Thursday, December 20, 2012

Inviting YOU to speak out at NY Times on admission

   NY Times invited S. B. Woo and 5 others to speak out on "top colleges limiting the number of Asian admissions." The site is called "Room for Debate." Click on http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate
   YOU are invited to comment on S.B.'s or all other's views. Let the world hear you on this critical issue! The following is S. B.'s submittal.
      Subject: What Price for Limiting Asian Enrollment?
   From the get-go I want to state that (1) there is irrefutable evidence that top colleges are limiting the number of Asian admissions, and (2) what's at stake is not a few more admissions for Asians, but the much larger interest of America.
   First, look at the following 3 facts.
(a) Princeton sociologist Thomas Espenshade reported in his 2009 book: "To receive equal consideration by elite colleges, Asian Americans must outperform Whites by 140 points, Hispanics by 280 points, Blacks by 450 points in SAT (Total 1600),"
(b) Asian Americans are not just good test takers. For example, in 2006, they were 27% of Presidential Scholars, who were chosen based on scholarship, service, leadership, and creativity, and
(c) See a powerful chart published by Ron Unz in The American Conservative. http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-myth-of-american-meritocracy/

   The % of Asian students in California Institute of Technology, which uses a "race-neutral" admission policy, roughly follows a time-dependent population of Asians of college ages. Those of Ivies stay fixed at 17% + 2%. It clearly shows that these colleges set a quota for % of Asian students.
   The above 3 facts point to top colleges' "merits-be-damned" attempt to limit the number of Asian students. They did that once before -- against Jewish students about a century ago.
   Now, let's see what is at stake? They include
i) America's core value of equal opportunity is trampled upon. America and Asian American students suffer.
ii) The 14th amendment on equal protection is trampled upon. Again, America and Asian American students suffer.
iii) The meritocracy of the American culture is compromised.
iv) The credibility of elite colleges suffers. The administrators of these colleges may be steadfast in their righteous posturing. But as the truth emerges, fewer people are with them; more are shaking their heads and chuckling at their facade.
   The meritocracy of the American culture is compromised. America's future is too important to allow this type of admission practice to continue hurting all of us. It's time for the game to stop.
Please go DIRECTLY to NY Times' website to express your view.

Now is the time to speak out!!!
http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/12/19/fears-of-an-asian-quota-in-the-ivy-league

Please spread the word on Facebook, twitter, etc.

Sincerely yours,
S. B. Woo, a volunteer,
President. 80-20 National Asian Am. Educational Foundation,Inc.
http://www.80-20EF.org
  
Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii passed away. 80-20 salutes him for his contributions to America.

Friday, November 30, 2012

MUST READ, if you made weekly donations to Obama's campaign

   If you do NOT make weekly donations to Obama's campaign, ignore the rest.
   For people who have done so, most might assume that the commitment would automatically cease AFTER the election. Unfortunately, it does NOT.
   To stop it, please
1. type "donate.barackobama.com/refund" in the web browser line, WITHOUT http: or www,
2. then hit the return, and a website will show up that says "Manage your Monthly or Weekly donation",
3. follow the instruction there, and done!
   80-20 gratefully thank you AGAIN for making such a commitment in support of 80-20's endorsement of Pres. Obama. You made us proud.
 
Respectfully,
Collective Leadership, 80-20 Nat'l Asian Am PAC

Monday, November 26, 2012

NY Times Verifies 80-20's Bloc Votes

1) YOUR Great Bloc Vote -- what an achievement!
   Look at the table below, and you'll know that we have more GROUP political clout today, thanks to you and 80-20's drive for a bigger and bigger bloc vote. ALL data come from the NY Times.

   An astounding change of (47+24) = 71 points in favor of Dems, owing to the Republican Party's stubborn refusal to share Asian Ams' rightful concerns.
2) A SWING Bloc Vote is Needed, Because Our Size Is Small!
   Will it be better if both political parties earnestly COMPETE to share our rightful concerns? Of course. Then it is obvious that we must be prepared to SWING to vote for a Republican candidate if he/she is more committed to make us equals.
   Our number is SMALL. The % of Asians, Hispanics and blacks in America's electorate is 3%, 10% and 13% respectively. To compensate for our small size, we must have the ability to SWING. See numerical examples of how Asian Ams. could have helped Romney win the electoral college vote of FL and VA. Go to item 3) shown in http://80-20initiative.blogspot.com/2012/11/great-news-from-last-election.html .
   In reality, our bargaining power TRIPLES.
   80-20 has been taught lessons by the Democrat Party & Asian Am officials, be they D or R. Regretfully, they often care for their interests only, instead of justice and/or equal opportunity. A SWING bloc vote is the only reliable protection for us. Elected Asian Am officials are by nature partisan first, their own constituents second, the interests of the Asian Am. community is at best a third to them. Some even betray our interests to protect their own political interests.
3) 80-20 Is Truly Non-Partisan
   Once 80-20 has endorsed a political candidate, it is extremely partisan. IT HAS TO BE! But prior to its endorsement, 80-20 is truly non-partisan and is for you and you only. We give our time, money, career ambitions and sometimes even the sacrifice of personal relationship with former political colleagues to serve YOUR INTERESTS ONLY.
   Help us back OR YOU MAY LOSE US. Some of the first generation leaders in 80-20 are getting on in age, thought they have invaluable experience.
   FORWARD this email to your Asian Am friends and get them to SUBSCRIBE to our email list. Truth and political maturity will make us EQUAL citizens.

Respectfully yours,

Collective Leaders, 80-20 Nat'l Asian Am Political Action Committee
http://www.80-20initiative.net .
 
PS We gratefully acknowledge $1,000 from George Ow, Jr Santa Cruz, CA who joined as a Life Member.

Monday, November 12, 2012

More Election-Related Great News

[A] A BIGGER bloc vote than Hispanics continued:

   LA Times also reported:

"Much has been made of the Latino vote and its crucial role in boosting President Obama to victory, but it was Asian Americans who made the most dramatic shift in support for the president Tuesday." Go http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-asian-americans-obama-election-20121108,0,2086805.story . Earlier, 80-0 reported to you similar coverage from CNN, all major channels, NPR/PBS, Politico and Bloomberg News.

   Why is a BIGGER bloc vote by Asian Ams such a big deal?

   Answer: "People in the know" know that once a minority acquires the political maturity to deliver a BIG bloc vote, it is on its way to become an equal partner in USA. Both Democrats & Republicans will compete to address our rightful concerns, provided that there is adequate political leadership within the Asian Am. community!

   WHO BUT 80-20 PREACHED AN ASIAN AM. BLOC VOTE! No other individuals and/or organizations did.

   Join 80-20. Go to http://www.80-20Initiative.net . You owe it to yourself and your children. Your membership is good for 365 days.

[B] FEEDBACK from our ASTUTE readers on BLOC VOTE:

(1) "Awesome!!!!!!!! Keep up the good work. The Asian-Am community has needed an organization like yours for a long, long time (I'm 50 years old). "         Edwin Hom, Senior Litigation Counsel, NJ

(2) "Good job. We should enhance our block-vote power further via education. I would pledge $1000.00 to the education division of 80-20 for educational effort to raise the goal of "80-20" to "90-10". I think we Asian-Am Can."               Phil Choong

(S.B's reply: "Phil, Watch out for the next 80-20 EF e-newsletter. It'll show the huge POWER of a 90-10 bloc vote as compared with that of an 80-20.)

(3) "I would like to make a comment about the Asian bloc - we have just started to realize our potential. David Brooks, NYTimes columnist, and Jeffery Brown on PBS all brought up statistics that included the Asian vote. "                Karen B Chang

(4) "Hello SB, that's a great argument. You're right."         Kam Leung

(5) "Just saw this piece of news. Unite we shall overcome! http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-08/asian-voters-send-a-message-to-republicans.html Titled:" "Asian Voters Send a Message to Republicans."               Hong Tang

(6) "WE WON! - I'm not just cheering for President Obama, I'm also cheering for the show of power o 57f5 f AsAms: We won by showing our collective political power that no one can ignore any more! . . . Now let's use this earned power to press for our equal rights - in university campuses, in corporate offices, in federal court offices, in local governments, in military bases, ... and more!"            Yue

(7)"That is a great news. Glad that Asians finally care about politics. Congratulations to your hard work."              Mary Kuo

(8) "Congratulations on your good work. In case you have not seen this in the LA Times today."              Frederic and Julia Wan

(9)"The best analysis ever ... Nobel Prize in (Political) Economics. " K.P. Chen        (K.P. Chen is talking about PAC's last e-newsletter showing how our bloc vote could have delivered VA and FL to Romney)

   Space limits 80-20 from using all comments on bloc vote. Sorry!

   To join 80-20, go to http://www.80-20Initiative.net . You owe it to yourself and your children. Your membership is good for 365 days.

Respectfully,

80-20 National Asian Am. PAC's Collective Leadership
http://www.80-20initiative.net

 

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Great News from the Last Election

(1) A Bigger bloc vote than Hispanics for Obama!
                               Politico       NY Times
Asian Ams               74.2               73
Hispanics                69.3               71
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83461.html
http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/results/president/exit-polls
   Politico: "And the president saw higher backing among Asian voters, who sided with him by a 49-point margin, 74 percent to 25 percent. The margin was 27 points in 2008."
   In the same vein, see TODAY's Bloomberg article entitled "Asian Voters Send a Message to Republicans."
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-08/asian-voters-send-a-message-to-republicans.html
(2) We delivered what we focused on!
   80-20 focused on OH, VA and FL. We helped deliver all 3 to Obama!
(3) Could we have made Romney President2 days ago? ALMOST!
   Had Romney promised to help make us equal citizens, we might have at least delivered VA and FL to him, assuming Asian Ams are politically mature enough to deliver a swing bloc vote since we want to be equal Citizens NOW!

   Note that the "impact" is twice that of "AsAm MOD," because AsAms have already voted to support Obama. Hence, if we decide to vote for Romney, then we first subtract the "AsAm MOD" from Obama's vote and then add the same to Romney's vote.
   We couldn't change the outcome for Ohio and Nevada. But if our registered voters in those 2 states will increase by another 40% by 2016, WE CAN CHANGE THE OUTCOME OF ALL FOUR STATES, if we endorse the other guy and thereby making the other guy the winner.
   Power is a currency that Asian Ams MUST have in order to win equal opportunity for the 17 million of us. Don't be na├»ve. Neither the D Party nor the R Party loves us. They work with us for their own interests.
(4) Important Announcement
   80-20's Executive Comm. unanimously voted to postpone 80-20's Board election for next year. Two reasons. First, insufficient preparation for the Board election, because 80-20 was focused on delivering a big bloc vote for Pres. Obama. Secondly, 80-20 is undergoing internal discussion for possible organizational changes.
Respectfully yours,
80-20 National Asian Am. PAC, Collective Leadership
http://www.80-20initiative.net

Friday, November 02, 2012

Help Obama Win for Our Own Sake!

If you have friends and relatives in OH, VA & FL, forward this e-newsletter to them.

He who wins OH, wins the presidency. But having VA and FL will help ensure it.

An UNDERSTANDING achieved yesterday with the Obama 
campaign, prompted leaders of 80-20 PAC to each donate another $1,000 to Obama. In  addition, we, including S. B. Woo who has retired to PAC's second line, will be working to our bones to help Obama win.

Why? For 2 reasons:
(1) So that our community will get to enjoy the FRUITS of this UNDERSTANDING, and
(2) All new immigrants to America need to use the political process to become equals. The Irish, Polish, Italians and Jewish Americans did that. We are no different.

80-20 endorsed Pres. Obama earlier. Now, we are going all out to help him win.

FORWARD this e-newsletter to your friends in OH, VA & FL. You need to proudly do your share in helping your children become equals.

Respectfully yours,
Leadership of 80-20 PAC
(Ved Chaudhary, Alice S. Huang, Chenming Hu, Haibo Huang, Yueh-ting
               Lee, Yin-Long Qui, Kathleen To and S. B. Woo)
http://www.80-20initiative.net

Friday, October 26, 2012

Will You Squeak the Wheel?

Dear Fellow Asian Americans and Friends,

Silence is NOT golden in American politics
In life as in anything else, you don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate. Democracy is a tool and not an end to itself. Equal rights and opportunities are earned through activism, and seldom bestowed upon you due to someone else's enlightenment. For an ethnic minority like AsAms, casting a unified bloc vote is the only way we can collectively flex our political muscle for impact.

Negotiation is give and take
In the national as well as local elections, we negotiate candidate's commitment to AsAms in exchange for our votes. National campaigns aside, our energized chapters also address local issues. For example, NAAPAC-Michigan Chapter sent a questionnaire to 26 candidates for the board of regents/trustees/governors of U. of Michigan, Michigan State U., and Wayne State U. requesting Yes/No answers on AsAm representation in academic leadership positions, before the 1800 AsAm faculty members will cast their ballots on Nov. 6. So far, 9 have answered with resounding Yeses. These candidates will get the AsAm votes and will be held responsible for their commitment once elected. Do you think they feel the heat?

Do we have the wisdom to learn from African Americans? 
Click this Black Folks Must Vote document to see how African Americans earned their equal rights and why they are mobilizing to vote for their collective interests. Learn from all the peoples who struggled before us, the Poles, the Italians, the Scots, the Jews, the blacks and the Hispanics, who exercised their civic rights to become equal citizens of this great nation. You have the drive and smarts to make a living and to provide for your families. Now see the bigger picture!

Will you stand in unity for our collective interest? 
Will you show up at the voting booths on Nov 6 and help cast a decisive bloc vote for Obama?

Have you done your part in our "$5.82 donation" campaign? Isn't your future worth $5.82?


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80-20 Collective Leadership:
Ved Chaudhary, Ph.D., Coordinator, Collective Leadership of NAAPAC
Chenming Hu, Chair of the Election Monitoring Comm.
Alice S. Huang, Chair of the Awards Committee
Haibo Huang, Ph.D, VP of Communication Technology
Yueh-ting Lee, VP on chapter Development
Yin-Long Qiu, PhD, Advisor to Exec Comm., Chair of Comm. on Outreach to Students
Kathleen To, Treasurer
Jing-Li Yu, JD, Chair of the Nomination Comm.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Infallible Romney?

Dear Fellow Asian Americans and Friends,
The tight race is golden opportunity to exert our influence.

Will you do your part to support our "$5.82 donation" campaign for a bloc vote? Need thousands more donation hits to demonstrate we are serious about getting our voices heard!

Romney claimed, as President, he will never apologize for America

Anyone makes mistakes, having the courage to right wrongs is a virtue, not a weakness.

Consider this:

1) The Congress has apologized for the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1896, and the Japanese Internment Program of the World War II, which were egregious wrongs that one should learn from and never to repeat.

2) Article 1 of the Florida Constitution still features an "Alien Land Law" that prohibits AsAms from owning land in Florida. This 1926 law targeted Asian immigrants to prevent them from buying farm land, and using their agricultural skills and labor to compete with American farmers. Can you believe it is now 2012? Florida had earned a dubious distinction to being the only State in the US where this racist law is still enshrined in the current Constitution (despite not being enforced). The new 80-20 NAAPAC-Florida Chapter is committed to purging this ignominious law from Florida's books.

History will repeat itself if we do not learn the lessons.

Stereotyped as "perpetual foreigners", any international incident has the potential to ratchet up xenophobic sentiment that hurts all AsAms. When this happens, politicians will once again compete to be the toughest to "protect American interest and values". Do we want a President who is humble enough to learn from history or do you want one who is "infallible"?


Watch this video of George Takei, a survivor of the Japanese Internment Camp, as to why this election is so important:

"I know how far we've come. I've lived it.

When I was 5 years old, my family was forced from our home and into a "relocation center" -- where we lived for four years behind barbed-wire fences during World War II. We were American citizens, imprisoned for no other reason than what we looked like.

Through shared sacrifice, we've made remarkable achievements in the last 70 years -- advances that we should all be proud of. That's why this came as a real shock to me: Less than half of us are even registered to vote. I know we can do better."

Vote! It is your patriotic duty!

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80-20 Collective Leadership:
Ved Chaudhary, Ph.D., Coordinator, Collective Leadership of NAAPAC
Chenming Hu, Chair of the Election Monitoring Comm.
Alice S. Huang, Chair of the Awards Committee
Haibo Huang, Ph.D, VP of Communication Technology
Yueh-ting Lee, VP on chapter Development
Yin-Long Qiu, PhD, Advisor to Exec Comm., Chair of Comm. on Outreach to Students
Kathleen To, Treasurer
Jing-Li Yu, JD, Chair of the Nomination Comm.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

What’s going on in Florida?

Dear Fellow Asian Americans and Friends,
The tight race is a golden opportunity to showcase AsAm political power by decisively tipping the election outcome with an AsAm bloc vote.

Remember G.W. Bush become President by a margin of 572 votes in Florida! Will you do your part in our "$5.82 donation" campaign for a bloc vote? Need thousands more donation hits to demonstrate we are serious about getting our voices heard!

Romney cannot win without Florida

Romney's campaign rebuffed our repeated attempts to reach out to him.

DON'T reward Romney's arrogance with your votes!

80-20 has ramped up efforts to defeat him in the critical Battle Ground States (Florida, Ohio and Michigan). Here is how we're doing it in Florida:

80-20 Florida chapter established!

We welcome and congratulate the leaders in Florida for organizing the 80-20 NAAPAC-FL Chapter. The chapter was formed in September and immediately kicked into action to influence the election by:

  • Organizing volunteers for canvases and phone banks for the Obama Campaign 
  • Giving presentations to various AsAm groups through TV, radio, social media, and group discussions
  • Encouraging 80-20 NAAPAC volunteers to support local elections / candidates 
  • Participating in the 8th Annual Experience Asia Festival in Tallahassee
We urge all AsAms in Florida to become members of the Florida Chapter.
Freedom is not Free. Please take action Today…

See why it's a momentous undertaking and Join the Florida Chapter

Huge AsAm event launched in Tallahassee!

80-20 NAAPAC-FL members were among the key organizers of the 8th Annual Experience Asia Festival in Tallahassee, a huge event held on Oct. 6 with over 15,000 attendees. Members from Jacksonville and Miami came to Tallahassee to introduce 80-20 to the general public in the capital city of Florida and received warm and positive responses. They provided information about 80-20, its goals and objectives, and its current position and the bloc vote strategy regarding the upcoming election. Thousands of flyers were given to the AsAm audience encouraging them to vote and vote in bloc!

Their next big events are:
  • The Early VOTE Picnic "GOTV Picnic" organized by UDiON Foundation and ICNEF on November 3rd in Jacksonville, FL and 
  • The annual "IRCC Diwali Festival of Lights Festival" in Fort Lauderdale on November 10th. 

Media blitz initiated!

More Life Members Joined!

We are greatly honored to have 3 new 80-20 life members:
Albert Chen & Su Xu of Florida, Miranda Cheung of California

We also thank these generous donors:
James Cheung of California, $5000
Emmy Ng of California, $5000
Miranda Cheung of California, $5000
Jiang Jiang of Michigan, $405

Is your future worth $5.82?

People in the battleground states are working hard to shape a better future for AsAms.

Have you done your part in our "$5.82 donation" campaign?

Feel the momentum? It is because of YOU!


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80-20 Collective Leadership:
Ved Chaudhary, Ph.D., Coordinator, Collective Leadership of NAAPAC
Chenming Hu, Chair of the Election Monitoring Comm.
Alice S. Huang, Chair of the Awards Committee
Haibo Huang, Ph.D, VP of Communication Technology
Yueh-ting Lee, VP on chapter Development
Yin-Long Qiu, PhD, Advisor to Exec Comm., Chair of Comm. on Outreach to Students
Kathleen To, Treasurer
Jing-Li Yu, JD, Chair of the Nomination Comm.

Friday, October 05, 2012

How can a mere $5.82 make a HUGE difference in your future??

Dear Fellow Asian Americans and Friends,
NEVER in our history have SO MUCH depended on SO LITTLE.

Show the unity and power of the AsAm bloc vote by donating $5.82.

If you care about yourselves, your family and the wellbeing of our nation—as I believe you must—then I beg you to take two minutes to read to the end of this letter.

Where does a cart go when pulled by two horses in opposite directions? You get the point. As a minority group, we had long been deemed irrelevant and inconsequential—until the 2008 Presidential election when AsAms UNITED to deliver a decisive bloc vote for Obama—in return for his written promises to rectify long-neglected civil rights grievances that AsAms suffered.

What LANDMARK progress has NAAPAC (80-20 Initiative) won for you through Obama?

  1. For the first time since 1964, the US Dept. of Labor finally in 2009 began enforcing The Equal Rights Act (EO11246, signed by President Johnson), on behalf of 17.5 million AsAms. This is the law that helped propel millions of Blacks, Hispanics and women into the upper ranks of management at universities, in private industry and in federal government. An egregious 45 years of workplace inequality was FINALLY ending.
  2. More than doubling of the number of AsAm federal judges from 6 to 17; major increases in the number of AsAm presidents and provosts at American universities; in numerous top administration positions; and the creation of Senior Executive Service (SES) Development Program for AsAms under the leadership of Chris Lu, Obama's cabinet secretary
Why we CANNOT afford to lose traction or momentum due to split voting

With iron-willed-unity, Jewish Americans gained incredible political power to reward as well as punish politicians who dare to act at odds with the Jewish community's common interests. For each and every presidential election cycle, 80-20 NAAPAC reached out to both the Republican and Democratic candidates. The Republicans have again deliberately ignored us, leaving us with NO choice but to REWARD the candidate who has delivered on the promises and PUNISH the one arrogant enough to believe they can kick us aside without consequence

A united bloc vote for Obama is the ONLY way for us to protect and ensure continued progress in the next four years. Bloc voting is the ONLY way AsAm will continue to gain progress and political clout so our grievances can continue to be addressed as we gain our full rights as equal citizens.

THE golden hour is near. Seize the chance to ACT NOW. . .OR risk irreparable setback and loss.

A donation in the unique amount of $5.82 (not $5, not $20, not $50 which is not noticeable), once or every week till election day by you and your family members and friends, sends a special message to the Obama administration that AsAm are united and gearing up for a repeat bloc vote. Don't look to others to do this for you—that's the kind of apathetic attitude that got us deep in the political hole in the past. NEVER AGAIN! If we want to be taken seriously, we have to take serious action. NOW.

DO IT FOR YOURSELF. FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. And for a better America

When all AsAms can become all that they are capable of being and contribute fully to building a better and stronger America, everyone benefits. Our nation will be transfused with a full measure of the industrious perseverance, technological ingenuity, and job creating entrepreneurship that AsAm are famous for.

DONATE $5.82 NOW COMMIT TO OUR BLOC VOTING INITIATIVE in support of Obama


It is the NECESSARY thing to do, the right thing to do. And it is the PATRIOTIC thing to do.

This is the clarion call to all AsAm to join our Civil rights Movement. For all of us, there is no greater imperative. There is no greater calling to service beyond self. Thank you.


Ed

Dr. Edward Lin
Director
National Asian American PAC (NAAPAC)
http://www.linkedin.com/in/EdwardLin001USA



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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Register to Vote, Deadlines Imminent!

Dear Fellow Asian Americans and Friends,
Voter registration deadline is FAST approaching
Some critical battle ground states have early deadlines: Oct 9th for Florida, Ohio, Michigan, and Oct 15th for Virginia. Check your voter registration deadline here.

Register TODAY then vote in November

If you are US citizens NOT yet registered to vote, here is the EASIEST way to register: https://ssl.capwiz.com/congressorg/nvra/
A Step-by-step guide is attached to the end.

Disillusioned?
Your vote doesn't matter? Think Florida 2000, where President Bush was elected by a mere 537 "hanging chad" votes. At that time, Florida had 300,000 AsAms. A 0.1% swing in the AsAm votes could have elected a different president. Would there still be the 1 trillion $$$ Iraq war with 4487 US soldiers killed and 32,223 seriously wounded?

Motivated?
You can help shaping an AsAm bloc vote by participating in our "$5.82 donation" campaign, which is designed to challenge the characteristic apathy among AsAms that earned us the well-deserved treatment of being ignored.

Historically, polls indicate the vote/donation ratio is ~20:1 among the general population. When few AsAms donate, the politicians from BOTH parties will conclude it is safe to ignore AsAms once again.  Will you allow this to happen? Is your future worth $5.82?

"YOU must be the change you wish to see in the world"
— Mahatma Gandhi


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Respectfully,
80-20 Collective Leadership

Step-by-Step Voter Registration Guide
Are you registered to vote? Two types of citizens need to register: (1) those who've never registered, and (2) having registered but have moved to a new address. Please fulfill your obligation as a citizen and an Asian American.

Here is the EASIEST way to register to vote!

On page 1, go to the map and click on your state. That leads you to page 2.

On page 2, fill out the form: check each square box on top and fill in required info next to blanks with a red *. Then click on the "Preview My Voter Registration" to go to page 3.

On page 3, you proofread the informat 743 ion, then click "Get My Application" or download at the bottom of the page.

Upon receiving your application, your state will mail you a voter registration card. YOU NEED TO FILL THAT OUT AND MAIL IT IN. Only then are you truly registered. Note that registering to vote is ALWAYS A TWO-STEP PROCESS, whether you register via a website or travel to a registration place.

When the "Voter Registration Card" comes, you may want to choose to vote Absentee. That is you can VOTE BY MAIL instead of going to a polling place. Most states allow "vote by mail." About 20 days before Nov. 2, you will receive a ballot on which you may check whom to vote. Put the ballot in an envelope, sign on the back side of the envelope, mail it and you will have voted. You will have fulfilled your sacred duty to YOUR CHILDREN, and as an EDUCATED person and a citizen.

SAVE this e-mail & forward it to your relatives & friends. Thank you.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Are AsAms Selfish to Put Their Civil Rights Interests First?



Dear Fellow Asian Americans
 and Friends,

Click to Donate $5.82 Today to show our unity in bloc voting!
Each click by you and your friends bring us closer to the 10,000-donor show-of-strength. Won’t you help make AsAms a force in this election by breaking that vicious cycle of political apathy?  We don’t lack in population size but lack participation and discipline.  Many smart individuals can add to collective irrelevancy if the voting ratio is a 50/50 split.  When politicians see that, they ignore us.
Are we selfish to put our civil rights interests first 

This is a concern voiced by some as they approach this crucial election year, and is unfounded and without basis because it incorrectly assumes a zero-sum society in which if AsAms do better, other ethnic groups would proportionately suffer.

If Susan B. Anthony did not single-mindedly champion women’s rights . . . if Martin Luther King did not resolutely toil for civil rights for Blacks . . .  where would this nation be?  Consequently, ALL Americans benefit and stand on the shoulder s of these giants who made this nation better for all, ONE issue at a time.  It is time for AsAms to unite and do the same.   

AsAms have long endured an ignominious history of suffering and discrimination (from the Chinese Exclusionary Act to the Japanese Internment, from denial of service benefits to Filipino veterans after WWII, to over four decades of grievously delayed enforcement of Equal Opportunity (EO 11246), etc..  As a result, AsAms have been denied the same equal opportunity that the majority of Americans enjoy, to become all that they are capable of being and to contribute fully to building a better and stronger America.  This is not only injustice, it is detrimental to our nation.  It hurts not just AsAms, it deprives this nation of a full measure of the industrious perseverance, technological ingenuity, and job-creating entrepreneurship that AsAm are famous for.  

Lastly, we cannot forget the senseless prejudice-induced deaths of Vincent ChinDenny Chen and Harry Lew.  In our Quest for Equality and Justice, their tragic deaths must not be in vain.  Therefore, to passionately champion AsAm civil rights is a patriotic duty that we ALL must bear and carry out with determination.

If WE do not put AsAm civil rights issues front, center and foremost in our political goals, then WHO will???

Even setting aside the compelling patriotic duty, there remains our moral duty to future generations of AsAms.  As a minority group FAR FAR smaller than women in the 19th Century or the Blacks in the 1960’s, we have even less political clout based on numbers.  The ONLY way we can free our children and grandchildren for this grievous history of injustice and inequality is to use our bloc vote to actively support those politicians willing to rectify these issues, and to defeat those who (through action or inaction) choose to continue that inequality.
After thoughtful review, a bipartisan panel of elected Republican, Democratic and Independent delegates of NAAPAC decided to endorse President Obama for another term in recognition of the landmark civil rights progress for AsAm he has delivered as promised.

NAAPAC is calling on all it supporters as well as their friends and families to show the Obama campaign the unity and strength of the AsAm bloc support by donating the unique amount of $5.82/person/week.  If you are able, please donate $80.20/week through everyone in your household in the remaining weeks until election time.
  
It is the NECESSARY thing to do, the right thing to do.  And it is the PATRIOTIC thing to do. 

The best way we can join hands to serve our community, and fulfill our moral obligation and civic duty to help build a better nation, is to champion an end to discrimination so that ALL people can have an equal opportunity to attain the American Dream.  At the end of this Civil Rights Rainbow, is a better, more abundant America for all. 

It’s time to do your part for the AsAm Civil rights Movement. For all of us, there is no greater imperative. There is no greater calling to service beyond self.  Thank you.

Ed

Dr. Edward Lin
Director
National Asian American PAC (NAAPAC)
http://www.linkedin.com/in/EdwardLin001USA

Or send your check to: 80-20 PAC, 13337 South St. #189,  Cerritos,  CA 90703.
Family membership is $50 (two), individual $35, student $15.

Friday, September 14, 2012

CALL FOR ACTION: Ten Thousand $5.82 Donations for a Bloc Vote

Dear Fellow Asian Americans and Friends,
Do you have the audacity to hope that one day AsAms will gain equal opportunity through a bloc vote?

When we set up a goal of gathering 50,000 signatures to challenge the higher college barrier on AsAms, many thought of it as a fantasy. WE DID IT. Now the plight of AsAm students is FRONT and CENTER in the Supreme Court case "Fisher v. UT Austin", mentioned 22 times in the main "Fisher" brief, with the oral argument commencing in October 2012.


We now issue a new challenge of making 10,000 small donations, $5.82 each, directly to the Obama Campaign, a uniquely identifiable amount to show our resolve to deliver a bloc vote (with an 80/20 ratio) to win equal rights

Mobilize your family and friends to make single, monthly or weekly donations of $5.82. Let a sea of $5.82 send BOTH political parties a wakening call.

Donate $5.82 TODAY using https://contribute.barackobama.com/
Or mail check to: Obama for America, P.O. Box 802798, Chicago, IL 60680

If you have donated and support bloc voting, please enter info to help us track progress.

80-20 board members and EC delegates have donated generously, so did hundreds of people who replied to our last e-mail. One of them wrote to his friends:

"You may not be a fan of 80-20 or SB Woo;
You may not be a Democrat;
You may not vote for Obama in November (I wish you would!)
– by sending in your $5.82 now, you are making Asian Americans visible as a block to the politicians; this unique amount will be highly visible.
Thank you!
Ignatius C. Wang"

What a doer! Are you one? Don't like the status quo? What have you done?

"The Pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails." -John Maxwell


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80-20 Collective Leadership:
Ved Chaudhary, Ph.D., Coordinator, Collective Le 2de adership of NAAPAC
Chenming Hu, Chair of the Election Monitoring Comm.
Alice S. Huang, Chair of the Awards Committee
Haibo Huang, Ph.D, VP of Communication Technology
Yueh-ting Lee, VP on chapter Development
Yin-Long Qiu, PhD, Advisor to Exec Comm., Chair of Comm. on Outreach to Students
Kathleen To, Treasurer
Jing-Li Yu, JD, Chair of the Nomination Comm.


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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

CALL FOR ACTION: Donate $5.82 to Obama

Dear Fellow Asian Americans and Friends,
Following the 80-20 endorsement (the basis for which is explained in our press release), we urge you to please Donate $5.82 TODAY directly to the Obama Campaign.

$5-$6 is a token amount that virtually all of us should be able to afford. $5.82 is an amount that stands out in the sea of $5 and $10 donations and signifies our resolve to deliver a bloc vote in the coming election to get our rightful concerns heard. The goal of swinging 80% of the AsAm votes to one candidate is the namesake of 80-20's mission. In this billion dollar election cycle, the actual dollar amount has little significance. However, a flood of uniquely identifiable $5.82 donations is a clear indication of AsAms resolve to deliver a bloc vote as a vehicle to win equal rights. It will speak loudly to BOTH candidates/parties. Please kindly let us know once you have made a donation to Obama, simply reply "I did it" and let us know how much you donated so we track the progress.


Is 80-20 all talk and no action?

80-20NAAPAC passed a resolution to immediately donate $25K from our own fund, the maximum allowed under the federal election law ($10K to the Obama Campaign and $15K to the DNC). 80-20 is not a rich organization, but we put our wallet where our mouth is in our fight to win equality for all AsAms.

In addition, all of our board members led by personal examples: Immediately after donating $5.82 for each of their family members, many also additionally and generously donated to the Obama campaign, including:


Alice Huang, $1000
Yin-Long Qiu, $1000 and monthly donations of $80.20 (until the election)
Kathleen To, $1000
SB Woo, $2500
Jing-Li Yu, $1000
Chenming Hu, three weekly donations of $80.20 each until election, totaling $2486.20
Munsup Seoh, $5.82 and $80.20, weekly until the election
Ved Chaudhary, weekly donations
Clyde Diao, weekly donations
Ed Lin, weekly donations


80-20 is laying down ground battle plans for the highly contested states such as Florida, Ohio and Michigan. These Battle Ground States (BGSs) will decide the fate of this election.


Did you reflect on the meaning of Labor Day over the past weekend?
What is the recognized value of AsAm labor in our service to our nation? Sadly and shockingly, in spite of the highest level of education and professional dedication, AsAm have less than 50% chance to rise to upper management. 80-20 has achieved landmark progress by negotiating a written promise from Obama to implement the long overdue enforcement of EO 11246 for AsAms. However, much work remains and it takes each and every one of us working together to keep up the political pressure. We all have a civic and moral duty to future generations to help make America a better nation. Let's start by making AsAms equal citizens.

Are you doing your share?

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Respectfully,

80-20 Collective Leadership:
Ved Chaudhary, Coordinator of Collective Leadership and Secretary
Chenming Hu, Chair of the Election Monitoring Comm.
Alice Huang, Chair of the Awards Committee
Haibo Huang, VP of Communication Technology
Yueh-ting Lee, VP on chapter Development
Yin-Long Qiu, Advisor to the Executive Comm., Chair of the Ad Hoc Comm. on Outreach to Students
Kathleen To, Treasurer
Jing-Li Yu, Chair of the Nomination Comm.


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Friday, August 31, 2012

80-20 Convention Endorses Obama


80-20 Convention Endorses Obama

Dear Fellow Asian Americans and Friends,

Vote for Obama in 2012 Election!
80-20 National Asian American Political Action Committee (NAAPAC) held its Endorsement Convention on August 26, 2012 at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport.  Thirty three delegates comprising of 11 Republicans, 11 Independents, and 11 Democrats were elected by the 80-20 membership.  Although Republicans comprise only about 15% of the Asian American voters, 80-20 allocated a full 1/3 of the delegate seats to them.  As usual, this was one of the many extraordinary efforts made by 80-20 to reach out to the Republican candidate, but received no response from the Romney campaign.  Following a secret ballot by the Convention delegates, 80-20 NAAPAC announced that it endorses Obama with an overwhelming majority of delegate votes. Henceforth, delegates agreed to unanimously support the Obama campaign.

Why?
Obama has won our support through action.
 
During his first term President Obama began to include APA in the enforcement of Exec. Order 11246 so that Asian Americans can finally have an equal opportunity to rise in workplaces according to their skill and merit. This is the first time in the history of the United States that any President has acted to enforce EO 11246 for Asian Americans. During the Bush Era, Labor Secretary Elaine Chao refused to enforce EO 11246 in spite of repeated appeals by 80-20 and other Asian Americans organizations.

President Obama has also appointed many preeminent Asian American jurists to the federal courts, more than doubling the number of Asian American federal judges from 8 in 2008 to 17 today, including two on the Appeals court.

Deliver a bloc vote to prove Asian American votes can make a winning difference in this election.  Or be a pile of sand and be ignored.

Our weekly newsletters will guide you step by step how to help Obama AND our community win. If you want to make a difference in this election, be on the lookout for our newsletters and take action as directed.

Join 80-20 Today.  Go to  http://www.80-20initiative.net/membership/join.asp
Or send your check to: 80-20 PAC, 13337 South St. #189Cerritos,  CA 90703.
Family membership is $50 (two), individual $35, student $15.

Respectfully,
Ved Chaudhary, Ph.D., Coordinator, 80-20 Collective Leadership
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Thursday, July 26, 2012

I Have a Dream…


Dear Fellow Asian Americans and Friends,

The current “race conscious” college admissions policy is Anti-affirmative action, as shown in this poignant cartoon.


It requires AsAm students to vastly outperform the whites for equal opportunity.  It took a “two wrongs make it a right” approach to surreptitiously pass the burden of correcting “historical injustice” (that the whites committed against the minorities) onto the silent AsAm community. It is a “white man’s burden” carried by AsAm students.

80-20 stands firmly for equality, the most fundamental American value. 

All people must be judged by individual merits. In college admissions, individual merits should be broadly defined to include academic qualification necessary for successful college learning, and personal character strengths such as perseverance, good work ethic, leadership skills, and individual initiative to overcome adverse conditions. The last point would help the true needy but worthy students, rather than wealthy students who happen to have the right skin colors, as the current race-conscious policy tends to deliver.

Race and ethnicity are immutable group characteristics that an individual cannot change, therefore cannot possibly be a personal merit no matter how broadly defined.  The current race-conscious policy creates resentment and stigmatizes the so-called beneficiaries.  It breeds cynicism and invites abuse (“Elizabeth Warren”, anyone who have undocumented 1/32 heritage of the right kind?).  Worst of all, it hurts American competitiveness while masking over deep-rooted social problems, thereby permanently condemning some minority groups it supposed to help.

“I have a dream”, DO YOU?

“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”  -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

More than a generation has passed since Dr. King’s speech, why is his dream slipping further away all the time? 

“The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.” -John Roberts, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Dr. King and Chief Justice Roberts get it.  This is why we appeal to the Supreme Court to reconsider that current race-conscious practice in college admission. 

Do you have the courage to fight for your basic rights as afforded by the “Equal Protection Clause” of the 14th Amendment in the US Constitution?  Will you be a proud participant of unfolding history to fulfill your generational duty to your children and grandchildren?

If your answer is Yes, Join 80-20 Today

Or send your check to: 80-20 PAC, 13337 South St. #189,  Cerritos,  CA 90703.
Family membership is $50 (two), individual $35, student $15.

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Respectfully,
80-20Collective Leadership

Friday, July 20, 2012

CALL TO ACTION on Endorsement Questionnaire!


Dear Fellow Asian Americans and Friends,

Call to Action!


Presidential election is the perfect time for “collective bargaining” via a SWING BLOC vote.

By focusing on Battle Ground States (BGS) which are currently split ~50/50, a small minority like AsAms can decisively affect the election outcome, and hence motivate politicians to court our votes. Hold them accountable through a written and enforceable pledge to our community!

Please send e-mails to urge the two presidential candidates to respond to our questionnaire http://www.80-20initiative.net/news/preselect2012_questionaire.asp

Obama Campaign Manager Jim Messina: JMessina@barackobama.com
Political Director Katherine Archuleta: karchuleta@barackobama.com

Romney Campaign manager Matt Rhoades: MRhoades@mittromney.com
Chief of staff Kelli Harrison: kharrison@mittromney.com

When solicited by either campaign, please answer "I will not contribute to your campaign until you have answered 80-20's questionnaire.  Indeed, if you are endorsed by 80-20 National Asian American PAC, I'll donate, vote for you, and try to get all friends & relatives to vote for you."

If polled on the phone, answer "undecided." If both R and D see in their own respective polls that a large % of Asian Ams are undecided, they'll court us a lot harder. Please pass this important message to all Asian Ams.

80-20 will hold its Endorsement Convention (EC) on Sunday, August 26 in Los Angeles.

Our membership elected EC delegates, comprised of equal numbers of Democrats, Republicans and Independents, will debate which candidate to endorse based on his deeds and pledges to our community and then the delegates will vote according to their informed judgment of the two candidates.  80-20 will endorse the candidate winning the majority of delegates’ votes.

Together we can make a difference!


Or send your check to: 80-20 PAC, 13337 South St. #189,  Cerritos,  CA 90703.
Family membership is $50 (two), individual $35, student $15.

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Respectfully,
80-20Collective Leadership

Friday, July 13, 2012

Who is Perpetuating Racial Discrimination Against AsAm Students?


Dear Fellow Asian Americans and Friends,

The schools are smart, they know the best defense for race conscious policies is to portray all minorities love it.  Vocal AsAm allies create just that impression. 

Watch this AsAm legal counsel for Univ. of Texas (UT) publicly proclaiming “Fisher v. UT Austin” to be without any merit during the critical period the Supreme Court was evaluating whether to take up Fisher’s petition. Fortunately the Supreme Court did NOT listen to him.

With “Fisher” moving forward, many AsAm orgs rushed to the schools’ rescues ONCE AGAIN!

They DID it in the past

APALC and its affiliates filed an amicus brief in support of Univ. of Michigan’s race-conscious admissions program in the 2003 Supreme Court case, “Grutter v. Bollinger”, insisting AsAms are “not harmed by” but rather “benefited from” such practice.  Thanks to APALC, the “Grutter” decision opened the flood gate to enhanced race-conscious policies many schools practiced over the last 9 years that your children and grand-children currently enjoy:  UT Austin announced on the VERY SAME DAY of the “Grutter” decision that it would RE-INTRODUCE race/ethnicity into college admission, which led to the current “Fisher v. UT Austin” case.  When the “Fisher” case was at the US Fifth Circuit court in 2010, APALC and its affiliates promptly filed an amicus brief again, ensuring the upholding of “race conscious” policy which has now reached the Supreme Court.

Emboldened by “Grutter”, AALDEF and its affiliates filed an amicus brief to extend race-conscious admissions policy into K-12 education.  In the 2007 Supreme Court cases “Parents v. Seattle School District” and “Meredith v. Jefferson”, they argued for the school districts’ racial balancing plan.  Under such a policy, a student could be bused to other school districts if the school across the street reached the predetermined racial quota.  Imagine the agony of AsAm parents who literally sacrificed everything to move into a good school district only to find that their children really need to “benefit from” forced racial integration into a bad school district.

Now they are doing it AGAIN

APALC and AALDEF have publicly announced they will file an amicus brief YET AGAIN at the Supreme Court (August 13th deadline).  If they are as successful as they have been in the past, you can be rest assured that your children and grand-children will “benefit from” the race conscious college admissions policy for the next quarter century.

In preparation, AALDEF issued a press release on June 25 titled “The Majority of AsAms Support Race-Conscious Admissions Policies”, aimed specifically to discredit 80-20EF’s historic open & neutral survey of 50,000 people showing overwhelming AsAm support for race-neutral, merit-based college admissions.

Our response is simple: Why don’t we work together to conduct a large-scale AsAms survey specifically on college admissions, designed by professionals, monitored by neutral third parties, and open to all AsAms, to find out who is lying?

If you disagree with the APALC and AALDEF stance, please let them know their upcoming amicus brief will do immeasurable harm to AsAm interests, especially if it creates the impression “The Majority of AsAms Support Race-Conscious Admissions Policies”, as AALDEF publicly proclaimed.

Stewart Kwoh (skwoh@apalc.org), Asian Pacific American Legal Center
Margaret Fung (info@aaldef.org), Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund

It takes courage to challenge the status quo and defend our core interest.  Your silence has been interpreted by APALC and AALDEF, and maybe by the Supreme Court, as “the silent majority” supporting the current policy, a perfect recipe to ensure your children and grandchildren would continue to “benefit from” the race-conscious policy for the next quarter century.

Will you do your part to support 80-20 in this ferocious battle for equality?  The future of your children is in your hands.

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Respectfully,

80-20Collective Leadership