Tues 6/16: Tell your state senator to vote “YES” on ACA 5, and bring back Affirmative Action.

Quote from Harvard Law School professor Dr. Randall Kennedy

Action:  Call your CA state senator and say you want them to vote “YES” on ACA 5.

25 years ago, CA voters approved Prop 209, which prevented our state, one of only eight, from taking active measures to prevent discrimination and ensure equality of opportunity. A pandemic has inadvertently exposed one result of that long-ago vote to light…African-Americans in California are twice as likely to die from COVID-19 as whites. 

ACA 5 successfully passed through Assembly with 60 votes and tri-partisan support. It will be heard tomorrow (Wednesday 6/17) in the Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee, of which our state senator Hannah-Beth Jackson is a member The hearing will begin at 9 am and you can watch it here. It’s time for a new generation of voters to repair the damage done by the last one. And it’s time for our legislators to give them that opportunity.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Senator [___] to know that it’s important to me that [she/he] approve ACA 5 as one step towards increasing racial equality.

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (SD-19): 
SAC (916) 651-4019, SB (805) 965-0862, OX (805)988-1940 email
Not your people?: findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.

Deeper Dive

The same objections to Affirmative Action from back in 1996, in fact, from 1866, still exist now. In the video below, Harvard Law School professor Dr. Randall Kennedy examines those arguments and lays out cogent answers to why Affirmative Action is both necessary and legal, and, more importantly from a moral sense, why it should be considered reparational. His lecture, which is about 20 minutes long, as well as the audience questions & period, are very interesting and informative.

ACA-5 talking points and supporter statements

Who supports ACA-5?
  • AAPI Women Lead
  • Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors
  • Advancement Project
  • Alliance for Boys and Men of Color
  • Alliance for Children’s Rights
  • American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity
  • American Civil Liberties Union, Northern and Southern California, and San Diego and Imperial Counties
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 3299
  • Anderson Baker Architects
  • Anti-defamation League
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice, California
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Los Angeles Asian Law Alliance
  • Association of California State Employees with Disabilities
  • Aypal: Building API Community Power
  • Black Students of California United
  • California Black Chamber of Commerce
  • California Change Lawyers
  • California Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • California Democratic African American Party
  • California Faculty Association
  • California Lulac
  • California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
  • California Reinvestment Coalition
  • California Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
  • California State University Northridge – Department of Asian American Studies
  • California-Hawaii State Conference of the NAACP
  • Californians Together
  • Canal Alliance
  • Career Ladders Project
  • Child Care Law Center
  • Children’s Defense Fund-California
  • Chinese American Progressive Action
  • Chinese for Affirmative Action
  • City of Oakland – City Attorney’s Office
  • Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice
  • Community Coalition
  • Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto
  • Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement
  • Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety
  • Cope of San Bernardino
  • Del Sol Group, Inc.
  • Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
  • Diversity in Leadership Institute
  • Education Board Partners
  • Empowering Pacific Islander Communities
  • Energy Converters
  • Equal Justice Society
  • Fathers and Families of San Joaquin
  • Feminist Majority Foundation
  • Food for People
  • Fortune School of Education
  • Friends Committee on Legislation of California
  • Future Leaders of America
  • GO Public Schools
  • Greater Sacramento Urban League
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
  • Hmong Cultural Center of Butte County
  • Hmong Innovating Politics
  • Innercity Struggle
  • Innovate Public Schools
  • International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law
  • Justice in Aging
  • Khmer Girls in Action
  • Kid City Hope Place
  • LA Comadre
  • Lao American National Alliance
  • Latino and Latina Roundtable of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Mayor Libby Schaaf City of Oakland
  • Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community
  • LS Consulting
  • Maternal and Child Health Access
  • National Action Network – Sacramento Chapter
  • National Association of Women Business Owners – California
  • National Center for Transgender Equality
  • National Center for Youth Law
  • National Women’s Law Center
  • New Life Christian Church
  • Nextgen California
  • OCA Sacramento – Asian Pacific American Advocates
  • Officers for Justice Peace Officers Association
  • Parent Organizing Network
  • Policy Link
  • Poverty & Race Research Action Council
  • Public Advocates INC.
  • Reappropriate
  • Reinvent Stockton Foundation
  • Resilience Orange County
  • Rex and Margaret Fortune School of Education
  • Rubicon Programs
  • San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce
  • Social Justice Collaborative
  • Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
  • Southern California College Access Network
  • Teach for America
  • Teach for America Los Angeles
  • Teach Plus
  • The Cambodian Family Community Center
  • The Desertsong Group
  • The Education Trust – West
  • The Fresno Center
  • The Hawk Institute
  • The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • The Praxis Project
  • The Village Nation
  • True Plus
  • UC Berkeley School of Law
  • United Cambodian Community
  • United Negro College Fund
  • University of California Student Association
  • Urban League – Greater Sacramento
  • USC Race and Equity Center
  • Western Center on Law and Poverty
  • Workplace Fairness
  • 10,000 Degrees
  • 28 California Black and African American Academics and Scholars
  • 6 California Latin-x Academics and Scholars
  • 71 Asian American and Pacific Islander Individuals

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