"Clearly, a mass movement will be necessary to counter not only the attacks on affirmative action, but the broader offensive directed at poor and working class people generally. Since the 1994 elections, right-wing Republicans have been moving with great speed to enact their reactionary contract on America. The shut down of the federal government is just an indication of how determined they are to see their vision for this country realized. So far, Clinton and his allies in the Democratic party have proven to be no match for Newt Gingrich and his gang, both because they agree with parts of that agenda (as demonstrated by Clinton's support for NAFTA and his administration's unwillingness to raise the minimum wage) and because they lack the conviction to meet the challenge forcefully." -- Dr. Pedro Noguera (Published in In Motion Magazine February 10, 1996)
The debate about Affirmation Action is gaining momentum again. On October 10th, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. in Oklahoma, voters decided to ban any form of affirmative action in college admissions, public hiring or awarding of government contracts by 59 percent to 41 percent margin. On Thursday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled, 8 to 7, that Michigan’s voter-approved 2006 ban on affirmative action was unconstitutional. We need to follow Dr. Noguera's guidance and support a mass movement to counter the attacks on affirmative action.
One organization holding the banner high is BAMN (http://www.bamn.com). On their website they state:
The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) is building the new civil rights movement. We are a primarily student- and youth-based organization of leaders in our schools and communities, committed to making real the promises of American democracy and equality.
I encourage you to visit their website and support them in whatever manner you can.