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  • Affirmative action in California: U.S. Supreme Court likely to decide fate of Proposition 209

    10/14/2013 11:00:34 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 9 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 13 October 2013 | Howard Mintz
    From the racial makeup of University of California classrooms to the number of minority contractors working on BART projects, California's 17-year ban on affirmative action programs has indelibly marked the nation's largest state. But now the debate over whether that experiment has caused more harm than good will take a back seat to a larger national question: Are laws such as California's affirmative-action ban, Proposition 209, unconstitutional, and should be overturned? On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a challenge to Michigan's Proposal 2, a 2006 voter-approved law that mirrored Proposition 209 by barring the use of...
  • Berkeley offers college credit to ‘fight the new Jim Crow’

    08/31/2011 4:57:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/31/2011 | C.J. Ciaramella
    Back in the day, if students wanted easy credits, they signed up for underwater basket-weaving. Now they just need a political cause. The University of California, Berkeley is offering students college credit to work for an expressly political organization fighting for affirmative action and immigrant rights. This semester, the African Studies department at Berkeley is offering a two-credit class called “Fighting to Learn, Learning to Fight: Building the Movement for Public Education and Equality.” The class is sponsored by BAMN — The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, and Immigrants Rights And Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary —...
  • Calif. high court upholds affirmative action ban

    08/02/2010 3:57:33 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 28 replies · 12+ views
    AP ^ | August 2, 2010 | AP
    SAN FRANCISCO — California's high court on Monday upheld the state's 14-year-old law barring preferential treatment of women and minorities in public school admissions, government hiring and contracting. In a 6-1 ruling, the state Supreme Court rejected arguments from the city of San Francisco and Attorney General Jerry Brown that the law, known as Proposition 209, violates federal equality protections. Opponents of the ban say it creates barriers for minorities and women that don't exist for other groups, such as veterans seeking preference. The ruling written by Justice Kathryn Werdegar came in response to lawsuits filed by white contractors challenging...
  • State voters to decide fate of Affirmative Action ( Ward Connerly in Arizona )

    07/02/2009 5:58:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies · 332+ views
    Capitol Media Services ^ | June 23, 2009 | Howard Fischer
    Arizonans will decide next year if they want to outlaw affirmative action programs and any special programs or preferences for women and minorities. the Senate gave final approval to a proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit preferential treatment or discrimination by government on the basis of race, sex or ethnic origin. The measure, which already has been approved by the House, now goes on the 2010 ballot. It will be the first time Arizonans get to vote on the issue. A similar initiative drive in 2008 failed when backers did not get enough signatures. But Californian Ward Connerly, who helped craft...
  • The Viciousness Of Academic Liberals

    06/23/2009 6:07:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies · 1,599+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 23, 2009 | WALTER E. WILLIAMS
    Ward Connerly, former University of California regent, has an article, "Study, Study, Study — A Bad Career Move" in the June 2, 2009, edition of Minding the Campus that should raise any decent American's level of disgust for what's routinely practiced at most of our universities. Mr. Connerly tells of a conversation he had with a high-ranking UC administrator about a proposal that the administrator was developing to increase campus diversity. Connerly asked the administrator why he considered it important to tinker with admissions instead of just letting the chips fall where they may. His response was that unless the...
  • Connerly blasts Caltrans' contracting

    06/14/2009 6:40:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 295+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Jun. 11, 2009 | Jon Ortiz
    Anti-affirmative action advocate Ward Connerly and a Sacramento-based legal foundation today blasted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and President Barack Obama's administration for a recently-enacted California Department of Transportation policy that awards contracts based on a race- and gender-based quota system. The Pacific Legal Foundation, an individual rights and limited government watchdog group, said that it is filing a lawsuit today against Caltrans on behalf of Associated General Contractors of America to reverse the department's mandate that 6.75 percent of contracts receiving federal money go to women, African Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans and Native Americans. The foundation says that the policy violates federal...
  • "Study, Study, Study" - A Bad Career Move

    06/03/2009 5:17:00 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 38 replies · 1,678+ views
    Minding the Campus ^ | June 2, 2009 | Ward Connerly
    About five years ago, shortly before my term ended as a Regent of the University of California (UC), I was having a casual conversation with a very high-ranking UC administrator about a proposal that he was developing to increase "diversity" at UC in a manner that would comply with the dictates of California's Constitution and the prohibition against race, gender and ethnic preferences. As I listened to his proposal, I asked him why he considered it important to tinker with admissions instead of just letting the chips fall where they may. In an unguarded moment, he told me that unless...
  • Nebraska Initiative 424 Passes!!!!

    11/05/2008 3:57:52 PM PST · by curling · 16 replies · 1,028+ views
    KOLNp-KGIN ^ | 11/05/08 | Curling
    Initiative 424 would amend the Nebraska state constitution to ban state and local governments, along with the University, from showing preferential treatment based on race, sex, national origin and ethnicity. The initiative passed!!!! Yes 389,372 58% No 287,233 42% In Colorado, (Amendment 46) the count is too close to call right now: 50% No--49% Yes with about 70% of the votes tabulated. Ward Connerly chalks up another state (maybe two)!!! There a malcontents in Nebraska who have promised to challenge the law in court. They're current argument are the proceedures used to collect signatures.
  • 3 states to consider affirmative action ban

    08/06/2008 11:16:14 AM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies · 145+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/6/8 | CHRIS KAHN, Associated Press Writer
    PHOENIX (AP) -- With one brief criticism of affirmative action, John McCain has brought new attention to ballot issues aimed at dismantling preferential treatment programs for women and minorities. The question is whether McCain's support for one of those initiatives, in Arizona, will make any difference. . . .McCain's comments also have drawn critics who pointed to comments he made a decade ago calling similar measures "divisive."
  • McCain Backs Ban on Affirmative Action

    07/27/2008 7:09:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies · 99+ views
    Newsmax ^ | July 27, 2008
    Presidential challenger John McCain said Sunday that he supports a proposed ballot initiative in his home state that would prohibit affirmative action policies from state and local governments. A decade ago, he called a similar effort "divisive." The reversal comes as McCain, a conservative senator from Arizona, seeks to tailor his policies and rhetoric to independent-minded voters who will determine the outcome of November election. Both McCain and Democratic rival Barack Obama have accused each other _with good reason _ of "flip-flopping," a charge that carries weight with independents who seek consistency and authenticity in their political leaders. McCain was...
  • It's not even on the ballot yet, but McCain and Obama have a position

    07/27/2008 5:55:17 PM PDT · by flyfree · 7 replies · 113+ views
    latimes ^ | July 27, 2008
    It isn't often that an issue involving a specific state takes center stage during a presidential campaign -- particularly if the matter isn't even officially before the voters yet. But an effort in Arizona to prohibit state and local governments from considering race, ethnicity, color, gender or national origin in matters involving public employment, public education or public contracting was among the topics discussed by both John McCain and Barack Obama on Sunday. The Arizona ballot initiative is the brainchild of Ward Connerly, the former UC regent who was behind a similar proposal in California more than a decade ago....
  • McCain Reverses Himself on Affirmative Action

    07/27/2008 4:32:29 PM PDT · by flyfree · 52 replies · 279+ views
    abcnews ^ | July 27, 2008
    ABC News' Teddy Davis and Kevin Kilbane Report: During a "This Week" interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos John McCain reversed himself on affirmative action and endorsed for the first time a proposed state ballot measure which would end race and gender-based affirmative action in his home state of Arizona. "I support it," McCain declared when asked about the referendum. "I do not believe in quotas... I have not seen the details of some of these proposals. But I’ve always opposed quotas."
  • Obama's Success a Bane for Blacks? (Affirmative Action)

    06/28/2008 1:32:35 PM PDT · by Coffee200am · 21 replies · 98+ views
    The Times Of India ^ | 06.29.2008 | The Times Of India
    WASHINGTON: Barack Obama's political success might claim an unintended victim: affirmative action, a much-debated policy that he supports. Already weakened by several court rulings and state referendums, affirmative action now confronts a challenge to its very reason for existing. If Americans make a black person the leading contender for president, as nationwide polls suggest, how can racial prejudice be so prevalent and potent that it justifies special efforts to place minorities in coveted jobs and schools? "The primary rationale for affirmative action is that America is institutionally racist and institutionally sexist," said Ward Connerly, the leader of state-by-state efforts to...
  • Anti-affirmative action ad targets ex-Obama pastor

    06/08/2008 5:06:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies · 348+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Jun 03, 2008 | ANNA JO BRATTON
    A California group is running a radio ad that uses Barack Obama’s former minister and Nebraska’s only black state senator to take aim at affirmative action in the state. The ad, which includes a clip of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright saying “God damn America,’’ says Wright and Nebraska Sen. Ernie Chambers believe in race preferences, but most Nebraskans don’t... The American Civil Rights Initiative, which is sponsoring the ad, is pushing measures in several states, including Nebraska, that oppose affirmative action, which the group says gives preferential treatment on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin. The...
  • Former UC regent Ward Connerly takes campaign to other states ( anti-affirmative-action )

    06/08/2008 4:14:12 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies · 225+ views
    Medianews ^ | 06/07/2008 | Kevin Simpson
    Ward Connerly's critics often blame the success of the millionaire businessman's anti-affirmative-action campaign on some dubious political sleight of hand. Now they'd like to make the former UC regent's controversial initiative disappear before it reaches the ballot in five states. Connerly's measure won handily in his home state of California and in Washington and Michigan, affecting race- or gender-based programs in public employment, education and contracting. Connerly spearheaded California's Proposition 209 in 1996, which amended the state constitution to outlaw race and gender-based preferences in state hiring and state university admissions. His twelve-year tenure on the Board of Regents ended...
  • Fairness On the Ballot (5 states vote on reverse discrimination this November)

    05/30/2008 5:20:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 134+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 27, 2008 | George F. Will
    Come November, voters will decide on more than half a million federal, state and local officeholders and ballot initiatives. Ninety-nine percent of these decisions will matter less than will the five civil rights initiatives that might be on the ballots in Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Missouri. If the initiatives qualify for those states' ballots, all probably will pass. But the initiatives must surmount ferocious opposition from defenders of racial preferences, such as the politicians who administer and benefit from Missouri's racial spoils system. The crux of the Missouri Civil Rights Initiative (MoCRI) would amend that state's constitution to say:...
  • Where should conversation on race start?

    03/31/2008 9:33:08 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 6 replies · 188+ views
    Yahoo! News - Associated Press ^ | March 30, 2008 | Adam Geller
    So, we're going to get honest about race this time? Let's get started then. If only it were that simple. We've had time to digest Sen. Barack Obama's call for a new, and more frank, examination of the "complexities of race in this country that we've never really worked our way through." Plenty of people, including some from opposite sides of the ideological fence, heard something in that speech that spoke to their hearts. But a period of reflection makes clear that, when the power of rhetoric fades, we're conflicted not just about race, but even how to talk about...
  • Crowd puts Connerly on the hot seat at UNL

    02/27/2008 8:07:11 AM PST · by stan_sipple · 25 replies · 115+ views ^ | 1-27-2008 | Melissa Lee
    Tough, tough crowd. Ward Connerly, the California businessman behind a movement to end race- and gender-based affirmative action in Nebraska, faced jeers and interruptions Tuesday evening as he defended his position on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. About 200 listeners, mostly students, drilled Connerly with questions about his motives, beliefs and even his salary. One young woman asked whether his efforts are funded by the Ku Klux Klan. “No,” Connerly said. Then he added: “What a stupid question,” drawing boos. Connerly leads the California-based Super Tuesday for Equal Rights, which seeks to end racial and gender preferences in hiring and...
  • Affirmative action critic trying to end policies in state

    10/13/2007 8:14:32 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 2 replies · 74+ views
    Lincoln Journal Star ^ | 10-13-2007 | KEVIN ABOUREZK
    A prominent affirmative-action critic is targeting Nebraska as one of five states where he hopes to get voters to decide in November 2008 to end the use of racial, ethnic and gender preferences by public colleges and state and local agencies. Ward Connerly, founder of the American Civil Rights Institute, has begun an effort to put an initiative on the Nov. 4, 2008, ballot in Nebraska that would ban the state from granting preferential treatment to people based on race, gender, color, ethnicity or national origin. The initiative would affect the areas of public employment, public education and public contracting....
  • Gore Imbalanced (The story of Al Gore's encounter with Ward Connerly is priceless.)

    08/03/2007 11:37:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 70 replies · 2,492+ views
    City Journal ^ | 3 August 2007 | Harry Stein
    The former vice president’s new book is itself an assault on reason. The Assault on Reason, by Al Gore (Penguin Press, 320 pp., $25.95) The most surprising thing about The Assault on Reason, Al Gore’s current bestseller, is that for a little while it actually makes some sense. The first few dozen pages, while hyperpartisan, mainly excoriate a dumbed-down, trivia-and-celebrity-obsessed culture, and in the age of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan who could disagree? But Al Gore is like one of those guys at a party with whom, once you get a few drinks in him, you never know what’s...
  • The Preferences Are Coming – Twelve Million of Them

    06/21/2007 7:04:07 AM PDT · by SJackson · 28 replies · 714+ views ^ | June 21, 2007 | Lloyd Billingsley
    The 12 million or more who entered the United States illegally, and would gain United States citizenship under the current immigration proposal, Senate Bill 1348, will qualify for race preferences and privileges for which the majority of Americans are not eligible. This is not fair. That is the view of Ward Connerly of the Sacramento-based American Civil Rights Institute, a veteran of battles against racial preferences in California, Washington and Michigan, and who believes that "race and ethnic preferences ought to be wrong under any circumstances." The current immigration measure, Connerly believes, would constitute a massive endowment of such preferences....
  • Dividing America by Race and Ethnicity

    06/20/2007 5:18:03 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 125+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 6/20/07 | Purple Mountains
    Yesterday, I published an essay indicating that the basic fabric of America is holding despite the efforts of the hate-America crowd to unravel it. I didn’t mean to say that we should all relax, or that the dangers weren’t still out there. The multiculturalists are still hard at work trying to destroy the concept of an American experience and an American culture – born and sustained by the melting pot.
  • Joel McNally: Affirmative action foes really want whites-first (BARF alert)

    12/30/2006 6:31:11 AM PST · by rellimpank · 39 replies · 1,248+ views
    Capitol Times ^ | 30 Dec 06
    Inviting Ward Connerly to speak to a special Wisconsin legislative committee studying affirmative action is like inviting the grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan to address a hearing on race relations. Connerly is a black man who has received millions of dollars from Milwaukee's Bradley Foundation and other right-wing organizations to travel the country opposing affirmative action for black people.
  • Anti-affirmative-action effort could spread to other states

    12/14/2006 7:22:05 AM PST · by freespirited · 4 replies · 363+ views
    Signs on San Diego ^ | 12/13/06 | Tim Martin
    Nine western states could be among the next sites for debate over whether race and gender should be considered in determining who gets into public universities and who gets government work. The expanded effort announced Wednesday was sparked by the recent success of a ballot proposal to amend Michigan's constitution, said Ward Connerly, chairman of the Sacramento, Calif.-based American Civil Rights Coalition. The group supports banning public affirmative action programs based on race and gender preferences, a proposal that passed in Michigan in November with 58 percent of the vote. “It played a huge role,” Connerly said of the group's...
  • 'Free to Lose' Isn't Good Philosophy for the Right Wing (Mark Steyn)

    11/19/2006 2:39:53 AM PST · by Tom D. · 118 replies · 2,690+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 19, 2006 | Mark Steyn
    'Free to lose' isn't good philosophy for the right wing November 19, 2006 BY MARK STEYN Sun-Times Columnist If Milton Friedman had to die, then a week after the defeat of a Republican Congress that had apparently forgotten every lesson Friedman taught in Free To Choose is eerily apt timing. As it happens, had ill health not intervened, Professor Friedman would have been disembarking round about now from a National Review post-election cruise with yours truly and various other pundits and commentators. Instead, we were obliged to sail without him, and in the days that followed I found myself wondering...
  • Michigan Prefers Equality (against preferential treatment of minorities)

    11/12/2006 1:35:46 PM PST · by Zakeet · 21 replies · 946+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 12, 2006 | Abigail Thernstrom
    Ward Connerly has done it again: A striking 58% of Michigan voters gave the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative a thumbs up; only three counties voted against it. The language of the MCRI closely tracks California's 1996 Proposition 209, also led by Mr. Connerly. It amends the Michigan Constitution to "ban public institutions from using affirmative-action programs that give preferential treatment to groups or individuals based on their race, gender, color, ethnicity or national origin for public employment, education or contracting purposes." The political and business establishments, pressure groups like the AARP, labor-union leaders, religious spokesmen, the professoriat, the major Detroit...
  • Prop 2: A Lesson for Republicans

    11/14/2006 1:37:18 AM PST · by Screaming_Gerbil · 16 replies · 706+ views
    National ^ | November 9, 2006 | Henry Payne
    After an otherwise grim election, conservatives can exult in the improbable, landslide win of Proposition 2 banning racial and gender preferences in Michigan. A pity the Republican party can’t share in the celebration. That’s because Michigan Republicans found it more politically expedient to join Democrats and Big Business in opposition to Prop 2 than to fight for the principle of race neutrality in government admissions, hiring, and contracting. The party’s reasoning? By throwing the initiative overboard, they hoped to keep minority turnout low, thus helping GOP nominee Dick DeVos in his run for governor against incumbent Jennifer Granholm. But these...
  • Reparations for blacks topic at Bay Area events

    11/04/2006 1:25:45 AM PST · by CrawDaddyCA · 60 replies · 983+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 11/03/2006 | Hanna Tamrat
    OAKLAND — Political and social activists, historians and educators from the United States and around the world are gathering in the Bay Area this weekend to discuss reparations for slavery of African people and colonialism in Africa. "The wealth of the West is built on slavery of African people," said Penny Hess, chairwoman of the African People Solidarity Committee. "White people need to recognize it and support (reparations)." Hess is one of nine speakers during the two-day event set for Saturday in Oakland and Sunday in San Francisco. The event celebrates African People Solidarity Day and calls for the white...
  • Opponent of racial preferences takes quest to Michigan

    10/30/2006 7:54:57 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 339+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/30/6 | Leslie Fulbright
    <4>PROP. 209 LEGACY: Connerly continues controversial effort over college admissions - California's champion of color-blind college admissions has made his way to Michigan and is aggressively promoting a measure similar to Proposition 209, which outlawed the use of racial preferences in admissions to California's public colleges 10 years ago. Ward Connerly, the former UC regent, wants to end affirmative action nationwide and has spent the past decade on campaigns seeking bans on race-based college admissions. "Affirmative action has perpetuated the notion that black people aren't as smart," he said. After heading the campaign for Prop. 209, which passed with 54...
  • Huff Poster Paints Lieberman in Black Face

    08/02/2006 11:39:05 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 30 replies · 2,533+ views
    by Mark Finkelstein August 2, 2006 - 14:07 On the one hand, liberals enjoy portraying themselves as models of tolerance and racial sensitivity. But woe betide someone who runs afoul of their orthodoxy. Liberals don't hesitate to bring out the crudest racial imagery to mock them. We've all seen the vulgar caricatures of Clarence Thomas, Condi Rice and Ward Connerly. Add Joe Lieberman to the liberal media hit list. Have a look at the image of Lieberman that popped up at Huffington Post today. It's in a column by one Jane Hamsher, who, her bio informs us, is a 'progressive...
  • Connerly brings agenda for education to Midwest

    11/14/2005 12:49:55 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 208+ views
    AP ^ | 11/14/5 | Matt Krupnick
    Ward Connerly, a pioneering political spirit in California, has forged on to the Midwest, where he is trying to reshape Michigan's educational landscape. Michigan residents will vote next Nov. 7 on a measure nearly identical to California's 1996 Proposition 209, which ended the use of racial preferences in college admissions and state hiring. Many California educators blame the measure for plummeting minority enrollment. And just like in California, it is Connerly who has championed the affirmative-action ban in Michigan. As home to the well-regarded University of Michigan, the state has long been a battleground for higher-education policy tests. Following lawsuits...
  • “End Race Preferences”: The fight continues in Michigan.

    08/18/2005 6:42:30 AM PDT · by Alia · 9 replies · 521+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 08-18-2005 | Jennifer Gratz
    The debate over race and gender preferences is always an intense one. Proponents of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI) believe that all people should be treated as equal individuals. We believe that any time a preference is given to an individual of one "race" over an individual of another "race," or to one gender over the other, treatment cannot be equal. We believe that all people should be judged based on character, merit, and accomplishments — not skin color or gender. I, for one, do not want to be given a preference over my brother solely because I am...
  • Cal think tank to investigate legal strength of Prop. 209

    08/13/2005 11:36:02 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 478+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 8/13/5 | Matt Krupnick
    BERKELEY - A new UC Berkeley think tank will research whether Proposition 209, the state ballot measure that ended affirmative action at California universities, could be challenged successfully in court. Run by the Boalt Hall law school, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity will take on one of the most contentious issues in higher education: whether race should be used as a factor in college admissions. The institute, to be announced Monday, also will study a broad range of other subjects, including the upcoming reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act and civil rights in K-12...
  • Deadlock Over Affirmative Action

    07/21/2005 11:52:22 AM PDT · by hildy123 · 8 replies · 372+ views
    Thursday, July 21, 2005
    The Board of State Canvassers met yesterday to consider approval for a ballot measure that would end affirmative action in Michigan. The meeting was clearly one of the most cantankerous to have occurred in Lansing in years as protesters gather outside the House Office Building to defend affirmative action. In the end, the Board was deadlocked on the issue even though its sponsor, the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI), submitted 65% more signatures than were needed to put the question on the ballot. A court challenge is expected. We will defer analysis of the legal merits to the legal challenge...
  • Complaints continue in affirmative action petition campaigns (PAYBACKS!!!!!!!!!)

    06/09/2005 5:57:48 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 370+ views
    AP ^ | 6-9-05
    Complaints continue in affirmative action petition campaigns 6/9/2005, 8:16 p.m. ET The Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The group behind an anti-affirmative action ballot proposal said Thursday it is filing a campaign finance complaint against one of its political opponents. The Michigan Civil Rights Initiative complaint says the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration & Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality by Any Means Necessary (BAMN) intentionally underreported its campaign contributions. That allowed BAMN to avoid a trigger that would require it to open up its donor and expenditure records, according to the complaint, which MCRI spokesman Chetly Zarko...
  • MI: Business execs favor ban on preferencesPoll: Majority would vote for amendment

    06/08/2005 3:50:35 PM PDT · by Alia · 11 replies · 362+ views
    Crain's Detroit Business ^ | 06-06-05 | Crain's Detroit Business
    A majority of small and midsize business owners and managers surveyed in a Crain’s poll support a state constitutional amendment banning racial, gender and ethnic preferences in state government and universities.The findings mirror another poll by John Bailey & Associates, which was commissioned by the Detroit Regional Chamber. Crain’s poll, conducted by EPIC-MRA, had a larger sample size. (See box, Page 88.) ... Ward Connerly — a former University of California regent and a nationally known opponent of racial preferences — is backing the Michigan initiative. A group called the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative circulated petitions in the state. Jennifer...
  • Complaint accusing anti-affirmative action group of campaign finance violations dismissed (Michigan)

    06/06/2005 6:15:57 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 4 replies · 314+ views
    AP ^ | 6-6-05 | Bree Fowler
    Complaint accusing anti-affirmative action group of campaign finance violations dismissed 6/6/2005, 6:51 p.m. ET By BREE FOWLER The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — The Secretary of State on Monday dismissed a complaint by a pro-affirmative action group that accused the group behind an anti-affirmative action ballot initiative of money laundering and other campaign finance violations. The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration & Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality by Any Means Necessary (BAMN) claimed in the complaint that the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative and California affirmative action opponent Ward Connerly unlawfully refused to disclose who has donated most of...
  • Judge: Law violates Prop. 209

    05/13/2005 3:20:16 PM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies · 564+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/13/5 | Jim Sanders
    California lawmakers improperly and unconstitutionally adopted legislation two years ago that violated the state's ban on race-based preferences, a Sacramento Superior Court judge ruled Thursday. Ward Connerly called the ruling by Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Cecil another "nail in the coffin of preferences" based on race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin. Connerly had argued in the suit that Assembly Bill 703, signed into law by Gov. Gray Davis, was an "end run" around Proposition 209, a 1996 initiative banning preferences in state hiring, contracting and education. "This is a happy day for me, personally, and for all of...
  • Whining While Black - (excellent analysis by James Atticus Bowden)

    05/04/2005 1:49:04 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 44 replies · 1,607+ views
    Thank goodness Confederate History Month is over! Maybe Civil Rights organizations, black politicians and journalists will stop whining for awhile. They must pay the Sons of Confederate Veterans on the side. Fat, middle-aged suburbanites waving Confederate flags create excuses for hysterical screaming. Ironically, the volume and shrillness of attacking Confederate heritage is inversely proportional to the actual racism and threat to personal safety. But, it’s profitable if you’re a race pimp. When your skin color is your day job, you need something to cry ‘wolf’ about. The professionally-black Blacks, whose jobs are based on ‘African-American’ in their titles, are working...
  • UC dean, professor debate merits of affirmative action

    01/19/2005 6:24:23 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 552+ views
    AP ^ | 1/19/5 | MICHELLE LOCKE
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Ward Connerly, who made fighting race-based admissions a constant of his career as a University of California regent, stayed with that theme to the end of his 12-year term with a lively discussion over the merits of affirmative action. In one of his last acts as a regent, Connerly invited UCLA law professor Richard Sander to present his recent research finding that black students admitted to law school by affirmative action ended up at a disadvantage. Sander found the students couldn't keep up with the rest of the class, posting lower grades and becoming more likely to...
  • CA: (Ward) Connerly to step down as Regent (anti-Affirmative Action leader)

    12/09/2004 12:04:38 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 3 replies · 269+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | Dec. 09, 2004 | MATT KRUPNICK
    Connerly to step down as Regent Influential figure will pursue goal to end affirmative action WALNUT CREEK - Ward Connerly, the outspoken affirmative-action opponent who led the drive to end preferential college admissions in California, will not seek a second 12-year term as a University of California regent. Connerly, 65, said he plans to step down from the governor-appointed UC board when his term ends March 1. He will attend his final board meeting next month. A spokeswoman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who will appoint Connerly's replacement, declined to say whether Schwarzenegger had told Connerly that he would not be...
  • MCRI back to gathering signatures[bans race preferences]

    09/22/2004 3:47:16 PM PDT · by rdf · 232+ views
    The Michigan Daily ^ | September 22, 2004 | Aymar Jean
    When the campaign to ban race-conscious programs in Michigan faced lawsuits and internal disagreements this spring, most assumed it would implode and fade away. But the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative is still active, and its leaders expect to finish its goal in the next month. The group is currently gathering signatures to eliminate the use of race in public education, employment and contracting. It must collect 317,757 signatures by January 2005 to get its issue on the ballot for 2006. MCRI began this January and sought to complete its drive in July to place the proposal on the November ballot....
  • The “Diversity” Elephant: One area where the president is wrong

    09/01/2004 5:41:55 AM PDT · by Stoat · 2 replies · 515+ views
    National Review ^ | September 1, 2004 | Ward Connerly
    In the interest of full disclosure, I am a Republican who strongly supports George W. Bush in his bid for reelection. I am also often described as the "national leader" in the movement to eliminate race preferences and to purge "race" from the public arena. Recently, President Bush appeared at the "Unity Journalists of Color" convention in Washington, D.C. In response to a question from the audience about "diversity" and "affirmative action," the president gave me a strong case of heartburn. My dilemma, and that of many others who support the president but disliked his response to this question, is...
  • A Cosby Makeover

    08/02/2004 6:32:13 AM PDT · by SmithPatterson · 7 replies · 778+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 8-2-04 | Ward Connerly
    A Cosby Makeover The NAACP should dedicate itself to more than just institutional preservation. By Ward Connerly When President George W. Bush declined to speak at the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), he sparked — unwittingly, I am certain — a national discussion about the NAACP that is long overdue. For decades, the NAACP has well served the nation and "colored people," in particular, in its advocacy of the cause of justice and equality for all Americans. One would be hard-pressed to identify any major legal battle about civil rights in which...
  • Not a Chance: The electoral journey of Proposition 54.

    10/15/2003 10:47:32 AM PDT · by Alia · 15 replies · 168+ views
    National Review ^ | 10-15-03 | Ward Connerly
    In July 2002, the California secretary of state certified that enough signatures had been submitted to qualify the "Racial Privacy Initiative" (RPI) — an initiative to ban government classification based on race and skin color — for the ballot in the next statewide California election. Little did anyone know at the time that the next statewide election in California would be a special election in October 2003 to recall Governor Gray Davis. According to California's election code, any ballot initiative that has qualified for the ballot is automatically rolled over to the next statewide election, a fact that doomed RPI.A...
  • Votez Euro-Palestine. Doffing your cap. Letters about Reagan — and more

    06/17/2004 2:59:16 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 1 replies · 159+ views
    NRO ^ | 6/17/04 | Jay Nordlinger
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  • Court of Appeals Reinstates Anti-Affirmative Action Petition Drive

    06/13/2004 1:04:33 PM PDT · by vikingd00d · 2 replies · 190+ views
    Court of Appeals Reinstates Anti-Affirmative Action Petition Drive The Associated Press Published: Jun 13, 2004 LANSING, Mich. (AP) - An appeals court has reinstated a petition drive for a ballot proposal to end affirmative action at public universities and other agencies. The Michigan Court of Appeals overturned an earlier ruling that the petition was improperly worded and likely to confuse voters. The decision removes a major obstacle for the campaign led by Ward Connerly, who championed a successful ballot initiative dismantling most affirmative action programs in California. A spokesman for the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, the group circulating the petition,...
  • Bill may let UC consider race (Racist leftists at it again - Prop 209 under attack)

    05/29/2004 10:11:01 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 7 replies · 411+ views
    Daily Bruin ^ | Daily Bruin | Richard Clough
    Bill may let UC consider race By Richard Clough DAILY BRUIN REPORTER In a move likely to re-ignite a recurring debate, the state Assembly passed a bill Wednesday which would allow public universities in California to consider race in their admissions processes. Assembly Bill 2387, which will be sent to the state Senate Education Committee by June 9, would allow the University of California and California State University to consider factors such as race and gender in undergraduate and graduate admissions as long as no preference is given based on those factors. The bill passed the state Assembly by...
  • Blocking the Vote

    04/07/2004 10:09:19 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 256+ views
    NRO ^ | April 07, 2004 | Ward Connerly
    E-mail Author Send to a Friend <% printurl = Request.ServerVariables("URL")%> Print Version April 07, 2004, 8:20 a.m. Blocking the VoteDefenders of racial preferences twist the law in Michigan. By Ward Connerly Whatever we do, we can't let the people vote. That seems to be the attitude of the elites in the state of Michigan. They will do anything to prevent the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI) — a proposition to end racial preferences in the public arena — from getting on the ballot. My organization, the American Civil Rights Coalition, and I are working with the brave folks in...

    03/26/2004 5:59:25 PM PST · by Alia · 14 replies · 303+ views
    Michigan Civil Rights Initiative ^ | 03-26-04 | Tim O'Brien
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 26, 2004, CONTACT: Tim O’Brien 313.550.9000, SOUTHGATE, MIJUDGE REJECTS REQUEST TO HALT MICHIGAN CIVIL RIGHTS PETITION DRIVEIn a sharply worded opinion, Wayne County Circuit Judge Susan Borman, denied a request by two attorneys to halt the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative petition drive to amend the state constitution by prohibiting race and gender preferences by state and local government.Two attorneys brought the motion claiming that the circulation of the petitions should be barred because the effect of the amendment would be to undo the recent Grutter v. Bollinger decision by the US Supreme Court that permitted government...