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Equal Opportunity

Equal opportunity means taking positive steps to end discrimination, to prevent its recurrence, and to create new opportunities that were previously denied qualified minorities and women. Americans for a Fair Chance (AFC) was founded on the belief that the measurable gains accomplished by equal opportunity initiatives contribute to the prosperity and health of our families and communities.

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor: A Proud ‘Product of Affirmative Action’

February 26, 2013 - Posted by Cedric Lawson

In her newly released memoir, "My Beloved World," Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor defends affirmative action – under which she was admitted to Princeton University and Yale Law School – as a needed tool to help disadvantaged students get to the starting line of the race to success.

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Appeals Court Rules Michigan’s Ban on Equal Opportunity Unconstitutional

November 15, 2012 - Posted by Anjali Thakur-Mittal

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit today in an 8-to-7 ruling found that parts of Michigan’s law banning equal opportunity programs at public colleges and universities are unconstitutional.

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Oklahoma Approves Ballot Question Banning Affirmative Action

November 14, 2012 - Posted by Joe Bear

On Election Day, Oklahoma voters approved State Question 759, banning affirmative action measures in state government hiring, public contracting, and higher education. The measure passed by a vote of 59 to 41 percent and amends the state constitution to prohibit any consideration of race, gender, ethnicity, and national origin by the state government.

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments in University of Texas Equal Opportunity Case

October 9, 2012 - Posted by Joe Bear

Tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas, a case that could determine whether universities can continue to use race as one of many factors in admissions, which could impact their ability to promote diverse learning environments for all students.

More information and resources on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin »

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Fisher Case Draws Broad Support from Business, Military, Administration

August 16, 2012 - Posted by Cedric Lawson

More than 50 briefs in support of diversity and the University of Texas at Austin’s (UT) admissions policy were filed this week in the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case which will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on October 10.

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Is Arizona’s Ban on Equal Opportunity Having an Effect?

May 18, 2012 - Posted by Cedric Lawson

Following Arizona voters’ approval in 2010 of Proposition 107 -- which placed a ban on equal opportunity programs in public higher education, employment, and contracting -- state university officials are saying it is still too early to determine the law’s impact, according to reporting by Cronkite News.

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Full Appeals Court Hears Arguments Challenging Michigan’s Ban on Equal Opportunity

April 12, 2012 - Posted by Cedric Lawson

In Cincinnati, attorneys representing a wide range of groups including students, faculty and prospective applicants asked a 15-judge federal appeals court panel to uphold an earlier ruling that struck down Michigan’s ban on equal opportunity programs in public higher education, employment, and contracting.

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FedEx, DOL Reach $3 Million Settlement on Hiring Discrimination Case

March 26, 2012 - Posted by Sandy Thomas

Equal opportunity advocates welcomed the recent news that FedEx reached a $3 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to address a pattern of hiring discrimination in its ground delivery business.

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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Texas Case on Use of Race in College Admissions

February 23, 2012 - Posted by Anjali Thakur-Mittal

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the use of race as a factor in determining admissions at public universities.

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Anti-Equal Opportunity Activist Ward Connerly Facing Accusations of Financial Misconduct

January 19, 2012 - Posted by Anjali Thakur-Mittal

The New York Times has reported that longtime equal opportunity opponent Ward Connerly is being accused of financial misdeeds by a former colleague.

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