Disqualification of Arizona Affirmative Action Ban Challenged
A last-minute lawsuit filed Wednesday in Arizona seeks to put a decertified affirmative action ban back on the ballot. The lawsuit argues that election officials in four counties wrongly deemed a number of voter signatures to be invalid and that if these signatures were recounted, then the measure would qualify, according to the Associated Press. As of Thursday, ballot printing has been stopped in several counties pending the resolution of the new lawsuit.
The ballot measure (see PDF) was disqualified by Arizona Secretary of State Jan Brewer last week. If placed on the ballot and approved by voters in November, the measure would amend the Arizona State Constitution to ban affirmative action for women and people of color in public education, public employment, and public contracting.
Similar anti-affirmative action bans will be on the November ballot in Nebraska and Colorado. Proposed measures in Missouri and Oklahoma both failed to receive enough signatures to qualify.
Media Resources: Feminist Daily Newswire 8/25/08; Associated Press 8/28/08; Arizona Capital Times 8/28/08.
8/31/2015 Chicago Activists Continue Hunger Strike to Save Predominately Black Public High School - Chicago residents have entered the second week of their hunger strike protesting the closure of Dyett High School, in the predominately African-American Bronzeville neighborhood located on the South Side of Chicago.
Parents and community members are calling on the Chicago Board of Education to keep Dyett - the only open-enrollment, neighborhood school in its area - open and accept a community plan to revitalize the school with a focus on science and green technology. . . .
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .