"I think Missourians spoke loudly and clearly and rejected this initiative, and rejected the politics that it represents. I think this taught us that real grass-roots efforts can yield results even in the face of well-financed, monied interest," said Brandon Davis, a spokesman Working to Empower Community Action Now, a coalition of labor unions and worker advocates that began organizing last year against the initiative, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Missouri is one of five states that Ward Connerly targeted with anti-affirmative action ballot initiatives. The measure has also been defeated in Oklahoma. It was approved for the ballot in Colorado, and the campaigns continue in Nebraska and Arizona, according to Inside Higher Ed.
Media Resources: Insider Higher Ed 5/6/08; St. Louis Post-Dispatch 5/6/08; Feminist Daily Newswire