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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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Report Analyzes Successful Campaign to Defeat Colorado’s Anti-Equal Opportunity Ballot Measure

December 17, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The University of Colorado at Boulder recently released a report analyzing the key factors that led to the defeat (49 percent – 51 percent) of Amendment 46, a ballot initiative that would have amended the Colorado state constitution to ban equal opportunity in public higher education, employment and contracting in 2008.

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Senate Passes Compensation Bill for African-American Farmers and American Indians

November 24, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

On Friday, the Senate approved a nearly $4.6 billion settlement for African-American farmers and American Indians who filed claims against the federal government more than a decade ago.

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Despite Progress, Study Finds Women and Minorities Still Underrepresented in Executive Positions

November 23, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

A recent study by Calvert Investments found that women and minorities are still underrepresented in top-level positions in companies despite their increasing workforce participation.

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Senate Won't Consider Paycheck Fairness Act

November 17, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Today a minority of senators blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) from coming to the Senate floor for a vote.  

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Arizona Voters Pass Proposition 107 Eliminating Equal Opportunity

November 9, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Proposition 107, a ballot initiative to amend the Arizona constitution to eliminate equal opportunity programs, such as affirmative action, in public higher education, employment and contracting, was passed by voters (60 percent to 40 percent) on November 2. 

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On Election Day, Arizona Will Vote on Equal Opportunity

October 26, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

On November 2, Arizona voters will vote on Proposition 107, a ballot initiative proposing to amend the state's constitution to eliminate equal opportunity programs in public higher education, employment, and contracting.

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Diverse ‘One Nation’ March Highlights Need for Bold Solutions, Voter Turnout in November

October 4, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty

Nearly 200,000 people from across America came together Saturday to rally for "jobs, justice, and education" at the "One Nation Working Together" march on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The march was designed to spur elected officials to enact a bold agenda to move our country forward, and to urge voters to take part in the mid-term elections on November 2.

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Faith Leaders Celebrate MLK's Legacy and Make Renewed Call to Action for Civil and Human Rights

August 26, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty

On Saturday, August 28, faith leaders and civil and human rights advocates will gather at Shiloh Baptist Church to commemorate the 47th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and commit themselves to renewed activism for social justice.

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Report Shows Economic Benefits of Decreasing High School Dropout Rate

July 22, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Reducing the number of high school dropouts by 50 percent can lead to tremendous economic benefits, according to a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education.

Drawing on data from the largest 45 metropolitan areas, the report reinforces the link between education and the economy. In these areas, 39 percent of high school students do not graduate on time with a standard diploma. However, if the national dropout rate were halved for just one graduating class in these areas, the new graduates could earn more than $4.1 billion in combined earnings, spend an additional $2.8 billion, and support up to 30,000 new jobs.

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Opponents of Equal Opportunity Admissions Denied Access to California Bar Association Data

April 29, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

A state judge in California has ruled against two researchers' request to obtain data from the California Bar Association on the long-term success of law school graduates. Judge Curtis E.A. Karnow of California Superior Court for San Francisco County held that the state bar is not legally obligated to produce the information under state public record laws.

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