Journey for Equal Rights

Californians for Equal Rights Foundation (CFER) was established upon the historic victory of the heroic No on 16 campaign in late 2020. Californians for Equal Rights/No on 16, a ballot measure committee, led a remarkable campaign that resulted in the resounding defeat of the divisive and discriminatory Proposition 16 on the November 2020 statewide ballot in California. The campaign succeeded because over 9.62 million California voters overwhelmingly rejected racial preferences as a public tool to address discrepancies, because our resourceful campaign consistently implemented a winning strategy based on a winning message, because we were able to build broad-based alliances across racial, ethnic, and political lines, and because we sufficiently educated the electorate on various harms of race-based decision making.

  • Outspent 16-to-1: we raised $1.72 million vs. over $27 million raised by Yes on 16; we spent18 cents per winning vote, while the backers of racial preferences spent $3.9 per losing vote.
  • A broad-based coalition of supporters from all racial, ethnic and political backgrounds.
  • Won by 57-to-43 percent, 14-point, 2.4-million-votes margin.
  • A David v. Goliath battle against California’s political establishment and corporate elites.

The No on 16 campaign website: www.californiansforequalrights.org or www.noprop16.info

However, the fight for equal rights, or the constitutional principle of equal treatment for all, is far from being complete. Various ongoing attacks on equal rights in public schools and other public domains in California and beyond warrant a timely expansion of our organization into a more permanent structure with a wider scope of activities and operations to monitor and drive policies and programs conducive to the honorable cause of equal rights. In this urgent spirit, founders of Californians for Equal Rights decided to form a non-profit public benefit corporation with the mission to promote the cause of equal rights, under the name Californians for Equal Rights Foundation (CFER).

This not-for-profit organization will also:
1. Promote civic engagement. 
2. Educate citizens and community members on pertinent issues of public interest.

You can learn more about CFER’s mission and vision here. Currently, we are focused on raising public awareness on the harms of critical race theory (CRT) and its varied real-life applications. The image below summarizes our progress in this area.