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Ward Connerly, David Kramer to debate Nebraska Civil Rights Initiative at Doane

Confused about the Nebraska Civil Rights Initiative that will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot?

Come hear from legal and civil rights experts on why you should or shouldn't vote for the initiative at a constitutional forum hosted by Doane's Public Events Committee, beginning at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 in Doane's Heckman Auditorium.                                                                                                                                               

The debate on the initiative will feature attorney David Kramer, who will speak against the amendment on behalf of Nebraskans United, and Ward Connerly, American Civil Rights Institute President, who will speak for the amendment.

If approved on Nov. 4, the initiative would amend the Nebraska Constitution and effectively prohibit state and local governments from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment to any individual or group based on race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education and public contracting.

Connerly is a nationally known author and speaker who served on the Board of Regents at the University of California for 12 years. He is founder and President of the American Civil Rights Institute and has been helping states get rid of what he calls a system of preferences based on race and gender. Similar amendments have succeeded in California and Michigan. His many media profiles include pieces by 60 Minutes, Parade, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, CNN and Meet the Press.

Kramer is an attorney with BairdHolm, where he represents public and private sector clients with a special emphasis on government and community relations, lobbying, management-side labor and employment law, education law and international law.

From 1996 to 1998 he lived in Luanda, Angola, where he designed and implemented educational programs to strengthen the Angolan National Parliament and its political parties. He is active in the National, Nebraska and Douglas County Republican Parties.

Both Kramer and Connerly will address the audience for 30 minutes before the forum is opened up for questions. Dr. Tom King, Professor of Secondary Education at Doane, will emcee the program.

"This forum will give the Doane College, Crete and other local communities an opportunity to learn about the Civil Rights Initiative appearing on the ballot November 4th. I look forward to two great presentations and some quality questions and answers from our speakers," King said.