17 November 2008

another day, another writ petition

so yet another organization i used to work for, equal rights advocates, has filed a writ petition with the CA supreme court.

see the petition here.

they filed this petition along with the california women's law center. here are some choice quotes from their joint press release. again, features a great legal hero of mine, irma herrera. She's the executive director of ERA (and another calitexican...):

"There was a time when women couldn't own property, couldn't vote, and were excluded from equal opportunities in education. If these had been up for a public vote we still might not have them," said Irma Herrera, Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates. "Our Constitution protects women and minorities from having our basic civil rights stripped away so easily as they could be with Proposition 8. For the Constitution to have any meaning, core principles such as equal protection can't be up for grabs in every election."

amen hermana.

"Proposition 8 opens the door wide open for future majorities to change the Constitution to deny equal treatment to any group they don't like," said Katie Buckland, Executive Director of CWLC. "If Proposition 8 is allowed to stand, the equal protection of our state Constitution will be practically meaningless, promising only that minorities are protected from unfair majority intrustion until the majority says otherwise."

sigh. that's kind of a bleak prospect, but definitely very true. there it is in black and white people.

i took video at the rally/march at the SF demonstration on saturday. i will be posting it in the next couple of days. stay tuned.

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