"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
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .