Students debate affirmative action
Demonstration debate on affirmative action
Date: Sunday, May 7,
2000 Time: 3:00-4:00pm
Place: El Cerrito Veterans’ Hall (6401 Stockton St., one block off San Pablo Ave.)
Cost: free and open
to the public
On Sunday May
7, from 3:00-4:00pm, CC&C will host a demonstration debate by forensics
teams from El Cerrito High and Pinole Valley High on the hot topic of whether
or not we should bring back affirmative action. For the demonstration, one of the two teams will argue in favor
of bringing back the policy, and the other will argue that we are better off without
After the two teams finish
their debate and the audience has had a chance to ask questions, we will open
the topic up to the floor. We would
like to hear from you. Did you have any
personal experience with affirmative action when it was in place? Was that experience positive or negative? Do you have any opinion as to how valuable,
or how destructive, affirmative action was?
Let’s face it: our local university has been telling us
that it is having real trouble recruiting a diverse student body, and many
minority businesses have suggested affirmative action was the best way for them
to overcome decades of discrimination.
But while some people felt that affirmative action leveled the playing
field, others believed it tilted it
unfairly in favor of minorities or newcomers.
we will hold this program in the El Cerrito Veterans’ Hall, but to make it
accessible to people with in wheelchairs, we will have it in a spacious area
downstairs instead of in the usual room.
There will be signs posted to show you where to go.
This event is free
and open to the public. We’ll sell
drinks, but to allow us to have this kind of free program, snacks will be
pot-luck—so we encourage you to bring some cookies, fruit, or other appropriate
refreshments to share.
So come join us
and tell us your opinion. Let’s see
what we can learn from each other, and let’s also get together to enjoy the
talents of our youth.
Run dates: 2000-04-07 - 2000-05-06