A Statesman-like Precedent: Crossing Ethnic Boundaries
NFIA, Nat'l Federation of Indian-Am Associations, Honors 80-20
NFIA is the largest Indian Am organization in the US (http://www.nfia.net/). It recently paid 80-20 a tribute:
It is indeed an honor for NFIA to be able to recognize the tremendous effort put forth by 80-20 to support causes affecting our diverse communities. Thank you Lt. Gov. Woo for your leadership and service.
80-20 is indeed, at once, honored and humbled.
Why Is This Crossing of Boundaries So Significant?
If and when we, one of the smallest minority together with Native Americans, UNITE to fight for equal opportunity of the 19 million AsAms, equal opportunity will be there for us the NEXT DAY. It'll be a million times more efficient than 80-20 or any other single organization and individual can do today.
Even the combined number of all components of the AsAm community is too small when compared with that of African Ams and Hispanics. However, when we are united, the n-fold increase in number plus the other attributes of AsAms - mostly well educated, financially relatively adequate, & a wonderful work ethic - will definitely give us sufficient political clout to win equal citizenship!
Inspired by NFIA's statesman-like precedent, the Board of 80-20 Educational Foundation voted to focus, starting next year, much more time and financial resources to forge a Grand Asian American Unity Coalition. We will welcome all national and large regional organizations to join us as equal partners. 80-20 will NOTclaim, nor wish leadership. 80-20 just wishes to be a main workforce to help turn the dream of unity into reality. All AsAms will greatly benefit.
This project will take years if not decades. However, it is most significant and we need to get it started today. If we plant the seeds, our children will enjoy the shade. We'll either be equal citizens together or be discriminated against separately. Comments are welcome.