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« on: April 26, 2007, 11:31:06 PM »
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Re: Group launches bid to ban affirmative action
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2007, 11:36:30 PM »
Matthew Benson
The Arizona Republic
Apr. 26, 2007 11:25 AM

An effort was launched today to ban Arizona governments and universities from considering race, sex, color, ethnicity and national origin in hiring and other decisions.

The affirmative action initiative would prohibit everything from government contracting that gives preference to minority-owned businesses to public universities that consider race in student admissions. Private businesses would be unaffected.

Supporters call their action measure the Arizona Civil Rights Initiative, and are targeting the November 2008 election. The initiative would amend the state Constitution, so supporters will need to collect 230,047 valid signatures in order to get the proposal on the ballot.

The effort is led by Ward Connerly, a former University of California regent who has successfully shepherded similar measures in California, Washington and Michigan. Connerly, who is Black, said government shouldn't be in the practice of offering preferences based upon appearance.

"My skin shouldn't matter to you," he told onlookers who gathered at the Capitol for the announcement. "Yours doesn't matter to me."

Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas is serving as honorary chairman of the initiative. He argued that government-sponsored affirmative action has outlived its usefulness, and has become something it was never intended.

Said Thomas, "These programs have grown into something that divides us, a system of inherited preferences inconsistent with the American dream."

The initiative met immediate resistance, however.

Rep. Ben Miranda, D-Phoenix, questioned whether Connerly has brought his movement to Arizona to capitalize on racial unrest brought by fears about illegal immigration. And Rep. Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, called the measure "just another divisive initiative."

He said it's a distraction from more pressing matters, such as immigration, growth, water supply and education, and added, "I haven't heard from a single constituent raising this initiative (as an issue)."

Connerly plans to also place his initiative on the 2008 ballot in Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma and at least one other state he wouldn't disclose. He brushed aside concerns that the campaign will enflame racial tensions.

"Racial tensions are already there," he said. "Don't blame us for that. Don't blame us for something that already exists."



Article link: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0426affirmativeaction0426-ONL.html

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Re: Group launches bid to ban affirmative action
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2007, 03:28:26 PM »
Isn't the Civil Rights Initiative a national group.  I think Arizona is just one of a number of targeted states? 

If so, I remember reading them announcing their plans months ago.

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Re: Group launches bid to ban affirmative action
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2007, 12:49:26 AM »
amen.

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Re: Group launches bid to ban affirmative action
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2007, 09:16:51 AM »
something new..?..?
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Re: Group launches bid to ban affirmative action
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2007, 06:10:06 PM »
something new..?..?

Hmm this is actually a good idea.  I'd love to work for these guys, or at least give some money.

Would be a great way to spend 1L summer.

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Re: Group launches bid to ban affirmative action
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2007, 05:41:06 PM »
Oh, because this worked so well in California with Prop 209. Makes sense.

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Re: Group launches bid to ban affirmative action
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2007, 05:35:12 PM »
It did.

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Re: Group launches bid to ban affirmative action
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2007, 06:25:07 PM »

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Re: Group launches bid to ban affirmative action
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2007, 06:31:50 PM »
yes