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WATCH: ‘Race & Coronavirus: A Bay Area Conversation’ virtual town hall about COVID-19 impact on African American community
ABC 7 (05/04/2020)

Opportunity for All Coalition Co-Chair Eva Paterson was a panelist on a special ABC 7 town hall “Race and Coronavirus: A Bay Area Conversation” broadcast on April 30 discussing the impact of COVID-19 on the African American community.

To Boot Out Prop 209:Black Lawmakers Make Case for Affirmative Action in California
Black Voice News (05/04/2020)

By Ebone Monet: On May 1, the Opportunity for All Coalition held a virtual seminar. More than 100 people logged on to take part in a discussion about the ethnic disparities of the COVID-19 crisis. Coalition member and the Chair of the California State Board of Equalization, Malia Cohen, said data revealing that communities of color are disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus crisis highlights inequities in society and the need for affirmative action.

Is Proposition 209 in the Way of Newsom’s Effort to Close the African American Student Achievement Gap?
Post News Group (03/18/2020)

By Joe W. Bowers Jr.: If Prop 209 is an impediment to approving funds to close the achievement gap for African American students, then Newsom has a chance to work with the Legislature on passing ACA 5, the California Act for Economic Prosperity, to repeal Proposition 209 and convincing California voters to approve it.

California Assembly Members Introduce Amendments to Repeal Affirmative Action
Diverse Education (03/16/2020)

By Shailaja Neelakantan: “The amendment, ACA 5, primarily authored by assembly members Shirley Weber and Mike Gipson, would allow for race and gender to be considered in hiring and college admissions.”

Affirmative action could return under new state constitutional amendment proposal
California Globe (03/17/2020)

By Evan Symon: “Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5, authored by Assemblywoman Dr. Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and Assemblyman Mike Gipson (D-Carson), would overturn Proposition 209, a 1996 law removing affirmative action in California that was voted in 55% to 45%.”

Editorial: California should reconsider affirmative action ban
San Francisco Chronicle (03/16/2020)

Editorial Board: “But Proposition 209 was not about advancing civil rights. It was about prohibiting the consideration of race and gender in public education, employment and contracting.”

CA Assembly members propose amendment to allow affirmative action
The Daily Californian (03/15/2020)

By Alexandra Feldman: “A state constitutional amendment that would repeal Proposition 209, California’s ban on affirmative action, was proposed in a state Assembly meeting March 9.”

Black Caucus introduces bill to repeal Prop 209
SacObserver (03/11/2020)

Staff Report: “The California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) announced March 10 that it has introduced legislation to repeal proposition 209.”

Is Proposition 209 in the way of Newsom’s effort to close the African American Student Achievement gap?
Black Voice News (03/11/2020)

Joe Bowers Jr.: “Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D – San Diego) twice proposed legislation, AB 2635 and AB 575, which would have directed LCFF funding to Black students. Both times, concerns about violating Proposition 209 were raised and the bills failed.”

Drug cartel, pandemic, coronavirus, Prop. 209, Weinstein: Wed news
USA Today (03/11/2020)

Ariene Martinez: “Lawmakers and civil rights groups say they will try to repeal Prop. 209, which in 1996 banned the consideration of race and gender in admissions criteria, hiring and procurement decisions.”