Resolution to aid candidates attacked on basis of race (passed in 2002)
80-20 has a powerful resolution to protect APA political candidates from
racist attacks. See below:
Whereas, more racist attacks on APA political candidates will occur,
as the number of our candidates and the importance of the offices they
seek both increase;
Whereas, there are at least two alleged racist attacks on APA political
candidates reported to 80-20 during the 2002 primary (see Footnotes
Whereas, our candidates under racist attacks are under extreme disadvantage
and are often not in the best position to defend themselves;
Whereas, the most severe attacks are often sprung a day or two prior to
election time; Whereas, such last minute racist attacks are normally designed
by the political consultants working for the candidates although candidates
themselves must give the approvals;
Whereas, racist attacks are the most dastardly of negative political attacks
that should not be tolerated;
Therefore, be it resolved that 80-20 establishes a investigative committee
to look into reported racist attacks on APA candidates and report back,
with maximum speed, to the Executive Comm. with recommendations for actions:
In marginal cases, 80-20 may provide support to attacked APA candidates,
In the worst cases where the racist attacks
have clearly crossed the line of decency, 80-20 will (1) help the attacked
candidates with its resources so as to win the race out right, (2) aim
to defeat the attacker in the next election, if the attacker wins the
current election, and (3) greatly publicize the name(s) of political consultant(s)
and his/her firm and boycott both, if the person(s) is from an established
political consulting firm.
Be it further resolved that
Written notice be given to the steering committee members each time there
is a plan to spend $10,000 or more under this
authorization; and that 80-20 acts as a passive body in any alleged racist
attacks on APA candidates. That is, an APA political candidate and/or
his/her campaign organization must file a formal complaint with 80-20,
before 80-20 may begin its investigation.
|Since the above resolution was publicized,
no racist attacks against Asian American candidates had occurred in the 2004, 2006, and 2008 election cycles.
|All APA candidates are requested to consider
finding a way to
nicely make the above resolution known to their opponents. An early
preventive measure is usually the best measure.
(1) Cabaldon's race for CA Assemblyman in the 18th Dist.; he lost in the
primary. The following report is from Alex Esclamado, an 80-20 Steering
"COUNCILMAN CHRISTOPHER GABALDON, former Mayor of West Sacramento,
is running for State Assemblyman in the 18th District. He is the front-runner
in Tuesday's Democratic Primary. His two white opponents are slapping
him with racist black propaganda in desperation. Among the campaign rhetoric
used are: Gabaldon's supporters are from Filipinos who live outside the
district; Filipinos are raising questionable contributions from somewhere
outside of Sacramento -hinting that the money is coming from the Philippines.
All of these are untrue. Gabaldon has proven himself to be a very competent
public official and should not be judged "by the color of his skin!""
(2) Alice Lai-Bitker's race in Alameda County as reported to 80-20 by
Kate Quick. Alice will be in a runoff with the supposed "attacker"
this coming November.
"Here's an alert on a race for County Board of Supervisors in Alameda
County, CA which is taking on anti-Asian racist overtones. In the primary,
Alice Lai-Bitker, a Chinese-American was opposed by two other candidates,
Ralph Appezzato and Tony Daysog (Tony is Filipino-American). Alice is
the appointed incumbent - appointed by the members of the Board when her
predecessor, Wilma Chan, was elected to the State Assembly. Ralph Appezzato
is supported by some pretty heavy hitters. He produced two racist mailing
pieces, one with pictures of all the Board of Supervisor Members (one
white male, one white female, two African-American males, and Alice) with
the line "What color is your supervisor?". It was really about
a team-building thing the supervisors had done where the consultant assigns
"colors" to personality types, but the double-entendre was clear.
The other piece was a listing of predominantly Alice's Asian-American
supporters (selected from a list of many supporters, who were quite mixed)
which had as its final statement "Is it us or them?"