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.
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. . . .