Monday, August 3, 2020 – IRVINE – The community of Irvine is expecting a few hundred cars, targeted specifically in the Asian American community, to gather in unity to denounce affirmative action by voting NO on Prop 16, which will be on the November ballot.
Prop 16 seeks to modify the California Constitution by removing a non-discrimination clause when it comes to college admissions and hiring and promotions in the public sector. This affects any government job, University of California and Cal State Universities. It would repeal Prop 209, instituted in 1996, to bar discrimination of any kind during the selection process.
Prop 16 was led by Californians for Equal Rights (CFER) leader, Ward Connerly, who was a University of California Regent. He has come out of retirement to work with CFER and local organizations like Asian Industry B2B (AIB2B) to fight this Constitutional Amendment, also called ACA5 and is now put up to voters on the November ballot.
We will spend a morning with washable chalk pens to write No On Prop 16 on our cars and listen to speakers involved in the battle.
These will include Betty Tom Chu, the first Chinese woman to pass the BAR in Southern California, and founder of East West Bank.
Gail Heriot is a law professor for the University of San Diego and a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
John Park is an Irvine resident, small business owner, community organizer, and candidate for City Council.
Vijay Ingam is a civil rights advocate and a best selling author on racial discrimination. Vijay is also the brother of actress Mindy Kaling from The Office and was featured in CNN, Fox News, Huffington Post and many other news outlets in 2015 for his personal story.
For more information Marc Ang at 424-291-2102 or [email protected].