I. 80-20's Greatest Achievements to Date - Two Consecutive
of Call to Action
(PP) & Method (MD)
|October 2, 2004: 80-20 endorses John Kerry with
||PP: To show that we
can deliver a powerful bloc vote, but that we are not completely satisfied
with either party's service to the APA community. Hence the reservations.
of going all-out, 80-20 diverts some resources from our Endorsement
effort to our legal efforts. However, we promise to give Kerry at
least a 30-point advantage.
|November 2, 2004: An LA Times national poll shows that Asian-Americans
voted 64:34 Kerry: Bush.
November 2, 2004: The AALDEF poll, the largest Asian-American exit
poll, shows 74:24 Kerry: Bush.
|November 7, 2000 (our efforts
began at 80-20's inception two years ago).
Deliver a bloc-vote to the presidential candidate in the
2000 election whose party has done more for APAs in the preceding
two years. A bloc vote will induce both major parties to serve APAs'
rightful aspirations in the future.
MD: Organize, organize
organize; TV, radio and newspaper ads in ethnic languages in CA.
Gore is chosen on 8/27/2000, after an endorsement meeting composed
equally of D/I/R.
On Election Day, 11/7/00, APAs voted
66/32/2 nationally for Gore/Bush/Nader, and 70/28/2 in CA, where
80-20 focused its efforts.
The results are from a post-election survey of 1220 APAs. It was
partially funded by The Nat’l Science Foundation & conducted
by profs. from Utah, Harvard, Yale and U. of FL State. Such a survey
is the best scientific estimate of how APAs voted on that day.
|1992-2004: NY Times Exit Polls Show Trends.
||PP: To show how 80-20
has influenced Asian American voting patterns since it entered the
MD: Examination of
the changes in margins of victory for Republican and Democratic
candidates among Asian-American voters between 1992 and 2004
Nov 2, 2004: Asian Americans buck the national
voting trend. African Americans, Latinos, and Jews increase their
support for Pres. Bush from 2000, while Asian Americans decrease
their support for Pres. Bush, owing to 80-20's endorsement, with
reservations, of Candidate Kerry
2004 and 2000 elections: Asian Americans go from
supporting the Republican candidate in '92 and '96 to supporting
the Democratic candidate, whom 80-20 has happened to endorse, in
both 2000 & 2004.
|Dec 1, 2003: 80-20 sends a questionnaire
to ALL Dem. & Rep. presidential candidates.
To ensure, after the 2004 elections, enforcement of the same rights
of law for AsAms as already enforced for all other Americans.
MD: Power of the
ballot box. Candidates who hesitated were pressured by hundreds
of citizen requests in key states IA, NH, and their home states.
|By 1/7, all
viable Dem. candidates answer definitively & positively. President
Bush indicates that he will likely answer in March. In ten years,
the number of APA upper-level managers / partners will increase 3
fold. The glass ceiling will be shattered owing
to this effort.
|June 20, 1999.
PP: Urge all presidential
candidates to pledge in writing their support for 80-20’s
Declaration to Presidential Candidates, with two main requests.
1) Appoint an APA to a Cabinet-level position, and 2) help the 11
million APAs break the glass ceiling in workplaces.
MD: Constant contact
and awareness of candidates' interests.
July 8, 1999: Bradley writes to commit.
February 15, 2000: Gore writes to commit.
Bush & McCain didn’t respond. Instead, the APA GOP leaders
in CA began attacking 80-20. Both forms of response reflect 80-20’s
efficacy. However, positive responses are preferred and rewarded.
|September 6, 2003: The Historic
Luncheon with Howard Dean Keynoting, a pro-active empowering program.
Since it is not reactive, we do not issue a "call for action."
To induce Presidential candidates to address APA concerns.
MD: 80-20 invites
the top 4 Democratic Presidential candidates and Pres. Bush. to
an 80-20 fundraiser. The first to respond is Gov. Howard Dean.
|1) Inviting the leading Presidential candidates
to attend a fundraiser for an APA organization. Such is common in
mainstream groups but unprecedented in the APA community.
2) Gov. Davis initiated a request to attend our event.
|October 19, 2000.
PP: To get all
large Chinese-American newspapers to endorse either Gore or 80-20
to create the atmosphere of a united community just before the election.
MD: The persuasion
of publishers/editors of papers by 80-20 officers & supporters
|Nov. 5 & 6, 2000: Huge ads appear in all major
Ch-Am papers in SF, LA and NY announcing a historic unity of major
Chinese American papers in endorsing either Gore or 80-20.