Saturday, May 23, 2015

Timeline I - Days of Reckoning!

Timeline of Our Magnificent Effort to Overturn an Outrageously Discriminatory College Admissions Policy against Our Children

From 2003 to 2013   Almost all Asian Am. "civil rights" type organizations, led by APALC of Los Angles and AAJC of Washington D.C., and urged on by NAACP, supported "race-preference" college admissions.  They filed amicus briefs with District, Appeals and Supreme Courts to support "race-preference" admissions for more than a decade.  Since 2003 some of these organizations began to drop off or lower their volume.

March, 2012     80-20 took a SURVEY taken by 47,108 Asian Ams. The FOR/AGAINST ratio for a "race neutral" college admissions policy was 52.4 to 1 i.e. a 98% support share.  To see the names of the 47,108 survey participants in alphabetical order, click here and go to item 1(d).

May 29, 2012   80-20 became the FIRST AsAm national organization to take a legal action AGAINST "race-preference" college admission by filing an  amicus brief with the Supreme Court to support Fisher in "Fisher v. Univ. of Texas".    The news was extremely well-covered by mainstream and ethnic media.  Click here and go to item 5.                       

June, 2013        The Supreme Court decision on "Fisher v. Univ. of Texas" came down.  It made two main points.

         (1)  Race-preference should NOT be used unless there is "no workable race-neutral alternatives (that) would produce the educational benefits of diversity."

         (2)  Asked the lower court to apply "strict scrutiny" in determining whether "race-conscious" in college admissions is called for.

Dec. 3, 2013      Calif. Senate passed SCA-5 to make a "Calif. Constitutional Amendment" to abolish Calif's existing "race-neutral" college admission. It seemed certain to pass, since Democrats had a super-majority in both the Senate and the Assembly.

Mar. 17, 2014    A great victory!  SCA-5 was defeated by an informal coalition of Calif. AsAm organizations and 80-20 Initiative, a national organization.

Mar. 21, 2014    80-20 PAC announced via its e-newsletter to DEFEAT two Calif. AsAm politicians, who betrayed the Asian American community during our STOP SCA-5 struggle.  Who?   Sen. Leland Yee and Assemblyman Paul Fong, who was the Chair of the AsAm Caucus in the Calif. Assembly.  Click here and go to Q3's A(2).

Mar. 28, 2014    Days of Reckoning I:  Seven days later, Sen. Leland Yee lost his senate position, banished by the Calif. Senate for his alleged illegal activities.

Nov. 2, 2014       Days of Reckoning II: Paul Fong was defeated running for a San Jose Council seat, since he was term-limited not to run as an Assemblyman again.  

This series of victories, from the shocking success of the STOP SCA-5 to the political banishment of former Senator Leland Yee and former Assemblyman Paul Fong, made it obvious that a consensus for "race-neutral" college admissions is spreading and that the community is more and more inclined to adopt political activism to protect its rightful interests.



S. B. Woo, a volunteer for the past 16 years
President, 80-20 PAC, Inc. 
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