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We take actions in the court of law to defend equality and freedom!

Lawsuit against California agencies on 4 guaranteed-income programs in San Francisco

On May 31st, 2023, the American Civil Rights Project (ACR Project), representing Californians for Equal Rights Foundation (CFER) and individual San Francisco taxpayers filed a lawsuit against the City and County of San Francisco, the San Francisco Unified School District, the University of California San Francisco and the California Health and Human Services Agency. Our legal challenge focuses on four unconstitutional guaranteed-income programs that violate the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the California State Constitution's Equal Protection Guarantee, as well as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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CFER et al. v. City and County of San Francisco et al.

Civil Rights Complaint against the Poway Unified School District

On June 13, 2022, Californians for Equal Rights Foundation (CFER) submitted an administrative complaint to Poway Unified School District (PUSD) and the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), regarding the former's discriminatory treatment of a concerned parent. The parent, represented by CFER, was targeted by PUSD administrators for voicing concerns about the district’s active engagement with race-based teaching through its implementation of Ethnic Studies courses and its “Racial Equity & Inclusion” programs.

Californians for Equal Rights Foundation v. Alameda County

On July 25, 2022, Californians for Equal Rights Foundation (CFER) and two individual co- plaintiffs, represented by Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), filed a lawsuit challenging two Alameda County public contracting programs that impose race-based preferences for minority- owned enterprises.

Amicus briefs

Scotus should uphold the rule of law & equal protection

In March 2021, CFER collaborated with the American Civil Rights Project (ACRP) in an amicus brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, in support of the certiorari petition by Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) against racial balancing in Harvard's undergraduate admissions. We urge the high court to correct a past mistake and address race-conscious admissions. In December 2021, the ACR Project represented CFER in a similar amicus brief in support of SFFA's lawsuit against University of North Carolina. In May 2022, we filed an updated amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to overturn Grutter in the upcoming UNC and Harvard cases.

In the most recent brief, CFER asks the Supreme Court to overrule Grutter v. Bollinger (2003)and rule that both schools' race-based policies constitute illegal racial discrimination banned by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

One of the many flaws in the Court's reasoning in Grutter v. Bollinger was its unwillingness to strictly scrutinize the University of Michigan Law School's race-preferential admissions policy. Instead, it purported to “defer” to the law school—an admitted discriminator—about whether the need for discrimination was sufficiently compelling. “The well-established doctrine of strict scrutiny requires the Court to demand that discriminators demonstrate that they have a compelling need to discriminate. Deference to the discriminator makes no sense,” said law professor Gail Heriot, the Executive Vice President of CFER. “If the Court was going to defer to anyone, it should have been the American people, who have made it clear over and over again that they do not support race-preferential admissions.

CFER's briefs further stress that, like every credible poll taken over decades, Americans' voting on ballot initiatives has broken overwhelmingly against race-based admissions. Almost every statewide vote has rejected them, including (among others) Washingtonians defeat of Prop. 1000 in 2018 and Californians defeat of Prop. 16 in 2020.

CFER et al. v. State of California et al.

On September 3, 2021, Californians for Equal Rights Foundation (CFER), along with three San Diego parents, filed a lawsuit against the State of California, the State Board of Education, the State Department of Education, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond in his official capacity. The lawsuit challenges the state-approved Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) and particularly the Aztec and Ashe affirmations in the ESMC as a violation of California Constitution's free exercise of religion and no government aid clauses. We are represented by a group of San Diego lawyers affiliated with the Thomas More Society, a national public interest law firm dedicated to safeguarding freedom of speech, traditional family values and parental rights.

Civil Rights Complaint against CRT

In April 2021, CFER led a coalition of five partner organizations in a formal discrimination and civil rights violation complaint against the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) regarding unlawful, discriminatory critical race training of teachers and employees. The Complaint was filed with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR), SDUSD and the San Diego County Office of Education. When SDUSD refused to investigate our complaint, CFER sought representation of experienced legal counsel to urge the District to conduct a prompt, thorough and neutral investigation in accordance with existing District policy and state law.

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