Monday, July 9, 2012

Money Talks. Donate or "Be 2nd Class Citizens"!

                                     Money talks
   If Asian Am. organizations derive their principal income from NON-Asian Am. sources do you think their loyalty will be with us IF there is a conflict of interest between us and their major funding sources?
   Is that a question that our community should ask itself?
   Try to think from the point of view of the staffs of these "AsAm" organizations, from staff to Executive Directors, whose salaries and pension funds depend on such funding. What if they advocate the "wrong" rights for Asian Ams which displeases their funding sources? Will their jobs and pensions still be secure?
   If YOU were one of the Executive Directors of these AsAm orgs, would you worry, not just for self-interest but the interest of rest of the staff?
   Is that a fair question that our community should ask itself?
                      Will such a conflict of interest occur?
   It has already occurred. Admission to elite colleges is a zero-sum game. When more of the qualified Asian Am youngsters get into elite colleges, less of all the rest of youngsters will get in.
                      Funding Source & Decision Making
   80-20 derives 100% of its annual income from the Asian Am community. Want proof? Visit; pull down "About us"; click on "Meeting documents"; click on "Physical Meeting Docket"; go to "Report by the treasurer". More more details click on, which is 80-20's report to the federal government.
   Indeed, all 80-20's decision makers are volunteers & self-sufficient. S. B. Woo, for instance, declared years ago that, for the rest of his life, he'd not run for a political office nor accept any federal government appointment.
   How about the AsAm organizations that are fighting with 80-20 on the college admission issues? What % of their revenues come from NON-AsAm funding sources? 51%? 61%? 71%? 81%? More than 81%? Answer: More than 81%. Beware, the salary and pension of their decision-makers come from such revenue sources.
                   Not Accusing them but Appealing to us
   We are NOT doubting the integrity of leaders of these Asian Am. civil rights orgs., nor the motives of their NON-Asian Am funding sources. We simply want to appeal to OUR OWN community to donate generously to our own civil rights organizations because that is the only automatic way to ensure that OUR OWN organizations will serve OUR OWN interest.
  Otherwise, we may be "penny wise" but "pound (our rights) foolish"!
  Let's wait till this "college admission" fight is over. Then please dig deeply into your pockets to create strong AsAm civil rights orgs whose principal source of income DOES COME from OUR OWN community! The Jewish Am. community made sure that the PRINCIPAL income of their KEY organizations come from the Jewish community. Money talks!!!
                                   Not Much Time Left!
   The following Asian Am orgs support the "race conscious" college admission which resulted in asking AsAm students to score 140 pts better than whites to secure equal chance to enter elite colleges. They will file with the Supreme Court on Aug. 13 or earlier.
   Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund (AALDEF) 

No Response to 80-20's Challenge to Survey AsAm's views together yet
                    Margaret Fung ( ), 

                  Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) 

                      (Stewart Kwoh, ) 

   Their amicus brief will mislead the Supreme Court into thinking that our community is badly split. Actually, our community oppose "race conscious" college college admission by 52 to 1. Protect our children's rights!
   FORWARD this e-newsletter to your Asian Am friends. Post your comments on .
Please offer views about how to effectively persuade the above 2 orgs. to unite with our community for our children's sake. Thank you.

S.B. Woo, a volunteer
President, 80-20 Asian Am. National Educational Foundation, Inc.