California voters want to stand up for California values and our diverse coalition is dedicated to supporting them. California Assembly Constitutional Amendment No. 5 (ACA 5) has been introduced to place a repeal of Proposition 209 on California’s November 2020 ballot and we need your voice to join our coalition to make this a reality.
ACA 5 is authored by Assemblymember Shirley Weber and Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson, and co-authored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr., Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager, and Senator Holly Mitchell.
We have unanimous legislative support from the California Legislative Black Caucus, and support from the leadership of the California Legislative Latino and Women’s Caucuses. Now we need to become a robust, inclusive and diverse coalition to launch an inspiring legislative advocacy campaign to secure two-thirds support within the state legislature.
We have the chance to champion our progressive values and repudiate the racism of the Trump administration by voting to repeal Proposition 209.
Support ACA 5 so that we’re all on the same, level playing field.
Proposition 209: A Past That Divides Us
After his success in stigmatizing Latino immigrants through the passage of Prop 187, Republican Governor Pete Wilson and his allies continued using race as a political wedge and spearheaded the passage of Proposition 209 in 1996 to prevent equal opportunity in state contracting, hiring and education. Since then, the Sate of California has denied women, people of color and immigrants valuable opportunities that are proven to reduce discrimination in our schools, workplaces and communities.
The ban on equal opportunity programs is hurting Californians:
- Businesses owned by women and people of color lose $1.1 billion annually in government contracts
- The number of women and Latinos employed by the State of California decreased significantly relative to population growth
- Women still earn only 80 cents for every dollar a man earns on average, and women of color and single moms make less than 60 cents on the dollar for the same work as their white male counterparts.
- Black and Latino students admitted to the University of California decreased between 12 and 60 percent depending on the University’s location
- Asian American and Pacific Islander admission rates to the University of California have declined
A Bold Solution to Level the Playing Field
ACA 5 is about equal opportunity for all and investment in our communities. Together, we can stand up for our values and help end gender and racial discrimination in California. This is a historic moment in our country and in California. We have the chance to champion our progressive values and repudiate the racism of the Trump administration by voting to pass ACA 5.
ACA 5 creates fair opportunities for all, without creating racial quotas, by:
- Providing more opportunities for women to succeed by encouraging employers to eliminate discrimination in the workplace
- Creating fair hiring practices in the State of California that give women, Latinos, Asian- Pacific Islanders, and African-Americans access to public career jobs
- Ensuring state contracts are awarded fairly, helping businesses owned by women and people of color to grow and succeed
- Expanding access to public higher education for students of color
- Ensuring that colleges and universities can offer a diverse atmosphere that enhances learning outcomes, and encourages mutual respect and understanding.
- Increasing the number of college-educated workers and creating an additional $135 billion in personal income for Californians