When compared with other Americans in same positions, Asian
American have only 17% of the chance to be appointed a federal
judge; 55% or less of the chance to be promoted to the management
level in industries, universities and the federal government.
How must we fight to become equal citizens in America?
(A) Change our reward system regarding politicians
Do NOT reward politicians for their ethnicity. AsAm politicians
don't necessarily care more for AsAms. Some have exploited us
Do NOT reward politicians for their big titles. What good is a big
title, if the politician is not doing anything for you?
Do NOT give money or vote for politicians because they are likely to
win. What good is an elected official if he/she doesn't share your
concerns or only verbally share your concerns but never do DEEDS
Do NOT help politicians to get personal advantage. Place your
offspring's ability to enjoy equal opportunity first.
Reward politicians who share our community's concerns
and do DEEDS for us. Apply such a REWARD system for a few
years, soon ALL politicians, regardless of their party affiliation &/or
ethnicity, will perform DEEDS for our rightful concerns.
(B) Have the guts to fight our own battles. That is, establish
OUR OWN GROUP political clout!
Don't expect the others to fight for us. The others are not that dumb.
GROUP political clout means unity. Unity is power. Power is
required in politics.
The leaders of our OWN GROUP political clout are responsible to us.
If they don't serve our interest, they can be easily voted out since all
voters are AsAms. Can we do that with our congressman, senators,
and the president? Not likely.
Politics needs leverage. Applying the right leverage is not easy. As
individuals we cannot win equal citizenship. As a GROUP, voting and
giving money as a bloc, and with the right leaders we can. We need
our own political leaders with power and skill but who are responsible
to us. That is why we need our own GROUP political clout.
Don't tolerate second class citizenship. Our kids will know, whether
they say it or not, if we are persons of courage who have done our
share to win equal opportunity and justice for them. Use your own
method to fight for our GROUP interest if you have a better way. If
not, join 80-20. We need NEW members. Using a credit card, visit
http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership.html (easy to use) or
PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:
Jing-Li Yu Director of Projects
P.O. Box 527340 Flushing, NY 11352-7340 .
Write down your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the
check. Life membership is $1,000; Family (2 voters) is $50; Basic
Membership is $35; Student membership is $15.
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### SALUTE to California Assemblymen Ted Lieu ###
California Assemblyman Ted Lieu, working with AsAm orgs and
individuals, got CBS to apologize regarding talk show host Adam
Carolla's racist comments. Ted wrote a thoughtful letter to CBS
Radio CEO & got his colleagues in the Legislature to sign it showing
bi-partisan support including all nine of the Asian Pacific
Islander Caucus members. Within 15 days, CBS Radio's CEO
apologized & replied to Ted and copied it to all members of the
Caucus. That was an effective exercise in politics. 80-20 salutes