Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Bylaws amendment proposed by 80-20's Board

A 30-day Advance notice to PAC Members!

You Be the Judge.  Is 80-20 Unique?

(1) 80-20 has always fought fiercely to win full-fledged citizenship for AsAms,
(2) 80-20 has always insisted that AsAms have the right to comment, provide input, or even oppose U.S. foreign policies, and yet
(3) 80-20 PAC has had the following Bylaws provision for the last 10 years:

      "Article 3.6 Prohibition 
   Until Dec. 31, 2016 or a membership exceeding 10,000, whichever comes first, 80-20 shall not take any position in US foreign policies and/or foreign matters, except when it may impact upon its goal to achieve equal opportunity and justice for Asian Americans.  The decision to invoke the exception must be approved by 3/4 (75%) of the entire Board.  However, related decisions and actions subsequent to the approval of the exemption shall be governed by the Robert's Rules of Order only."


   That is where 80-20 is unique.  It knows U.S. politics.  It designs the best strategy to win EQUAL opportunity for you.   80-20 designed its Bylaws Article 3.6 in order to enable 80-20 to effectively execute for you, its goals (1) and (2), stated above.


Ask yourself these questions:

(a)  Can organizations that are not effective in winning rights for AsAms domestically possibly be effective in affecting the U.S. foreign policy?  

(b)  While AsAms are united on winning full rights on the domestic front, do we all have the same view on U.S. foreign policies?  Do Indian-, Pakistani-, Chinese-, Japanese-, Korean-, Vietnamese-Ams share the same view on U.S. foreign policies?   No, not even close!   If 80-20 took positions on U.S. foreign policies, would it split the AsAm community wide apart?

(c) While 80-20 stands on solid constitutional and political ground fighting for our rights, will it be as securely anchored politically when it ventures into U.S. foreign policies?

                           Why not prohibit it permanently?

   To permanently ban our foray into US foreign policy is to voluntarily agree to be permanent 2nd-class citizens.   One day, 80-20 could become a pillar advising our government on US foreign policies in Asia and elsewhere.

This is the Moment to Explain

   80-20's strategy is always carefully thought out, although we don't always have the time & the occasion to explain it.  However, the need to amend Article 3.6 provides such a moment.   

   By a 7 to 1 vote, the Board has voted to extend the "PROHIBITION" by five years.  The 4th word in the Article, "2016", will be amended to "2021".  Besides the approval of the Board, 2 more steps are required to amend 80-20's Bylaws.  (a) 80-20 must give its membership a 30-day advance notice, and (2) schedule a membership vote to ask for their approval.  

   Such a vote will be scheduled, together with the election of Delegates to 80-20's Endorsement Convention, in early August. All Members will be notified.


     Basic/ Family membership per year: $35/$50  
     Student membership: $15. 
     Professional/ Family Professional membership: $75/$100
     Life/Family Life Membership: $1,000/$1,500.
     Honorary/Family Honorary Members: $5000/$10,000

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                                       Frederick Wong, Treasurer  
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   Please do YOUR share.  80-20 is uniquely courageous and effective in fighting for you and your children.

S. B. Woo

President and a volunteer for the past 18 years
80-20 Initiative, Inc.
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