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AUGUST 16, 2018

SPLC News This Week


Medicaid — 'Unite the Right 2' protest — Hate in schools

SPLC sues Trump administration for approving Arkansas Medicaid work requirement

Our most recent lawsuit against the Trump administration challenges the federal government’s unconstitutional approval of Arkansas’ request to make work requirements a condition of receiving Medicaid benefits. The approval will lead to thousands of low-income individuals and families losing access to vital health care. “Most of the people who are covered by Medicaid in Arkansas already work, and those who don’t are either children, have a disability or are taking care of family members," said Sam Brooke, deputy legal director for the SPLC.



SPLC's Lecia Brooks peacefully protested the 'Unite the Right 2' rally

This week SPLC Outreach Director Lecia Brooks reflected on her experience counter-protesting against the “Unite the Right 2” rally that took place last Sunday in Washington, D.C. In addition to marching to the Lincoln Memorial and later speaking on the SPLC’s behalf about our commitment to “call out hate wherever it shows up, including the White House,” Lecia also attended a teach-in on effective community responses to hate and white supremacy.



SPLC joins coalition to counter hate in schools

In response to the rise of discrimination, hatred, and bigotry in our society and in our schools, we’ve joined forces with 20 other education advocacy groups to counter hate in American schools. We’re committed to providing resources and support that empower schools to effectively address hateful acts and create learning environments where every student feels welcome. Join us and other supporters who believe that hate has no place in schools by signing our pledge today.



News You Should Know

Heather Heyer's Mom, Susan Bro, Stands Strong on the Anniversary of Her Daughter's Death (Southern Poverty Law Center)

One Year Since Baltimore's Confederate Monuments Were Removed in the Night, the Issues They Raised Remain (Baltimore Sun)

Naturalized Americans Could Lose Their Citizenship With Thousands of Cases Under Review (Miami Herald)

Chief of U.S. Immigration Agency Is Totally Cool With Helping ICE Deport People (VICE News)

A Louisiana Parish Found 27 Times the Legal Limit of Lead in Its Schools' Drinking Water (The Advocate)

How Deadnaming Factors Into Police Investigations Involving Transgender Women (NPR)

University Launches Project to Preserve Julian Bond's Work (Charlotte Observer)

How Confederate History Looks in the Shadow of Charlottesville (CNN)

Years in the Making, the Political Showdown Has Finally Arrived Over California's Money Bail System (Los Angeles Times)

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