California Civil Wrongs Initiative
Students for Social Justice
"The California Civil Wrongs Initiative" -- known officially as the California Civil Rights Initiative -- was on the November 1996 ballot. It passed. The following was written at the time about the initiative itself.
The term "preferential treatment" is the central phrase of CCRI. Since this term is legally undefined, the impact could be wide-sweeping. What's at risk? According to the California Legislative Analyst, CCRI will not only eliminate all affirmative action programs throughout the state, but could jeopardize other crucial programs:
Legalizes Sex Discrimination (section "c" of CCRI)
The language in this section legalizes sex discrimination in the workplace. Currently in California, sex discrimination is only allowed in very limited instances, when there is a compelling government interest. Uni-sex bathrooms and same-sex locker rooms are allowed, based on compelling privacy interests.
What Can We Do?
The only way we can stop the attacks of the "right-wing" to deny students of color, low income students, women, and immigrants access to education and opportunities is by building a powerful voting block of these communities across the state. Students are organizing now to defeat CCRI. Get involved in the fight to save affirmative action.
a) The state shall not use race, sex, color, ethnicity. or national origin as a criterion for either discriminating against, or granting preferential treatment to, any individual or group in the operation of the state's system of public employment, public education or public contracting.
|Published in In Motion Magazine October 20, 1996.
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