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130 years after implementation, the lifetime ban is working as intended: To disproportionately lock Black residents out of the political process. This year, only two residents with felony convictions were able to navigate the re-enfranchisement process: mississippitoday.org/2021/04/21/hou…
📢TODAY: The SPLC is in court presenting oral arguments in the Harness v. Watson case –– challenging Mississippi’s lifetime voting ban. We're fighting to restore voting rights to thousands in#Mississippii with felony convictions. Moresplcenter.org/presscenter/vo…O
.@MargaretLHuang, SPLC President and CEO, has joined 38 civil and human rights leaders in delivering a letter to @POTUS: We're calling for a halt to the deportations of Haitian migrants and an end to summary expulsions, #WelcomeWithDignity: immigrantjustice.org/press-releases…
Join us in celebrating #HispanicHeritageMonth –– It's a time to celebrate history, culture, and YOU! "Preservation of one's own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures," said Cesar Chavez, labor leader, and civil rights activist. #TheMarchContinues
🚨 Help us#StopDeportationFlightss: Call your member of Congress at 202-224-3121�twitter.com/HaitianBridge/…G47
Understand that the aggression & violence that Biden admin is using on Haitian asylum seekers is historic for Black immigrants. BAJI's Florida organizer, Santcha Etienne: "They want to leave and seek a better life because they can't take it anymore." bit.ly/3nQcTPK
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Six expulsion flights are due to be sent to Haiti today! It is unconscionable for the Biden admin to resume deportation flights to Haiti now, sending families back to danger. 🚨 Help us#StopDeportationFlightss: Call your member of Congress at 202-224-3121.1
.@POTUS assured us that he would stand with Haitians and halt deportations –– but this weekend, @DHSgov RAMPED up deportations of children and families. This is the type of morally indefensible news we would have expected from the Trump admin, not the Biden admin.
Haitian families are seeking safety but @POTUS @SecMayorkas & our government are shutting the door. Seeking asylum is legal. Instead of processing them, viral images show CBP officers brandishing whips & "rounding up" immigrants as if they aren't human.apnews.com/article/health…
Join HRF & @IntegrityforUSA with @ADL @Everytown @USJewishDems @jstreetdotorg @mpac_national @splcenter @WStatesCenter & more for #UniteAgainstNazis: A Virtual Rally in Support of the Groundbreaking Charlottesville Lawsuit 📅 9/30, 7:30pm ✍️ Register:i4a.us/event5t
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At the #PinePrairie ICE center, Divine Tikum Kem was threatened with lethal force and solitary confinement for aligning with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and peacefully hunger striking. It's past time ICE ended the contracts altogether and shut them down! #ShutDownAllenParish
The abusive, inhumane, criminal, and racially discriminatory practices at ICE's #PinePrairie and #AllenParish detention centers in #Louisiana MUST end. The SPLC joined Black migrant survivors in urging DHS to fire those responsible: bit.ly/3swF3zG #ShutDownPinePrairie
Hector Granado, a dad from El Savador, is being kept in detention in FL despite serious medical conditions! Make a call to the Miami Office Director and demand that he release Hector back home to his family NOW. ☎️ DIAL > 888-872-5316 Send a letter here:actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-i…
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The SPLC recently updated its #WhoseHeritage database, which found 100 more schools glorifying Confederate leaders across the U.S. Ben Frazier is a Jacksonville, Florida, activist working to bring down such symbols of white supremacy. #ChangeTheNames bit.ly/3zyx1ZC
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#COVID19 relief funds might pay for two new #Alabama prisons –– Despite the federal government currently suing Alabama over violence in its prisons. We need decarceration, not more prisons. #DecarcerationNotPrisons bit.ly/3CdRrIm
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 2nd woman to be a U.S. Supreme Court justice, died #OTD in 2020. She spent her career as both lawyer and judge advocating for gender equality. She used the Equal Protection Clause to attack gender discrimination. Rest in power, Ruth. #TheMarchContinues
One reaction to 9/11 was a far-right anti-Muslim movement fueled by bigotry & nativist rhetoric. Today, this movement – a well-funded network of grassroots groups & policy-oriented orgs – has lost White House access. But it remains a political force. bit.ly/3Aok5G8
Conditions at Parchman Prison in MS are human rights and environmental injustices. Together with @splcenter, we investigated and found repeated drinking water and sewage treatment system violations. We demand MS state agencies and @EPA act now. Learn more: on.nrdc.org/3lQs1u3
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In response to #Georgia's unconstitutional #SB202, the SPLC & partners held webinars across the state to help #ProtectTheVote & review pending federal voting rights laws. Join us for the final event in #Savannah, GA: Sept. 28 @ 6:30pm ET. 📢 Register:bit.ly/2TSa7gfgf
After police arrested pro-Trump troll Douglass Mackey in Jan., Tucker Carlson and other far-right pundits decried his case as a “witch hunt.” Then, in March, someone donated nearly $60,000 in Bitcoin to his defense. @hannahgais and @megansquire1 report: bit.ly/3hAaKUh
Demands of the hunger strikers include: 🔊 Immediate release 🔊 No deportations 🔊 Medical care 🔊 Masks and PPE 🔊 Hot water, sanitary conditions, access to phones Join us in tel@DHSgovhsgov &@ICEgovce#ShutDownGladeslades &#FreeThemAllemsl7Ia
The decision to enter a hunger strike is a powerful, courageous act of resistance. It’s also a drastic decision that is not made lightly – one that is typically a last resort. Those inside Glades are speaking out against the egregious human rights abuses they face daily:
🚨Mass hunger strike continues at#GladesCountyy Detention Center in#Floridaa. About 100 people detained at Glades have started striking. At least one dorm unit is participating, with more potentially joining.Q
Review voucher legislation introduced in your state during the 2021 legislative session using the bill tracker on the PFPS website: pfps.org/billtracker/. Don’t see a bill? Please contact us at [email protected]
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Attention advocates: PFPS needs your help preparing for our 2021 legislative wrap-up series! Check out the bill tracker on the PFPS website (pfps.org/billtracker/) and contact us at [email protected] if you think a relevant bill is missing.
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A survey finds that 46% of LGBTQ workers were treated unfairly at a point in their jobs because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. They were denied a job or a raise, excluded from company events, denied extra hours or fired. #YallMeansAll nbcnews.to/3EyMD2v
The impact on communities can never be reduced to mere numbers. Behind each one is a victim of violence, intimidation, or vandalism – targeted for no other reason than their race, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. bit.ly/2XbcyMF
Balbir Singh Sodhi, a turbaned Sikh man, was killed in a hate crime in retribution for the 9/11 attacks 20 years ago today. We honor his memory and the memories of all those lost to hate in the two decades since. In 2020, the FBI reported almost 8,000 hate crimes.
Now, over a year later, the Pasco Sheriff’s Department continues to use predictive policing methods to harass residents and profile children. twitter.com/TB_Times/statu…
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No one was arrested for the bombings for 14 years. Today, #TheMarchContinues as we remember the young girls who lost their lives, and continue the fight to #RefuseHate.
#OTD in 1963, a dynamite blast planted by the Ku Klux Klan injured 20 people and killed 4 young girls in #Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church: #DeniseMcNair, age 11, and #CaroleRobertson, #CynthiaWesley & #AddieMaeCollins, all 14 years old. #TheMarchContinues
After police arrested pro-Trump troll Douglass Mackey in Jan., Tucker Carlson and other far-right pundits decried his case as a “witch hunt.” Then, in March, someone donated nearly $60,000 in Bitcoin to his defense. @hannahgais and @megansquire1 report: bit.ly/3hAaKUh
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“You’re teaching them how to go to jail,” one activist said. Counseling and mental health services are smarter choices for students. Read this and other articles in the inaugural edition of SPLC's Learning for Justice magazine today. learningforjustice.org/magazine
Research indicates that school resource officers don’t make schools safer. Instead, they increase the likelihood that students – particularly students of color – will enter the school-to-prison pipeline. That's why some communities are advocating to remove police from schools.
SPLC and partners are urging #Mississippi officials to swiftly fix environmental law violations at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. The repeat violations deprive incarcerated people of clean drinking water and pollute public waterways. bit.ly/3ljin2A
As Alabama prepares to rewrite its Constitution, SPLC urges lawmakers to propose reparative language to voters in Nov. 2022. The current version has racist language and atrocities that suppress the political power of Black and rural voters. #alpolitics bit.ly/38WNprf
SPLC partners @StepUpSavannah and @RedistrictingGa will hold a 3-part series on redistricting training. Learn how redistricting will affect you, how you can create maps to advocate for your community, and tactics to advocate for fair maps. To register: bit.ly/2YHVQ85
171 Confederate symbols remain in North Carolina. Lecia Brooks, SPLC's chief of staff, says the number of monuments and memorials has been declining recently. Many still stand, but "24 memorials [taken down] in 2020 is quite significant,” she said. bit.ly/3E8QxyR
At the Pine Prairie ICE center in #Louisiana, Divine Tikum Kem, a formerly detained migrant, experienced how Black immigrants are deprived of basic human necessities. 🚨It's past time ICE end the contracts altogether and shut them down! bit.ly/3rHo8Ka3i
The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would strengthen our freedom to vote by making sure that any changes to voting rules that could discriminate against voters are federally reviewed. We need an equal say in our future. #RestoreTheVRA bit.ly/3l7ZLT0
A billboard went up last week with a demand from SPLC that reads, “REMOVE the Confederate monument from our Square.” The monument in question sits at one entrance to the historic Williamson County Courthouse in Georgetown, #Texas. #BringThemDown bit.ly/3jX8ubs
So much changed after 9/11. We remember those who died in the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon and on United Flight 93 #OTD 20 years ago. We hold the loved ones they left behind in our hearts. #TheMarchContinues
The horrific 9/11 attacks led to widespread discrimination against Muslims, Arabs & South Asians. 20 years later, white supremacists pose the greatest threat to our democracy. SPLC's Ann Beeson reflects on the fight to defend civil rights then and now. bit.ly/3hAU9A3
SPLC has filed an amicus brief in a case where an extended stay landlord is trying to evict long-term tenants. The hotel claims they are "guests" and not "tenants." It also said it could kick them out without an eviction process. SPLC disagrees. bit.ly/3A1zJqQ
Since the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, 202 Confederate monuments and symbols have been brought down. Lecia Brooks, SPLC's chief of staff, said these monuments were erected to "repair and romanticize" the Confederacy. #BringThemDown bit.ly/2XdP5dM
As the FBI releases its 2020 hate crimes report, SPLC calls for the federal government to improve hate crime reporting & response. "Data drives policy. We cannot address what we are not measuring accurately," says Margaret Huang, SPLC president and CEO. bit.ly/2XbcyMF
You are not fighting alone—we are here with you! You ARE worth it!| You ARE loved! #SuicidePrevention #AllInThisTogether #YallMeansAll 📞 National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255. You can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.F
SPLC partners @StepUpSavannah and @RedistrictingGa will hold a 3-part series on redistricting training. Learn how redistricting will affect you, how you can create maps to advocate for your community, and tactics to advocate for fair maps. To register: bit.ly/2YHVQ85
Today we recognize Sonnie Hereford IV, the first Black child to integrate #Alabama schools #OTD in 1963. His father, a civil rights activist, listened to Martin Luther King Jr.'s call to integrate schools. Today, the march for equal education continues. #TheMarchContinues
The SPLC recently updated its #WhoseHeritage database, which found 100 more schools glorifying Confederate leaders across the U.S. Ben Frazier is a Jacksonville, Florida, activist working to bring down such symbols of white supremacy. #ChangeTheNames bit.ly/3zyx1ZC
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