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Legal Experts: Michigan’s Proposal 2 likely to hold up November 10, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in affirmative action, Amendment, ballot, California, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Lawsuit, Racism, Racist, Vote.
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Studying California’s ban, they say legal challenges by pro-affirmative action groups expected to fail. Friends and foes of Proposal 2 are gearing up for a contentious legal battle, but ultimately the new amendment to ban government affirmative action will prevail in court, legal experts say.

One pro-affirmative action group has already filed a lawsuit alleging the law violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act and the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution and the University of Michigan is expected to file another.
“Although I was personally against the passage of Proposal 2, the odds of this lawsuit being successful seem remote,” said Lawrence A. Dubin, a law professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

California voters passed in 1996 Proposition 209, a nearly identical ballot initiative to Proposal 2, which 58 percent of Michigan voters approved Tuesday.

At first a lower court deemed the California measure unconstitutional, but in 1997 the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously declared the measure lawful and allowed it to take effect.



Government proposes amendments to pension rules November 10, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Age Discrimination, Amendment, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, government, Pension.
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UK – The government has announced that it intends to amend certain elements of the Age Discrimination Regulations, regarding laws dictating pensions.

Following a two-month period allowing relevant parties to adjust to the new rules before they are due to be implemented in December, the government has chosen to make alterations to the original proposals.

According to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the changes will include a number of exemptions for “employers, trustees and schemes” to allow the continuation of a number of existing practices.


A Victory Against Racism: Affirmative Action on Ballot July 27, 2006

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The Michigan Supreme Court will not remove an anti-affirmative action measure from Novembers’ statewide ballot. The court rejected a request that it reconsider an earlier decision which sent the measure to Michigan voters.

The proposed amendment would ban government and university admissions programs from basing preference on race, gender, color, ethnicity or national origin.


Freedom of Speech Based on Race: -First Amendment Affirmative Action July 21, 2006

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For forty years, the United States has lived with a variety of government programs applying preferential treatment based on race or gender or both. These programs have generally been limited to education and public contracting.

Recently, in a 2-1 decision, a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a decision which may provide a foundation for applying preferential treatment to freedom of speech. If allowed to stand, the decision could authorize local governments to set varying limits to free expression, depending on the race, religion, or sexual orientation of the listener.