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Press release from the Tucson Women's Commission:
Women’s Commission Hosts Public Hearing on Proposition 107
The Tucson Women’s Commission will be hosting a public hearing on Tuesday, October 12th at the El Pueblo Neighborhood Center from 6pm – 8pm to discuss the potential implications of Proposition 107. It is the proposed constitutional amendment that would eliminate equal opportunity initiatives in public sector employment at the state and local level, as well as among public universities and community colleges throughout Arizona.
Proposition 107 was referred to the November ballot by the state legislature and mirrors the language of the Ward Connerly Act passed in California, which would ban the consideration of gender and ethnicity among state institutions in the areas of public employment, higher education, and contracting.
This proposed amendment, if passed, will have a substantial impact on women and people of underrepresented communities in our state, removing existing hiring and recruitment practices established to promote diversity and encourage a workforce and student body that accurately reflect our population at large. The Tucson Women’s Commission is invested in educating local residents on this matter, which has the potential to affect women and their families as well as the campuses and workplaces that serve our great state.
In the spirit of empowering our community with the knowledge to make educated decisions on Election Day, the Tucson Women’s Commission will be hosting an informational forum to discuss the potential effects of Proposition 107. The goal is to engage voters in dialogue regarding equal opportunity initiatives and practices. There will be a panel of various speakers, with the several keynote speakers including:
Barbara Atwood – University of Arizona law professor
Dr. Jeff Milem--Distinguished Professor in Leadership for Educational Reform
Roberto Rodriguez, Assistant Professor, Mexican American Studies (Invited)
A number of organizations have already requested time to speak at this hearing.
The public is encouraged to join us for this important discussion and to learn more about Proposition 107 and what it means for our state and our local communities.
Contact: Dr. Mercy Valencia (cell 400-0571) or
Alison Hughes 520-881-0917/624-8318, firstname.lastname@example.org