Affirmative rights group to challenge Prop 209

February 15, 2010 7:14:03 PM PST
Affirmative rights advocates will file a lawsuit Tuesday challenging California's Proposition 209. Approved in 1996, it prohibits the UC system from considering race, sex, or ethnicity in student admissions.

Members of a group called 'To Fight for Equality by Any Means Necessary," also known as "BAMN," launched the campaign Monday at Berkeley and UCLA.

BAMN says that because of Prop 209, the UC system is in a state of what it calls "permanent de facto segregation."

"We want a future of equality," said organizer Tania Kappner. "This is this generation's Brown v. Board of Education. To make integration real, we have to have affirmative action back here in California."

Prop 209 was approved by 54 percent of the voters. UC did not respond to phone calls from ABC7 Monday.