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ACLU to hold forum on anti-affirmative action initiative

By |2018-01-16T17:50:34-05:00October 20th, 2005|News|

SOUTHFIELD – On Tuesday, Oct. 25, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan will present a panel discussion titled “War on Equality: Affirmative Action Ballot Initiative” at the Southfield Public Library.
The Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, an effort by out-of-state activists to change Michigan’s state constitution to outlaw affirmative action, may be on the November 2006 ballot pending a decision by Michigan’s Court of Appeals. The State Board of Canvassers refused to certify the ballot initiative during the summer due to allegations of widespread fraud by signature collectors.
If placed on the ballot and passed, the initiative “would roll back progress that minorities and women have made to about the 1950s,” according to Trisha Stein, the executive director of One United Michigan, an organization fighting the MCRI.
Panelists for the ACLU forum will include Kary L. Moss, the executive director of the ACLU of Michigan, and Maxine Berman, Governor Granholm’s director of special projects. Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center is one of several organizations sponsoring the event.
The Affirmative Action forum is part of a series of similar events called “Ideas Behind the News” planned as an annual symposium of discussions on civil rights issues. Sessions on the right-wing attack on abortion rights and right-wing attempts to introduce religion into science classes via “Intelligent Design” will be held on Nov. 2 and Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Birmingham Unitarian Church, 651 N. Woodward Ave. in Bloomfield Hills.
The ACLU panel discussion “War on Equality: Affirmative Action Ballot Initiative” will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25. The Southfield Public Library is located at 26000 Evergreen Road in Southfield. For more information on the event or the series contact Michelle E. Vocht at 248-540-7660. For more information about the anti-affirmative action initiative visit http://www.oneunitedmichigan.org.

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