Every single day, when students walk into school in Birmingham, Ala., they face the threat of being sprayed with pepper spray. In this school system, pepper spray is routinely used as punishment by police officers stationed in schools.
The federal district court in Montgomery temporarily blocked a section of Alabama anti-immigrant law HB 56 that threatens to push families who cannot prove lawful status out of their homes. A civil rights coalition filed a lawsuit challenging this application of Section 30, which demands ‘papers’ for everyone applying for mobile home tags they need to remain in their homes.
The Southern Poverty Law Center and a coalition of civil rights groups filed a federal lawsuit to challenge a provision of Alabama’s harsh anti-immigrant law that threatens to push people out of their mobile homes.
The SPLC filed a second lawsuit today challenging a practice in many Alabama counties that denies undocumented individuals and U.S. citizens whose intended spouses are undocumented their constitutional right to marry. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of two couples, including Charelle Loder, a U.S. citizen, and “Jack Doe,” an undocumented immigrant from Haiti.
Faced with a country that is increasingly rejecting their beliefs and may re-elect a black man as its president, an assortment of radical-right groups are ratcheting up talk of war, according to the Winter 2011 issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report released today.