Opposition to Michigan Anti-Affirmative Action Measure Grows
An anti-affirmative action bill that will likely appear on Michigan's November 7 ballot is facing increasing opposition by individuals who feel they were duped into signing a petition in favor of the proposed initiative. Nearly 500,000 citizens signed the petition, according to WZZM 13, a Michigan affiliate of ABC, and many are now saying they were led to believe the petition was meant to support affirmative action for women and minorities.
The Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI) is led by Ward Connerly, who does not reside in the state and who has led similar campaigns in Washington and California. The proposed amendment to the state constitution would end affirmative action in regard to public university admissions, state employment, and state contracting.
According to WOODTV, four meetings have now been held in Michigan in which residents expressed their outrage to members of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. Picketers outside of a highly attended meeting held on Monday in Grand Rapids accused the MCRI of voter fraud, reports WZZM 13. Activists are banding together to fight the initiative and a coalition of women’s rights groups have formed called Michigan Women United, according to Ms.
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. . . .