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3 Feb, 6 tweets, 2 min read
Attacks on trans youth in sports are showing up in dozens of state legislatures nationwide.

These bans are discriminatory, harmful, and unscientific. Here's why ⬇️ Bold black text on a pale b...
FACT ONE: Trans girls are girls. Black text on a pale blue b...
FACT TWO: Trans athletes do not have an unfair advantage in sports. Black text on a pale blue b...
FACT THREE: Including trans athletes will benefit everyone. Black text on a pale blue b...
FACT FOUR: Trans people belong on the same teams as other students. Black text on a pale blue b...
Say it with us: Trans people belong EVERYWHERE — including on sports teams.…

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3 Feb
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1⃣ Rebuilding asylum: The Biden administration has taken some steps to begin the process of rebuilding our asylum system.

But the lack of concrete action to rescind and unwind more unlawful and inhumane policies that this administration inherited — and now owns — is concerning.
2⃣ Remain in Mexico: It’s positive that the Biden administration doesn’t want to defend this policy before SCOTUS and that it won’t subject any more people to the program.

Biden still needs to make the suspension permanent and help the people who remain stranded in Mexico.
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In 2020, people around the country took to the streets to demand an end to racism in the criminal legal system and in our country more broadly.

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This system is designed to be exploitative and predatory.
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Bail bond companies hold people’s freedom hostage.

People turn to bail bond companies to help buy their freedom.
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BREAKING: We're joining the fight to restore abortion access to people in Guam.

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Today's executive order to no longer renew DOJ contracts with private prison companies validates something we've been saying for years: No one should profit from the human misery that is caused by mass incarceration.
Prison privatization increases the potential for mistreatment and abuse of incarcerated people.

Today's order is an important move in curtailing this insidious practice.
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