EJS and Proposition 16—The Repeal of Prop. 209

EJS has been fighting for what would become Proposition 16 for almost two decades. In 2005, we helped lead one of the first efforts to consider repealing Proposition 209 through a statewide coalition of civil rights advocates, community organizations, research centers, academics, scholars and students assessing the impact of Proposition 209 on individuals, society, and … Continue reading EJS and Proposition 16—The Repeal of Prop. 209

Eva Paterson to Debate Ward Connerly at State Bar Annual Meeting

EJS President Eva Paterson will debate Ward Connerly on the use of race as a factor in higher education admissions on Sept. 30 at this week's State Bar Annual Meeting in San Diego. Former State Bar President Jeffrey Bleich will moderate the debate. The Friday, Sept. 30, session will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at … Continue reading Eva Paterson to Debate Ward Connerly at State Bar Annual Meeting

Impact of Prop. 209 on Calif. MWBEs

One Billion in Potential Contract Dollars Lost Annually by Businesses Owned by Women and People of Color Due to Proposition 209 California’s minority and women business enterprises (MWBEs) have lost the potential equivalent of $1 billion in public contracts because of Proposition 209, according to a report by the Equal Justice Society. EJS released the … Continue reading Impact of Prop. 209 on Calif. MWBEs

EJS Troubled and Disappointed by SCOTUS Decision in Schuette

The Equal Justice Society is deeply disappointed and troubled by the Supreme Court’s decision today in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. The case questioned whether Michigan violated the Equal Protection Clause when it enacted a constitutional amendment banning affirmative action in higher education. The Court ruled that voters could enact such state constitutional … Continue reading EJS Troubled and Disappointed by SCOTUS Decision in Schuette

Study: Affirmative Action Does Not Hurt Graduation Rates and Post-Graduation Success

The following is text from a press release issued by William Kidder of UC Riverside on April 1, 2014. A new critique of the 2012 book “Mismatch” by Richard Sander and Stuart Taylor, Jr. calls into question the validity of the book’s conclusion that affirmative action causes more harm than good. “Based upon a sweep of … Continue reading Study: Affirmative Action Does Not Hurt Graduation Rates and Post-Graduation Success

California State Senate Passes Measure to Ask Voters to Partially Repeal Prop. 209; Assembly to Consider

The California State Senate last week passed Senate Constitutional Amendment 5 (SCA 5), a measure that would ask voters to consider eliminating Proposition 209’s ban on the use race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in recruitment, admissions, and retention programs at California’ public universities and colleges. The measure, sponsored by State Senator Dr. Ed … Continue reading California State Senate Passes Measure to Ask Voters to Partially Repeal Prop. 209; Assembly to Consider

Minority, Women-Owned Small Businesses Seek Role in Caltrans Contracting Suit

Small business owners filed a motion today asking to intervene in a lawsuit that seeks to dismantle Caltrans' Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE). The group of business owners asking to intervene oppose the lawsuit and support the DBE program, which aims to give minority and women-owned businesses equal opportunity to compete for federal contracts. "Small … Continue reading Minority, Women-Owned Small Businesses Seek Role in Caltrans Contracting Suit

Op-ed: ‘AG’s Prop 209 stance in sync with Constitution’

The following op-ed, titled "AG's Prop 209 stance in sync with Constitution," by Dennis Herrera, Eva Paterson and Oren Sellstrom was published in The Recorder today. The Pacific Legal Foundation continues its assault on equal opportunity and fairness by attacking the California state Department of Justice's brief to the California Supreme Court on the constitutionality … Continue reading Op-ed: ‘AG’s Prop 209 stance in sync with Constitution’