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[LAAMN-ANN] PETITION: Reverse the Ban on Affirmative Action

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  • Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action
    Please sign the petition shown below the dashed line AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (you must sign it on the Internet, and it s simple to do) and forward this message to
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 8, 2000
      Please sign the petition shown below the dashed line AS SOON
      AS POSSIBLE (you must sign it on the Internet, and it's
      simple to do) and forward this message to all individuals
      and e-mail groups you know MAY be interested in signing.

      Recent developments show that we are close to winning the
      reversal of the ban on affirmative action in the UC
      (University of California) system! (The petition below
      explains why this is very important.) On Jan. 28, 2000, UC
      Regent William Bagley announced in the San Francisco
      Chronicle that he is gearing up a campaign to get them to
      reverse the ban; on Jan. 31, UC Regent and Lieutenant
      Governor Cruz Bustamente wrote an opinion piece to the LA
      Times calling on the regents to reverse the ban; and on Feb.
      2, the San Francisco Chronicle called for reversal in its
      editorial.

      In addition to the petition campaign, we are organizing
      further demonstrations at UC Regents' meetings and days of
      action such as the February 24, 2000 Statewide Day of Action
      to Reverse the Ban on Affirmative Action in the UC System,
      which is part of a National Day of Action in Defense of
      Integration and Affirmative Action. (Contact BAMN for more
      info or to participate.)

      Many thanks to the thousands of you who have already signed
      the petition.

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      PETITION TO REVERSE THE BAN ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IN THE UC SYSTEM
      ( please sign online at http://www.bamn.com/reversetheban.htm )

      Whereas:

      -- The UC Regents' decision to eliminate affirmative action
      at the University of California in the summer of 1995 was
      the trigger-point of the attack on affirmative action in
      higher education across the country. That attack has grown
      into a nationwide attempt to reverse the 1954 Brown v. Board
      of Education US Supreme Court decision outlawing segregation
      in public schools and to reverse all the progress toward
      integration and equality achieved by the civil rights
      struggles of the 1950's and 1960's.

      -- The Regents' 1995 decision was a grave mistake; it has
      dramatically narrowed educational opportunity for black,
      Latino and other underrepresented minority students in
      California and has helped set in motion a very destructive,
      racist political process across America.

      -- A California Superior Court Judge has ruled that
      Proposition 209 does not prohibit affirmative action for the
      purpose of equalizing educational opportunities--so the
      reversal of the ban on affirmative action could have a
      direct effect on stopping the resegregation of the UC
      system.

      -- Reversing the ban on affirmative action in the UC system
      would send a powerful message across the country that the
      attack on affirmative action and integration is a historic
      mistake, that it must not continue, and that it must be
      reversed.

      -- The Regents' ban on affirmative action has hurt the
      reputation of the UC system. Increasingly, some of
      California's most talented black and Latino students leave
      California to enroll in other universities rather than
      attend campuses where the Regents have told them they are
      not wanted.

      -- UC Regent William Bagley is attempting to get the 1995
      ban reversed by the regents and is confident this is
      possible. But Regent Bagley's effort needs public support
      and pressure on Governor Gray Davis and other regents to
      stand up now and do the right thing.

      WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, DEMAND THAT THE UNIVERSITY OF
      CALIFORNIA REGENTS REVERSE THE BAN ON AFFIRMATIVE
      ACTION IN THE UC SYSTEM.

      * please sign online at http://www.bamn.com/reversetheban.htm *

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      If your organization, union, student or community group
      would like to endorse the petition, please notify us of this
      as well. (A list of endorsers of the Reverse the Ban
      petition is below.)

      If you would like this petition in Microsoft Word 97 or
      Acrobat Reader format so that you can print out and
      circulate a hard copy, please send your request to
      DefendAffAction@....

      Thank you!

      ------------------------------------

      The following is a partial list of the organizations and
      individuals who have signed on to the petition demanding the
      reversal of the ban on affirmative action in the UC system:

      San Francisco Central Labor Council, Sacramento Central
      Labor Council, Orange County Central Labor Council, SEIU
      (Service Employees International Union) Local 250,
      University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE-CWA)
      Local 1, Associated Students of the University of California
      at Berkeley (ASUC), Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) at
      Sacramento State University, UC-Berkeley Chancellor Robert
      Berdahl, former UCB Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien, UCSF
      Chancellor Michael Bishop, UCLA Director of Admissions Rae
      Lee Siporin, Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action By Any
      Means Necessary (BAMN), Revolutionary Workers League, Glide
      Memorial Church in S.F., Chinese for Affirmative Action
      (CAA), UC-Berkeley Cal Democrats, UC-Berkeley NAACP,
      UC-Berkeley African American Theme House council, the
      UC-Berkeley Oscar Wilde House council (lesbian/gay/bisexual/
      transgender theme house), Mills College Womanists Against
      Institutional Racism (WAIR), Organizing Director of the
      California Faculty Association, Berkeley High Leadership
      class, Oakland High Youth Power, Asian American Association
      (AAA), Black Seminarians of the Graduate Theological Union,
      UC-Berkeley Black Pre-Law Society, UC-Berkeley United
      Students Against Sweatshops, Japanese American Citizens
      League (JACL), and many other organizations and individuals.

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