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Asian Americans Advancing Justice Responds To Circuit Court’s Upholds Finding of No Discrimination Against Asian Americans in Harvard’s Race-Conscious Admissions Policy

LOS ANGELES, CA --Today, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) issues the following statements on the Circuit Court decision on Harvard's race-conscious admissions policy. 
 
CONNIE CHUNG JOE, CEO, ASIAN AMERICANS ADVANCING JUSTICE – LOS ANGELES STATES:
 
“The fight for diversity and equal access to opportunities is not over – in SFFA v. Harvard, the 1st Circuit of Massachusetts has upheld the value of these goals, and decades of legal precedent on the merit of affirmative action.  And although here in California, the recent defeat of Proposition 16 might make our battle for affirmative action seem over, we know that to be untrue.  Proposition 16 was not the end, but a milestone on our state’s long battle to reestablish affirmative action in education, employment, and contracting for all communities of color, including Asian Americans. This legal win from the Harvard case reminds us that our fight for affirmative action is just and we must continue until affirmative action is reinstated in California.”
 
ASIAN AMERICANS ADVANCING JUSTICE, THE AFFILIATION OF FIVE INDEPENDENT ASIAN AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS, RELEASES THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT ON THE FAVORABLE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION DECISION BY U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIRST CIRCUIT IN MASSACHUSETTS:
 
“Affirmative action recognizes that racism exists. Asian Americans Advancing Justice has stood firm in its assertion that race-conscious admissions allow Black, Latinx, Asian American students, and other students of color to share the whole story of who they are — including how race has influenced or limited their access to resources and opportunities — in order to fairly evaluate a candidate’s application, of accomplishments and potential.
 
The court’s decision upholds a long line of U.S. Supreme Court precedent and affirms the value of diversity and equity, which has also been repeatedly recognized by the Supreme Court. Race-conscious admissions policies foster inclusion and equal opportunities for students of color and do not discriminate against any group, including the Asian American community. We will continue to fight for diversity and equal access to educational, employment, and contracting opportunities for all communities of color.”
Contact: 
Liza Ameen, Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, (213) 977-7500 x258, [email protected]
About Advancing Justice - LA: 
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) is the nation's largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building, Advancing Justice-LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice.
Friday, November 13, 2020

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