STATEMENT: Alliance for Youth Action Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on Affirmative Action

For Immediate Release:

June 29, 2023

Press Contact:

Carmel Pryor

WASHINGTON – Today, the Supreme Court gutted affirmative action through its ruling in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina. In response, Vice President of Communications and Engagement Carmel Pryor released the following statement:

“The Supreme Court’s decision to disallow colleges and universities from considering race in its admission process directly attacks young people and communities of color throughout this nation. This ruling challenges the core pillar that all people deserve equal access to education and will ensure that educational institutions become even more siloed places for the wealthy and well-connected. 

“For a decade, the Alliance for Youth Action Network has empowered and organized young people in their communities and on college campuses. With its recent decisions eliminating abortion rights, threatening the environment, and now eliminating affirmative action, the Supreme Court has taken aim at young people’s lives and futures, targeting young people of color especially. Beyond the admissions process, this ruling and others this term threaten the well-being of young people of color, especially Black and Latino youth, and stymie their economic mobility and potential to develop intergenerational wealth. Our network of state-based youth organizers remains active and ready to mobilize our base around the country, including on college campuses, to protect future generations ahead of the 2024 elections and beyond, regardless of what the Supreme Court may say.”