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California Assembly voted to pass ACA 5, which could overturn Proposition 209

By CBM Staff

Edit: This article was edited to add two photos, captions and add to article title

Photo by Antonio Harvey

California State Assembly voted to pass ACA 5 last week. The bill authored by Assemblymember  Dr. Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus, sponsored the bill. This could allow Californians to vote on Affirmative action in the November 2020 general election.

The ballot measure that could overturn Proposition 209 now moves to the state Senate for consideration. 

Photo By Antonio Harvey Assemblymemebr Mike Gipson (D-Los Angeles) pats Assemeblymember Shirley Weber ( D-San Diego) on the back after the ACA 5 vote on the floor of the California State Assembly. (June, 10 2020)

“... California took an important step toward real change by passing ACA 5. A new generation of Californians is rising,” said Chris Lodgson of American Descendants of Slaves (ADOS) Sacramento.”One that values the lives and rights of Black American descendants of Slavery.”

Photo by Antonio Harvey Assemblymember Reggie Jones Sawyer( D-Los Angeles) speaks on the floor of the Assembly on ACA 5 on the measure to repeal Prop 209. (June,10 2020)

Let's use this momentum to get the job done in November,” Lodgson went on. “And let's make sure Black Americans in California benefit significantly.”

California voters approved Prop 209 in 1996, a ballot measure that outlawed the consideration of race in contracting, college admissions, employment and state data reporting in California.



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