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Oct 6, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court is a devastating blow. But the truth is, Kavanaugh's just the tip of the iceberg.
Oct 5, 2018 13 tweets 3 min read
Mississippi is 1 of only 4 states that imposes a lifetime voting ban on people with past felony convictions. We filed a lawsuit against the state earlier this year & testified at a legislative hearing in Jackson this morning. splcenter.org/news/2018/03/2… There’s a chance Mississippi legislators could pass legislation to restore voting rights to people with past felony convictions in 2019.
Oct 4, 2018 5 tweets 3 min read
The 2018 midterm elections are 34 days away — but millions of people in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi & Alabama won’t be able to vote. That’s why we’re working to eliminate disenfranchisement and discriminatory voting practices in the Deep South. splcenter.org/our-issues/vot… In Florida, we’re helping secure the Voting Restoration Amendment (Amendment 4), which would restore the voting rights of 1.4 million Floridians who’ve been convicted of a felony at some point in their lives. @YesTo2ndChances splcenter.org/news/2018/01/2…
Oct 4, 2018 8 tweets 4 min read
Today we released a new report — No End in Sight — on why migrants give up on their U.S. immigration cases. #NoEndInSight splcenter.org/20181003/no-en… Take Yuusuf. A teacher before fleeing Somalia, Yuusuf's passion for education put him in the crosshairs of al-Shabab. He fled, but never reached safety. He was held in US detention for 800 days. When it looked like there was #NoEndInSight, he gave up.
Oct 2, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
Four members of the racist and antisemitic “Rise Above Movement” were taken into custody today and face federal charges of traveling to Charlottesville with the intent of rioting at the “Unite the Right” rally in 2017. splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018… “In our view, they were essentially serial rioters." U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen
Sep 28, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
We’re at the @ctr4chr to join this important conversation. SPLC attorney Jonathan Barry-Blocker will speak about our work to reenfranchise people returning from incarceration in Alabama through the Alabama Voting Rights Project. The We Are Witnesses series from @MarshallProj highlights the stories of people ensnared in the expanding criminal justice system in the U.S. themarshallproject.org/witnesses
Sep 27, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
60 years ago today, the citizens of Little Rock, Arkansas voted to close its public high schools rather than desegregate them. #TheMarchContinues That was after nine students withstood white mobs and armed soldiers who for days prevented them from attending Little Rock Central High.
Sep 23, 2018 5 tweets 3 min read
We sat in on a community meeting hosted by @southerlymag yesterday to talk about public health in Hayneville, Alabama, where a lack of basic sewage infrastructure has led to a surge in poverty-related tropical diseases most often found in developing countries. "We have found people who are paying waste water treatment fees and the sewage is running into their back yards." — @eji_org's Catherine Coleman-Flowers, Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise google.com/amp/s/amp.mont…
Sep 18, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
We have evidence that racial profiling is widespread in Louisiana. This practice is dangerous and unconstitutional. But the state's law enforcement agencies either have vague policies against it — or none at all. Our new report highlights these issues. splcenter.org/20180918/racia… We asked agencies in Louisiana about their racial profiling policies. 310 replied. 109 had no policy at all. “We have no written policies on racial profiling since we do not racially profile," the Bernice Police Department told us.
Sep 10, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
“I actually want you to know we have a standing meeting at the White House once a week. We have a president that likes us, President Trump.” This is what the founder of a hate group said last week. splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018… Brigitte Gabriel said this at the annual ACT for America conference held last week in DC. ACT for America is a hate group that pushes wild anti-Muslim conspiracy theories, denigrates American Muslims and deliberately conflates mainstream and radical Islam. splcenter.org/fighting-hate/…
Sep 5, 2018 10 tweets 5 min read
President Trump says, “It’s embarrassing for the country to allow protesters.”

It’s the opposite.

We will stand, sit and kneel until we are free from hate and bigotry, until #blacklivesmatter, “until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.” Trump says, “In the old days, we used to throw [protesters] out.”

That’s true: many Americans died protesting, especially here in the South.

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Sep 4, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Six local elected officials from Durham, NC, visited Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA. Our staff and volunteers are at Stewart every day providing free legal representation to detained immigrants facing deportation. facingsouth.org/2018/08/durham… As @ProTemJillianJ said: "It is a prison. There's nothing else to call it." indyweek.com/news/archives/…
Aug 28, 2018 7 tweets 3 min read
In Louisiana, where 85% of people accused of a crime can’t afford a lawyer, defendants regularly languish in jail for months or even years — because the public defense system responsible for providing their attorneys is broken. In 2016, Louisiana’s public defenders were so backlogged that 79% of them stopped even accepting new cases.
Aug 23, 2018 10 tweets 3 min read
In the two days since he was implicated as a co-conspirator in a federal crime, the president – with the help of his allies in the right-wing press – has fallen back on his most basic political strategy: stoking racial resentment and fear. bit.ly/2Mw0AGP He has not only shamelessly exploited a horrible tragedy in Iowa but tweeted out his intention to put the full force of the U.S. State Department behind a white nationalist conspiracy theory.
Aug 21, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Peter Brimelow is a white nationalist and one of the leading voices in the anti-immigrant movement. He met last week with President Trump’s top economic advisor. washingtonpost.com/politics/trump… For Brimelow, immigration itself is not the problem — it's the influx of non-whites that he believes is destroying America. splcenter.org/fighting-hate/…
Aug 15, 2018 8 tweets 3 min read
We’re suing the Trump administration for approving Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas. bit.ly/2Pafal9 Most people covered by Medicaid in Arkansas already work. Those who don’t are either children, have a disability or are taking care of family members. splcenter.org/news/2018/08/1…
Aug 14, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
For work release to serve the goals of justice, systems like Alabama’s must change. themarshallproject.org/2018/08/13/why… First, states should ensure that workplaces are safe. Our investigation of poultry plants found they are among the most dangerous workplaces in America.
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Aug 12, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
SPLC's Lecia Brooks joined #agapemarch this morning, meeting up with activists that traveled through six states in their march from NY to DC to counter white supremacy. #unifyagainsthate @a_rejuve "All of you are here today to prove that indeed, love trumps hate. You need to stand up against hate and bigotry whenever you see it, wherever you see it." — Lecia Brooks, SPLC
Aug 12, 2018 13 tweets 4 min read
A year ago on August 12, 2017, Heather Heyer was killed by a white supremacist. [Thread below] President Trump equivocated – unable to see the difference between white supremacists walking through #Charlottesville and people like Heather who opposed them. In his view, some “very fine people” were among the torch-bearing racists. splcenter.org/fighting-hate/…
Aug 10, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
"I need you to speak up in defense of those who are being targeted in your presence. This is hard work, and we're in it for the rest of our lives. I need you to join forces with other people when you get tired." - SPLC Outreach Director Lecia Brooks Lecia is joining @EleanorNorton, @RepRaskin and others in DC at a "Teach-In on White Supremacy." Watch the live stream here: whctemple.org/worship/stream…
Aug 8, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
Francis Cissna, the current director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, is scheduled to speak on August 15 at an event sponsored by the anti-immigrant hate group Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018… CIS was founded by white nationalist John Tanton, a population control and eugenics advocate. The group comes across as a serious policy hub, but in reality, churns out false data and reports to support an anti-immigrant agenda.
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