Gavin Newsom on Civil Rights
S.F. Mayor; former Gov. cand.
Supports affirmative action
Newsom's spokesman stressed that the lieutenant governor believes in affirmative action policies to expand opportunity and ensure public institutions reflect the state's diversity.
As San Francisco mayor, Newsom joined with then-Supervisor Tom Ammiano on legislation to protect affirmative action for city contracts after a judge in 2004 ruled the city's policy was illegal.
Source: The Sacramento Bee on 2018 California gubernatorial race
, Nov 17, 2017
Early supporter for gay marriage
He certainly showed daring while mayor of [San Francisco]. He's probably best remembered there for ordering city hall officials to issue marriage licenses for
same-sex couples. "We changed the whole trajectory of the debate on that subject, and look how far it has come," he said.
Source: The Union on 2018 California gubernatorial race
, Jul 31, 2017
Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all.
Newsom adopted the manifesto, "A New Agenda for the New Decade":
Strengthen America’s Common Civic Culture
The more ethnically and culturally diverse America becomes, the harder we must all work to affirm our common civic culture -- the values and democratic institutions we share and that define our national identity as Americans. This means we should resist an “identity politics” that confers rights and entitlements on groups and instead affirm our common rights and responsibilities as citizens. Multiethnic democracy requires fighting discrimination against marginalized groups; empowering the disadvantaged to join the economic, political, and cultural mainstream; and respecting diversity while insisting that what we have in common as Americans is more important than how we differ. One way to encourage an ethic of citizenship and mutual obligation is to promote voluntary national service.
If expanded to become available to everyone who wants to participate, national service can help turn the strong impulse toward volunteerism among our young people into a major resource in addressing our social problems. It will also help revive a sense of patriotism and national unity at a time when military service is no longer the common experience of young Americans.
Goals for 2010
Source: The Hyde Park Declaration 00-DLC6 on Aug 1, 2000
- Reduce discrimination based on race, gender, national background, religion, age, disability, or sexual orientation.
- Shift the emphasis of affirmative action strategies from group preferences to economic empowerment of all disadvantaged citizens.
- Expand the AmeriCorps national service program so that everyone willing to serve can serve -- with 1 million participants enrolled by the end of the decade.
- Promote character education in all public schools.
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