From Prop 209 to Prop 16: Historical, Legal and Activist Perspectives on Affirmative Action

October 7, 2020 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Californians have endured a statewide ban on race- and gender-based affirmative action policies since the passage of Proposition 209 in 1996. Proposition 209 was subsequently modeled in multiple states nationwide, and is widely recognized for its devastating impact on efforts to advance racial justice in labor and education. The 2019 court case against Harvard University alleging that affirmative action policies discriminate against Asian-Americans has amplified the need for improved public understanding of affirmative action policies as legal remedies, intended to recognize and dismantle racial harm.   Now in November 2020, Proposition 16 is positioned to restore affirmative action in California. Join us for a virtual panel discussion about the legacies of Proposition 209 and the promise of Proposition 16.

Moderated by Vinay Harpalani, the event will feature:

  • Dr. César A. Cruz, author of Revenge of the Illegal Alien, and participant in the 1995 student hunger strike against Proposition 209
  • Professor Cheryl I. Harris, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Professor in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, UCLA School of Law
  • Professor Jerry Kang, Distinguished Professor of Law and Korea Times–Hankook Ilbo Chair in Korean American Studies and Law, UCLA School of Law
  • Eva Paterson, President and Founder of the Equal Justice Society, and Chairperson of the Yes on 16 Campaign
  • Thomas Saenz, President and General Counsel of the Mexican-Americal Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Chairperson of the Yes on 16 Campaign.  

Event Hosts and Main Sponsors:

  • Center for racial and Economic Justice (CREJ), UC Hastings Law
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Co-sponsors of this event currently include:

  • Asian American Bar Association of Northern California
  • California Lawyers Association
  • Center on Law, Equality and Race at UC-Irvine (CLEAR)
  • Critical Race Studies at UCLA School of Law 
  • Filipino Bar Association of Northern California
  • Mexican-American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF)
  • U.C. Berkeley’s Asian American Studies program