PRESS RELEASE: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi Endorses Prop 16
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — United States House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D- San Francisco) endorsed Proposition 16, the November ballot measure to promote equal access to opportunity in California by reinstating affirmative action.
In her endorsement, Speaker Pelosi noted her involvement in the fight against Proposition 209 in 1996, which led to the 24 year ban on affirmative action programs in California. According to a new UC Berkeley study on the effect of Prop 209 on Californianas found it lowered Black and Latino enrollment in University of California and Cal State University systems and lowered their graduation rates and significantly damaged their income opportunities. Pelosi worked with Prop 16 campaign co-chair Eva Paterson against Prop 209.
“We stood together in 1996 to fight the ‘Civil Wrongs’ initiative, Proposition 209, which banned Affirmative Action in California. We have fought together for decades to advance equality of opportunity, racial and social justice,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “Today, we stand together to repeal proposition 209 and restore opportunity for all Californians. Please vote YES on Proposition 16!”
“Proposition 16 will remove barriers to success for women and communities of color across California — ensuring that all students can get the education they deserve; that women, especially women of color, have equal access to well-paying jobs and promotions; and that our state works for everyone, not just the powerful few,” said Yes on Prop 16 campaign co-chair Eva Paterson. “Speaker Pelosi has been a true-blue ally and advocate for women and people of color for decades. We love her and respect her fierce defense of all we hold dear as progressive Americans.”
Proposition 16 is endorsed by hundreds of organizations and leaders, including Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Governor Gavin Newsom, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Congressman Jimmy Gomez, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Congressman Ted Lieu, Black Lives Matter co-founders Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza, ACLU of California, California/Hawaii State Conference NAACP, Dr. Bernice King, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, California Teachers Association, California Nurses Association and the League of Women Voters California, among many others.