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Published October 25, 2022

CFER Co-Sponsors the 10/30 Equal Education Rights Rally in Front of the U.S. Supreme Court to Support SFFA’s Legal Battles Against Harvard and UNC

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On the eve of the Supreme Court’s hearing oral arguments in the two race-preferential admissions cases, CFER will join a coalition of partner groups in a historic rally to advocate for equal education rights on October 30, 2022

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For Immediate Release

October 24, 2022

SAN DIEGO, CA – October 25, 2022- On the eve of the Supreme Court’s hearing oral arguments in the two race-preferential admissions cases, CFER will join a coalition of partner groups in a historic rally to advocate for equal education rights on October 30, 2022.

This important event is organized by the Asian American Coalition for Education (AACE) in support of Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA). SFFA’s lawyers will argue against racial preferences in college admissions by Harvard and the University of North Carolina at our nation’s higher court on October 31, 2022. The Rally for Equal Education Rights is co-sponsored by organizations across the country including CFER and will take place in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Sunday, October 30, 2022 between 1:30 and 4 PM Eastern Time.

“We are standing up for equal rights and opportunity and against racism and discrimination. Echoing what Dr. Martin Luther King famously said, we do not want our children to be judged by their skin color, but by their content of character and their merit.” said Yukong Mike Zhao, president of AACE. “We are confident the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court will agree with us that America will not accept racism in the 21st century, against Asians – or anyone.”

AACE is a non-political, nonprofit, grassroots national organization dedicated to fighting for Asian-American children’s equal educational rights. In May 2015, the founders of AACE united 64 Asian-American organizations and jointly filed a civil rights complaint with the Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to request that they conduct investigations into Harvard University’s discriminatory admissions practices against Asian-American applicants. As the largest joint action taken by Asian-American communities over the last few decades, this complaint was investigated by the Justice Department.

“CFER is proud to co-sponsor the 10/30 rally. In 2020, over 9.65 million Californian voters resoundingly rejected Proposition 16, strengthening a national consensus for equal rights,” commented Frank Xu, president of CFER. “We hope that the Supreme Court will consider unequivocal evidence of racial discrimination in both cases and safeguard equal protection.”

Between March 2021 and May 2022, CFER collaborated with the American Civil Rights Project (ACR Project) in filing three amicus briefs in support of SFFA’s lawsuits, presenting strong evidence that America has a settled public consensus against racial preferences. Our briefs made the case for a demonstrable, broad-based consensus against race-based admissions, which has existed since the early 1990s. This growing national consensus is evidenced by a succession of reputable public opinion surveys and state ballot initiative history in recent years.

In April 2022, the Pew Research Center released newest polling data affirming that an overwhelming majority of the American public say race or ethnicity should not be a factor in admissions. Last week, the American people’s disapproval of racial preferences is again validated by a Washington Post-Schar School poll.

The Supreme Court must overturn Grutter, uphold the Rule of Law and end the experimental departure from equal protection.

Contact:

Wenyuan Wu

wenyuan.wu@cferfoundation.org

(786) 393-8028

About Californians for Equal Rights Foundation (CFER):

We are a non-partisan and non-profit organization established following the defeat of Proposition 16 in 2020, with a mission to defend and raise public awareness on the cause of equal rights through public education, civic engagement and community outreach. In 1996, California became the first U.S. state to amend its constitution by passing Proposition 209 to ban racial discrimination and preferences. Prop. 209 requires that “the state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.” CFER is dedicated to educating the public on this important constitutional principle of equal treatment.

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