Cal Matters

Prop. 16 will level the playing field for women and communities of color

For too long, we as a country have under-invested and under-resourced Black, Latino and Indigenous communities – leading to less access to health care and dramatic health care disparities. We see these effects in the ravages of COVID-19: economic inequality, structural racism and public health failures have translated to exponentially higher infection and death rates in the Black, Latino and Indigenous communities.

Santa Barbara Independent

Yes on Prop. 16: Bringing a Little Balance Back

Voters sometimes misconstrue affirmative action to be a favor, or set of favors and handouts to the less fortunate. This is simply untrue. We have Proposition 16 on the ballot to bring at least a little balance back into the narrative of opportunity, with a reinstatement of affirmative action. In 1978 UC Regents v. Bakke struck down diversity quotas as unconstitutional, and in 1996 under Governor Pete Wilson, Prop. 209 was passed banning the use of affirmative action.

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Paid for by Yes on 16, Opportunity for All Coalition, sponsored by civil rights organizations Committee major funding from M. Quinn Delaney, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and the Hospitals, Open Society Policy Center

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