<p>BERKELEY, CA (KGO) – Affirmative rights advocates will file a lawsuit Tuesday challenging California’s Proposition 209. Approved in 1996, it prohibits the UC system from considering race, sex, or ethnicity in student admissions.</p>
<p>Members of a group called 'To Fight for Equality by Any Means Necessary," also known as “BAMN,” launched the campaign Monday at Berkeley and UCLA.</p>
<p>BAMN says that because of Prop 209, the UC system is in a state of what it calls “permanent de facto segregation.”</p>
<p>“We want a future of equality,” said organizer Tania Kappner. “This is this generation’s Brown v. Board of Education. To make integration real, we have to have affirmative action back here in California.”</p>
<p>Prop 209 was approved by 54 percent of the voters. UC did not respond to phone calls from ABC7 Monday.
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