Q&A on the Life or Death of 80-20 PAC (Read Q&A3!)
Q1: Why has 80-20 PAC chosen death rather than hanging on?
80-20 has seen many similar AsAm organizations providing negative service to our community. 80-20 PAC could one day become a negative-service organization. So it is better to cease operations than struggle to hang on.
Q2: Negative service? Could you give an example?
The support for "race conscious" college admissions by many so-called "AsAm civil rights orgs" is one example. Even when discrimination against AsAm college applicants became so obvious that school counselors have to advise our kids to hide their AsAm ethnic background when applying - a clear indication that AsAms don't even have the minimal human rights of self-respect, these civil right orgs still didn't change their position. How ugly the real world can be!
Q3: Do these civil rights org. WANT to harm our community? (A must read!!)
NO! They drifted into it. The first generation founders were usually volunteers & had noble intentions . But sooner or later, they faded away. The later leaders were usually paid a salary. They might not be as dedicated and/or as capable. Lacking prestige, the subsequent leaders couldn't raise enough money from the AsAm community. So they began to go after grants from the generous mainstream foundations and corporations.
However, raising money from American orgs, that support civil rights, is almost impossible WITHOUT THE BLESSINGS of NAACP. NAACP has won civil rights for all minorities of America, including us. However, does NAACP always have the same interests as AsAms? No!! That is when AsAm civil rights orgs would and will support policies at the expense of AsAms. Money talks! Make it talk for us.
Q4: So is it the fault of these civil rights orgs?
NO! The subsequent leaders of our civil rights orgs are mostly new college graduates. They may be too young to face the tough real world.
Personally, I primarily blame the successful AsAm business leaders who, as a group, don't have the wisdom to bear the responsibility of financing the necessary community infrastructures - PACs, civil rights orgs, & think-tanks.
Instead, our rich people compete to give money to Harvard and buy a name on a Harvard building. A recent NY Times satire, entitled "Harvard Admissions Needs 'Moneyball for Life' " stated:
" They (meaning the rich people who climb over each other to donate to Harvard) weren't put on earth to alleviate human suffering, or to make it a different and better place. They were put on earth to erect a building with their name on it, in a place it can be seen and admired by other people like them!"
Pls. "google" to find out which wealthy AsAms are these belittled moneyballs.
The unwillingness of AsAm rich and powerful to invest in our community contrasts strikingly with those of the Jewish community. Most AsAms are NOT willing to speak out on this point for fear of offending these folks. However, someone has to point out this HUGE weakness.
"To those whom much is given, much is required."
- John F. Kennedy, a Harvard graduate
Q5: Want to make a concluding statement?
Sure. SELF needs to reach $1 million/yr for 5 yrs by Oct. 25. Many of 80-20's
"old war-horses" don't have many years left to recruit and train promising young leaders, who have to possess leadership quality, great work ethic and a passion to serve AsAms. They also have to be intelligent . No intelligent young professional will want to leave their profession to enter the rough and tumble political arena of 80-20 PAC, if the PAC doesn't even have a minimal financial basis .
So now you know! That's why PAC has chosen to either live and serve YOU well or DIE. The AsAm community, with such a high % of new immigrants, is politically immature. For 80-20 PAC to possibly collude with politicians to deceive you, it'll be disastrous for our community.
DONATE to SELF, Self Empowerment Long-term Fund.
Continue to e-mail me, if you want to participate in this rescue.
Gratefully Acknowledges These Knights:
Steven Lee , Douglaston, NY: 5x from $2500 in lump sum to $2500/yr for 5 yrs,
Cindy Wang , Houston, TX: 5x from $200/yr;
Evelyn Teng, Pasadena, CA: 10x from $100 in lump sum,
Susa Chen , Redmond, WA: 2x from $1000/yr,
Qian & Liz Zhao, Whippany, NJ: from $400 lump sum to $1000/yr for 5 yrs,
Genfa Wu , Barrington, IL: 4x from $200/yr. and
Wai-Keung & Vicky Tang, Putnam Valley, NY: 2x from $500/yr, We also thank the many who donated for the first time.
S. B. Woo, a volunteer for the past 16 years
President, 80-20 Initiative