Anti-affirmative action measures in Colorado and Michigan were dealt blows in the past several days. In Michigan, affirmative action opponents have been working to garner enough signatures on a petition for a ballot initiative in November’s elections amending the state constitution to ban consideration of race in public employment or education. However, Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Paula J. M. Manderfield ruled that state officials erred in approving the wording on the anti-affirmative action petitions, the New York Times reports. She ordered the state to rescind its approval of the petitions, which violate the state’s amendment process by not fully informing voters of the effect of the initiative.
This decision could defeat or at least slow down the anti-affirmative action petition drive, which has a deadline of July 6 to add the measure to the state ballot for the November elections. Affirmative action opponents, led by Ward Connerly and Jennifer Gratz, a plaintiff in the recent US Supreme Court case on affirmative action, vow to appeal the decision and continue collecting signatures.
Meanwhile, the Colorado Senate on Friday defeated legislation that would have banned affirmative action programs in public hiring, contracting, and public college and university admissions. The final vote on the misleadingly named “Colorado Civil Rights Act” was 18-17. “Defeat of the Connerly-inspired measure … defends affirmative action … and takes a stand against divisive attacks on civil rights in our state. This was a vote for equality and opportunity,” said Bill Vandenberg of the Colorado Progressive Coalition and spokesperson for Colorado Unity, according to the Leadership Council on Civil Rights.
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .
8/25/2015 Fraternity Signs Promote Rape Culture, Elicit Outrage - Old Dominion University (ODU) in Virginia is receiving national attention for a fraternity's vulgar and offensive signs that were on display as first-year students moved into their dorms.
The signs, which were hung on fraternity Sigma Nu and displayed derogatory messages for incoming female students- and their mothers- have since been removed, and the University has promised disciplinary action. . . .