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Students debate affirmative action


Event Title:   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 it.


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. 


As before, 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

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