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Coming to CO Ballots – An Affirmative Action Showdown

February 25, 2008

Denver, CO – Opponents of the Amendment 31 ballot proposal say it would be a real "negative" for affirmative action. Rosemary Harris, of the group Colorado Unity, says supporters of the amendment are using misinformation tactics, starting with naming the proposal the "Civil Rights Initiative."

"That dupes voters into believing they are supporting civil rights, when in reality their 'yes' vote would turn back the clock."

Supporters of the initiative claim it would be a step toward "real equality." The proposal is part of a national campaign led by California millionaire and anti-affirmative action activist Ward Connerly. A similar campaign in Michigan ran into legal trouble, when allegations surfaced that some people gathering the signatures necessary to put the measure on the ballot had misrepresented the initiative, saying it was pro-civil rights and pro-affirmative action.

Those charges also have surfaced in Colorado. Harris believes that, while the state has come a long way toward equality, it has further to go. She feels this initiative would be a huge step backward.

"Women earn 79 cents for every dollar earned by a white male; and for people of color, the gap is even wider."

Some Amendment 31 opponents have organized an effort to place a competing amendment on the ballot. Harris says the new initiative they're proposing would preserve existing affirmative action programs, without expanding them.

"It merely affirms that those programs already in place, and already constitutional, would continue."

The new, competing measure to preserve affirmative action programs, known as Amendment 61, will be heard this week by the Colorado Title Board.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - CO