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FROM PROP. 209 TO PROP. 16 Historical, Legal, and Activist Perspectives on Affirmative Action

October 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Californians have endured a statewide ban on race- and gender-based affirmative action policies since the passage of Proposition 209, which is widely recognized for its devastating impact on advancing racial justice in labor and education. The 2019 court case against Harvard University alleging that affirmative action policies discriminate against Asian-Americans amplifies the need for improved public understanding of affirmative action policies as legal remedies to recognize and dismantle racial harm. In November, Proposition 16 would restore affirmative action in CA. Join us for this panel discussing the legacies of Proposition 209 and the promise of Proposition 16.

Moderated by Professor Vinay Harpalani, the event features:

  • 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 Asian American Studies, and Founding Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, UCLA School of Law
  • Eva Paterson, President and Founder of Equal Justice Society, and Yes on 16 Campaign Chairperson
  • Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel of the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Yes on 16 Campaign Chairperson.

Sponsored by Asian American Bar Association of Northern California; California Lawyers Association; Charles Houston Bar Association; Chinese for Affirmative Action; Center on Law, Equality and Race at UC-Irvine; Center for Racial and Economic Justice at UC Hastings Law; Critical Race Studies at UCLA School of Law; Dolan Law Firm; Equal Justice Society; Filipino Bar Association of Northern California; Mexican-American Legal Defense & Educational Fund; Repair; and UC Berkeley’s Asian American Studies program.

For questions regarding disability access, please contact crs@law.uclu.edu.



Recommended Reading List

Cheryl I. Harris, Reflections on Whiteness as Property, Harv. L. Rev. F. 1 (Aug. 13, 2020)

Vinay Harpalani, “Trumping” Affirmative Action, 66 Vill. L. Rev. Tolle Lege (forthcoming 2020)

Peter White, Affirmative Action May be Down but it’s Not Out, The Tennessee Tribune (Sept. 24, 2020)

Jerry Kang, Immaculate Perceptions, TEDx San Diego (Dec. 14, 2013)

Carole Goldberg, American Indians and “Preferential” Treatment, 49 UCLA L. Rev. 943 (2002)

Cheryl I. Harris, Whiteness as Property, 106 Harv. L. Rev. 1070 (1993)


October 7
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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