Date(s) - Saturday, Aug 22
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
City of Irvine
Californians for Equal Rights No On Prop 16 car rally. Social distancing guidelines will be respected.
We will spend a morning with washable chalk pens to write No On Prop 16 on our cars and listen to speakers Betty Tom Chu, the first Chinese woman to pass the bar in SoCal and founder of East West Bank. Gail Heriot is a law professor for the University of San Diego and a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. John Park is an Irvine resident, small business owner, community organizer, and candidate for City Council. Vijay Ingam is a civil rights advocate and a best selling author on racial discrimination.
Background on Prop 16:
Proposition 16 will restore restore government discrimination on the basis of race in public education, public employment and public contracting, thereby eroding the principle of equal rights, enshrined both in California Constitution (Section 31 of Article I) and title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Based on cherry-picked data and false reasoning, Prop 16 is political propaganda steeped in lies and misinformation. It will not advance equal rights for Californians. Instead, it affirms rigid racial lines rather than real-life disadvantages.
Since 1996, California has experienced substantial improvements in: underrepresented minorities’ access to UC and CSU, minority public employment prospects, and public contract cost savings. All evidence comes from official sources (UC and CSU official websites) and peer- reviewed academic studies.
What repealing Proposition 209 will mean for California:
• Access to public employment, education and contracting will be based on proportional representation regardless of merit.
• High performing and competent students, workers and contractors will be denied opportunities to pursue their dream education, jobs and contracts if they don’t belong to arbitrary categories of underrepresentation.
• Hard-working students, employees and small business owners who come from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds without “underrepresentation” preferential treatment stand to lose the most.
• Tens of billions of taxpayer money will be wasted on overpaying state contracts, hiring diversity/inclusion professionals, and revamping admissions/hiring programs.
• Structural problems in K-12 education and communities (root causes of disparities and achievement gaps) will be left unaddressed. Every California city, county, state program and public university will engage in the politically expedient bandage of racial balancing.