When an elected official has wronged the AsAm community greatly, do we have a recourse? YES.
80-20 Educational Foundation (EF), as a 501 c-3, may NOT help to elect or defeat a political candidate. However, as a political education org., EF may show AsAms how to accomplish such a feat as a way of protecting ourselves from abuse by callous/racist officials.
Past Experience In Un-electing Bad Officials
Remember the Stop SCA 5 movement? I was PAC's president then. Two AsAm officials in CA, State Senator Leland Yee and Assemblyman Paul Fong, turned their backs to our appeals for help. Two days after SCA 5 was defeated, 80-20 PAC publicly announced to drive both out of politics. A year later they were out of politics.
How to Defeat an Elected Official
It is a 3-step process.
First, study this politician, X. Understand X's and our own strengths and weaknesses very thoroughly.
Secondly, find a strong primary opponent for X, by (a) exposing and publicizing X's weakness, (b) tooting the merits of the potential opponents of X and (c) providing early seed money for the campaign of X's strongest opponent.
Thirdly, find, in addition, a strong opponent for X in the general election, using the same methodology described above.
When election time arrives, X will face a tough civil war. Even supposing that X wins the primary, the exhausted X will then face a tough general election. Even supposing that X was so lucky as to still win the general election, X will likely have learned never to wrong our community again.
Realistically, however, if we go through the 3 steps effectively, X will be defeated. The word will gradually spread in the political establishment not to fool around with us, IF we can demonstrate, a number of times, our political will and ability to defeat politicians who have really wronged us.
Don't hide our intention to defeat X, we want X to know. America is the land of the free and home of the brave. If we don't have the courage to defend ourselves, then we will forever be stepped on.
Sharing More Past Experience
When I was PAC's president, PAC practically emailed its plan to defeat a callous CA Congressman as a "shot across his bow." He got our message, and adjusted. :-) As a result, PAC helped create a win-win, a win for the AsAm community and a win for America whose political system permits the checking and balancing of a bad official through citizens' action.
Politics Needs to be Learned like Everything Else
That is why you need an org. like the 80-20 Initiative. It has two components. 80-20 EF does political education. 80-20 PAC EXECUTES toreward and punish. Result? Enough clout to protect ALL our rights!
(If you own a business, view the documentary & worry!)
Abacus Bank, a small bank operated by the Sung family in NYC, was the only U.S. bank to be charged after the Great Recession of 2008. The bank ultimately prevailed, but it took all they had to fight against the unfair accusations.
The story was recorded in a documentary by Steve James, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail. It was Broadcast on PBS Frontline in 2017. The prosecutor spent 5 years and reportedly $10 million on prosecuting the bank for larceny. In the end, the bank and all its employees were found notguilty on all 80 charges. Deservedly, the documentary is now shortlisted for an Oscar.
Click here to watch it. I was enraged by the injustice but inspired by how one of the daughters, who was a lawyer, quit her job to help her father in his hour of need. It was such a touching illustration of our AsAm family values. I was also elated to learn that, at the end, the good guys won.
This documentary deserves an Oscar to show that justice still prevails in the U.S., at least in this case. The Oscar will greatly publicize worldwide the immense injustice caused by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.
The Misdeeds of Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.
(1) No sense of justice: He accommodates the strong and takes campaign money from their attorneys:
Excerpts from Cyrus Vance Jr. - Wikipedia "Vance also drew controversy for deciding not to press criminal charges against public figures accused of crimes, including Harvey Weinstein, Ivanka Trump, and Donald Trump Jr., after which he received campaign contributions from their attorneys."
(2) Adding insult to injury to a weak minority:
Another excerpt from Cyrus Vance Jr. - Wikipedia: "In an effort at grandstanding, Vance's office orchestrated a show by parading ex-employees of the bank in a chain, handcuffed to each other, in front of reporters. Nevertheless, Cyrus Vance stated in an interview that the decision to exhibit the non-violent ex-employees was due to "security issues." Click hereto watch the documentary. How humiliating! Vance was humiliating powerless citizens to advance his political career. How cruel!
Please forward to your friends in NYC so that his constituents will know about his misdeeds. He was a good D.A. back in 2010, when first elected. However, power corrupts, he seemingly has become callous and careless. Will the people of Manhattan County still want him, if and when "Small Enough to Jail" wins an Oscar? This could exemplify the immense power for good of arts.
TOGETHER, we Help Build 2 Essential & Admirable Traits for the AsAm Community
HAPPY NEWYEAR, everyone. I would like to report to you that 2essential and admirable qualities of our community are emerging. 80-20 likes to think that WE developed these positive qualities TOGETHER.
(1) Most AsAms, except for our super rich,
Began to Practice "Charity Begins At Home"
The $3 million that 80-20 EF has received from YOU is one example. Don'tthink that EF was just lucky, and it can't continue. Listen to this. Some current donors have requested information to continue their donation,AFTER the completion of their 5 year pledge. Tens of others simply continued to donate even after completing their 5-yr pledges. Some are so exemplary that you may enjoy knowing:
(A) Mitchell and Priscilla Lou, Houston, TX
They've donated $4000/yr for 3 yrs already. In addition, they pledged another total of $20,000 over the next 10 years!See 2 excerpts from EF's Acknowledgement Page:
Mitchell & Priscilla Lou Donor advised
fund, Mitchell, Houston, TX $ 4000/y plus $2500 Confirmed3 14,500
Lou Mitchell, Houston, TX, committed
to donate between 2018 & 2027 $20000 Confirmed 0
(B) Anthony Ching, Seattle, WA
Having completed the first 5 yr pledge, Anthony started a second cycle of 5-yr pledge increasing the annual donation from $100/yr to $250/yr. Wow, such a desire to empower our community!
A cynic may ask, "What's the big deal? It benefits 80-20, and that's why you think it is a big deal."
Think again! None on us on the board gets paid, we DONATE money & time. The BIG DEAL is that the bigger our war chest, the faster we'll ALL win equal opportunity!!!
(2) Building A New Norm
The Old Norm: Fortune 500 companies and non-AsAm foundations granted money to AsAm civil rights orgs. Money talks. Unfortunately, sometimes it talks the wrong way. An example is that almost all of the so called "AsAm civil rights orgs", whose survival depend on such grants, support "race-preference" college admissions, in strong opposition to the overwhelming consensus of the AsAm community.
Questions: Why should a relatively well-to-do AsAm community need money from outside to finance its struggle for civil rights? Did the Jewish Ams win their rights that way? In fact, it should be the other way around. The AsAm community, being financially relatively well off, should financially support good causes in the mainstream community.
The New Norm: In an extremely modest way, 80-20 EF is initiating a new norm. We've begun to financially support non-AsAm orgs. which fight for the same good causes. An example is EF's donation from 2016-18 of $25K to "Students For Fair Admissions," SFFA, headed by Mr. Ed Blum. SFFA spends millions in legal battles against the "race-preference" admissions of elite universities.
EF also began a new tradition to help other AsAm orgs fight the same good fight. For the first time, EF has set a budget of $10K per year to donate to similar-minded and action-oriented AsAm orgs. Send your application for donations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step-by-step, 80-20 toils to EMPOWER the AsAm community.