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The '''Oklahoma Civil Rights Initiative''' is proposed as an amendment to the [[Oklahoma Constitution]].  
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The '''Oklahoma Civil Rights Initiative''' would prohibit the state of Oklahoma from discrimining or giving preferential treatment on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting. This measure is proposed as an [[Initiated constitutional amendment|citizen-initiated constitutional amendment]] to the [[Oklahoma Constitution]].
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The proposed [[ballot]] wording is:
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<blockquote>The state shall not discriminate against or grant preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education or public contracting.
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</blockquote>
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==Supporters==
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The measures is being sponsored by Oklahoma Civil Rights Initiative. It is also being supported as part of a national effort by the [[American Civil Rights Initiative]], a group founded and chaired by [[Ward Connerly]]. Connerly rose to prominence when he spearheaded a similar effort in California in 1996, [[Californai Proposition 209 (1996)|Proposition 209]].
  
 
Similar measures are being sponsored by the [[American Civil Rights Initiative]] in several other states for the 2008 ballot, including [[Colorado Civil Rights Initiative 2008|Colorado]], [[Missouri Civil Rights Initiative (2008)|Missouri]], [[Arizona Civil Rights Initiative 2008|Arizona]] and [[Nebraska Civil Rights Initiative (2008)|Nebraska]]. The combined effort is known as [http://www.supertuesday2008.org/index.html Super Tuesday for Equal Rights.]
 
Similar measures are being sponsored by the [[American Civil Rights Initiative]] in several other states for the 2008 ballot, including [[Colorado Civil Rights Initiative 2008|Colorado]], [[Missouri Civil Rights Initiative (2008)|Missouri]], [[Arizona Civil Rights Initiative 2008|Arizona]] and [[Nebraska Civil Rights Initiative (2008)|Nebraska]]. The combined effort is known as [http://www.supertuesday2008.org/index.html Super Tuesday for Equal Rights.]
  
On December 10, 2007, the Oklahoma effort became the first of the [[Super Tuesday for Equal Rights]] efforts to turn in signatures to qualify for the ballot.<ref>[http://www.okpns.com/2007/12/how-long-will-it-be-before-they-go-to.html ''How long will it be before they go to jail, Drew?''}</ref>
 
  
==Ballot Qualification Requirements==
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==Opponents==
  
[[Initiative]] organizers have 90 days from September 10, 2007 to gather 138,970 signatures in order to qualify for the 2008 ballot.<ref>[http://okinsider.com/readstory.oki?type=headline&storyid=0780Z3ZYH Signature gathering underway for civil rights initiative] Oklahoma Insider, October 10, 2007</ref>
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In early October, an organized [[petition blocking]] campaign to prevent [[circulator]]s from successfully collecting signatures was initiated.<ref>[http://www.kswo.com/global/story.asp?s=7175132 ''Group urges voters not to sign what they call misleading petition'']</ref>  The "Decline to Sign Coalition" is led by Oklahoma City representative Mike Shelton.  Shelton has also proposed legislation in the Oklahoma legislature that would make it illegal to [[paid circulator|pay circulators]] on a per-signature basis.<ref>[http://community.cnhi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/662100401/m/6561082011 ''politicos trying to kill the Oklahoma ballot initiative process?'']</ref>
  
===Organized petition blocking campaign===
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Proponents of the ballot measure argue that the "Decline to Sign" movement is similar to the ultimately unsuccessful efforts in [[Michigan]] in 2006 to prevent the [[Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (2008)|Michigan Civil Rights Initiative]] from reaching the ballot.<ref>[http://equalitytalk.com/talk/?p=28 ''Decline to Sign: Same Playbook'']</ref>
  
In early October, an organized [[petition blocking]] campaign to prevent [[circulator]]s from successfully collecting signatures was initiated.<ref>[http://www.kswo.com/global/story.asp?s=7175132 ''Group urges voters not to sign what they call misleading petition'']</ref>  The "Decline to Sign Coalition" is led by Oklahoma City representative Mike Shelton.  Shelton has also proposed legislation in the Oklahoma legislature that would make it illegal to [[paid circulator|pay circulators]] on a per-signature basis.<ref>[http://community.cnhi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/662100401/m/6561082011 ''politicos trying to kill the Oklahoma ballot initiative process?'']</ref> Proponents of the ballot measure argue that the "Decline to Sign" movement is similar to the ultimately unsuccessful efforts in [[Michigan]] in 2006 to prevent the [[Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (2008)|Michigan Civil Rights Initiative]] from reaching the ballot.<ref>[http://equalitytalk.com/talk/?p=28 ''Decline to Sign: Same Playbook'']</ref>
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===Petition blocking and harassment campaign===
  
 
On November 14, an incident of an individual working the prevent the collection of signatures on the Oklahoma Civil Rights initiative was captured and posted on YouTube.<ref>[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Csr2rnWvn94 ''YouTube video of Opposition member harassing and intimidating a Civil Rights Initiative circulator'']</ref>
 
On November 14, an incident of an individual working the prevent the collection of signatures on the Oklahoma Civil Rights initiative was captured and posted on YouTube.<ref>[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Csr2rnWvn94 ''YouTube video of Opposition member harassing and intimidating a Civil Rights Initiative circulator'']</ref>
  
==Language of the Initiative==
 
 
The proposed [[ballot]] wording is "The state shall not discriminate against or grant preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education or public contracting."
 
  
 
==Status==
 
==Status==
On Dec. 10, 2007 the proponents of the [[initiative]] submitted 22 boxes of signatures to [[valid signature|validated]] by the [[Oklahoma Secretary of State]].<ref>[http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?articleID=071211_1_A15_hThem13853 ''Affirmative action foes file'', Tulsa World, Dec. 11, 2007]</ref>
 
  
==Similar initiatives==
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On December 10, 2007, the Oklahoma effort became the first of the [[Super Tuesday for Equal Rights]] efforts to turn in signatures. The [[Oklahoma Secretary of State|Secretary State]] has not yet [[valid signature|verified]] that the signatures are sufficient to qualify for the ballot.<ref>[http://www.okpns.com/2007/12/how-long-will-it-be-before-they-go-to.html ''How long will it be before they go to jail, Drew?''}</ref><ref>[http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?articleID=071211_1_A15_hThem13853 ''Affirmative action foes file'', Tulsa World, Dec. 11, 2007]</ref>
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[[Initiative]] organizers had 90 days from September 10, 2007, to gather 138,970 valid signatures to qualify for the 2008 ballot.<ref>[http://okinsider.com/readstory.oki?type=headline&storyid=0780Z3ZYH Signature gathering underway for civil rights initiative] Oklahoma Insider, October 10, 2007</ref>
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==Similar initiatives in other states==
  
 
* [[Missouri Civil Rights Initiative (2008)]]
 
* [[Missouri Civil Rights Initiative (2008)]]
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==See also:==
 
==See also:==
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*[[Oklahoma 2008 ballot measures]]
 
*[[Oklahoma 2008 ballot measures]]
 
*[[Campaign finance requirements for Oklahoma ballot measures]]
 
*[[Campaign finance requirements for Oklahoma ballot measures]]
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*[[Oklahoma signature requirements]]
 
*[[Oklahoma signature requirements]]
 
*[[Petition drive deadlines in 2008]]
 
*[[Petition drive deadlines in 2008]]
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==News coverage==
 
==News coverage==
  
[http://newsok.com/article/3135378/1190916629 Affirmative action targeted] NewsOK.com, September 27, 2007.
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*[http://newsok.com/article/3135378/1190916629 NewsOK.com: "Affirmative action targeted," September 27, 2007]
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*[http://chronicle.com/news/article/2144/4-states-are-new-targets-for-bans-on-affirmative-action-preferences ''Chronicle of Higher Education'': 4 States Are New Targets for Bans on Affirmative-Action Preferences," April 23, 2007]
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*[http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0511/p08s01-comv.html A Leg Up for Minorities on Campus] Christian Science Monitor, May 11, 2007.
  
[http://chronicle.com/news/article/2144/4-states-are-new-targets-for-bans-on-affirmative-action-preferences 4 States Are New Targets for Bans on Affirmative-Action Preferences] The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 23, 2007.
 
 
[http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0511/p08s01-comv.html A Leg Up for Minorities on Campus] Christian Science Monitor, May 11, 2007.
 
  
 
==Opinion commentary==
 
==Opinion commentary==
  
[http://equalitytalk.com/talk/?cat=9 Archive of Equality Talk OkCRI blog entries]
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*[http://equalitytalk.com/talk/?cat=9 Archive of Equality Talk OkCRI blog entries]
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==External Links==
 
==External Links==
  
*[http://oklahomacri.org/ Oklahoma Civil Rights Initiative] Official website of the Oklahoma Initiative (under construction).
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*[http://oklahomacri.org/ Oklahoma Civil Rights Initiative web site]
*[http://www.acri.org/ American Civil Rights Initiative] Website of national organization supporting the Oklahoma initiative.
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*[http://www.acri.org/ American Civil Rights Initiative web site]
*[http://raceblind.org Race Blind] A blog about all four "Super Tuesday" civil rights initiatives.
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*[http://raceblind.org Race Blind: blog on "Super Tuesday" civil rights initiatives]
*[http://www.adversity.net/supertuesday2008/oklahoma.htm Adversity.Net] Oklahoma-specific.
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*[http://www.adversity.net/supertuesday2008/oklahoma.htm Adversity.Net: Oklahoma-specific]
*[http://www.supertuesday2008.org/ Super Tuesday 2008] Website promoting ballot initiatives supported by Ward Connerly in multiple states in 2008.
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*[http://www.supertuesday2008.org/ Super Tuesday 2008: web site promoting 2008 ballot initiatives supported by Ward Connerly]
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==References==
 
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Revision as of 20:41, 27 February 2008

The Oklahoma Civil Rights Initiative would prohibit the state of Oklahoma from discrimining or giving preferential treatment on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting. This measure is proposed as an citizen-initiated constitutional amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution.

The proposed ballot wording is:

The state shall not discriminate against or grant preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education or public contracting.

Supporters

The measures is being sponsored by Oklahoma Civil Rights Initiative. It is also being supported as part of a national effort by the American Civil Rights Initiative, a group founded and chaired by Ward Connerly. Connerly rose to prominence when he spearheaded a similar effort in California in 1996, Proposition 209.

Similar measures are being sponsored by the American Civil Rights Initiative in several other states for the 2008 ballot, including Colorado, Missouri, Arizona and Nebraska. The combined effort is known as Super Tuesday for Equal Rights.


Opponents

In early October, an organized petition blocking campaign to prevent circulators from successfully collecting signatures was initiated.[1] The "Decline to Sign Coalition" is led by Oklahoma City representative Mike Shelton. Shelton has also proposed legislation in the Oklahoma legislature that would make it illegal to pay circulators on a per-signature basis.[2]

Proponents of the ballot measure argue that the "Decline to Sign" movement is similar to the ultimately unsuccessful efforts in Michigan in 2006 to prevent the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative from reaching the ballot.[3]


Petition blocking and harassment campaign

On November 14, an incident of an individual working the prevent the collection of signatures on the Oklahoma Civil Rights initiative was captured and posted on YouTube.[4]


Status

On December 10, 2007, the Oklahoma effort became the first of the Super Tuesday for Equal Rights efforts to turn in signatures. The Secretary State has not yet verified that the signatures are sufficient to qualify for the ballot.[5][6]

Initiative organizers had 90 days from September 10, 2007, to gather 138,970 valid signatures to qualify for the 2008 ballot.[7]


Similar initiatives in other states


See also:


News coverage


Opinion commentary


External Links


References

  1. Group urges voters not to sign what they call misleading petition
  2. politicos trying to kill the Oklahoma ballot initiative process?
  3. Decline to Sign: Same Playbook
  4. YouTube video of Opposition member harassing and intimidating a Civil Rights Initiative circulator
  5. [http://www.okpns.com/2007/12/how-long-will-it-be-before-they-go-to.html How long will it be before they go to jail, Drew?}
  6. Affirmative action foes file, Tulsa World, Dec. 11, 2007
  7. Signature gathering underway for civil rights initiative Oklahoma Insider, October 10, 2007