Absent jobs in minority communities, law enforcement reform is unlikely to break the cycle of hopelessness, despair and anger that lead to social disorder and, in turn, more racial polarization and repression.
Three years after an SPLC complaint sparked a federal investigation into the disproportionate number of African-American students arrested for minor rule violations in Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish schools, the problem has worsened, the SPLC told federal authorities this week.
Altering the 14th Amendment’s promise of citizenship to all children born within the United States would undermine one of our nation’s bedrock principles, SPLC President Richard Cohen told members of Congress today.
The Department of Labor is expanding access to visas that provide protection for victims of trafficking and certain crimes in the workplace – offenses that are common in SPLC cases involving immigrant workers.
The SPLC urged U.S. Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina to seek reform of the H-2 guest worker program used to import workers who claim in a new SPLC lawsuit that they were abused by a prominent employer in Graham’s state.