Why Proposition 16?

Proposition 16 ends the ban on affirmative action in California so we can level the playing field for all of us to succeed – especially women and people of color who are hurt the most by discrimination.

Come Together for Equality

While we believe everyone should have an equal chance to succeed, the reality is women in California are paid less than 80 cents for every dollar a white man makes – and women of color even less. With Black, Latino, and Native American people dying disproportionately from COVID-19, we’re seeing the devastating consequences of decades of discrimination in education, housing, jobs, health care, and more. 

By passing Proposition 16, we can take a step toward dismantling structural racism and sexism. 

In states that allow affirmative action, women and people of color compete on equal footing for state contracts. But right now, California is one of just nine states that bans affirmative action. Proposition 16 is our chance to change that. It gives us the tools to fight discrimination, without quotas, so we can take a step towards equal opportunity for all families in California. 

Vote YES on Proposition 16, to be a part of a national movement for equality. Stand up to Donald Trump and his allies, and join Senator Kamala Harris, the founders of Black Lives Matter, Governor Newsom, the ACLU, and so many more in supporting affirmative action. 

80 cents

The amount women in California are paid for every dollar paid to white men. This decreases to 61 cents for Black women and 42 cents for Latinas

$1.1 billion

The amount women-and people of color-owned businesses lose each year in government contracts.

26 %

The amount admission rates at UC campuses have dropped for Latino and Black students since affirmative action was banned.

Lots of signs waving supporting equal opportunity for all behind elected officials

The Coalition

Proposition 16 would ensure equal opportunity for ALL Californians. That's why our coalition includes members of Congress, community leaders, organizations, and everyday working Californians.

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