Vote NO to SCA 5!
  • Petitioning California State Assembly

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California State Assembly

Vote NO to SCA 5!

    1. Petition by

      Concerned Californians

Dear California State Assembly Members,

 

1/30/2014 marked one of the darkest days in California’s recent history of politics. On this day, the California Senate, controlled by the Democratic supermajority, approved Senate Constitution Amendment No. 5 (SCA 5), which would repeal provisions of Prop 209 and allow the State of California to deny an individual or group's rights to public education on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin.

 

To understand SCA 5, we have to remember what Prop. 209 is. In November 1996, Proposition 209 (also known as the California Civil Rights Initiative) amended the state constitution to prohibit state government institutions from discriminating against, or granting  preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment , public education, or public contracting.  In the 18 years that Prop 209 has been in effect, California has become the most diversified state in the US. Also, we fully support comprehensive measures having since been introduced to help students from disadvantaged families obtain higher education.

 

Now SCA 5 seeks to REMOVE any mentioning of “public education” in Prop. 209. The bill even wants to REMOVE University of California and public schools from the definition of State Government Institutions. This will unfairly roll back the clock to discriminate a student simply based on her/his race. If it succeeds, what will be next in its supporters’ minds to be removed between other two areas (public employment and public contracting) in Prop. 209?

 

The 14th Amendment of the US Constitution clearly states that no state shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of its laws. The SCA 5 is racist and in violation of the US Constitution.


We hereby urge you to vote NO to SCA 5!

To:
California State Assembly
Vote NO to SCA 5!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Your vote is the most powerful voice against SCA 5!

      Dear supporters,

      We won the first battle! On March 17th, State Assembly Speaker John Perez(D-AD53) announced sending SCA 5 back to State Senate.

      But the ghost of SCA 5 is still looming large on State Capital, because certain sectors of politicians in California are firmly believe in the spirit of SCA-5. "The California Latino Legislative Caucus and California Legislative Black Caucus jointly express our strong support of SCA 5 (Hernandez) despite its return to the house of origin for further consideration. We share a strong commitment to its passage..." (http://goo.gl/xnkZwd)

      Therefore, we urge you to vote in the primary (June 3) and general (Nov) elections in California. Please elect the party and candidates who can genuinely defend our constitution (prop. 209) and prevent the resurrection of SCA 5. Some Asian volunteers also prepared an election cheat sheet for your reference: http://tinyurl.com/ca63election .

      United we stand!

      Volunteers Against SCA5

    2. Reached 100,000 signatures

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    • allen cheung SAN MARINO, CA
      • 13 days ago

      In the late 1800s California and by Extension the whole U.S. passed a series of laws against Chinese and other Asians. Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882

      Seen through this lens, SCA 5 is really the Asian Exclusion Act of 2014

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    • darren chow LOS ANGELES, CA
      • 14 days ago

      NO SCA5!

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    • Demi Dang LYNN, MA
      • 14 days ago

      Because I'm an asian american and this is a complete injustice to my rights and education.

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    • Kai yui Yeung 蒙特利公園, CA
      • 16 days ago

      Not fair

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    • Gloria Chan TEMPLE CITY, CA
      • 21 days ago

      no no no

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