisors.

   They are fool hardy enough to think that they can get a lot done for you and the Asian Am. community in the next 4 years. They will focus on high politics, instead of the daily maintenance of a national organization which normally consumes 90% of the leadership's time.


   Do your share to help them succeed in not only serving you but possibly keep 80-20 PAC alive AFTER 2016. 80-20 needs a few million dollars to set up a proper reward system for the next generation leaders and staff. PASS the word, if you want to keep 80-20 PAC to protect your rights AFTER 2016.



Sincerely,

S. B. Woo
Founding President for both 80-20 Educational Foundation & 80-20 PAC.
80-20 EF will operate as usual.


PS: When the going gets tough, the tough gets going!

         We gratefully acknowledge the generous donation of

Chia-Ling Chien Baltimore, MD:      $500.00

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

80-20 Retrenching. Likely will die after 2016

   80-20 PAC is retrenching. Likely it'll die after 2016. This email explains why & how.

   Currently, PAC leaders are not paid. Some had to average 50 to 60 work hours per week, donate an average of $8,000 per year, sacrifice personal career ambitions and sometimes even their friendships with political VIPs in order to serve our community's best interests. Like many good causes, the fervor & willingness to sacrifice of the first generation leaders may not be shared by later leaders.

   Future PAC leaders are extremely hard to find. There is neither adequate financial resource for the systematic training and nurturing of future leaders nor the adequate financial REWARD for qualified future leaders

   In addition, PAC's first generation leaders are aging. Many in their 70's.

   The above 3 factors have forced PAC into RETRENCHMENT. 80-20's Board has resolved, by a 13-1-1 vote, to adopt the following INTERIM PLAN till 2016.

    (1) Most activities that used to take up 90% of the leadership's time, e.g. membership and chapter recruitment, and sending of frequent e-newsletters, will cease;
    (2) The aging first generation leaders will focus on national, high-level political activities only. There will be a 3-person Interim Executive Committee, to be elected by the membership. The younger Board Members will focus on local & state level politics through their respective chapters; and
    (3) PAC will be back in full force a few months before the 2016 presidential election. Indeed, if our community is being severely trampled upon, PAC will spring back instantly.

   PAC has served the Asian Am. community GREATLY. Let's recall 3.
(a) It fought Candidate Obama with skill and induced him to double the number of Asian Am. life-tenured Federal judges in his first 4 years, and
(b) It fought for equal opportunity for our children to enter elite colleges, against the entire university community and did well in the eyes of the national media and perhaps the Supreme Court.
(c) It now leads a SIGNIFICANT bloc vote that votes 73%. It empowers YOU!

   Please compare the above against the total sum of contributions from all the Asian Am elected and appointed officials. Search your heart and decide which entity has served you more. When PAC dies, who will fight for you on these BIG issues?

   Only 8,000 Asian Ams have ever financially helped 80-20 PAC in its 14 years of existence. If that number increases to 80,000 or if a few million dollars falls into 80-20's lap to enable a proper REWARD SYSTEM for future leaders and staff, 80-20 could prosper and continue to serve you.

   Millions of dollars are donated by wealthy Asian Ams to our top universities each year. That is nice. But these universities don't particularly help protect our community's rights as 80-20 does. Sometimes they even act as a group to deny equal opportunity to our children. When will Asian Ams decide to help ourselves?

   The decision is in YOUR hands. Talk to the wealthy people you know, if you think 80-20 is worth saving. A powerful Asian Am. political organization is NECESSARY and will serve us for generations to come. Forward this email please -- 80-20 PAC will likely die after 2017.

   I deeply regret that my colleagues and I cannot serve you more fully. I am 75 and have worked for PAC as a volunteer for the last 14 years. Coming back to the frontline duties of the PAC, but focusing on the high level political activities ONLY, is the best I can do. Please forgive me.

Most sincerely yours,

S. B. Woo
Founding President for both 80-20 National Asian Am PAC and EF
  
PS: 80-20 EF will NOT retrench. http://www.80-20EF.org
 

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