Race and Civil Rights - Propositions 16, 17, 18

Race and Civil Rights - Propositions 16, 17, 18

Race and Civil Rights
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

We will discuss three state propositions that the League of Women Voters of California is supporting.

  • Proposition 16 would allow schools and public agencies to take race and other immutable characteristics into account when making admission, hiring or contracting decisions. It would repeal Proposition 209, a 1996 constitutional amendment banning affirmative action at state institutions. Assemblymember Shirley Weber, the bill’s author, will lead our discussion in this legislation.
  • Proposition 17 would allow Californians who are currently on parole to vote. In 1974, California voters passed a ballot measure giving people who have committed felonies the right to vote once they complete their sentences and are no longer on parole. Nearly ⅔ of Californians on parole are Latino or Black. Speakers will be Shay Franco-Clausen and Brett Shears of the Yes On Prop 17 Campaign.
  • Proposition 18 would allow 17-year-old U.S. citizens to vote in a primary and special election as long as they will turn 18 by the subsequent general election. An Associate Director from Power California, roque armenta, will fill us in on this.

Co-sponsored by The Black Women's Institute for Leadership Development (BWILD).