This week we filed a federal civil rights complaint over discriminatory school discipline policies in Dothan, Alabama. While African-American students represent 55 percent of the school district’s students, they accounted for 100 percent of the expulsions last year. Our complaint also describes how the most vulnerable students are being railroaded into the district’s alternative school and treated like criminals because of normal adolescent behavior.
We’ve reached a settlement with the state of Georgia that eliminates the state’s illegal policy of denying driver’s licenses to many immigrants who are authorized to live in the United States. Our clients had licenses for years but were denied renewals under the new policy. Without them, they were losing the ability to support their families. Thousands of immigrants will now be issued licenses.
SPLC on Campus volunteers conducted a voter registration drive in two Alabama counties with some of the lowest voter registration and turnout rates in the state. Not only is Alabama one of the states that enacted a discriminatory voter ID law after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, its felon disenfranchisement law bars an estimated 15 percent of African Americans from voting.