The American Civil Rights Institute is a national civil rights organization created to educate the public on the harms of racial and gender preferences.
Based in Sacramento, California, ACRI's initial focus is on three areas: assisting organizations in other states with their efforts to educate the public about racial and gender preferences, assisting federal representatives with public education on the issue, and monitoring implementation and legal action in California, Washington, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska and Arizona.
ACRI was established by Ward Connerly and Dusty Rhodes (President of National Review), in 1996.
In the wake of the passage of California's Proposition 209 there was a strong sentiment that the movement should not end, but should continue nationwide. A sustained national effort toward the elimination of racial and gender preferences required a carefully coordinated system of continuing education and political influence.
ACRI, a national non-profit organization was formed to educate the American public, press and elected officials about the problems with racial and gender preferences in federal, state and local government programs.
ACRI is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to education and to which contributions are tax-deducible. We are funded through private donations from individuals and major charitable institutions and foundations.
ACRI is committed to achieving equal opportunity for everyone. Specifically, we focus on public education, policy research, monitoring the legal status of constitutional amendments in CA, WA, FL, MI, NE and AZ, and working with other national organizations and working with other national organizations to build a coalition in support of equal treatment by our government.
ACRI also seeks to affect a cultural change by challenging the "race matters" mentality embraced by many of today's so-called "civil rights leaders." ACRI's leaders and supporters believe that civil rights are individual rights and that government policies should not advocate group rights over individual rights.