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MAY 31, 2018

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Another anti-immigrant nominee by the Trump administration — new SPLC lawsuit — Roseanne and the radical right

Trump nominates hate group fellow for important immigration position

President Trump this week nominated Ronald W. Mortensen, a fellow with the anti-immigrant hate group Center for Immigration Studies, to be assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. If approved by the Senate, Mortensen will be the fourth person from an anti-immigrant hate group to join the Trump administration.

 

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SPLC sues North Carolina for revoking licenses of the poor for unpaid traffic tickets

We’ve just filed suit in North Carolina to stop the state from revoking the driver’s licenses of low-income people who can’t afford to pay traffic tickets and court costs. Not only is the practice unconstitutional, it disproportionately harms people of color due to longstanding racial and ethnic gaps in wealth. It’s a terrible policy that drives people further into poverty – costing jobs and taking food off children’s tables.

 

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Roseanne's cancellation isn't funny to radical right

Roseanne Barr was widely denounced for comparing a former aide to President Obama to an ape. But among the racists of the radical right, the comedian – who has apologized, blamed the sleep aid Ambien and continued to retweet racist ideas – became a martyr after her sitcom was canceled. Many of Roseanne’s backers claim that her comment wasn’t racist, but they’re overlooking the historical pattern of white supremacists linking black people to primates.

 

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News You Should Know

Did the Trump Administration Separate Immigrant Children from Parents and Lose Them? (The New York Times)

At Least 152 People Have Died in K–12 School Shootings Since April 20, 1999. We Honor Their Memories. (Teaching Tolerance)

'You Need to Speak English': Encounters in Viral Videos Show Spanish is Still Polarizing in the U.S. (Los Angeles Times)

Baton Rouge Police Union President Faces Possible Discipline in Alton Sterling Shooting (The Advocate)

Staffing Polling Places with ICE Makes Literally Zero Sense (The Washington Post)

Twice a Week, These Texas Students Circle Up and Talk About Their Feelings. It’s Lowering Suspensions and Preventing Violence. (The Texas Tribune)

More Americans Than Ever Support Same-Sex Marriage (HuffPost)

How Southern Organizers are Leading the Movement to End Money Bail (Scalawag)

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