May 01, 1996

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION promises to be a central issue in the 1996 presidential and congressional campaigns. Senator Bob Dole and Representative Charles Canady (R-FL) have cosponsored legislation to end affirmative action in federal hiring and contracting. California is the state at the forefront of the anti-affirmative action movement in the U.S.; a measure called the CCRI on the November ballot aims to wipe out state affirmative action programs. Tuesday, two Senate committee held hearings on affirmative action: the Labor and Human Resources Committee and the Judiciary Committee. California Governor Pete Wilson and University of California Regent Ward Connerly testified at Judiciary, where they were challenged by the only African American in the Senate: Democrat Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois.

Guests: Eva Jefferson Patterson of the San Francisco Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.