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Monday, April 24, 2017

Partial Answer available on UA 3411

Truth Emerging
      Serving Our Community Responsibly
A. 80-20's Reward of $250 was not answered:
    Those, who posted on Chinese social media (click 1 & 2saying that 3 of 4 were Asians, have NOT come up with the evidence yet!  
B. Washington Post reported that only 1 of the 4 was Asian:
   A Washington Post article, written by Lori Aratani, stated "..... Meanwhile, one of the 70 passengers onboard the flight offered more details about the incident. 
     John Fuller of Fairfax, Va., described a chaotic - and bloody - scene as aviation security officers tried to remove Dao from the plane.
     Fuller said ... when a United employee came aboard and said that four people would have to leave the plane.
     "She was very terse," Fuller said.  "She said 'Four people need to get off this plane or we're not going anywhere.'" When no one budged, Fuller said the woman left and returned with a list. She marched down the aisle. First she told  a young couple they would have to leave and then a woman. Then she approached Dao, who was sitting in an aisle seat. Dao refused. Fuller said Dao's wife was not picked to leave. ..."
Lori Aratani also told us that Fuller didn't think any of the other 3 were Asians.
C. Dr. Dao's lawyer, Thomas Demetrio promised to help verify: I called and emailed Dr. Dao's lawyer, Thomas A. Demetrio, who replied:
"Thank you very much for your email.  I don't have an answer for your inquiry, but when I do, promise to pass it on.  In the meantime, I applaud you on your good work, and I wish you all good things going forward. Sincerely,  Thomas A. Demetrio .... "
D. Maybe Transportation Sec. Elaine Chao will help verify too:
     To serve you responsibly, 80-20 EF is seeking a double verification.
    " Dear Sec. Chao:  I write to seek some expedited information from you regarding United Airlines flight 3411 because you are the Secretary of the Department of Transportation with oversight over United Airlines through the Federal Aviation Administration ....  finding out the truth about the racial mix of who get removed from US 3411 is in the national interest - not just the Asian American interest. ... 
S. B. Woo. 
President, 80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc.; Lt. Gov. of Delaware (1985-89)"
                              E.  Very Important Reminder
[A] If indeed 3 out of 4 of the randomly rejected passengers were Asians, as rumored in some Chinese social media, then there could be a race element.  80-20 shall be vigilant.
[B] If otherwise, it is probably an abuse case, not a race case.  Dr. Dao and his lawyers will likely be rewarded millions if not tens of millions of dollars through court ordered "compensatory" and separately "punitive" damages or through settlement.  Each nation has its own way of preventing abuses.
     This is the way that the U.S. handles it.  
     80-20 ALWAYS stands up RESPONSIBLY for AsAms. 
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S. B. Woo, President of 80-20 EF, and Honorary Life Member,
Yin-Long Qiu, PAC Executive Comm. and Life Member,
Kathleen To, PAC Executive Comm. and Life Member, and
Jing-Li Yu, PAC Executive Comm. and Life Member.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Reaction to "U.A. Flight 3411" E-newsletter

How AsAms React to the U.A. Episode

 Reaction To Our Joint 80-20 EF & 80-20 PAC Announcement
{A} The Joint Announcement       
     If indeed 3 out of the 4 randomly rejected passengers on United Airlines (U.A.) flight 3411 were Asians, as rumored in Asian social media, then this could be a very serious racial discrimination case as well.  Note that a Chicago-Louisville flight is unlikely to have many Asians on board.
    However, repeated contacts with U.A. have thus far failed to receive a confirmation or denial on that point.  80-20 Initiative, composed of both PAC and EF, will be vigilant, and is keeping a very intense watch over the situation.
     Setting race aside, we as citizens were outraged by how U.A. allowed police to drag a senior citizen with a proper ticket down the aisle of an airplane, and urge U.A. to make broad changes to its policies so that nothing similar happens.  U.A.'s CEO has already apologized and promised changes.

{B} Offering A Reward of $250 to anyone who has the valid 
names and ethnicities of the 4 randomly rejected passengers 
on U.A. flight 3411. Email sbw@udel.edu.
To those who posted on social media that 3 of 4 were Asians, please come up with the evidence! Thank you.
{C} Readers Expressed  support:  

      Our Readers overwhelmingly supported 80-20's position:

[A] If indeed 3 out of 4 of the randomly rejected passengers were Asians, as
rumored in some Chinese social media, then there could be a race element. 80-20 shall be vigilant.

[B] If otherwise, it is probably an abuse case, not a race caseDr. Dao and his
lawyers will likely be awarded millions if not tens of millions of dollars through court ordered "compensatory" and separately "punitive" damages or through settlement. Each nation has its own way of preventing abuses.
This is the way that the U.S. handles it.
(1) Totally agree!  Hidemi Matsushita, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Music
(2) Thankful for you. Let's fight. Jaye Jacqueline
(3) How do I participate and what do I do to contribute? Tony
(4) Cheers for the 80-20 on the protest! Liang, GH
(5) Please advise what is the action of US Asia Community ?  Joe ZhouI 
(6) Is it OK to forward this to our colleagues and/or post the attached image (from your email) on social medias?  Bo-Wen Shen, Ph.D. Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics
(7) Well said. I am heartened that 80-20 is taking a standing on this. Youxue
(8)The voice and response from Asian American community with other human rights activists is needed. Paul Chiou   
(9)  thought about you and our forum immediately after the incident, and we are happy you are taking care of it. Huo, Shitao
(10) Glad you are watching. B leong
(11) Thanks for all that you've done to focus attention on issues of great concerns to Asian-Americans, but which receive very little attention in mainstream media.   We particularly appreciate all the work done in connection with the college admissions issues, which very significantly hurt Asian-Americans.  Please do focus on what happened on the United flight... Julie Chiu
(12) There are two issues here. An issue is about a mistreated paid and seated customer. The other issue is a civil right one on racial profiling/discrimination. We should not let the second issue be buried in the heat of the first issue. Yang Song
Apologies to those whose support letters, we are not publishing owing to space considerations.
{D} Readers Expressing Strong Feelings Against United Airlines
(1) "UA has been practicing racial discrimination many years. Many years ago my Chinese friend was on a UA flight starting from Houston, he used mileage to obtain first class seat and being forced to give up his seat to make room for a white person, even worse the airline refused to compensated him for the down grade, when he refused to give up his seat, the airline called police to haul him to police station for retention. A lawsuit ensued later and the case being settled out of court, no details allowed to be divulged though. It just shows racial discrimination is deep in American
corporate culture. Anthony Ching"
(2) "I urge you to fight this in the most legally aggressive way possible!  Hina W. Chaudhry, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Director, Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine"
(3) "That CEO needs to be fired. I myself have had very bad experience with the UA. Their service is horrible showing no care of customers whatsoever. That company has a lousy culture and needs a big change. I don't have doubt they have chosen Asian on purpose, based on their low moral mindset. What a jerky airline!"          Jeff Chen

"United Airline has been behaving this way for many years.  I had a very unpleasant experience several years ago when I flew from Boston to SF.  Given their boarding priority classification, I had to wait to board a plane for a long time as I did not fly United Airline often. When I complained about the waiting to an agent at the gate, they told me to shut up otherwise they would kick me off the plane. I was shocked by their rude and unprofessional behaviors, I asked the agent to give me her name and she refused to do that. Her coworkers also refused to give her name. It was an awful experience.
Although I contemplated, I did not pursue and take action against United Airline at that time since I am very busy with my life.  Looking at what's happening, I think they've got what they deserve and it is long overdue given their abusive behaviors towards their customers for many years.    
                                  Moon, Aeri,M.D."
"I am on a wheelchair, and when I arrived at the check-in, they told me that you are late, and boarding has been completed. I later learned that that flight was overbooked.             Mohapatra, Partha" 
"This is not enough, the  CEO have to resign.  Chengxiu Zhang"


"Myself had many bad experience with UA, probably also related to race issue, including one in December that UA did not fix their problem to let me check in my luggage for international flight to Beijing.   I had so Many bad cases. Their customer service was awful!  I would not use UA in December if there were other airlines direct flight from Hangzhou to USA for my return trip.                      Aihua Xie"
   80-20 continues to work on your behalf to cut through the rumors and to take action where action is warranted.
                                Want to Do Your Share?
1. To donate to SELF (Self Empowerment Long-term Fund):  Click here.
    Sending a check? Send to Stephen Lin, 969 Acalanes Rd, Lafayette CA 94549
2. To sign the petition to stop the discrimination against AsAm students, click  here.   Thank you.
S. B. Woo 
President and a volunteer for the past 18 years
80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc, a 501 C-3 organization,
http://www.80-20educationalfoundation.org/index.php
To know more about 80-20, view these videos :
https://youtu.be/dB3eGVqG-wAÂ (Ignore the last 35 secs. The election is over.)
http://youtu.be/h781_ECSJYM
80-20 EF Mission Statement

Thursday, April 13, 2017

United Airlines Flight 3411

80-20 Initiative Is Looking Out For You

Joint 80-20 EF and 80-20 PAC Announcement
         If indeed 3 out of the 4 randomly rejected passengers 
on United Airlines (U.A.) flight 3411 were Asians, as 
rumored in Asian social media, then this could be a very 
serious racial discrimination case as well.  Note that a 
Chicago-Louisville flight is unlikely to have many Asians 
on board.

    However, repeated contacts with U.A. have thus far failed 
to receive a confirmation or denial on that point. 
80-20 Initiative, composed of both PAC and EF, will be 
vigilant, and is keeping a very intense watch over the situation.

     Setting race aside, we as citizens were outraged by 
how U.A. allowed police to drag a senior citizen with a 
proper ticket down the aisle of an airplane, and urge U.A. 
to make broad changes to its policies so that nothing 
similar happens.  U.A.'s CEO has already apologized 
and promised changes.

To know more about 80-20, view these videos :
https://youtu.be/dB3eGVqG-wAÂ (Ignore the last 35 secs. The election is over.)
http://youtu.be/h781_ECSJYM
80-20 EF Mission Statement

Monday, April 10, 2017

Realpolitik

Realpolitik - how such feats are done.
Realpolitik That 80-20 Attends or Has  Attended To

(1) Realpolitik In the Tripling of AsAm Federal Judges:

      On Jan. 31, 2008, presidential candidate Obama wrote me promising to "make it a top priority" of his "administration to nominate qualified AsAms to serve as life-tenured federal" District Court judges, Appeals Court judges and Supreme Court Justices. Today, the number of AsAm federal judges has tripled; those on the Appeals Court increased from zero to 4,  and 2 of the 4 have been prominently mentioned as possible future Supreme Court Justices.

Was there realpolitik behind the scene?  Of course.

      80-20 Board Members wrote/called repeatedly many Democratic senior senators asking them to nominate an AsAm as 1 of his/her 3 nominees to Pres. Obama, when a federal judge seat in his/her state became vacant.   When it came to our knowledge that our request was honored, but NOT beforehand, 80-20 PAC donated to that senator.

(2)  Realpolitik to thank President Obama:  PAC spent about $60,000 for Pres. Obama's re-election campaign in 2012, and delivered a 73 to 23 bloc vote to him.

(3)  Realpolitik in College Admissions Nationwide:  Harvard was ordered by the court to give 6-yrs of its admissions record to SFFA (Students For Fair Admissions), led by Ed Blum.  In addition, SFFA lawyers took the deposition of Harvard President Drew Faust and took possession of Princeton's admission records which were also ordered by the court to go to SFFA.  Saying thank you to Blum is only proper.  But a realpolitik way is for 80-20 EF to donate $15,000 to SFFA, and help it recruit members.   Look, we are making progress in the admissions fight.  The vise is tightening!

(4) Realpolitik in DOJ's profiling of Chinese Americans: When attorney Pete Zeidenberg did an outstanding job defending Sherry Chen & Prof. Xiaoxing Xi, 80-20 EF organized a banquet to honor Zeidenberg  & raised $18,000 for Sherry Chen to pay off her then legal debt to Zeidenberg.

(5) Realpolitik in STOPPING DOJ's profiling of Chinese Americans:
We donated to Delaware senators and its only congressman AFTER they'd written letters to DOJ urging it to stop profiling AsAms in its investigation of stealing of national secrets. We also donated to Cong. Ted Lieu who led a group of Congresspersons in that fight. The profiling had led towrongful charges against Sherry Chen and Prof. Xi.  RESULT?   On April, 2016, NY Times published this front page article: 

(6) Realpolitik to induce Elected AsAms to serve our rightful concerns:
80-20 donated generously to elected officials who share our rightful concerns like Ted Lieu and Fiona Ma,  80-20 also punished those who didn't, e.g. former CA Sen. Leland Yee and former Assemblyman Paul Fong who betrayed our community in the "stop SCA5 fight" in CA.  SCA5 stands for Senate Constitutional Amendment No. 5.  After SCA5 was stopped, 80-20 publicly announced to drive them out of politics.  Within a year, both were out of politics.

   Does the AsAm community NEED at least one org. to attend to REALPOLITIK/ SELF-EMPOWERMENT?
                          
Want to Do Your Share?

1. To donate to SELF (Self Empowerment Long-term Fund):  Click here.
Sending a check? Send to Stephen Lin, 969 Acalanes Rd, Lafayette CA 94549
2. To sign the petition to stop the discrimination against AsAm students, click here. Thank you.
3. To join Students For Fair Admissions, SFFA, click here.
     Step by painstaking steps, we empowered ourselves on a broad front, thanks to YOUR support.  

S. B. Woo 

President and a volunteer for the past 18 years
80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc, a 501 C-3 organization,
http://www.80-20educationalfoundation.org/index.php

To know more about 80-20, view these videos :
https://youtu.be/dB3eGVqG-wA (Ignore the last 35 secs. The election is over.)
http://youtu.be/h781_ECSJYM
80-20 EF Mission Statement

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Good News On 2 Fronts

Good News On Two Fronts

                                  GOOD NEWS
[A]  On the College Admissions Figh

  1.  Andrew Lam, 1 of 80-20 EF's 2  newest Board Members, was in the news front again.  A few weeks ago, he wrote an Op Ed in the New York Times, entitled                   
White Students' Unfair Advantage in Admissions 
         A few days ago, he was on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Newshour.  To hearclick HERE.  

  2.  Wall Street Journal reported the following Gallup Poll findings:
       "7 in 10 people - including 76% of whites, 61% of Hispanics and 50 % of blacks - said colleges should admit applicants based 'solely on merit.'"
      Please forward the e-newsletter to your friends, YOU will be empowering yourself.
[B] An Empowering  
Move by the Indian Am. Community 

      NYT reported:  "Since Ian Grillot intervened in a shooting in February that left one Indian immigrant dead and another one wounded, Indian immigrants have rallied to help him in return. .... Mr. Grillot ran at a gunman and   ... was also shot.
                  
India House Houston, a nonprofit organization, presented Mr. Grillot with $100,000, which it had raised to help him buy a home."  How appropriately and how nicely the Indian-Am community has served itself and the entire AsAm community.

                        Want to Do Your Share?

1. To donate to SELF (Self Empowerment Long-term Fund):  Click here.
    Sending a check? Send to Stephen Lin, 969 Acalanes Rd, Lafayette CA 94549
2. To sign the petition to stop the discrimination against AsAm students, click 
    here.   Thank you.

S. B. Woo 

President and a volunteer for the past 18 years
80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc, a 501 C-3 organization
http://www.80-20educationalfoundation.org/index.php

To know more about 80-20, view these videos:
https://youtu.be/dB3eGVqG-wAÂ (Ignore the last 35 secs. The election is over.
http://youtu.be/h781_ECSJYM
80-20 EF Mission Statement

 

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