We celebrate the life of Congressman John Lewis, who passes through Alabama one last time today, including crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge on horse drawn carriage, where 55 years ago he and other voting rights advocates were beaten by Alabama State Troopers.
He was a towering figure in American history — a hero in our fight for equality and justice, and we recommit ourselves to continue in his footsteps. His work is far from over and we won’t stop until all of us are truly free and equal. #HumanDignity#TheMarchContinues
Not only had the president chosen #Juneteenth - a day celebrating freedom and recognizing the resilience of enslaved people - but he also chose the city where a mob of white supremacists terrorized and killed Black people, destroying #BlackWallStreet in the 1921 #TulsaMassacre.
As our nation grapples with recent police killings of Black people and calls to address systemic racism and white supremacy culture in our society, @RealDonaldTrump was criticized for co-opting historically significant spaces for Black people for himself.
THREAD: There are reports of problems in #Georgia's in-person primary elections. Read SPLC's Nancy Abudu's response:
“Georgia’s in-person primary elections are turning out to be a self-inflicted mess.
"The stress on our election processes from #COVID19 and the need for social distancing alone do not justify what we are witnessing on the ground.
"Currently, our Election Protection team is working with partners and determining the full extent of systemic problems and irregularities with the goal of every eligible voter having their ballot count.
BREAKING: #Florida Judge denies the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission’s effort to dismiss our lawsuit challenging its violation of Florida's open meetings laws, allowing the case to move forward.(thread)
Today, Leon County Circuit Court Judge John C. Cooper denied the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission’s request to dismiss a lawsuit challenging its refusal to honor the original time for public comments during its Oct. 16 meeting...
effectively denying youth advocates the right to publicly address the Commission.
“We are thrilled with the Court’s decision allowing the case to move forward.Given our current climate, it’s important that student voices, especially those who would most severely be impacted...
Hate group Family Research Council is known for pushing anti-LGBTQ+ propaganda. Now, they're pushing widespread conspiracies about voter fraud. splcenter.org/hatewatch/2020…
Voter fraud is a myth used to defend and pass laws—like photo ID laws—that suppress voting rights, specifically for Black voters and other voters of color, younger voters, elderly voters, and low-income voters. demos.org/policy-briefs/…
We list Family Research Council as a hate group because of its rhetoric demonizing LGBTQ+ people. FRC peddles junk science, including falsely linking pedophilia to being LGBTQ+.
"To vandalize a synagogue with swastikas and hateful antisemitic tropes during a time when the three Abrahamic religions — Judaism, Christian and Islam — commemorate their most holy holidays is a threat to religious liberty for all. ...
We counted 940 hate groups — a decrease from 2018's record high of 1,020 — operating in the US last year. Hate groups continue to maintain ties to lawmakers, including White House officials, and hate violence doesn't show any sign of stopping.
A number of anti-immigrant hate groups, including Center for Immigration Studies, have ties to lawmakers. Last year, we broke the news that #StephenMiller, architect of #Trump's cruel immigration policies, promoted a white supremacist novel and websites. splcenter.org/stephen-miller…
The Supreme Court issued a decision today affirming the dismissal of a lawsuit by the family of a murdered child seeking damages from the agent who shot him across the U.S border. Below is our response.
“This decision will further embolden already lawless Border Patrol agents operating near and along the border. Shutting the courthouse doors and failing to hold these agents accountable for clearly unconstitutional actions – like the murder of an unarmed child...
will only encourage further bad acts by those within Customs and Border Protection (CBP), an agency responsible for extensive and well-documented abuses.
Voter suppression and election mismanagement are alive and well in #Alabama. Check out our new report released today detailing how Alabama laws and policies create and perpetuate obstacles to the ballot box.
Our tax dollars should be invested in education, housing, prison alternatives and health care programs that provide opportunity and increased well-being for all - not in the Trump administration's anti-immigrant and racist policies. #DefundHate#SOTU
The Trump administration continues to promote discrimination against immigrants, people of color, the LGBTQ community, and Muslims. #DefundHate#SOTU#SOTU2020
The Trump administration is ripping apart health care and nutrition programs for low-income people. #DefundHate#SOTU#SOTU2020
This week, the House formally delivered #impeachment articles to the Senate. See thread for a statement from Karen Baynes-Dunning, Interim President & CEO of the SPLC Action Fund:
"While many of us believe the evidence against President Trump is overwhelming, with new revelations emerging almost daily, the American people have a right to full, fair and transparent deliberations in the Senate. This includes testimony from key witnesses.
“SPLC Action Fund urges Americans to contact their U.S. Senators and ask that they fulfill their oath to ‘do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws.’”
See thread for SPLC's Nancy Abudu's statement to the decision:
“The #Florida Supreme Court’s decision is disappointing and cuts the 1.4 million people who voters expressly intended to re-enfranchise almost in half.
"By holding Floridians’ right to vote hostage, the Florida Supreme Court is permitting the unconstitutional modern-day poll tax in #SB7066, and redefining an amendment nearly 65 percent of #Florida voters approved of in 2018.
@FlStuPwr@mfolflorida@Dreamdefenders The #MarjoryStonemanDouglas Commission held a 2019 meeting in the middle of the day at a luxury golf resort. While students were on their way to share what will make schools truly safe, the Commission adjourned before public comment. When students arrived, the room was empty.
Our nation’s immigration courts make life-and-death decisions every day for people seeking #asylum. They depend on a functioning court system to protect them from persecution, torture, and death. #AbolishTheDeportationMachine#SaveAsylum