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PLF files new Proposition 209 lawsuit directly in California Court of Appeal

October 16, 2009 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

Author: Joshua Thompson PLF filed a lawsuit today against a number of California agencies and officials including Governor Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Brown.  The lawsuit alleges that the recently enacted Assembly Bill 21 (AB 21), grants preferences on the basis of race and sex in public contracting.  You can read PLF' ...

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"The Battle for Equality"

November 11, 2009 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

Author: Joshua Thompson That's the title of a new article in California Lawyer, a magazine sent to me for free as an active member of the California bar.  But this is not just an article in a magazine.  California lawyers who read the article, can answer a few questions about it, send in a check for … ...

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What does "reverse discrimination" mean?

February 19, 2010 | By PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

Author: Joshua Thompson Discrimination.  Period.  With respect to race, it means treating certain people differently because they have a certain favored or disfavored skin color. I am often dismayed by opponents of racial preferences (opponents of discrimination), or proponents of equality under the law, when they use the the term & ...

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Doe v. Kamehameha Schools : "Kill Haole Day" is not a reasonable concern

March 05, 2010 | By PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

Author: Ralph W. Kasarda For anyone unfamiliar with Native Hawaiian language, a "haole" is a term used to describe a foreigner, especially a white person. Over time, it has become a derogatory slang term to be used in contempt of white people. See here. While some Native Hawaiians may use the term in contempt, others … ...

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The Obama Administration disappoints again

March 19, 2010 | By PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

Author: Joshua Thompson This week the Obama Administration filed an amicus brief in Fisher v. University of Texas.  This case deals with the extent to which universities can deny individuals equal protection rights in the name of promoting group-based diversity. PLF, the Center for Equal Opportunity, and the National Association of Scho ...

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What's so compelling about diversity anyway?

July 13, 2010 | By PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

Author: Joshua Thompson PLF recently filed a brief in Fisher v. University of Texas. There, two white female students are challenging the admissions process at the University of Texas that grants preferences to black and Hispanic students. In our brief (in which we are joined by the American Civil Rights Institute, the National Association of R ...

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Proposition 209 works

July 15, 2010 | By PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

Author: Joshua Thompson The Los Angeles Times published this excellent op-ed on the effects of Proposition 209 and PLF's lawsuit to defend its constitutionality.  Here's a snippet: In reality, despite the coalition's lawsuit, the principles that underlay Proposition 209 have proved themselves correct. The belief that minorities co ...

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Ward Connerly discusses PLF's recent victory

July 16, 2010 | By PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

Author: Joshua Thompson Flashreport.org published a great editorial by Ward Connerly today. The editorial revolves around PLF's recent victory in Connerly v. California. In recent years, especially since the national debate began about illegal immigration, there has much discussion about the “rule of law” and its significance ...

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PLF provides model brief for contractors facing discrimination

July 20, 2010 | By PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

Author: Joshua Thompson Pacific Legal Foundation and the Center for Equal Opportunity have worked together to create a model brief for use by contractors that are the victims of governmental discrimination.  This model brief outlines the most important arguments to include when challenging a public contracting program that discriminates again ...